Discovery Education Announces Special Beta Test Program For Breakthrough Digital Social Studies Series
Designed to increase literacy and create better learning opportunities for all, Social Studies Techbook™ replaces traditional textbooks and captures the imagination of students with widely varying learning styles and abilities.
Be one of the first districts in the country to beta test this groundbreaking program. Only a limited number of opportunities are available. See details below.
Techbook™ is the first social studies program specifically designed from the ground-up to support Common Core State Standards. With compelling videos and primary source documents from Discovery’s exclusive Multimedia Reference Library, this inquiry-based digital series – U.S. History, World History and World Geography and Culture – links social studies to key historical resources and features activities that make students “think and do.” Students, therefore, learn to develop a reasoned point-of-view that is supported by evidence, as required by Common Core State Standards.
Beta Test Offer Summary
Discovery Education is making this exciting new program available for the 2012-13 school year for no licensing fee – just the modest cost associated with an introductory professional learning and support package, outlined below. Space in the beta test program is limited. Three courses will be beta tested:
» A day of on-site Professional Learning (6-hour session for a maximum of 25 participants).
While participation in the beta program is free (no-cost contract required), each school district must commit to a paid, $3,000 professional learning and support package to ensure sound implementation.
Discovery Education Professional Development (DEPD) is a comprehensive training and support model that has proven to significantly improve practice and lead to dramatic gains in student achievement. This introductory course is designed to familiarize participants with the components of the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™, including navigation and basic technical skills. From administrators, to instructional coaches, to teachers and students, DEPD helps participants understand the functionality and power of Social Studies Techbook™ as well as integrate digital content and technology into classrooms, curricula and administrative practices.
Jason Barnes, Techbook Director
Brett Felten, Techbook Director
Technical Support: 800-323-9084
» Capture the imagination of students with compelling and exclusive Discovery videos and fascinating primary source documents from the Multimedia Reference Library.
» Engage ALL learners with the Core Interactive Text embedded with sound, images, and videos.
» Bring Social Studies to life with Digital Explorations and Interactive Maps.
» Link Social Studies to historical documents and events through the use of graphic organizers and primary source documents.
» Activate higher order critical thinking skills with Creative Writing Activities like You As a Journalist.
» Lower district costs: Social Studies Techbook™ is free for the beta test period (2012-13 school year). Afterwards, only $48 per six-year student license.