Groxis Releases Search Platform for Education Market

    December 15, 2004

Groxis announced the launch of Grokker E.D.U., a search-and-research software platform for the education market.

It also announced implementations at a number of school districts and universities, including Stanford University. The platform provides an optimized version of Grokker 2.2, the company’s award-winning visual search-and-research application that captures content from multiple data sources and presents results in an easy-to-navigate visual map. The platform has been designed to incorporate many different data and information resources relevant to educational settings.

The Grokker E.D.U. release comes after an intensive phase of collaboration and dialog with leading educators. Stanford University, one of Groxis’s first customers in the education market, contributed significantly to the development of Grokker E.D.U., which now serves as a single access point for many information sources that are available to the Stanford community.

“For years, we have been seeking a means by which students and faculty can be more efficient in their research and navigation among the myriad sources of digital information we provide at Stanford,” said Michael Keller, the Ida M. Green University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources. “Grokker E.D.U. is a most significant step toward what many people in education and the information sciences have been exploring for years — a way to provide broadcast or targeted returns on the search in a single, easy-to-navigate, and modifiable environment. In educational research — or any research for that matter — the world is much larger than just MSN, Yahoo, and Google. Certainly, it is inclusive of all the major search engines, but the information universe goes beyond the publicly accessible Web to proprietary, controlled access data environments. Grokker offers a way to bring both information from the public and the proprietary information environments together in a single, comprehensible screen that helps people, ordinary people who are not necessarily experienced, professional searchers, make sense of it all.”

“Grokker E.D.U. provides tremendous value to the world of education by solving one of the biggest and most persistent problems in student research: the deluge of information on the Internet that has made good research extremely difficult,” said Dr. David Thornburg, founder and Director of Global Operations for the Thornburg Center and a leader in the education community. “Grokker enables students to harness the power of the Internet and other data sources in unique ways and makes the world of information more manageable. Students who Grok have a great advantage over their peers — they are quicker at sorting the wheat from the chaff, and are better at finding the quality needles in the haystack of overwhelming numbers of web sites that often impede, rather than assist students in their research.”

More than 70,000 students have adopted the platform at both the university level and grades 6-12. Grokker is generating great interest from educators looking for a way to provide students with a better way to navigate through vast amounts of data using a simple, student-friendly approach. Educators have also responded enthusiastically to Grokker’s collaborative features that allow students to save and share research results in graphical maps or other file formats, thus extending the value of their research and enhancing knowledge sharing and collaborative learning.

Schools districts that have already adopted the platform include the Manatee Unified School District, Florida; the Brownsburg County Schools in Brownsburg, Indiana; the Las Cruces Unified School District in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and the Ramapo Unified School District in Hillburn, NY.

“Working with Stanford, school districts, and leading educators has given us tremendous insight into the needs of the education market at every level,” said R.J. Pittman, co-founder and CEO of Groxis. “What we’re hearing is that the time has come for a tool that integrates all the knowledge that exists via the Web and presents it in a way that enables people to do more than just search — to think, analyze and discover.”

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