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Collaborative Learning App from Capstone Helps Educators Increase Engagement and Critical Thinking


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – March 16, 2017 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, announces the launch of pivotEd, an interactive learning app designed to help teacher librarians develop 21st Century skills in their learners. pivotEd fosters critical thinking and deeper connections with lesson objectives through writing, sharing, reviewing, and discussing.

pivotEd integrates thinking skills lesson templates (KWL, Text Features, Cause and Effect, Compare and Contest, and Primary Sources) with any print or digital content, allowing librarians to easily customize lessons for different grades or objectives using the resources they have already curated in their library’s collection. Equipped with their own device, students respond to librarian-led prompts, encouraging critical and original thinking. After contributing to the discussion, students then see the real-time responses of their peers, which build on their understanding of the lesson. Librarians monitor the lesson and responses, making formative assessments in the moment about which concepts are mastered and which need more discussion.

pivotEd features more than 500 lessons connected to more than 250 Capstone titles. The variety of lesson templates within pivotEd allow librarians to both teach library specific skills and collaborate with classroom teachers to expand understanding of content-area objectives. With pivotEd, technology becomes a tool to enable understanding and sharing of ideas.

“21st Century Learning is collaborative and pivotEd was designed to make collaboration between students and educators engaging and easier. With pivotEd, every student has a voice,” said Matt Keller, Capstone Chief Marketing Officer.

Capstone is hosting a series of webinars introducing customers to pivotEd starting on March 22 at 3:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time). To sign up or see additional webinar dates, visit the registration page.


About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print, digital and media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at home reading. For more information, visit