Capstone, publisher of children’s educational content for schools and home, announces significant upgrades to its PebbleGo™ database coming in Fall 2019.
Among the improvements will include compliance with Section 508 standards (U.S. Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and WCAG 2.0 AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), ensuring PebbleGo will be accessible to children with vision, cognitive, physical, and hearing disabilities.
Accessibility features will include:
- Simple, intuitive, and predictable navigation
- Text-to-Speech on all articles
- Transcripts for all videos
- Alternative text and descriptive titles for meaningful images
- Screen reader support
- Access keys for keyboard-only navigation
- Color contrast design to support color-blindness and low vision
PebbleGo will also be mobile-responsive, providing students with at-home or on-the-go access on their smartphones, tablets, and computers. In late Fall 2019, PebbleGo will launch a “Read More” feature in its Animals and Science modules which will allow students to delve deeper into research projects or their own interests with optional, read-aloud e-Books. Two e-Books will be available for each article.
All PebbleGo database modules include levelled text and are narrated by professional voice-over artists to provide essential scaffolds for emerging and struggling readers and English language learners.