List of Indexed Guides for Existing Educational ICT-Enhanced Content
TEEM provides teachers with free access to independent, classroom-based evaluations of educational Digital Resources. Because TEEM-trained classroom teachers write these evaluations, readers can be sure that they are receiving impartial, thorough and reliable advice. Materials are used in the classroom, before evaluations are written using clear frameworks. Once edited, the results are published on the TEEM website, where there are currently 730 titles. The web site is searchable by subject, topic, product, publisher, and curriculum focus.
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC)
ENC specializes in identifying and disseminating high-quality mathematics and science material to improve K-12 education. . The ENC collection of math and science curriculum resources is the most comprehensive in the U.S.A., containing over 18,000 resources collected from federal and state agencies, professional organizations, commercial publishers, local school districts and individuals. This collection includes software, videotapes, CD-ROMs, useful Internet sites and print material. ENC constantly receives submitted material from different sources. ENC staff carefully scan vendor catalogues, search various web sites, hold discussions with educators and staff working in professional organizations, read different journal and magazine reviews, and take into account suggestions coming from publishers and users on an ongoing basis.Staffs watch videotapes, load and use software material, and make an effort to track and include any available evaluative information that can provide users with links to that information. This type of information is usually found next to the products' catalog records.Not all records will contain evaluation information
California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)
CLRN has a database that includes a wide range of contentware (video, CD, DVD, software, Internet covering many subjects. Existing resources are reviewed by trained experts against a set of standards and criteria and those deemed acceptable are included in the database. CLRN has an elaborate mechanism that allows search for contentware by subject, Grade level, media type, instructional setting, language, and instructional mode (e.g. tutorial, simulation, demonstration, problem-solving, skill building, etc.)
Best Practice in Education Portals
The Commonwealth of Learning and SchoolNet Africa
This report reviews a range of existing education portals on the Internet on the basis of an elaborate set of criteria. Detailed summaries of these reviews are provided, in addition to a tool for evaluating online education software
The Educational Software Selector (EPIE Institute)
This instrument has a searchable database that includes reviews of 19,000 instructional software packages. Each review provides a general description of what the software does, indicates what knowledge and skills are to be developed, and references other published reviews of the software. The software packages can be searched by computer type, subject, grade level (pre-school through college), the teaching/learning approach used, key words, and price. Available on CD-ROM with quarterly updates and on a Web site that can only be accessed by subscribers.
American Library Association's Notable Children's Websites
This is a portal to high quality educational websites for children. Items are evaluated and authorized by committee. The portal is searchable by key word and Learner's level (pre-school, elementary, Middle school)
Children's Software Revue (CSR)
This website has more than 6,000 reviews of contentware, titles and is updated continually. That can be searched and accessed via the Children's Software Finder™ database, which is available for CSR subscribers only.
DirFile: Home of FREEWARE Software
The database covers subjects such as, Language, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, and Teaching Tools.
Curriculum Online (UK)
The site includes multimedia commercial and free software in a searchable database. It can be searched by curriculum subject, grade level, key word, cost (priced or free)
The Gateway to Educational Materials
The Gateway to Educational MaterialsSM is a searchable database that contains detailed descriptions of over 40,000 educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. Many of these items are free.
Education Network (EdNA) - Australia
EdNA Online provides a searchable database of web-based resources useful for teaching and learning.
Free Software on CD
This site offers a limited range of free contentware on CDs. The client has to pay for shipping and handling only.