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PebbleGo Animals Database License
PebbleGo Animals Database License
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PebbleGo Animals Database License

PebbleGo is an animal database designed specifically for K-3 emergent readers and researchers. It features more than 200 animal articles correlated to life science standards, animal audio and video, carefully leveled text, educational games, and innovative read-aloud capabilities. Web access from school or home makes PebbleGo an ideal K-3 resource. PebbleGo features easy-to-use searching tools, and introduces early learners to database and research concepts.

 
  
Reading LevelGrades K-1
Interest LevelGrades PreK-2
  
  
ISBN978-1-4296-3699-5
Copyright2009
  
LanguagesEnglish
Online Database Application Subscription
School/Library Price
$395.00
 
 
 

Reviews

MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools - Charles Doe, media specialist, Hastings Area Schools, Hastings, MI

"Overall Rating: 5 Stars Installation: A Content/Features: A Ease of Use: A Product Support: A Company: Capstone Press, Inc., 151 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato, MN 56002. Phone: (800) 747-4992; Internet: www.capstonepress.com. Price: $395 per building per year. Volume discounts are available. A free demonstration version is offered online. Audience: K–2 emergent readers, both at home and at school. Format: Web-based subscription database with audio, video, and still images for computers with Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems. Minimum System Requirements: Basically, a fast internet connection and a newer computer are required. Video and other elements of the site, however, generate some additional hardware and software requirements. Windows computers should have a 450 MHz Pentium II processor, 128MB RAM, Windows 2000, 1280 x 1024 monitor resolution, support for sound, Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 2.x, Flash Player v9.0.115, and JavaScript. Mac and Linux computers have essentially the same requirements. Macs require Power PC GC, 500 MHz, Intel Core Duo 1.33 GHz processor, Safari 3.x, and Opera 9.5 or Firefox 2.x. Linux machines require Red Hat Enterprise Linus (RHEL) 5, openSUSE 11, or Ubantu 7.10 with Firefox 2.x or SeaMonkey 1.11. Description: Aligned to national curriculum standards, PebbleGo introduces K–2 students to database and research concepts with information about hundreds of animals. The program navigation, the level of difficulty of the text, the read-aloud component, and other features are designed for use by emergent readers. Reviewer Comments: Installation: The installation essentially consists of being sure the proper equipment with the correct software is available, followed by arranging a subscription. Installation Rating: A Content/Features: PebbleGo, named after the Capstone Press Pebble Books series, is a subscription database designed specifically to help K–2 students learn to use databases and perform research tasks. The program provides animal information in a database with a visually pleasing interface. Since reading ability can be one of the big problems for younger children doing research, PebbleGo offers a number of features designed to make research possible despite the characteristically low reading level of this audience. The program is attractively designed with information about approximately 200 animals, including different classes of animals (amphibians, mammals, reptiles, etc.), animal behavior, home territory, and more. The information examines body, habitat, food, life cycle, and fun facts in a type of slide show. The text is carefully leveled and age-appropriate. The image on the body slide can be printed as an activity that provides a list of body parts and blank spaces, offering the opportunity to correctly label the animal. Students can click an on-screen button to hear the sound an animal makes. Another button offers a brief video clip. Additional buttons enable students to print information about an animal, obtain citation information, move to other parts of the database, or produce a template page that can be printed and used to share information about a specific animal. The important features of PebbleGo are the navigation and reading functions that make it possible for K–2 students to use this kind of research tool. Pleasant voices read words aloud to identify some of the nav¬i¬¬gation buttons. Hearing the spoken names of the animals on these buttons should help students learn unfamiliar words. Information about each animal can be read aloud, accompanied by word-by-word highlighting. PebbleGo can be searched using search terms, a skill that is probably difficult for K–2 readers. The best way for younger children to find animals or to explore the database is through a series of buttons on the first screen. These include navigation buttons for games, a "Vote for Your Favorite Animal" button, an "Animal of the Day" butto" - MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools

June 1, 2009

Booklist - Mary Ellen Quinn

"Top 20 Best Bet for Student Researchers, 2009 Here is an animal database that presents information on more than 200 animals in a format suited to meet the needs of emergent readers. Special features include games, live-action video, and read-aloud audio." - Booklist

September 1, 2009

 

Booklist - Maren Ostergard

"PebbleGo is an animal database that presents information on more than 200 animals in a format suited to meet the needs of emergent readers. The home page features a search box on the top right of the page. The search box includes a feature that will be especially useful to emergent readers. As they type in the letters of their search term, a drop-down menu appears featuring all the subjects that begin with those letters. On the left-hand side of the screen are buttons for Animal of the Day, a poll for students to participate in, and a Games button. The center of the screen features the access to the informational content of the database, presented by 16 icons. The categories are somewhat arbitrary, including Amphibians, Birds, Reptiles, and other animal groups, along with Animal Behaviors, Animal Classification, and Animal Habitats, as well as Pets and Dinosaurs. Clicking on any of these leads to additional choices. For example, when users click on Amphibians, they are taken to the next screen, which offers three choices: Frogs, Newts, and Salamanders. Each subject entry presents information arranged in five categories: Body, Habitat, Food, Life Cycle, and Fun Facts. Each category offers a few sentences of information. In addition, each category is accompanied by a different color photograph, some of which can be printed along with their labels. Watch and Listen tabs accompanying many of the entries offer live-action video and sounds. (Although the live-action videos may appeal to users, they do not include narration.) Words appearing in purple are clickable, resulting in a written definition. Word-by-word highlighting and read-aloud audio can be turned on and off. Some entries feature a Share What You Know button that takes users to a PDF page with space for drawing a picture and jotting down some simple facts. The Games page offers six games: Predator and Prey, Classify It, Wheel of Dog Breeds, Habitat Hunt, Name That Animal Sound, and Which Animal Is It? The games are simple. For example, in Predator and Prey, users click on a choice of four predators and then click from among another four choices for its prey. One of the matches is the arctic fox and the lemming. Although the entry on the arctic fox mentions that it eats “fish, birds, and other small mammals,” lemmings are not included as a subject entry in the database and may be unfamiliar to young users. The database can be accessed from school or home. It would be useful to public libraries or schools wanting to provide electronic research information to their youngest researchers. Subscription price per year is $395. (Last accessed May 5, 2009.)" - Booklist

June 1, 2009

School Library Journal - Shonda Brisco

"...this database deserves an A+ for breaking new ground." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2009

 

Learning & Leading with Technology

"K-2 emergent readers can use Capstone Press PebbleGo animal database, which has more than 200 articles that fit life science standards, to improve their reading. The database includes animal audio, video, text, educational games, and read-aloud features. PebbleGo was created with young learners in mind. The program features easy-to-use searching tools and introduces early learners to database and research concepts. The cost is $395 per school subscription. A free demonstration is available online. MORE INFO: www.PebbleGo.com." - Learning & Leading with Technology

May 1, 2009

Learning Magazine

"Designed for emergent readers and researchers, this database includes more than 200 articles, leveled text, reading supports, audio and video resources, educational games, easy-to-use search tools, and more, all about animals. For a free trial, visit www.pebblego.com. Grades K-2, $395 a year per building. Capstone Press, (800) 747-4992, www.capstonepress.com." - Learning Magazine

June 1, 2009

 

Library Learnings Blog, American School of Dubai Elementary - Natasha Pollock

"Research for Emerging Readers - Grade 1 Our Grade 1 students are budding researchers! Using a database designed especially for emerging readers, PebbleGo, Grade 1 students have been learning about desert animals. PebbleGo is a database featuring more than 200 animal articles including audio, video, images and read-aloud text. The user friendly interface and interactive nature of the PebbleGo make it perfect for students in K1-Grade 2. Many children have been so excited about researching animals that they have been coming to the library at recess to learn as much as they can!" - Library Learnings Blog, American School of Dubai Elementary

December 7, 2009

Learning in the Library Blog - Mrs. Karen Miliano

"Let’s research animals! The second graders were recently introduced to the animal database “PebbleGo” during their weekly library visit. The online database is designed specifically for K-2 students. It has a wealth of information about hundreds of animals. Each article has leveled text with built-in reading support. Just click on the speaker icon and the text is read to you! There is also word-by-word highlighting of the text as it is read to support emergent readers. Many animal articles also have a short audio clip of the sounds the animal makes and a brief video showing how the animal moves. “PebbleGo” is amazing! Your child can access “PebbleGo” at home as well as in school. . . . Do take a look at this wonderful new resource. You won’t be disappointed!" - Learning in the Library Blog

December 13, 2009

 

East Valley Media Center Blog

"Have you had an opportunity to check out PebbleGo, a new research resource located on Cobb Virtual Library? If you like to learn facts about animals and want to improve your reading skills, this is an awesome website! PebbleGo is a user-friendly database designed for K-2 emergent readers. The website features over 200 animal articles along with animal audio and video. Wonderful photographs of the featured animals support the student’s comprehension skills as well as keeping them engaged. PebbleGo’s innovative read-aloud capabilities and word-by-word highlighting is easy to navigate and optional to use. Animal videos and animal sounds make the content come alive. http://eastvalley.typepad.com/media_center/2009/11/index.html" - East Valley Media Center Blog

November 10, 2009

Awards

Learning Magazine

2010 Teachers’ Choice Awards for the Classroom

September 1, 2009

Association of Educational Publishers

2010 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist

May 1, 2010

 
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