netTrekker has announced it is adding new features to its search tool that provide a more personalized and productive search experience, and facilitate educator collaboration to share resources and best practices.
netTrekker provides students and teachers with over 300,000 safe, educator-reviewed digital resources that are aligned to standards and span the entire K-12 curriculum. With Universal Design for Learning and a variety of unique features designed to support personalized instruction, netTrekker enables teachers to support students' individual needs and help them succeed, the announcement states. The new version of the search tool, now named "netTrekker Search," features a sleeker, user-defined interface. Separate interfaces for teachers and students, and a series of customization options, enable users to personalize their home pages and search results based on their unique needs and preferences. In addition, new search features, such as sorting by key education factors and shortcuts to refine search results, streamline the search process to help users find appropriate, relevant content quickly.
With the additional features available in netTrekker Search, educators can collaborate with peers across the United States and around the world to discover new ways to engage students and improve learning. Teachers and students can vote on resources by indicating whether they like or dislike a resource, and sort their search results to find resources recommended most by their peers.
From the My Community area on the home page, educators can now easily connect with other educators to share integration tips, teaching best practices, and other topics of interest in netTrekker Village, the company's online learning community. For example, while searching for science activities for her fifth-grade students, an educator identifies a virtual lab resource she'd like to use in her classroom, but wants to know how other educators have incorporated it into a lesson. The educator can post a question in the netTrekker Village community forums, or search previous discussions, to get feedback from her professional learning network. netTrekker also offers professional development and training opportunities through on-site workshops, webinars and online courses.
netTrekker Search will be available in August 2010. Current customers will be upgraded automatically for free. For more information about netTrekker Search, visit www.nettrekker.com.
Source: netTrekker, www.nettrekker.com