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Think-and-Learn Selected as Runner-up in Cisco Growing with Technology Awards 2007
Awards recognize small and midsize organizations
for using the Internet and networking technology in innovative ways to fuel growth
Saratoga, Calif. — Oct. 12, 2007 — Think-and-Learn, Inc. was recently recognized for its innovative use of networking technology to generate breakthrough business benefits. Think-and-Learn was named a runner-up in the Operational Efficiency category of the Cisco Growing with Technology Awards 2007. Winners were announced Oct. 9 during a ceremony at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood Shores, Calif.
Think-and-Learn provides interactive education products and services for kindergarten through 8th grade students. Through its two web sites, kidport.com and think-and-learn.com, the company empowers more than 650,000 students per month from 130 countries to learn math, science, social studies and language arts. Think-and-Learn staff use the Internet to reduce operational costs to its lowest levels. With staff spread out between Saratoga, Calif., Edison, N.J., and Hyderabad, India, employees collaborate daily over the Internet. Despite the company’s small staff, it can provide around the clock development, and 24/7 customer support from its three offices. Through the use of the Internet, Think-and-Learn can devote less time to operations—and more time to helping students learn.
The Cisco Growing with Technology Awards program was created to recognize small and midsize organizations from across the United States and Canada that use networking technology in innovative ways to improve sales and marketing; expand and deliver superior service to customers, improve operational efficiencies, or outpace their competition. The winners of the program represent their industries and constituencies as role models; showcasing best practices on the use of technology to address business challenges, compete more effective, and fuel success. A panel of 10 judges selected 15 winners in five categories from more than 570 applications.
“We are very excited to be honored with this award,” said Think-and-Learn President Bryan Knysh. “We have worked very hard to improve our company operations, not only in making our global team more effective, but in providing quality and affordable education to homeschoolers, special education students and traditional students requiring supplemental education.”
“The Cisco Growing with Technology Awards program celebrates the entrepreneurial approach that leading small and midsize organizations are taking towards the adoption of technology. This year’s winners exemplify the Cisco Smart Business approach to technology adoption,” said Peter Alexander, vice president of Business Marketing at Cisco. “Being a ‘smart business’ means using technology to improve internal business processes; working smarter instead of harder. As one of this years winners, Think-and-Learn is ahead of its peers in terms of being a smart business. We hope other organizations will be inspired by Think-and-Learn’s creative and resourceful approach to harnessing the Internet and networking technology to set itself apart from its peers.”
This year’s panel of judges comprises a diverse cross-section of experts in the field of small and medium business operations. Members include Ken Bast, vice president, Ingram Micro; Ray Boggs, vice president of small and medium business research, IDC; Deb Mielke, president & managing director, Treillage Network Strategies; Joslyn Faust, principal research analyst, Gartner; Lisa Buksbaum, CEO and Founder, Soaringwords; Mika Krammer, director of Windows Client Mobility Marketing, Microsoft Corp.; David Morgan, president, D.W. Morgan; Elspeth Jane Murray, assistant professor, Queen’s School of Business (Canada); Joni Podolsky, director of community programs, Entrepreneurs Foundation; and Joe Diodati, senior director, Global Field Marketing Integration, Cisco.
Think-and-Learn provides interactive online education for K through 8th grade students. It provides multi-step programs, as well as a unique “virtual school” educational environment for math, science, social studies and language arts. The kidport.com web site provides a variety of interactive education programs, the newest software-as-a-service product being an English Language Learner program for ESL students. The think-and-learn.com web site provides a comprehensive virtual school environment, including a learning management system and course management system allowing educators to create and operate their own online learning environment. The kidport.com resources and think-and-learn.com online school can be used by homeschoolers, special education students, and traditional students alike to fully develop their learning potential.
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