The Texas State Board of Education has voted to make McGraw-Hill Education’s CINCH Science program available statewide for use in grades 5-12, reports the Bradenton Herald. The decision comes as the state works to find affordable digital solutions that meet its newest educational standards and prepare students for new state assessments. While CINCH Science will be used in a supplemental role in Texas alongside the traditional print textbooks already in classrooms, the program and its companion, CINCH Math, are comprehensive, all-digital curricula. The programs launched at last month’s International Society for Technology in Education conference and will be available for use in Texas schools beginning next month. A cloud-based curriculum, CINCH Science is compatible with most tablets, computers, or mobile devices, allowing students to extend the learning experience by accessing content inside or outside the classroom. With educational games and social networking elements—such as the ability to highlight content and spark a discussion that appears like a Facebook comment thread—CINCH Science offers teachers a number of ways to engage students that go beyond what’s offered by a traditional textbook…

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