National Ranking Names Top School Districts Using netTrekker Search to Differentiate Instruction and Enhance the Learning Experience

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

A national ranking of the top 100 school districts that use the pioneering educational search tool netTrekker Search was released today by Knovation, the leader in personalized learning solutions.

The Digital Learning Awards Program honors school districts that are effectively using digital resources to transform their teaching and learning environments. The winning districts have recognized the impact digital resources can have in creating engaging, differentiated learning experiences while promoting independent learning.

The Digital Learning Awards (in terms of usage) were broken out by small-, medium- and large-sized districts for the 2011-2012 school year. Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, leading the way with the implementation of digital resources since 2004, finished first in the large district category and first overall. Fort Smith Public Schools, in Fort Smith, Arkansas finished first in the medium district category, and Community Consolidated School District 93 in Bloomingdale, Illinois, finished first in the small district category. The number of educational searches performed using netTrekker Search during the 2011-2012 school year by the top 100 districts ranged from over 124,000 searches to 4 million searches (top user).

With more than 25 industry awards for educational excellence, Knovation’s educational search tool, netTrekker Search, has supported over 27 million students and 1 million teachers in more than 30,000 schools since 2000 in creating engaging, 21st century learning environments. 

Seventy-four percent of school administrators cite increased student engagement in school and learning as the top benefit (2011 Speak Up National Research Project) of regularly using digital content, which is becoming a foundational component of the 21st century classroom.  In line with this national trend, the 2012 netTrekker Search Impact Study found that more than three-fourths (77%) of netTrekker Search subscribers rate it as an extremely valuable teaching resource, while 97% of subscribers indicate netTrekker Search has had a positive impact on their students.

“We are proud to recognize the excellent school districts on this list for their commitment to innovation in the classroom and for their work to create an environment that fosters engaging personalized learning experiences with digital tools and curriculum,” said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Knovation. “We are honored to work with the leaders, teachers and students in these districts year after year to help transform learning for students across the country.”

In addition to be being featured on the netTrekker Search website, winning districts will receive a prize package that includes free professional learning and netTrekker Search branded materials as well as the opportunity to gain additional exposure for this national recognition.

The top three school districts (in terms of usage) in each category include:

Large-Size Districts (25,000 + student enrollment):

  1. Shelby County Schools, Memphis, Tennessee
  2. Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida
  3. Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, Georgia

Mid-Size Districts (5,000-24,999 student enrollment):

  1. Fort Smith Public Schools, Fort Smith, Arkansas
  2. Phoenix Elementary School District 1, Phoenix, Arizona
  3. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, West Windsor, New Jersey

Small-Size Districts (< than 5,000 student enrollment):

  1. Community Consolidated School District 93, Bloomingdale, Illinois
  2. LaGrange Elementary School District 102, LaGrange Park, Illinois
  3. Delphi Community School District, Delphi, Indiana

To see the complete list of Top 100 “Digital Learning Award” winners, click here

For more information, please contact Knovation at 1-855-KNOVATE (566-8283) or 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; netTrekker Search, the company’s legacy educational search product and igotta, the personalized student workspace solution developed in partnership with Zeus Learning.  Knovation also provides digital transformation services including consultation, planning and professional learning around the transition from print to digital within a classroom. Founded in 1999, Knovation’s legacy platform, netTrekker Search, is widely recognized as the leading standards-based educational search tool and currently serves 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.’

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