– Discovery Education App for iPad supports 24/7 learning and helps bridge the digital divide –
Silver Spring, Md. (March 17, 2014) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms nationwide, today announced the launch of a new iPad app for its award-winning Science Techbook™ series. The Discovery Education Techbook app™ is available for download on the App Store in the U.S. and Canada at no cost and empowers educators and students with an active Science Techbook account to access Discovery Education’s dynamic digital content anywhere, anytime.
Discovery Education’s new Techbook app enables educators and students to access and interact with Discovery Education’s rich digital textbook content in locations without Internet access. Through the app, users may download the interactive Techbook content they need– from an individual video to an entire course – to iPad wherever and whenever they have an Internet connection. Once downloaded, that content is available to students anywhere they take their device, 24 hours a day.
In addition, the Discovery Education Techbook App supports school administrators managing Internet bandwidth by negating the need for constant connectivity in the classroom.
“The new Discovery Education Techbook app provides access to dynamic digital content to all students with iPad and helps extend learning beyond the classroom,” said Emma Haygood, eighth grade physical science teacher at Berrien Springs Middle School. “Now, because I can have all the content my class needs to complete their work downloaded to devices before they leave school, I can give my students digital assignments to complete outside the classroom, regardless of their Internet access beyond our campus.”
The Discovery Education Science Techbook series, currently available for K-8 science and high school courses including Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics, offers students a multimodal digital learning environment that includes compelling video, digital simulations and explorations, virtual and hands-on labs, and an interactive glossary with animations and audio and video.
A recent study, conducted by independent research firm Merola Research, LLC, found that usage of the Discovery Education Science Techbook is associated with higher science achievement scores. Discovery Education Science Techbook is built upon the 5E model of instruction, a non-linear curriculum pathway that promotes inquiry-based learning, enhances literacy and thinking skills, and improves student achievement through interactive digital lessons that bring science to life. The Techbook series is revolutionizing instruction by supporting multiple learning styles through interactive content that specifically appeals to digital learners and providing real-time updates that allow teachers to incorporate current events and cutting-edge thinking into their curricula.
To maximize the impact on student achievement and ensure the effective implementation of digital resources, Discovery Education includes intensive, customized professional development along with the Techbook series. Discovery Education Professional Development is designed to teach educators how to maximize the use of innovative digital tools that facilitate learning and empower them to integrate technology effectively and confidently into classroom instruction.
“School districts across the country are making great strides integrating rich digital content into core classroom instruction,” said Kelli Campbell, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “Through the Science Techbook iPad app, we hope to accelerate equitable access to digital instructional materials whether online or offline, at home, on a bus, or in the classroom. By empowering students with access to content that excites them, we expect kids to take more ownership of their learning facilitating deeper engagement and collaboration.”
To download the Discovery Education Science Techbook app, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discovery-education-techbook/id736877903?mt=8.
For more information about the Discovery Education Techbook series and other Discovery Education services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.