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April 2003

Searchable database of reviews of educational materials.
Grade Level: Professional

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) provides this "searchable database that contains more than 7000 reviews of instructional materials," including computer software, audio/visual materials, CD-ROM-based reference databases, websites, and print materials.
The site is primarily text-based with a simple user-friendly layout.
There is a left-side menu available to different areas of the site. The database is simple to use and can be searched by keyword, author, title, grade level or any of the more than ten different criteria.
EvaluTech is a valuable resource for anyone responsible for purchasing instructional materials at the district, school, or classroom level. It is a free service that boasts a database of more than seven thousand reviewed and recommended materials, including computer software, CD-ROMs, videos, and books. Teaching materials in all of the subject areas for grades pre-K through 12 are included as well as some professional resources for teachers. Each review includes title, publisher or producer, grade level, and copyright date, in addition to the detailed review of the content. To be listed on the site all materials must meet all the stringent evaluation criteria and be recommended by the reviewer. The evaluation criteria can be viewed at the site and links to other evaluation sites are provided. The site promises to have the resources in their database correlated to state student academic standards within the year.

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