Discovery Education has announced that it will expand its digital textbook series to include mathematics. The Math Techbook is the latest addition to the company’s Techbook line, which now includes K-12 science and middle school social studies offerings.
In response to input from educators across the country, Discovery Education’s first Math Techbooks, launching in 2014, will address middle and high school mathematics subjects with six specific courses: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math, and Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry for high school.
Built in conjunction with a team of experts, including educators, students, and technologists, Discovery Education Math Techbook will provide students interactive, engaging learning experiences that help support their procedural skills, fluency, understanding of theoretical mathematics concepts and ability to solve real-world problems.
“Mooresville students have been using the Discovery Education Techbook series and have seen great results. It has brought instruction alive for our teachers and increased students’ engagement and interest,” said Mooresville Graded School District’s Superintendent and the American Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year, Mark Edwards.
(Next page: More details on the Techbook series)“We are excited that Discovery Education continues to expand its Techbook series to additional subjects, and look forward to the opportunity to use these tools to transform teaching and learning in Mooreseville’s classrooms.”
Discovery Education’s Techbook series provides support for multiple learning styles, interactive content that specifically appeals to digital natives, and real-time updates that let teachers incorporate current events and cutting-edge thinking into their curricula. In addition, Techbook offers built-in assessments that measure students’ progress and support individualized classroom instruction.
“We’ve seen incredible results with Science and Social Studies Techbooks, and we are looking forward to continuing this work with our district partners as we introduce Math,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s senior vice president. “This is not a retrofit of existing materials. We are creating an entirely new way of learning aimed at increasing student achievement through dynamic digital resources.”
Techbook is specifically designed to support both state and Common Core State Standards by providing students with the opportunity to reference multiple sources of information, think critically, and develop arguments supported by evidence. Included as a standard offering with each Techbook implementation, Discovery Education experts provide professional development to support educators as they integrate Techbook into their classroom instruction.
Cloud-based and platform neutral, Techbook works in tandem with a school district’s technology infrastructure and existing hardware – iPads, tablets, mobile devices, laptops, or desktops – making it a cost-effective alternative to both traditional textbooks and other digital solutions.
“I think we have a real opportunity in math—the power of digital—the power to engage kids in a way that truly meets their needs as learners, regardless of how they learn or where they are in the learning process,” Kinney said.