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How does Discovery Education work?

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Discovery Education is an organization that works by partnering with school districts and helping them transition towards using digital resources such as instructional videos, audio and image files, and games. Once it establishes the partnership, Discovery Education provides digital textbooks, assessment services and standards-aligned curricular resources to the schools.

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Through a series of digital textbooks, Discovery Education enables teachers to save time due to the built-in assessments, student activities and model lessons. This also lowers the cost by allowing students to access the educational content on different platforms and devices without relying on standard textbooks. As of 2015, this series includes social studies, math and science textbooks as part of the Discovery Education Techbook program. These are also available through the Discovery Education Techbook app, which is the result of collaboration between Discovery Education and Apple.

Discovery Education works directly with school districts to develop instructional practices that enhance the learning process through the use of digital media and to design plans that improve the skills of teachers with regard to applying those digital resources. It provides a service that aligns the digital content with the existing curriculum and offers model lessons that explain how to apply that content to target the Common Core State Standards. Additionally, it includes an option to subscribe to supplemental services such as Discovery Education Science, which fosters interest in core science concepts, and Discovery Education Health, which provides health- and wellness-related resources.

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