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Science Techbook™

Science Techbook helps teachers transform their instruction with a simple-to-use, highly interactive program that integrates multimedia resources including video, audio, text, and interactives. Hands-on activities, virtual labs, and technology-enhanced formative assessment provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Science Techbook works on any device and can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings.

Discovery Education Science Techbook
 

Inspiring the Scientist in Every Student


Discovery Education Science Techbook is a breakthrough digital textbook that will change the way students and teachers experience science. With an award-winning, impactful approach to science instruction, Science Techbook combines different types of media to explain and reinforce complex science concepts.

Support for remediation and acceleration strategies

Science Techbook supports an integrated approach to science by bundling access to courses within each series. Licensed students are able to access all content within the series, so teachers are able to personalize their instruction based on each student’s need and assign resources across grade bands or courses. This is a valuable benefit for those ready to move on and those who need additional support.

Access course content anywhere, anytime

Our Science Techbook iPad app is available at no cost through the iTunes App Store. Students can download content in class and then access it at their convenience without Internet access. Find out more about our iPad app.

Science Techbook is available in two series:

  • Elementary and Middle School Grades
  • High School Grades (includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Space Science)
To ensure teachers are fully supported in both their transition to digital and in inquiry-based science, all Science Techbook licenses include customized professional development. When designing professional development in collaboration with a district or school, our experience team considers what classroom resources are available, the variety and comfort level with technology integration skills, and strategies that can be used in the classroom to increase student performance.

Additionally, there are up to three versions of Science Techbook available:

Each bundled series provides access to all grades and courses available within the series. This integrated approach provides further support for your remediation and acceleration strategies.
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Implementing NGSS?

Visit our NGSS page for information on our Science Techbook for NGSS.


What People are Saying

"It has been exciting to watch our teachers and students use Science Techbook™ in their classrooms…the change that is taking place not only brings a powerful digital resource into the classroom, but embraces a method of teaching that allows our teachers to become facilitators of knowledge."

Curt Witthoff
Coordinator, K-12 Science & Environmental Education
Collier County Public Schools, FL

Pricing Per Student*

*Based on a six-year license, shorter or longer license terms are available.

  • Elementary & Middle Grades Series: $45
  • High School Grades Series: $55

Proven Impact on Student Test Scores

We develop deep-rooted partnerships with districts in order to build a foundation of student success and proof of impact.

Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina, implemented the Discovery Education Science Techbook across grades K-5, specifically to increase students’ and teachers’ proficiency in the use of technology and increase the use of inquiry-based STEM instruction. After one year of implementation in Rock Hill Schools, fourth grade students whose teachers used Discovery Education Science Techbook scored higher on average on the 2013 Science PASS than students whose teachers did not use Science Techbook. Read the full research study.

In Collier County Public Schools in Florida, the use of Science Techbook was a proven factor in increased FCAT scores. Read more here.

Rock Hill Schools Success

Rock Hill Schools Test Results

% of Students Scoring at the Exemplary Level on 2013 PASS

Rock Hill Schools
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What Can You Do with Science Techbook?

Maximize your time to plan, prepare, and deliver high-quality instruction

Teachers can access model lessons, videos, interactive tools and activities, hands-on labs, a scientific glossary, and formative and summative assessments, all in one place.

Engage your students with current and relevant multimedia content

Real world content is integrated across all concepts to bring science alive for students, a combination of videos, photographs, audio recordings, and more. Science Techbook also includes Global Wrap, a weekly current events service where students experience the application and relevance of science in their daily lives.

Strengthen critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills for all students

Discovery Education's application of the 5E instructional model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) is what makes Science Techbook unique.  Using an inquiry-based format along with the interactive investigations, Science Techbook balances critical thinking and problem solving with disciplinary literacy and analytical writing, skills that students need as they progress through their science courses, general education and beyond.

Differentiate instruction for 21st century learners

The Core Interactive Text feature blends text with multimedia resources to appeal to students of different learning styles and abilities. Students can have the text read aloud, highlight text, or add sticky notes. Text can also be modified for different reading levels, viewed in Spanish, or printed as necessary.

Put students in control of their own learning

Our most popular student-centric feature, Board Builder, promotes independent learning by challenging students to be content producers.  With Board Builder, students create virtual posters using multimedia and text to synthesize their thinking and provide evidence of their understanding of a concept or problem. Boards can be shared with the teacher, classmates, parents, and even with classrooms across the country.


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What Educators are Saying

"Discovery Education sets the bar very high. I have been teaching a hands-on, activity based science curriculum for nineteen years. The Discovery Education Science Techbook has combined concept, content, interactivity and digital. In my opinion, it is the best curriculum package available. I consider it is the missing link. Combine all that with fantastic professional development and customer service and Discovery Education is the whole package."

Julie Gavin
Lead Middle School Science Teacher
School Town of Munster, IN

Meet the Science Team

William McDonald, Vice President, Techbook Curriculum Development

Over the past 41 years, Bill has been an elementary and middle school science, mathematics and technology teacher, science coordinator, director of K-12 curriculum, and director of elementary Instruction and achievement as well as principal investigator for two NSF Science systemic change grants and several Howard Hughes Medical Institute grants. He oversees the Techbook curriculum development for science, social studies and mathematics.

Matthew Cwalina, Director of High School Science

Matthew has over 16 years educational experience, serving as a middle school teacher, high school teacher, K-12 lead teacher, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. He was also a member of the Critical Stakeholder Review Team for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Dr. Patricia Hagan, Director of K-8 Science

Patricia has over 35 years experience as a classroom teacher, department chair, and district curriculum coordinator. Patricia is also an Educational Consultant, Principal Investigator for the NSF Local Systemic Change Grant and national expert in implementing the 5E instructional model.

David Marsland, Content Specialist, K-12 Science

David has 38 years of experience in science education as a 6-12 classroom teacher, department chair, district science advisor, curriculum specialist, and teacher trainer. He taught both students and teachers in the United Kingdom and Africa before becoming a Curriculum Developer and later a Director of Science Teacher Professional Development at the Smithsonian Institution.

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