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Shannon McClintock Miller

5 Ways to Partner with PebbleGo

May 15, 2019

I hope that the 2018-2019 school year was an amazing year for you, your students and school community. It was exciting to see the impact everyone made within libraries, classrooms, communities and throughout the world of education.

As we embark on summer for many of us, and a new school year upcoming, let’s take a minute to reflect on this year and envision what awesome new goals we can set for next year, and how we can discover fantastic resources and develop amazing learning experiences for our students.

Let’s take a look at how PebbleGo can be our partner as we look ahead to an even better 2019-2020!

1. PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next support all areas of the curriculum.

With the five PebbleGo modules (Science, Social Studies, Dinosaurs, Biographies, Animals) and the PebbleGo Next modules (Science, States and Native Americans, Biographies and Social Studies) you can be assured that these amazing modules have it all! By using the various modules and valuable resources they include, you will definitely be a leader within the curriculum. This will give you so many opportunities for partnering with your administrators and teachers in being a leader within the library, classrooms, community, and even staff development and curriculum planning events.

2. Not only will PebbleGo be extremely helpful in your own library and classroom, it will also be a game changer when it comes to the collaboration that happens between you and other teachers within your building.

It will lead to opportunities for connecting, planning, collaborating and co-teaching throughout the classrooms and other related arts. Partnerships like this make such an impact on teaching and learning, and by the way, they are really fun!

3. We all have technology that isn’t utilized as much as it could be.

PebbleGo can help you take advantage of the wonderful technology within your school and become your partner in making this happen. With the increased use of the technology, you will find more and more ways to integrate PebbleGo into learning opportunities, lessons, and projects with your students.

4. As librarians and teachers, we want to provide our students with an environment that fosters their creativity and problem-solving skills.

PebbleGo inspires students to create and construct their own meaning of what they are learning. We can create this type of culture by giving our students problems to solve, using PebbleGo to research and gain knowledge, and then empowering them to create their own explanations of what they learned with a variety of mediums such as video, writing, 3D models, painting, acting, music, etc.). We can then give them a platform to share their ideas and knowledge with an authentic audience within the community and throughout the world.

One of my all-time favorite research projects did just that! We had our kindergartners develop their own essential questions when we worked on the Iowa Animal Research Project. It was inspiring to hear the questions the 5 and 6 year-olds come up.  They used PebbleGo Animals, which they all already loved, to research and narrow down their question. Each student then created a project to show what they learned. These projects were shown at the Project Parade we had in the library with parents, teachers and other students. They created posters, iMovies, dioramas, clay animals, photographs, songs and more. Not only did they share during the Project Parade, they also shared in their KidBlogs, helped me tweet about the project, created scrapbook pages, and more.

You can read about this project here.

5. PebbleGo can be our partner for developing valuable community partnerships through school to home connections all summer.

By sharing information about PebbleGo with families (which can be found in the Capstone Community under Resources and Promotional Content here) and ideas for how to use it, students can model their research skills while researching what they are passionate about, and spend meaningful time with their families while doing so.

When our son Hagan was younger, he loved to go to PebbleGo Biographies at home and research athletes. He would play the different articles so we could listen together and point out all of the photographs along the way. When he was done with an athlete, he would take the information and create a Google Presentation about them. It was a very memorable time for all of us as we learned and spent time together. As you can see, PebbleGo will develop special partnerships for families in your community.

As you read and share the ideas I just shared, think about how PebbleGo will be your partner next school year and even this summer. What are the goals that PebbleGo will help you meet? What changes can PebbleGo help you make within the library and classroom?

Have a wonderful summer! I can’t wait to see the difference you will make by partnering up with PebbleGo!