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Online Educational Software for Kids

Keeping kids interested in learning isn't easy, but this entrepreneur found a way to do it—and parents are loving it.

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This story appears in the February 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Linking education and technology just seemed to make sense to Gary Kiliany, founder of Pittsburgh-based iKnowThat.com, a creator of Web-based educational software for kids under 12. "We wanted to fuse the best aspects of multimedia technology with Internet communications so that kids [could] publish to the Web education projects that they were interested in," says Kiliany, who started his company in 1999. "We hoped to motivate kids to maintain an interest, a curiosity, a passion for learning."

All games are accessed at the company's site and can be saved for viewing by family, teachers and friends. Parents pay a $29 annual subscription fee for unlimited access to the activities at iKnowThat.com. Once registered, kids can learn about dinosaurs by creating their own sticker books, geography by completing puzzles or art history through virtual painting. Other subjects covered include math, reading, history and science.

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