Mooresville Graded School District transforms social studies curriculum with Discovery Education digital textbook

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The nationally recognized Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, announced today an expansion of their partnership that brings Discovery Education’s digital social studies textbook to middle school classrooms district wide. Discovery Education is the primary provider of digital content and digital textbooks to MGSD.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™ series transforms teaching and learning through dynamic and interactive content that links to historical resources and features activities that help students think critically, develop arguments and investigate history. During the 2012-2013 school year, MGSD middle school educators piloted Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook and found it an ideal resource to help meet their goal of preparing every child, every day to be a successful and responsible citizen in a global workplace and community.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook is the latest Discovery Education service to be adopted by the district as part of their digital conversion. Previously, MGSD has adopted Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series, as well as Discovery Education Streaming Plus for use district wide. As part of its ongoing relationship with MGSD, Discovery Education has provided customized professional development to district educators supporting the integration of its digital content into classroom instruction.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook series is a complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features dynamic digital content and engaging resources for United States History, World History and World Geography & Cultures. Each subject area includes a multimedia reference library that links key documents to people and places; interactive maps, digital explorations and activities; primary source documents; and informational texts. It is designed to support multiple reading levels and languages, promote personalized learning, inspire curiosity, encourage critical thinking and enable project-based learning.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Discovery Education,” said Dr. Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District. “One of the cornerstones of our transformation has been the introduction of the highest quality digital media into all core content areas. The deepening of our relationship with Discovery Education supports us as we provide all students a firm preparation for global citizenship.”

Significantly less expensive than traditional textbooks and platform independent, the all-in-one resource works with any device, including iPads, tablets, mobile devices, laptops or desktops, maximizing investment in existing technology and lowering district costs. Constantly updated to reflect today’s changing world, the series also enables teachers to incorporate current issues into their curriculum.

In addition, Discovery Education’s Techbook series supports educators as they implement the Common Core State Standards through detailed lesson plans and model lessons that demonstrate what the new standards look like in action. The series also includes custom assessments that measure students’ progress and recommend individualized resources that reinforce classroom instruction.

“Discovery Education is pleased to be a part of Mooresville Graded School District’s efforts supporting the learning of every child, every day and we look forward to continuing to provide Superintendent Mark Edwards and the entire Mooresville team with the highest quality digital content and targeted, effective professional development,” said Andy Schaefer, vice president, Discovery Education.

Discovery Education launched its revolutionary digital textbook series in the fall of 2011 with a Techbook program for K-8 science. Proven to increase student engagement and achievement, Discovery Education announced in March 2012 the expansion of the series to include middle school social studies and high school science subjects. More than 600,000 students across 41 states as well as the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario in Canada currently have access to Discovery Education’s Techbook series.

Click here to learn more about how Discovery Education is supporting the work of Mooresville Graded School District and here for more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook series.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.