Capstone Connect Quickstart Guide for Teachers
Step 1. Sign In
Access Capstone Connect from Capstone-Connect.com or PebbleGo.com by clicking “Sign In” in the upper right corner of either site.
Sign in with your Capstone Connect account username and password. This username and password are the same username and password your students will use when signing into PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next platform.
Step 2. Navigate to Capstone Connect
Once signed in, we’ve nested the “Standards Search” under the Capstone dropdown menu, keeping the view unchanged for students but simple for teachers to access.
Click on “Standards Search” to navigate to Capstone Connect to begin searching for resources correlated to standards. If you do not see “Standards Search” you have logged into an account that does not have a Capstone Connect subscription.
Step 3. Search for Content
The Capstone Connect home page allows you to search for content—from a comprehensive collection of thousands of resources—in multiple ways.
- Search by Standards allows you to search by state or national standards, or
- Title Search allows you to search by the title (or word in the title) of the resource available within your Capstone Connect subscription. This include any PebbleGo or PebbleGo Next article name, Capstone Interactive eBook title, or instructional material.
Search by Standard
The Capstone Connect Search by Standard page allows you to easily filter a variety of content by
- State or National Standard
This example illustrates a search for content focused on First Grade Science for the standards in the state of Texas.
Search by Standards Results Page
These are the results of the search for First Grade Texas Science standards. You can scroll to find the specific standard you are interested in finding content for.
You can drill down to a specific standard by clicking on the hyperlinked text. In this example, we’re going to look specifically at “collect data and make observations using simple tools.”
This view shows curated Capstone content that is correlated to your chosen standard. Curated content includes resources available in PebbleGo, Capstone Interactive eBooks, and instructional materials. Content is sorted alphabetically. Use the search field to narrow your results.
Another way to search for resources is using the Title Search from the Capstone Connect home page. The Title Search page allows you to filter content by the title of the resource or a word within the title of a resource. This example illustrates a search for content focused on the word “space”.
Title Search Results Page
These are the results of your search for “space”. In this example, there are 3 pages of results. You can use the pagination buttons to navigate to the resources you need.
This view shows a closer look at the curated Capstone content that resulted from your Title Search of the word “space”. Curated content includes resources available in PebbleGo, Capstone Interactive eBooks, and instructional materials. Content is sorted alphabetically. You can find the specific content you are looking for or explore the multiple resources generated by your search.
Filter by Content Category
Whether you search by standards or title, you can filter results and look only at a specific category of content. In this example, we will filter the instructional materials that have been returned using a standard search.
Step 4. Share with Students
Instructional Materials: Preview and Save
Whether or not you’ve filtered the results, you can easily download or preview Instructional Materials. You must use the “Download” button to save a PDF of the Instructional Materials to your computer.
Clicking on the title of the instructional material will open a new tab and allow you to preview it. In this case, we are previewing the instructional material for "Matter: See It. Touch It. Smell It." Unlike the PebbleGo articles and eBook resources, Instructional Materials do not offer a URL for sharing. You must click on the “Download” button on the prior page to have access to the document later which can be saved to your computer. After the document has been downloaded to your computer, you can upload it to a cloud service of your choice (ex. Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox) and house the link in online lesson planning resources or share with your peers.
Pebble Go Articles: Copy Link and Preview
Let’s look at the PebbleGo article for Hot or Cold.
Copy a Link for Easy Student Access
To use this article as part of a lesson, click the “Copy Link” button to create a unique URL that you can share in any Learning Management System (LMS), education platform or EdTech tool allowing your students a quick, no sign in experience to access the PebbleGo article.
Preview an Article
Preview the article in PebbleGo by simply clicking on the hyperlinked title of the article as noted above. Once you click into the article, you are instantaneously in PebbleGo.
Capstone Interactive eBooks: Copy Link and Preview
Let’s look at the Capstone Interactive eBook title "Matter: See It. Touch It. Smell It." This works like the PebbleGo information noted in the previous section of this user guide.
Copy a Link to this eBook for Easy Student Access
To use this eBook as part of a lesson, click the “Copy Link” button to create a unique URL that you can share in any Learning Management System (LMS), education platform or EdTech tool allowing your students a quick, no sign in experience to access the eBook.
Preview an eBook
Preview the eBook in Capstone Interactive by simply clicking on the hyperlinked title of the eBook as noted above. Once you click into the eBook, you are instantaneously in brought to that title.
Step. 5 Integration with LMS and EdTech tools
The “Copy Link” feature noted in the PebbleGo Articles and Capstone Interactive eBooks sections of this guide allow you to easily copy a link to any PebbleGo or Capstone Interactive eBook that is returned in your standards search. This unique link is tied to your school’s Capstone Connect account and can be accessed by multiple students at one time. These links can be easily pasted in your LMS or EdTech tools like Seesaw or Google Classroom. Because these links provide access to paid materials within your Capstone Connect subscription, we strongly encourage you to use the links for student access only.
Step 6. Helpful Resources
Tools to easily share information with parents & guardians about PebbleGo and Capstone Interactive
Effective and engaging options to start using PebbleGo with your students