Capstone’s PebbleGo now iPad compatible

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, announces its popular PreK-3 research solution PebbleGo is now optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD, and other mobile devices. Officially launching today, PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface design to support mobile web browsers, as well as a number of enhancements to the navigation for a more consistent user experience across all four of the database modules: Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space, and Social Studies.

With an overall new design, PebbleGo 2.0 features: easier access to the main menu through a “Home” button; a print and media toolbar grouping navigation functions such as activities, videos, and audio together; and updated games.

“We heard from many of our customers who explored the beta version of PebbleGo last month and their feedback has been enthusiastic and truly energized our official mobile launch. PebbleGo 2.0 offers users greater flexibility, and with updated graphics, navigation, and games, there’s a lot to be excited about,” said David Samuelson, General Manager of Capstone’s Library division.

Customers with updated browsers (Chrome, Safari 5.0 or higher, FireFox 19.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 9 or higher) will experience the new features through both their mobile devices and desktop computers.

PebbleGo employs reading scaffolding strategies to strengthen emergent readers’ literacy and research skills through a streamlined interface, audio supports, and easy-to-read articles. PebbleGo includes expertly leveled and fully narrated text, animated highlighting, glossary words, visual searching, educational videos and games, 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.

Launched in 2009, PebbleGo Animals 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 year’s “Top 20 Best Bets for Student Researchers” (Booklist) and a “Top Five Resources for Fall” (School Library Journal). Most recently, PebbleGo was chosen in a School Library Journal readers’ poll as a Stellar Database, “SLJ readers were vocal—and almost unanimous—in their appreciation of this fun, informative resource.”

PebbleGo has received several awards from the Software and Information Industry Association, Tech & Learning magazine, Learning magazine, the Association of Educational Publishers, and ComputEd Gazette.

To see a free demonstration of PebbleGo, visit www.PebbleGo.com.

About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books in nonfiction and fiction, digital products and services and literacy programs. Capstone publishes content in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Imprints under Capstone include Capstone Young Readers, Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Heinemann Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Capstone Classroom and Maupin House. For more information, visit www.CapstonePub.com. Connect with them at http://Connect.CapstonePub.com.