- New Improvements to Techbook Platform will Make Relevant Content Even More Accessible to Teachers and Students -
Silver Spring, Md. (June 25, 2018) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced that upcoming enhancements to its award-winning Techbook series will help educators maximize instructional time by making engaging digital content even more accessible to teachers and students.
Launched in 2009, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are digital textbooks for science, social studies and math that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. Delivering individualized resources that engage students in learning concepts, each Techbook includes rich digital assets such as virtual labs, video clips, hands-on activities, text, interactive glossaries, maps, and much more. Techbooks are compatible with any device, work in any instructional environment, and were used by more than 5.6 million students in the 2016-2017 school year.
Driven by student and teacher feedback, Discovery Education is constantly enhancing its digital services to meet the evolving needs of today’s education landscape. Recently, teachers requested more ways to access the high-quality content they need for teaching and learning. In response, Discovery Education has created innovative Concept Resource pages for each of its thousands of Techbook lessons, which saves teachers time by putting all the digital resources associated with a lesson in one “grab-and-go” setting. This modification enables teachers to find the relevant resources they need to teach a particular concept even more quickly.
Another enhancement to the Techbook series requested by teachers is the time-saving Assignment Manager. This new feature helps educators easily assign and track student work. When used in conjunction with the new “grab-and-go” Concept Resource pages--which empowers educators to not only view all Techbook lesson content, but filter that content by lexile level, resource type, and more--educators are now able to differentiate student assignments more easily than ever before.
Additionally, Discovery Education has upgraded the Techbook’s internal search engine. The new search engine offers teachers and students the opportunity to “search within” each Techbook’s lessons and pinpoint specific content they may wish to use.
“Discovery Education’s Techbooks have been a game changer for me, as they have not only helped me create more engaging lessons, but they’ve also helped me save time that I can now spend with my students” said Jennifer Cucchiarelli, an educator in Wisconsin’s D.C. Everest School District. “The new Concept Resource pages, Assignment Manager, and enhanced search engine coming to Techbook at the beginning of the school year will help me spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.”
The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting all Discovery Education Techbook users’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.
“At Discovery Education, we believe that the true promise of digital resources is that they are able to change and evolve alongside the teachers and students that use them,” said Marty Creel, Discovery Education’s Chief Academic Officer. “The new enhancements to the Techbook series are the result of feedback we received from the students and educators we serve. These enhancements are a part of our ongoing effort to ensure the services Discovery Education creates and supports are optimized to improve student engagement, address multiple learning styles and advance student achievement.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbooks and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.
About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.