Discovery Techbook Review.

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Since my trip to Washington, I’ve been very busy.It's the Future.

School.  School.  More school.

And avoiding hamburgers like the plague (which is what I thought I had… and mark my word, you do not want the plague).

Mowing my yard 14 times in March (global warming stinks… but it is a lot warmer).

I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about Discovery’s Techbook.

I didn’t want to rush right back and write a review.

My concern was I couldn’t do Discovery or the product justice (and I didn’t have time).

My initial reaction to the Techbook… I was just a little bit "under"whelmed.

I think I had my hopes set so high.  After all, this is the company that brought us Mike Rowe, Mythbusters, and American Chopper (by the way… props on the cardboard cutout of Paul Sr. at Discovery Headquarters).

I thought the Techbook would completely transform education.

Rock my world.  Like Poison or Motley Crue (the 80′s were a special time).

I was hoping for everything.

Complete and total transformation.  The universe would never be the same.

Like when ice cubes came along.  Or air conditioning. 

Cable TV.  Indoor plumbing.  McNuggets.  Shoe strings.  Underwear (seems weird, but try to imagine life without them).

Techbook was good.

Really good.

But I had my hopes up for iPad good.

That it would give me something I didn’t even know I needed.

Don’t get me wrong.  Discovery is on the right path.

It’s a company with really smart people who really care about education.  And storms (they like to chase them).

I was just hoping they would jump 20 years into the future.  Call me impatient.

I was impressed enough we hope to try out the Science Techbook in my school.

There is no doubt digital textbooks are the future.

I’m just hoping the future gets here quicker than probably is possible.

My suggestion:  if your school is thinking about buying textbooks… don’t.  Until you try Techbooks.

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3 Responses to “Discovery Techbook Review.”

  1. Joe
    on Apr 3rd, 2012
    @ 11:10 pm

    I was wondering what are the cost differences between buying regular textbooks and trying the techbooks? Are techbooks significantly cheaper? Also, I am not really sure how they work…would every student need a computer to access them?

  2. Wozza
    on Apr 4th, 2012
    @ 12:42 am

    And toilet paper!

    Back in nu zild for good now, no job as yet but enjoying the rain after life in the sandpit.

  3. Lance Rougeux
    on Apr 4th, 2012
    @ 1:53 pm

    @Joe: The DE Science Techbook for K-8 is between $38-40 over six years meaning $6-7 per year for a student. Our high school science offerings and our middle school Social Studies techbooks are launching soon. As far as implementation the techbook is platform agnostic and we have classrooms using it with one computer and an lcd projector to one-to-one settings and everywhere in between. We work through the countless implementation scenarios with our partners during the professional development that comes with the techbook. Anyhow, thank you so much for asking and if you want to know more just give me a shout @lrougeux or and I”ll have someone show you what it’s all about.

    @Michael: Thanks for the great post. I would love to be considered weird as well given that company. It was great to meet you.

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