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Students at Oak Ridge Schools in Tennessee have significantly increased their state testing scores using a combination of Discovery Education Science Techbook and Streaming Plus. A recent analysis by Discovery Education shows that Oak Ridge 4th graders taught with these resources had higher science, reading, and math scores on the 2015 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) than their peers not taught with Discovery Education resources.

Through a six-year partnership, Discovery Education is supporting Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers plan to transform Oak Ridge Schools into the premier preK-12 STEM school district in the nation by implementing a 1:1 learning initiative that supports the district’s STEM goals and culture.

Challenge

The district’s goal is to become a leader in STEM education through continuation and expansion of Oak Ridge’s already well-regarded educational opportunities for students along with additional enhancements to technology infrastructure, professional development and access to devices, which will place dynamic digital content in the hands of each student.

Solution

As part of this partnership, all K-12 classrooms have access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus. Streaming Plus features more than 155,000 dynamic digital learning objects that support all subject areas and learning styles, including videos, skill builders, games, audio files, images, writing prompts and encyclopedia articles. It also includes hundreds of model lessons and instructional exemplars.

In addition, Oak Ridge students in grades K-8 are using the Discovery Education Science Techbook and middle school students will utilize Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook. Discovery Education Techbook creates a learning environment that promote collaboration, creativity and participatory learning. The series delivers individualized resources and engages students in learning concepts through rich digital assets, including virtual labs, video clips, an interactive glossary, and more.

Oak Ridge Schools is also providing its educators robust, customized professional development from Discovery Education experts who will guide them through the process of integrating Streaming Plus and Techbooks into classroom instruction. 50 teachers will join a STEM cohort that will receive 10 days of customized professional development and coaching from Discovery Education each year.

Creating a Culture of STEM Teaching and Learning: Not Just in the Science Classroom

Watch this video to see how one teacher from Oak Ridge Schools keeps his passion for teaching alive, and how Techbook is helping to ensure his students leave social studies class with the collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills needed to succeed in life.