Built to directly support the Next Generation Science Standards, Discovery Education Science Techbook is a breakthrough digital textbook that will change the way students and teachers experience science.
I Am An Engineer
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New Horizons: Opening a World of Possibilities for Students
Today marks a historic day for NASA and space exploration, after a nine-year journey the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto providing us with a number of firsts for space exploration. Read more.
What are the Next Generation Science Standards?
The primary focus has been on the shift in the teaching of Science. But, what do these standards actually look like, what are these shifts, and what does this actually mean for educators?
Whether your state is following the Common Core or its own standards, developing the skills to communicate scientific understanding effectively is a key part of Science Techbook. The level of text complexity in Science Techbook engages students at the appropriate reading level to support their learning, while the associated activities ensure that students’ are able to communicate their understanding and conclusions, both verbally and written. Activities such as determining the central idea or conclusion of a text, precisely following procedures, determining the meaning of technical words, writing summaries of technical texts, and translating technical information expressed as words in a visual form are activities at the heart of Science Techbook.
Additionally, the interplay between math and science means that students will continue to deepen mathematical understanding acquired as part of their math curriculum through statistical analysis, interpretation of visual data and procedural fluency while practicing their mathematical skills within real world contexts.
"We are so glad we found Discovery Education Techbook. They offer the students the chance to dig deeper and explore the content that grabs their attention. The incorporation of technology with informational text and content is amazing. We are anticipating higher levels of engagement, greater depth of knowledge, and inspiring a love of science learning in our students."
Director, Monarch Learning Center
Teachers can access NGSS specific model lessons, videos, interactive tools and activities, hands-on lab activities, a scientific glossary, and formative and summative assessments, all in one place.
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.
The Core Interactive Text feature blends text and media for students of different abilities and learning styles. Students can have text read aloud, highlight text, or add sticky notes. Text can also be modified for different reading levels, viewed in Spanish and French, or printed as necessary.
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.
"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."
Lead Middle School Science Teacher
School Town of Munster, IN
10 New K-6 Science Activities and Videos
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iMake iLearn – Rethinking the Science Fair
My issue with the Science Fair was not the content or the process that it encourages but rather the delivery and the heavy reliance on factors that my students couldn’t control like family involvement and monetary resources to pursue different investigations. Read more.