netTrekker D.I. Adds Skills Channel to Online Tool


Thinkronize this week added a new "21st Century Skills Channel" to its netTrekker d.i. educational search engine. Thinkronize, a developer of K-12 education technologies, said the addition came as a response to the challenge that K-12 schools are perceived as failing to supply students with skills they need to be effective members of the United States workforce. The announcement was made at the 2007 NECC show in Atlanta.

According to Thinkronize, the new channel is designed to help educators and students find resources covering three principal topics:

  • Life Skills (personal habits, "character" traits);
  • Learning and innovation (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills); and
  • Information and Communications Technology Literacy.

The service includes new custom Integration Models, which comprise lesson plans, "procedures to integrate the lesson plan with 21st century skills objectives," and model student projects. It also includes a digital literacy template, free software tools, and tutorials for popular digital media applications (iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, and Audacity).

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