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PebbleGo is Live Today!

by Liz Breed on 2019-08-01T09:37:18-04:00 in Early Literacy, Kids | Comments

Michigan eLibrary facivon​MeL's newest early literacy eResource, PebbleGo, is live today! This addition to MeL's early literacy offering is for young readers in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Our full book content subscription includes access to the Animals and Social Studies modules. 

  

Content and User Experience 

PebbleGo boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. With informational articles and ready-made activities, students of all abilities are supported. There are also supplemental resources for educators. 

Student content areas include: 

  • Articles and activities for Animals and Social Studies 

  • Video and/or audio clips for most articles 

  • Citation tool that teaches students to "Share What You Know" with a printable template 

Educator content areas include: 

  • Content maps 

  • Correlations to curriculum standards 

  • Lesson plans 

PebbleGo offers consistent navigation in a friendly environment. User's will find guided keyword searching in a large visual search area. All articles have the option to be read aloud in a natural voice which helps model correct pronunciation and fluency. 

Coming in mid-August, Capstone will be releasing an update to the user interface. PebbleGo will increase its accessibility by becoming compatible with assistive technologies. It will also be mobile responsive so no matter what type of device you're using to access PebbleGo, your experience will be consistent. 

 
Support Resources and Training 

Looking for links to connect to PebbleGo on your own website? The direct and geoIP URLs are available on MeL.org. A new web button is also available. 

Save the date! Tuesday, September 10th training webinars will be available to learn the ins and outs of PebbleGo. Learn how the curated nonfiction content supports research and digital literacy. 

  • Library Staff: 11:00 am EST  

  • Educators: 4:00 pm EST 

Later in August, registration links will be available. In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars! 

If you'd like to dive into some early learning, be sure to check out the Capstone Community site. There you will find links to tutorials, user stories and a blog full of useful information. 

 

The MeL team would like to extend its thanks to the many members from the Michigan library and education communities that took time to participate in the product demonstrations and provide evaluations of the resources through the survey. Additionally, thanks to the staff from the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services for doing the work behind the scenes to enable the Michigan eLibrary program to serve our libraries and patrons across Michigan. 

Brought to you by Liz Breed from the MeL Team.

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MeL eResources are available to Michigan residents or for Michigan library or school access only.

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