Science Techbook™ for NGSS Digital Textbooks
Inspiring the Scientist in Every Student
Science Techbook helps teachers transition to the NGSS framework with a simple-to-use and highly interactive program. It integrates multimedia, including video, audio, text, and interactives, with hands-on activities and virtual labs that provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Embedded and technology-enhanced formative assessment opportunities are also provided. Science Techbook works on any device and can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings.
Support Three-Dimensional Learning
Science Techbook fully supports the instructional shifts required by the NGSS standards and embraces the philosophy of three-dimensional learning. In addition to content chosen to directly support the NGSS, our Model Lessons reflect the interplay of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCC) and outline what these mean in practice for educators. With Science Techbook students will become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers, developing their own scientific explanations by:
- exploring the overarching themes of science,
- asking questions,
- making claims,
- supporting claims with evidence,
- designing solutions to real-world problems,
- developing the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
- identifying the cross-cutting connections between science.
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 students’ 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.
*bundled courses are not available in adoption states. Please contact us to see if your district qualifies.
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.
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.
Features and Highlights
Engage Students First to Make Learning Last
Videos, photographs, stories, and a wide variety of activities and hands-on labs help students see and experience just how exciting science can be. The multimedia content engages students and helps them see the application and relevance of science in their daily lives. They can even monitor their own progress in real time with the Student Dashboard.
Differentiate Instruction Easily
The Core Interactive Text feature blends text and media for students of different abilities and learning styles. Students can highlight, add sticky notes, and have the text read aloud. In high school courses, reading levels can be modified and text can also be viewed in Spanish at all grade levels. Real time data helps makes it easier to adjust instruction.
An extensive collection of Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs) and online entry items are embedded in digital text to help teachers uncover what students already know. Student responses feed directly to the teacher dashboard, providing instant access to data about student knowledge.
Make STEM Connections
STEM resources build context and drive understanding of science concepts, providing students with opportunities to produce creative solutions to real world problems and make career connections.
Teach Using an Inquiry-Based Approach
Science Techbook uses phenomena-driven questions as catalysts for the inquiry process, triggering students’ natural sense of curiosity and wonder. Students demonstrate their understanding of science through the application of scientific practices and disciplinary literacy skills.
6 Reasons Teachers Love Science Techbook for NGSS
#1It’s a comprehensive, one-stop resource.
From specific model lessons and assessments to interactive tools and accompanying hands-on lab activities, Science Techbook packages everything teachers need in one place — easy to find and ready to use.
#2It helps to make STEM connections.
Builds context and drives understanding of science concepts, providing students with opportunities to produce creative solutions to real-world problems and make career connections.
#3It supports critical thinking & scientific practices.
Science Techbook uses phenomena-driven questions as catalysts for the inquiry process, triggering students’ natural sense of curiosity. Students demonstrate their understanding of science through the application of scientific practices and disciplinary literacy skills.
#4It’s much more engaging than a traditional science textbook.
Virtual labs, videos, photographs, and nearly 2,000 hands-on labs and activities engage students to understand the relevance of science in their daily lives.
#5It’s easy to use, anywhere, anytime.
The streamlined design provides an easy-to-follow experience, accessible from any device 24/7, in any instructional setting.
#6It helps teachers differentiate instruction.
The Core Interactive Text feature blends text and media for students of different abilities and learning styles. Students can highlight, add sticky notes, and have the text read aloud. Reading levels can be modified and text can also be viewed in Spanish.