On the search bar you have three separate ways to search. You can search by a specific business name, by a specific or general location or by category in the drop down category menu.
1. Business Name – Simply enter the name of the business and click the search button. Any listing corresponding to that name will show up. As you start typing names of businesses in the search bar, you will see suggestions auto-fill underneath where you are typing, so if you don’t know the exact name of the business, you may be able to locate it this way.
2. Address – Use the same process as business name. If you are searching within a state, make sure you spell the state out instead of using the abbreviation. The search engine looks for letters, so if you simply put FL for Florida you will get any listing with an “fl” in the title or address. You would want to type out the full state name of Florida, for example.
3. Category – You can search by main categories or by sub-categories. This allows you to search more broadly or narrowly based on your specific needs. For example: Search for “math” and any vendor tagged as selling math will display. Or you can search by a sub-category under math — such as algebra or geometry — and only vendors tagged as selling those products will display.
But searching is just the beginning. Once you have a list of “math” providers, you can select a specific vendor and an entire page will open up with a myriad of tools and information on that vendor and products — almost like shopping in a virtual vendor hall!
When you visit a specific vendor, their site will open in a new window. This allows you to stay on the directory site so you can view other vendors, so you can even do a side-by-side comparison. Our goal is for this to be not only a directory, but also a research tool for you.
Not sure what curriculum may be a good fit? Check out our blog posts for some tips, and visit the various vendors’ videos and articles for more information about how to use their products.
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