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Tony Wacholtz

Tony Wacholtz

How PebbleGo Articles are Chosen

April 18, 2019

If I asked you to write down every animal you could think of, you’d probably have quite a long list. Then if I asked you to continue that list with every notable person in history—past or present—that you could think of, you’d be writing for hours. And we haven’t even started with other categories yet!

With a seemingly limitless number of topics to include in PebbleGo, how do we decide? There are several factors we take into account when creating our topic list, including curriculum standards, trends, and, of course, feedback from you!

Curriculum standards are always a driving force for the content in PebbleGo. For example, we used the Next Generation Science Standards to help build the framework of the Science module. We then relied on other standards—including literacy, comprehension, and other science standards—to make sure we were providing a thorough coverage of the content.

Things change and evolve at a frightening pace today! New science concepts, celebrities, and even animals stand out in the news all the time. That’s why we want to make sure we’re giving kids safe and accessible information on trending topics. One example is the PebbleGo Vote campaign we held in 2016. Kids could go to PebbleGo for straightforward information about the candidates and election without having to worry about encountering biased sources online.

Last but definitely not least, we look to you for topic ideas. We have—and continue to receive—many great ideas from educators, librarians, and even kids! PebbleGo would probably have 100,000 articles if we created an article for every suggestion, but we try to do as many as we can. So keep those ideas rolling in-- a great way to submit is with the hashtag #PGarticleideas on Twitter and Facebook.

I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who reads this blog post and who uses PebbleGo in their classroom, library, or home. Our team strives to make content that will help kids learn and have fun at the same time, and we couldn’t do it without your help!