Knovation adds customer-driven enhancements to netTrekker digital education content solution; Forms new content partnership with Sophia Learning

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Knovation, the leader in advanced, personalized learning solutions, today announced that it has added visual and user interface enhancements to its flagship solution netTrekker, Knovation’s leading solution for curating and delivering digital educational content. Driven by customer input, the changes will provide a more visually appealing and streamlined overall netTrekker experience. Knovation has also announced the addition of Sophia Learning (www.sophia.org) as its newest content integration partner for Knovation’s netTrekker and icurio solutions.

With more than 330,000 standards-aligned digital resources featuring videos, images, lesson plans, learning games, primary source documents and more, some of the netTrekker enhancements available for back-to-school will include:

· The addition of more than 50,000 safe, educator-approved images from 19 different sources including Science Kids, The Encyclopedia of Life, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, The National Portrait Gallery, ARKive, The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, A View On Cities and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

· Streamlined access to features and functions for an improved overall user experience.

In addition to netTrekker’s new aesthetic enhancements, subscribers of both netTrekker and icurio will also benefit from Sophia’s more than 26,000 tutorials in subject areas including English, Sciences, Math, Learning Strategies, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, World Languages and Applied Sciences. netTrekker and icurio will also include links to Sophia’s nine online courses for college credit., which provide high-school students with a flexible, self-paced pathway to get a jump start on college and lower the overall cost of their degree.

With one of the largest freely available offerings of credible academic content on the Internet today, the Sophia learning community helps teachers enrich their classrooms, empowers students to learn in their own way and provides a pathway to an affordable college degree.

“Listening to our subscribers’ feedback is paramount in our ability to continually provide them with a positive experience when using netTrekker, icurio or other Knovation solutions – this was exactly the impetus that led us to our latest round of enhancements to netTrekker. ” said Joe Grieshop, president and managing officer of Knovation. “Additionally, we are delighted to add Sophia Learning as our newest content partner. Sophia's free tutorials, free college readiness materials and online affordable college courses are a perfect complement to Knovation's resources to help teachers individualize instruction to better prepare students for post secondary success."

”Considering nearly 40 percent of college freshmen are not prepared to take college level courses and are required to spend time and money on remedial courses it's clear that more needs to be done to prepare our students for college," said Allison Gage, President of Sophia. "With the ability to deliver Sophia’s content through Knovation’s digital learning platforms netTrekker and icurio, we can now extend our offering to a broader audience seeking aggregated educational content.”

For more information on Sophia Learning, please visit http://www.sophia.org

For more information about Knovation, please visit www.knovationlearning.com.

About Knovation

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Knovation is dedicated to transforming education from a one-way, one-size-fits-all approach to a learner-centered approach that minimizes environmental, emotional, functional and stylistic learning barriers and is customized to the unique needs of every learner. A mission-driven group of academic, technology and business professionals passionate about making a difference in the lives of learners and those who make learning possible, Knovation delivers standards-based, personalized, digital content solutions that empower learners to unlock their curiosity and potential. The Knovation product portfolio includes icurio, the flagship digital curriculum content solution for personalized learning and netTrekker, the company’s legacy educational digital content solution. Knovation also provides professional learning services that promote the effective use of digital learning resources in instruction. Founded in 1999, Knovation’s digital content solutions and platform currently serve millions of students in thousands of K-12 public and private schools across U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The vision of Knovation is to ‘Ignite the hope of knowing by reducing the barriers to learning.’ For more information, please contact Knovation at 1.855.KNOVATE (566-8283) or visit www.knovationlearning.com.

About Sophia

Sophia.org is a social education platform that empowers students to learn in their own way, helps teachers to innovate and puts college students on a path to a lower-cost degree. The free site offers more than 35,000 academic multimedia tutorials taught by over 6,000 teachers using a unique Many Ways to Learn™ model where each concept is taught by multiple teachers so students can choose a teaching style that works best for them. The site further enhances the learning process by offering quizzes, assessing learning preferences and providing sequenced learning pathways. Sophia also provides free teacher certification programs about the flipped classroom and using tablets in the classroom. In addition, Sophia recently launched Sophia Pathways For College Credit (SPCC), a self-paced college-level online learning program that offers general education courses priced around 80 percent less than a traditional course. SPCC makes higher education affordable, accessible and inspirational for students in high school and beyond. For more information, visit www.sophia.org.