|What is EvaluTech?
For the first time, schools across the SREB region have easy access to instructional materials recommended by state departments of education. EvaluTech is a searchable electronic collection of reviews of instructional materials, including computer software, CD-ROMs, videos and books, provided on a special Web site.
Who reviews these resources?
Media specialists, teachers and other education professionals provide the evaluations. Reviewers are trained and use criteria developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The evaluation criteria are published on the Web site.
What subject areas are covered? What grade levels?
Teaching materials appropriate for grades pre-K through 12 are reviewed in arts education, English language arts, character education, computer science, fiction, guidance, healthful living, information skills, mathematics, science, second languages, social studies, traditional literature and vocational education.
How can I find out whether a certain resource has been reviewed?
You may search the database using key words, author, title, subject, publisher, grade level, format and review date. If you do not find the resource you are looking for, e-mail email@example.com with as much information on the item as possible.
How do these reviews differ from reviews in other publications and on other Web sites?
EvaluTech includes only recommended instructional materials, and, unlike most other review sources, EvaluTech connects recommended material to academic subjects and grade-level use. EvaluTech also helps educators find materials that suit a variety of student learning styles and teacher methods.
How are the SREB states involved with EvaluTech?
The education departments send information about EvaluTech to individual schools, determine what types of reviews are needed and use EvaluTech reviews to find materials that match state student academic standards.
I'm from another SREB state. Why do I want to use a North Carolina database?
Though the reviews are written at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, they fit state curricula nationwide. And with access through searches by key word, author, title, subject, publisher, grade level, format and review date, the database is simple to use!
What is the cost?
EvaluTech is free to all educators in states that participate in the SREB Educational Technology Cooperative. Educators can also contact their state EvaluTech contact person to suggest titles of instructional materials for evaluation.
How do I contact EvaluTech?
To reach the EvaluTech staff, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The name and address of each state department of education contact also are listed on the EvaluTech Web site at www.evalutech.sreb.org.
Who provides EvaluTech?
EvaluTech is available through the joint efforts of the Southern Regional Education Board's Educational Technology Cooperative and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) in collaboration with the departments of education of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
For more information about EvaluTech, contact:
SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCATION BOARD
Educational Technology Cooperative
592 Tenth St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Information and Technology Services
Educational Technology Division
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES EVALUATION SERVICES
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
301 North Wilmington St.
Raleigh, N.C. 27601-2825