FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 03.13.13
Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
Jennifer Marburg, Discovery Education
DISCOVERY EDUCATION EXPANDS SUITE OF DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS WITH ADDITION OF INTERACTIVE MATH TECHBOOK
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Silver Spring, Md. (March 13, 2013) – Deepening its commitment to transforming teaching and learning, Discovery Education, the leading provider of K-12 digital textbooks in the U.S., announced today the expansion of its digital textbook series to include mathematics. As the latest addition to the company`s award-winning Techbook line, which now includes K-12 science and middle school social studies offerings, Math Techbook furthers Discovery Education`s commitment to developing a full suite of digital solutions for today`s classrooms.
In response to input from educators across the country, Discovery Education`s first Math Techbooks, launching in 2014, will address middle and high school mathematics subjects with six specific courses: 6th, 7th and 8th grade math, and Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry for high school.
Built in conjunction with a team of experts, including educators, students and technologists, Discovery Education Math Techbook will provide students interactive, engaging learning experiences that help support their procedural skills, fluency, understanding of theoretical mathematics concepts and ability to solve real-world problems.
“Mooresville students have been using the Discovery Education Techbook series and have seen great results. It has brought instruction alive for our teachers and increased students` engagement and interest,” said Mooresville Graded School District`s Superintendent and the American Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Mark Edwards. “We are excited that Discovery Education continues to expand its Techbook series to additional subjects and look forward to the opportunity to use these tools to transform teaching and learning in Mooresville`s classrooms.”
Discovery Education`s Techbook series is revolutionizing instruction by providing support for multiple learning styles, interactive content that specifically appeals to digital natives and real-time updates that allow teachers to incorporate current events and cutting-edge thinking into their curricula. In addition, Techbook offers built-in assessments that measure students` progress and support individualized classroom instruction.
“We`ve seen incredible results with Science and Social Studies Techbooks, and we are looking forward to continuing this work with our district partners as we introduce Math,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education`s senior vice president. “This is not a retrofit of existing materials. We are creating an entirely new way of learning aimed at increasing student achievement through dynamic digital resources.”
Techbook is also specifically designed to support both state and Common Core State Standards by providing students with the opportunity to reference multiple sources of information, think critically and develop arguments supported by evidence. Included as a standard offering with each Techbook implementation, Discovery Education experts provide high-quality professional development to support educators as they integrate Techbook into their classroom instruction.
Cloud-based and platform neutral, Techbook works in tandem with any school district`s technology infrastructure and existing hardware – iPads, tablets, mobile devices, laptops or desktops – making it a cost-effective alternative to both traditional textbooks and other digital solutions. Already in use by more than 500,000 students across the country, Techbook provides students with the skills to be college and career ready.
For more information about Discovery Education`s Techbook series and its suite of digital solutions, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations around the world to transform teaching and learning with innovative content and services that support educators and accelerate academic achievement. With a presence in over half of all US schools and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education fuels educational transformation with award-winning multimedia content including digital textbooks, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 and community college instruction. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.