How I Use It
I use it to introduce topics of study to the class in whole group lessons. The videos and visuals are all in one place to easily show the class on my board. I also use it as a starting point for research projects with kindergarten and first grade students. For example, after visiting the zoo, first graders choose an animal to research and write about. PebbleGo is the first place we look to determine what information it can give the students. I have also used it with third graders at the beginning of the school year who were doing president biographies. The organizer in the biography section helped the students organize their information into paragraphs in their final paper. PebbleGo has a limited topic pool to pull from, so when a child picks a topic that veers from the ones there, it can be hard to find age-appropriate sources, especially about some of the zoo animals. That's when your librarian can put her skills to the test!
I am so glad my school district has a subscription to PebbleGo! Teachers use it when beginning a study on topics within the curriculum, and students utilize it during independent research projects. I like that each topic is broken down into parts, and has video and pictures embedded in each topic. I also like that there is audio available for students and teachers to use to read the text aloud. The audio voice is natural and the text is highlighted to assist students in tracking the words.The one thing I would like to see added would be additional, age-appropriate online resources to send students to after exploring PebbleGo.