Louisiana’s Livingston Parish Public Schools to Create Rich, Immersive Learning Experiences in K-12 Science Classes Districtwide Through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education
-Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Science Techbook Aligned to Louisiana Science Standards to be Integrated into Instruction Across the School System-
Silver Spring, Md. (January 12, 2018) – Louisiana’s Livingston Parish Public Schools (LPPS) today announced an expansion of their multi-year partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In the latest phase of this ongoing collaboration, educators in all 45 LPPS schools will begin creating rich and immersive science learning experiences aligned to the Louisiana Science Standards by integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook into K-12 instruction.
LPPS’s adoption of Science Techbook supports the district’s goal of creating technology-rich environments that improve student achievement and produce lifelong learners equipped to succeed in today’s information society. While all LPPS educators have used Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus to create dynamic digital learning environments since 2016, the implementation of Science Techbook empowers district educators to more deeply engage students in scientific and engineering practices. In addition, the introduction of Science Techbook will also help district educators apply crosscutting concepts to science instruction in ways that help deepen student understanding of core ideas and improve academic achievement.
Discovery Education’s Techbooks are award-winning digital textbooks aligned to rigorous standards, supportive of a comprehensive curriculum, and updated regularly at no cost. The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.
Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools, and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.
The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM/STEAM resources as well. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real-world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources helps students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real-world.” Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are embedded into each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks works on any device and can be implemented in any instructional setting.
“The Livingston Parish Public Schools believe the goal of our educational program is to prepare each and every one of our students to become successful, contributing members of society,” said Superintendent Rick Wenzel of the Livingston Parish Public Schools. “To achieve this goal, we need partners dedicated to providing our students resources and content that will help them not only develop a deep understanding of essential knowledge and skills, but the capacity to apply their learning, to reason, solve problems, and produce quality work as well. Discovery Education shares this vision, and we are pleased to deepen our partnership with them to support the success of all our students.”
LPPS’s educators will also to participate in sustained, job-embedded professional development from Discovery Education’s expert faculty that will help district educators evolve their teaching practice and effectively use their new digital resources. Also, the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting LPPS’ teachers’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.
“Discovery Education is honored to build on its great relationship with the Livingston Parish Public Schools,” said Discovery Education Manager of Educational Partnerships Dr. Felicia Bustle. “We look forward to continuing to work side-by-side with the district’s talented educators as they create even more engaging digital learning environments that support students’ long-life success.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series, Digital Streaming Plus, and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.
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