Current information from Discovery Channel and other places put into the Techbook content right away.
Streamlined pathway to address NCSCOS
Built around the 5E’s model!
PD – Related to the needs and tools in your county
Silver Springs, MD – Discovery World Headquarters for training
Once a month streamed PD and Newsletter
When you login to Techbook through your Discovery Streaming account (new tab at top (Science Techbook)
Each lesson includes objectives, key questions, and list of vocabulary
5 E’s – each section includes live links to the resources you need so you don’t have to search.
Includes a 5 minute “teacher prep” video to give teacher information they may need to help teach the unit.
Quick links with each lesson – concept review, hands-on activities, student assignments, materials list
Science notebooks – right side = teacher input; left side = student output
Provides reading passages – ie. “Getting to know” documents (on grade level)
Provides more authentic article-type passages at 3 levels (above, at and below)
Provides e-books that have the read aloud function
Interactive Glossary – tabs for visual animation with text, written definition, video, and image
Virtual Labs that they can compare with the Hands On lab
Content is also in Spanish with translation tools to help with vocabulary
Student Center gives kids access 24/7
Virtual assessments that are graded for you for each topic. Assessments tied to concepts or standards, you can also add your own. Teacher gets students’ scores in chart. Can look at each individual student’s assessment broken down by concept. Those concepts the student didn’t do well on, it gives you a list of resources for reteaching. Gives the teacher proficiency graphs for topics so you can easily pre and post test.
Under Builder Tools – Assessment Manager
Teacher Center – Process Skills Library (contains all virtual labs, hands-on labs, hands on activities, science sleuths, and mythbusters. Contains “student peer review sheet” Kids complete it as they watch the video to evaluate the scientific process Adam and Jamie used to conduct the experiment.
North America (to follow Life and Earth) coming in Spring 2012.
Full replacement for the textbook adoption. Can be purchased with textbook funds. Elementary for 6 years – $38/student (for all 6 years) Middle School – $40/student. One time purchase gets all updates put out over the 6 years. Training is included with the 6 year purchase. School or district purchase.