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What is PebbleGo and How Can It Be Used for Teaching? Tips and Tricks

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PebbleGo is an easy-to-use research database for young students who want a safe a curriculum-focused place to learn.

This platform is designed specifically for students who are conducting research. The idea is to help fuel a love of learning that can continue to grow using the resources available here.

Teachers are able to assess student learning and assign work so that even less self-driven pupils are able to take advantage of everything that's on offer here.

Read on to find out all you need to know about PebbleGo.

What is PebbleGo?

PebbleGo is a collection of curriculum-based resources for students to research through and learn from. It is specifically aimed at K-3 with easily navigable guidance. There is also PebbleGo Next but that is aimed at older students that require more advanced subjects and detail.

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PebbleGo uses keyword searching to allow students not only to learn about the subject they find but also how to get there using a research technique. This searchable database is available in both English and Spanish, with the switch between the two as simple as an icon selection -- if that package has been bought, but more on pricing below.

All the information is divided into five categories of animals, science, biographies, social studies, and health. Teachers can also access the list of articles for each module separately, allowing for guidance and focused task setting.

How does PebbleGo work?

PebbleGo can be signed up for by the teacher or school initially. Once that's set, the subject areas students will have access to can be picked. Educators can then grant student access for individuals to work on their own devices on a research subject, or to freely access what's available.

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Each of the five subject sections break down into sub-sections, allowing students to search more specifically. Rather than just searching animals, they can hone in on animal behavior, for example. These sections then offer photos, text, media, links to similar topics, and printable assessment sheets.

Students can work through the materials at their own pace. They can read alone or have the text highlighted to help them work on their reading skills. There are also games in some cases to help put what's learned into practice.

PebbleGo does offer a selection of materials available to teachers to supplement the service that includes lesson plans and activities. Plenty of articles are also available that relate to the article being read – all of which can be easily printed using the activity icon below the words.

What are the best PebbleGo features?

PebbleGo is super simple to use making it great for younger students. The supported reading makes it a wonderful way to work on practising reading techniques while also learning new subjects -- as well as how to research -- all at the same time.

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PebbleGo is filled with standards-based content that makes it a fantastic resource for in the classroom as well as for at-home continued learning for students. 

The content maps are really helpful for giving teachers guidance on navigation, as are the resources such as lesson plans and activities. However, some students may need a considerable amount of assistance as this does offer quite a bit of freedom in terms of topic exploration.

A premium feature called Create allows students to build their own information slides. This can be useful in submitting tasks to cement comprehension as well as allow teachers to create specific slides for students for extra learning.

Since everything is app-friendly, this can work on a range of devices including students' own smartphones. The ability to add curated ebooks to each Animal or Science article helps to offer further learning depth to students if they need that -- but this is also a premium extra.

How much does PebbleGo cost?

PebbleGo has four pricing plan tiers that include the basic offering but also add on extra services, such as the older student PebbleGo Next, the Create option, Spanish support, and the Read More ebook add-on.

Bronze is charged at $1,299 and gets you all give PebbleGo modules.

Silver priced at $1,799, does the above and lets you get one add-on product.

Gold is $1,999 and gets you the five modules plus two add-ons.

Platinum is $2,399 and gets you all modules plus three add-ons. 

The Create extra is sold separately and is charged at a flat rate of $500.

PebbleGo best tips and tricks

Get biographical
Have students research someone they know nothing about and create a guessing game for the class with what they've learned.

Have fun
Give students the freedom to explore subjects they enjoy but with the task of bringing back three facts they learned, to share.

Use structure
Use report templates from the site and have students complete these as they work so you get a reference wall to be used by the entire class.

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.