The South Carolina State Board of Education announced that it has approved a new science techbook for statewide use as a core instructional resource.
The techbook, produced by Discovery Education, will integrate digital curriculum into the classroom and distance learning. The board of education approved the science techbook for the K-5 and 6-8 grade bands, as well as high school Earth & Space science.
The digital content will be delivered through Discovery Education’s K-12 platform and will include virtual and hands-on investigations, STEM activities, and instructional supports.
According to a press release, teachers will also have access to coordinated digital teacher guides offering unit, concept, and lesson overviews, standards connections, and differentiation activities to inform instructional planning and guide three-dimensional learning. Discovery Education said that teacher editions also provide flexible pacing options, embedded teacher notes, and Pathways for Learning to address diverse learners.
“The phenomena-driven learning experiences the Science Techbook makes possible will help South Carolina’s students develop the skills and gather the knowledge needed for future success,” said Anna Strassner, Discovery Education’s director of Educational Partnership.
The adoption of the new science techbook builds on South Carolina’s commitment to technology in the classroom. Last month the state was recognized as a leader in K-12 computer science education by Code.org’s 2021 State of Computer Science Education report.
“To prepare our children for an ever-changing, 21st-century economy, it is imperative we actively adapt our curriculum to changes in technology, and that is exactly what we have done with computer science education,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “Our early action in recognizing this need will provide our students with the necessary groundwork to thrive at the highest levels both academically and professionally following graduation.”