Teacher Review For PebbleGo

Fun, engaging way to teach emergent readers how to research.

Hollis J.
Media specialist/librarian
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use PebbleGo to teach research skills and digital citizenship to my K-2 Library Skills Class. The students learn to navigate a database to locate information and then learn the importance of giving credit to the person/place that gave them the information they sought. The organization of this database allows student to search first in categories and then narrow down into specific topics. Within each article, student can dig deeper into the topic by clicking on related articles and media. The read-a-loud feature is naturally read and allows access of the information for all my students. Although PebbleGo has multiple topics to choose from, some students get frustrated when they can't locate a specific topic and are forced to settle for another.
My Take
Overall, I love this database. It has made teaching Research Skills much easier. Everything I want the students to know about researching a topic is included in PebbleGo. Students are successful in locating information and are fully engaged in the process. My only complaint is that PebbleGo doesn't include author names to each of the articles. This would be valuable for me when I am teaching giving credit to authors or places.