Teacher Review For PebbleGo

Fabulous database for primary learners

Kari B.
Media specialist/librarian
Fontenelle Elementary School
Omaha, NE
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this database with primary grades when we start talking about having an information need and how can we answer our own questions. After we have talked about where we can find info, we take part of a class to log into and navigate around PebbleGo. After students get comfortable with navigating they are giving time to work on their own to find answers to a question they asked. Most students were able to pick up the navigation quickly but a few still needed assistance, have a designated class helper is awesome. Also, if you have a class set of headphones it's a good idea to pull them out. Students loved have the database read the information to them and it's gets distracting quickly without some kind of volume control.
My Take
This database is a wonderful tool to use with primary, HiLo, ESL, and special needs students. The topics within PebbleGo are broken up by subject and the navigation is easy to understand and picture heavy for students who might need help. Another added benefit is the the option to have information read to the students along with the option for a video clip of the topic and a sound bite (where appropriate). My classes loved clicking around, looking at different topics and they were sharing what they looked at as they were packing up to leave class.