3 Big Upgrades Coming to PebbleGo
There are a number of improvements and upgrades you will notice in PebbleGo. The most noticeable change will be to the look of PebbleGo. We have redesigned every page of PebbleGo to vastly improve the student experience with a sleek, modern interface that will provide an even richer and more enjoyable environment that your students will love exploring time and time again. Here are three upgrades you won't want to miss!
1. PebbleGo will be accessible to students of all abilities, and will be Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.
What does it mean to be section 508 compliant?
Section 508, an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.
What is WCAG compliance?
WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is an updated version of Section 508 compliance. In addition to the regulations set out by Section 508, WCAG compliance includes guidelines at an international level. The goal of WCAG is to provide a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.
What are the new accessibility features of PebbleGo that make it compliant with Section 508?
Navigation is simple, intuitive, and predictable
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 designed to support color-blindness and low vision
Checkout this article to learn more about what accessibility means in school libraries today.
2. PebbleGo will be fully mobile-responsive ensuring students can access the database on smartphones, tablets, and computers.
What is mobile-responsive design?
Mobile-responsive design will allow PebbleGo to respond to the user's behavior and environment based on screen size and orientation of any device, whether they are accessing it on a desktop or laptop computer, tablet or smartphone.
What is the impact of PebbleGo being mobile-responsive?
The new, modern look of PebbleGo along with all of the simplicity and features you and your students love will now be available on any device with internet access. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities to help bridge the digital divide.
Improved student and educator experience on all devices
Easy and intuitive touchscreen navigation
More convenient at home and on-the-go access
More opportunities for more students to engage with curriculum-connected content
3. Students will be able to dive deeper into research or interests with optional, read-aloud eBooks.*
What is "Read More"?
"Read More" is a brand new supplement exclusive to your existing PebbleGo subscription that provides students two read-aloud eBooks connected to each article in the Animals and Science modules.
How "Read More" Read-Aloud eBooks within PebbleGo help:
Maximize student engagement and curricular support for teachers with eBooks carefully selected from Capstone's industry-leading collection
Encourage opportunities for personalized learning
Support emerging readers with audio recorded by professional voice-over artists and text highlighting
Reinforce critical thinking and research skills by introducing a second source
Give teachers already using PebbleGo for instruction hundreds of additional resources
Easily accessible within each article in a Read More tab — all while never leaving PebbleGo
When will "Read More" be available?
"Read More" will release in October 2019, and you can request a quote today.