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BioTECH at Richmond Heights – Miami, FL

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When BioTECH opened its doors in 2014 as Florida’s exclusive zoology and botany magnet high school, it took a nontraditional approach to science education.

Students at BioTECH experience science by venturing beyond the walls of their classrooms. They get their hands dirty studying and experimenting with the diverse flora of their environment, and they take their learnings back into the classroom to dive deeper into the subject. Their instructional materials needed to be able to keep up with BioTECH’s unique science curriculum.

Principal Daniel Mateo said they selected Discovery Education Science Techbook after taking a hard look at the competition and the school’s needs for the future.

“We were looking for tools that would revolutionize the way kids interact with their instructional materials,” said Mateo. “And none that I’ve seen come even close to what Techbook can do.”

Techbook grounds each science lesson with real-world phenomena and interactive features that focus student activities around problem-based learning. Techbook gives educators the flexibility to customize learning material to meet each student’s needs, whether it’s adjusting the reading level or changing the language from English to Spanish.

As Techbook use caught on among BioTECH’s educators, Mateo noticed that learning was becoming more streamlined. Teachers spent less time digging through online resources for class lessons, instead using vetted resources right at their fingertips. Students have constant access to information they can rely on. It’s been just two years since BioTECH began immersing students in science, and it’s already being recognized nationally for its efforts. The school was given a national award of merit in 2016 by Magnet Schools of America.

“Digital textbooks will never replace a classroom teacher,” said Mateo. “Techbook is there to help that teacher as a classroom resource, and for that, it’s a one of a kind product that I’ve not come across anywhere else. What Techbook has done is concentrate relevant course content in a particular place that students can access with ease. That is worth its weight in gold.”