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  1. Deleting the Textbook with Discovery Education, Netbooks, and Inquiry Melissa Coleman coleman.melissa@desoto.k12.mo.us Christine Logan- Hollis logan.christine@desoto.k12.mo.us

  2. What is Techbook? • A comprehensive digital tool to replace traditional textbooks. • Uses the 5 E model of instruction

  3. How did we get it approved? • Research into why we need 21st century learning tools. • Science department was up for textbook purchases. • Net books purchased • Techbook purchased • Kept traditional text from last purchase five years ago • Cheaper than new textbooks and more relevant to student interest using technology. Webcasts from Walden Ed. S Technology Specialist Program Digital Techbooks Innovation Development

  4. Net Book Issues • Wireless (Is there enough bandwidth?) • Electricity • Charging the net books • Storing the net books • Using the net books • Putting away the netbooks • Earbuds • Mice

  5. Techbook Issues • Log-ons (creating your classes, new students) • Need one administrator per building on DE • Internet Access

  6. Making DE your own… • Some of the documents are not suited for our students. • The challenge of the bogus brakes • Student guide for the investigations does not have step by step instructions • Modified the teacher guide to be a student guide to the investigation • Mythbusters • The sheet was not clear for the students in 7th grade • Changed it to reflect scientific method • Interactive Glossary

  7. Other resources • School website • Other resources Ex. Phet • DE tech book is creating new content every day

  8. Discovery Access • 48 hour access to Desoto 73’s Techbook • Log ins • User IDs • desototrialone (through desototrialnine) • Password • desoto • Users 1 through 5 are teachers • Users 6 and 7 are 7th grade students • Users 8 and 9 are 8th grade students