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Kids Discover launches online platform for reading content

February 9th, 2016

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Kids Discover Online offers access to over 1,000 K-8 science and social studies resources on any device and at three different reading levels

Educational publisher Kids Discover has launched Kids Discover Online, a new platform that makes all of the publisher’s content available online from any device.

All content is searchable by subject and unit and offered at three different reading levels designed to excite even the most reluctant readers.

Specializing in the 100 most commonly-taught K-8 science and social studies topics, Kids Discover Online offers ad-free, high-quality, nonfiction reading materials vetted by subject experts from leading institutions. Subjects such as the Constitution, Ancient Greece, Matter and Ecology are presented using a mix of one-page infographics, articles, iconic photographs, and interactive elements to guide teachers and students through lessons.

“In 2014 we set out on a mission to answer one question: ‘What does the modern classroom look like?’” said Ted Levine, the president and CEO of Kids Discover. “We knew we wanted to offer up our entire nonfiction library in digital form, but more importantly we wanted to create an experience that educators and students would want to use on a weekly basis. Only once we began visiting schools and sitting in on classes did we begin to architect the experience of Kids Discover Online. It was our conversations with educators and students that enabled us to develop such an engaging platform.”

Upon logging in to Kids Discover Online, teachers will find a newsfeed of relevant science and social studies content that can be filtered down into ten different categories. Unlike a chapter book or textbook, Kids Discover’s content has the visual appeal of interactive GIFs, custom animations, and historically accurate photos and illustrations that make reading a truly immersive experience.

Each article within the platform offers three differentiated reading levels. Teachers can adjust reading levels for individual students and assign material through the Classroom setting. Students then log in to Kids Discover Online using a classroom code and are dynamically served content at the appropriate reading level. Students also have the option to select easy, medium, or hard reading levels if they are using the platform for independent reading or research.

The Discover Map, which shows an interactive web of relationships between related topics, is an alternate entry point into Kids Discover Online, and something that came directly out of Kids Discover’s research. “With the rise of inquiry-based learning and student-led research, we wanted to create a tool that enabled students to make connections, to have those ‘light-bulb’ moments,” said Levine. Additionally, teachers can add lessons to their Desk, a customizable lesson-planning tool. Kids Discover Online aligns with Common Core, State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

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