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Capstone Digital Launches PebbleGo Biographies
August 02, 2011
Capstone Digital Launches PebbleGo Biographies, New PreK-3 Reading and Research Solution
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – July 28, 2011 – Capstone Digital, developer of personalized learning environments for students, has launched its newest PreK-3 reading and research solution PebbleGo Biographies. The database builds upon the success of previously released databases PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space which employ reading scaffolding strategies to strengthen emergent readers’ literacy and research skills through a streamlined interface, audio supports, and easy-to-read articles.
“Customers love the PebbleGo product line. Over 94% renew their subscriptions each year which is a true indication of its success in supporting librarians and teachers as they develop emergent readers’ research and reading skills,” said Todd Brekhus, President of Capstone Digital.
PebbleGo Biographies is correlated to state and national social studies standards and features biographies on famous figures in history, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Alexander Graham Bell, and Barack and Michelle Obama, in 12 easy-to-navigate categories, such as athletes, explorers, inventors, and presidents and first ladies. The database includes articles discussing subjects’ early life, life’s work, milestones, and legacy. PebbleGo Biographies includes expertly leveled and fully narrated text, animated highlighting, glossary words, visual searching, educational videos and games, an interactive timeline of key dates, and encompassing activities which teach students how to cite articles, create reports, and share what they’ve learned. The database is available over the Internet 24/7 as an annual subscription for enrolled students.
With this latest launch, all of the PebbleGo databases were transitioned to a cloud computing platform. The move provides users with a faster experience, minimal management from their school’s IT department, and 24/7 availability from any location with Internet access.
A free demonstration will be available atwww.PebbleGo.com in the coming weeks.
PebbleGo Animals launched in April 2009 and was the first database of its kind featuring text specifically leveled for a K-3 student. Reviewers gave the database 5-stars (MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools), an A+ (School Library Journal), a Star review (Library Media Connection), and named it one of the 2009 “Top 20 Best Bets for Student Researchers” (Booklist) and “Top Five Resources for Fall” (School Library Journal). PebbleGo includes among its numerous awards the 2011 CODiE Finalist (The Software and Information Industry Association), 2010 Teachers’ Choice Awards for the Classroom (Learning Magazine), 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award (Association of Educational Publishers), 2010 EDDIES Award (ComputEd Gazette), and the 2011 BESSIE Award (CompuetEd Gazette).
About Capstone Digital
Capstone Digital, a division of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments and interactive resources. Offerings include digital books, research databases and personalized reading platforms, all designed to increase fluency and reading levels for PreK-9 students. Using Capstone Digital products, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. For more information, visit www.CapstoneDigital.com.
Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, offering everything from nonfiction, fiction, and picture books to interactive books, audio books, and literacy programs. Imprints and divisions include Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Heinemann-Raintree Classroom, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, and Capstone Digital. For more information, visit www.CapstonePub.com. Connect with them at http://Connect.CapstonePub.com.
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