SOURCE: LearningStation

June 30, 2008 08:00 ET

LearningStation and Thinkronize Partner to Provide Standards-Based Differentiated Instruction

LS Test Builder Combines Student Assessment and Reporting Capabilities With Effective Remediation and Instruction Resources From netTrekker d.i.

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - LearningStation, a leading provider of online solutions for the K-12 classroom, and Thinkronize, the developer of netTrekker d.i., America's number one educational search engine, today launched a joint instructional solution that provides standards-based differentiated instruction, ultimately advancing student achievement. LS Test Builder, an e-learning tool that enables educators to easily create, deliver and assess standards-based formative practice tests, is now fully integrated with netTrekker d.i.'s contextually relevant, safe, and easy-to-use educational database of over 180,000 educator-selected resources.

Through the partnership, teachers can link directly from LS Test Builder assessment data to specific remediation material tailored to students' individual needs. The partnership also enables LearningStation and Thinkronize to offer a combined learning solution to their respective customers. The two companies share expertise in providing secure, effective, easy-to-use technology for educators; integrating their offerings increases the benefit for users of both online educational solutions. LearningStation and Thinkronize have collaborated on a statewide effort in Kansas since 2005.

"netTrekker d.i.'s comprehensive database of K-12 standards-aligned, digital resources is an ideal partner for the new LS Test Builder Direct Connect functionality," said Jim Kirchner, CEO of LearningStation. "These combined tools enable daily classroom instruction that is engaging and effective."

Delivered through LearningStation's single sign-on portal, LS Test Builder's teacher-inspired interface enables educators to easily create standards-aligned tests using custom, district-provided or state-released practice questions. Educators can draw from thousands of preloaded test questions for language arts, math, social studies and science in grades 3-12 as well as save and share tests with teachers across schools and districts. Additionally, teachers can deliver tests to students through an intuitive online interface and evaluate both student and class performance through a variety of reports. Combined with netTrekker d.i.'s educational database, LS Test Builder reports include recommendations and intelligent links to targeted, integrated instructional content.

"LS Test Builder's test-creating and reporting capabilities combined with netTrekker d.i.'s standards-based educational resources go hand in hand," said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Thinkronize. "This partnership allows us to deliver a powerful instructional solution that educators can use to effectively instruct students of all levels and abilities in order to positively impact academic achievement."

netTrekker d.i.'s award-winning educational search engine contains hundreds of thousands of standards-aligned resources from the entire Internet. Resources in the netTrekker d.i. database are educator approved to ensure that they are safe to use as well as academically relevant and appropriate for specific grade levels. netTrekker d.i.'s database is organized by readability and grade level for fast, easy selection of educational content to address every student's learning needs, including ELL/ESL and special needs learners.

"The seamless connection between LS Test Builder and netTrekker d.i. supports differentiated instruction in our schools," said Dr. Milt Dougherty, Superintendent of Little River Schools, Kansas. "Standards-aligned resources from LS Test Builder and netTrekker d.i. ensure that our curriculum directly impacts student achievement."

To sign up for a free LS Test Builder trial, please visit http://www.learningstation.com/solutions/lstb_trial_request.html.

About LearningStation:

LearningStation, a leading provider of customized e-learning tools for K-12 classrooms, connects administrators, teachers, parents, and students to maximize the digital classroom and improve student achievement. Schools use LearningStation's innovative solutions to evaluate and address individual student needs with LS Test Builder, a standards-aligned formative assessment and integrated instruction tool; communicate with students and families through LS Teacher Pages, an easy-to-use Web site creation tool; store and share files simply and securely online with the Education Backpack; and engage students with integrated online content that fits seamlessly into class assignments. LearningStation has been honored by several groups in the learning industry for its significant contributions to the growth of education technology. For more information about LearningStation and its solutions, please visit www.learningstation.com.

About Thinkronize and netTrekker d.i.:

Founded in 1999, Thinkronize is a leader in the digital delivery of K-12 educational content and is dedicated to enhancing the education of today's youth with highly effective technologies that deliver the rich educational value of the Internet to every child in a safe, relevant, easy-to-use format. With the mission to help every child learn and a belief that technology can transform education, Thinkronize was first to market with a standards-based educational search engine, utilizing the services of Academic Benchmarks (www.AcademicBenchmarks.com), the premier provider of comprehensive standards-based K-12 educational databases, alignment tools, and integration products. Thinkronize's flagship product, netTrekker d.i., is the #1 educational search engine in K-12 schools and is currently used in over 21,000 schools nationwide. The company's consumer product, netTrekker home, gives parents and students whose school or district has not yet purchased a netTrekker d.i. subscription access to its 300,000+ educator-selected resources. Peers, educators, and parents have honored Thinkronize and the netTrekker product suite over 27 times for their contribution to education. In 2007, netTrekker d.i. was named the Best Education Solution in SIIA's CODiE award competition. In addition, Thinkronize was named to the 2007 Inc. 5000 and 2006 Inc. 500 lists as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. The company was founded by Robert Reinders and currently serves over 12 million students in all 50 states, including adoptions by key districts and states nationwide. For more information visit www.Thinkronize.com or phone 877-517-1125.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Anna Hughes
    For LearningStation
    Email Contact
    Phone: 202-585-0230

    Audrey Mann Cronin
    For Thinkronize
    Email Contact
    Phone: 914-861-2009