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New Reviews: Discovery Education’s Science Techbook

[Source: Discovery Education]

[Source: Discovery Education]

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for Texas is a comprehensive, web-based science curriculum for grades K-12. At each grade level, the multimodal program includes a range of digital resources, including interactive text; embedded videos, animations, and virtual investigations; and hands-on explorations. Techbooks support struggling readers, English language learners (ELLs), and students with disabilities. At grades K-8, resources include Lexile-based, or “leveled,” text in English and Spanish to address the needs of students at different reading at, below, or above grade level. Learning List has completed reviews for Discovery Education’s web-based science curriculum for grades K-12.

Content is structured to help students think and communicate in scientific language. Lessons focus on answering “essential questions” and are organized using the 5E Instructional Model. Instruction builds conceptual understanding and develops scientific process skills, such as establishing hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, drawing evidence-based conclusions, and applying concepts to new problems. Partnerships with the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and other publishers facilitate access to high-quality and engaging materials that connect science to real-world problems and events.

Techbooks aggregate a diverse set of interactive, multimedia tools in a single digital platform. The program’s user interface is intuitive and easy-to-use. Content for both teachers and students is explicitly organized in terms of the 5E model and is searchable by keyword for students and by keyword and TEKS. Click here for a 60-day evaluation.

About Discovery Education*

[Source: Discovery Education]

[Source: Discovery Education]

Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.
Discovery Education courses are designed to accelerate student achievement in each district by capturing the minds and imaginations of students with the fascination of Discovery, tapping into students’ natural curiosity and desire to learn.

Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for districts to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age. With award-winning digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery’s greatest talent, classroom contests & challenges, professional development and more — Discovery helps to lead the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning.
Click here for more information about Discovery Education.

* The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Discovery Education.

© 2015 Learning List

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New Reviews: Discovery Education’s Math Techbook

[Source: Discovery Education]

[Source: Discovery Education]

Discovery Education’s Math Techbook for Texas provides comprehensive, web-based Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II courses aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The multimodal program includes a range of digital resources, including interactive learning experiences, embedded videos, animations, and hands-on explorations. Instruction connects mathematics to students’ interests, including careers. Learning List recently completed reviews for the Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II courses.

Content is organized in units that address sets of related concepts. Units begin with a short video that introduces new content in the context of real-world applications and careers. Course videos include closed captioning and transcripts. Each concept is presented using the “Discover, Practice, and Apply” (DPA) lesson cycle:

Discover provides a framework for direct instruction and teacher-supported guided practice. Content includes sets of “Investigations” that introduce new concepts using text, video, and interactive learning experiences.

Practice focuses on developing fluency through “Coach” and “Play” activities.

Apply activities present challenging, real-world problems (e.g., use linear equations to identify the “real” age of different dogs based on the varying life expectancies of particular breeds).

Techbooks aggregate a diverse set of interactive, multimedia tools in a single digital platform. The program’s user interface is intuitive and easy-to-use. Content for both teachers and students is explicitly organized in terms of the DPA model and is searchable by keyword, standard, and search filters. Click here to request a preview from Discovery Education.

About Discovery*

[Source: Discovery Education]

[Source: Discovery Education]

Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.
Discovery Education courses are designed to accelerate student achievement in each district by capturing the minds and imaginations of students with the fascination of Discovery, tapping into students’ natural curiosity and desire to learn.

Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for districts to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age. With award-winning digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery’s greatest talent, classroom contests & challenges, professional development and more — Discovery helps to lead the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning.
Click here for more information about Discovery Education.

* The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Discovery Education.

© 2015 Learning List

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New Reviews: Discovery Education’s Social Studies

[Source: Discovery]

[Source: Discovery Education]

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbooks are comprehensive, web-based social studies courses for middle school and high school students. Courses include World Geography and Cultures and United States History (Prehistory to Reconstruction) at the middle school level and United States History (Civil War to Present) at the high school level. Each course includes high-quality and engaging content provided by the Discovery Channel and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. Course resources support instruction in flipped classrooms and blended learning environments.

Discovery Education's Social Studies Video Overview [Source: Discovery]

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Video Overview [Source: Discovery Education]

Each course is inquiry-based and emphasizes the development of critical thinking and literacy skills, particularly skills in reading informational texts. Lessons focus on answering “essential questions” and are organized using the 5E Instructional Model (i.e., Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate). Core content is presented in Core Interactive Text (CIT) that includes photographs, illustrations, and multimedia features, such as interactive maps and embedded videos. Each CIT ends with discussion questions and checks for understanding. CITs, which may be printed, are available in Spanish and in two Lexile-based reading levels for students at or below grade-level. A brief video overview is available here.

Elaborate activities require that students use social studies and critical thinking skills to develop products, such an argument for a debate, a presentation to Congress, or an analysis of a primary source document. Some Elaborate activities are presented in slide shows in which students investigate concepts using interactive tools (e.g., maps, timelines). Activities include printable guides for both teachers and students.

Discovery Education’s “Board Builder” tool encourages students to take ownership of learning through the process of creating and sharing their own content. Using the Board Builder platform, students can create personalized “boards” that incorporate their own text, videos, and photos, as well as editable video and audio files from Discovery Education. Once approved by teachers, student boards may be shared with classmates or the larger community of Discovery Education users. Other resources include “Global Wrap” video summaries of the week’s most important new stories and an interactive atlas that displays a variety of data (e.g., population density, landforms) at the regional or global levels.

Teacher resources for each lesson include links to relevant standards, learning objectives, and “Model Lessons.” Model lessons map a multi-day, 5E lesson cycle with suggested pacing and provide step-by-step guidance in implementing each activity. A companion teacher guide for the course is available in print format. Discovery Education’s Teacher Center provides additional resources, including interactive investigations, graphic organizers, outline maps, and additional video clips to support instruction.

About Discovery Education: “Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media content that is immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom to give every student a chance to experience fascinating people, places, and events. All content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to custom curriculum, and supports classroom instruction regardless of the technology platform.” [Source: Discovery Education]

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