Thursday, April 12, 2018

Post #21: MCAS, PebbleGo, & Tech Committee

Hope you had a wonderful week leading into spring break. A couple of updates. Please take a few minutes to read about an online non-fiction database called PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next. We have a time-sensitive trial and would love your feedback. Colleen and I will be exploring these databases with as many classes as we can before the trial runs out! We look forward to hearing your feedback. Have a wonderful week!

MCAS: We had a successful week with 3rd Grade ELA MCAS. Thank you to everyone for your support in having the devices charged and ready to go each morning! Much appreciated by all involved!

Trial to PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next: Colleen has worked with Capstone to get us a trial for both PebbleGo (K-2) and PebbleGo Next (3-5). Our trial period is from NOW - Friday, May 4th!! Please explore these databases with your students. Great for class research as well as whole class instruction. Pricing is based on the number of databases (topics) that we purchase. If you can, please identify which databases would be most useful to your grade level (animals, science, social studies...).

PebbleGo: PebbleGo is a PreK-3 database for reading and research. The PebbleGo databases make learning and improving reading and research skills fun, building on children’s interest. Databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. They offer the following databases:

PebbleGo Next: PebbleGo Next is the next step in research for students grades 3-6. PebbleGo Next is carefully aligned to grades 3-6 curriculum objectives. The databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting along with a variety of downloadables, including prompts to inspire critical thinking. They offer the following databases:

Looking for resources to use with PebbleGo/Next? Then create a free teacher account @ Capstone Community. By doing so you will have access to a variety of resources.

Once logged in, click on resources. There you will find lesson plans & activities, videos...

Technology Committee: The HH Technology Committee met this week. As always, we had a great discussion about technology use and device needs. Notes from our meeting can be found on our agenda. If you have any questions, please let me know.