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Discovery Education Expands Digital Textbooks to Include Middle, High School

Posted Mar 14, 2012
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Discovery Education has announced an expansion of its digital textbook series to include middle school social studies and high school science subjects. A complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks, the Discovery Education Middle School Social Studies Techbooks and the High School Science Techbooks inspire students' curiosity and promote critical thinking through differentiated digital resources including interactive explorations and uniquely compelling video, images and informational text, the announcement states.

Launching in classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year, the Discovery Education Social Studies and Science Techbooks provide engaging resources designed to meet the needs of individual learning styles. Through the inquiry-based 5E model of instruction (engage, explore, explain, extend and evaluate) used across the Techbooks' platform, students develop a deeper understanding of the content and concepts, according to the announcement. Updated in real-time, the Techbooks provide teachers the opportunity to incorporate cutting-edge thinking and current issues into their curriculum. The Techbooks also include an assessment component that measures students' progress and recommends individualized resources that reinforce classroom instruction.

Recognizing that not all school districts have the funds to provide every student with their own device, the Discovery Education Science and Social Studies Techbooks are cloud-based and platform agnostic to work with whatever hardware a district has - iPads, tablets, mobile devices, laptops or desktops. In addition, the model lessons embedded throughout the Techbooks provide teaching strategies for differing technology levels - whether whole group, small group, or 1-to-1. The Techbooks are also a substantially less expensive option per student than traditional textbooks, with additional savings derived from a lack of textbook replacement or inventory costs. 

Included with the Techbooks, Discovery Education experts provide comprehensive, customized professional development to teachers and administrators to ensure they are knowledgeable and confident when implementing the Techbooks in their classrooms. The professional development and support expands beyond the classroom walls to parent and community nights and teacher membership in the Discovery Educator Network professional learning community.

The Discovery Education High School Science Techbooks feature interactive glossaries, explorations, informational text, and hands-on and virtual labs and include the following subjects: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics.

The Discovery Education Middle School Social Studies Techbooks feature dynamic, multimedia reference libraries; interactive maps, explorations and activities; primary source documents; informational text; and model lessons for every concept and include the following subjects: United States history, world history, and world geography and cultures.

Discovery Education launched its digital textbook series in the fall of 2011 with Techbooks for K-8 Science. The K-8 Science Techbooks are currently available in 36 states and provinces and have been adopted for use in classrooms across Texas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana and Oregon.

For more information about the Discovery Education Science and Social Studies Techbooks, visit

Source: Discovery Education,

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