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Capstone and ISTE Will Preview New Cyber Sleuths Children’s Book Series at ISTELive 24

Educators are invited to join the Cyber Sleuths Scavenger Hunt at the conference to win prizes

The ability to distinguish fact from fiction is an essential skill in school and in life. To equip readers with critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify credibility in the information they consume, Capstone and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) have partnered to publish Cyber Sleuths. Educators can get a sneak peek at the middle-grade chapter book series at booth 724 at ISTELive 24 in Denver.

Educators attending ISTELive 24 are also invited to participate in the Cyber Sleuths Scavenger Hunt from June 23-26. Each day, a Sasquatch Squishmallow — inspired by The Sasquatch Suspect installment in the series — will be hidden in the wilds of the convention center. The sleuth who follows the clue of the day and finds the Squishmallow will win a prize package that includes a selection of children’s books from Capstone and ISTE and other fun prizes.

The Cyber Sleuths mystery series follows a worldwide, online network of tech-savvy kids who are wired-in and ready to take on the internet’s worst scams, fakes, and bad actors. With high-tech tools and data, they combat misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation circulating in their communities.

“The digital age has enabled widespread access to tools and platforms making it easy for anyone to create media. However, this accessibility also poses challenges because it can be difficult to know who created something, why they made it, and if it is credible. As a result, teaching and learning media literacy is more complex in today’s digital landscape. That’s why Capstone is excited to once again partner with ISTE to publish a special collection of children’s books promoting media literacy awareness and creative use of technology and digital tools,” said Capstone CEO Randi Economou. “This collaboration empowers educators to have positive conversations with their students and provide inspiration around using technology to create, problem solve, and learn.”

The Cyber Sleuths series will be published August 1 and  follows on the heels of the 2023 launch of the collaboration that connects Capstone’ engaging storytelling with ISTE’s research-based best practices on technology use in schools.

“ISTE is proud to partner with Capstone on a creative series of books focused on media literacy skills for young learners. Through these four clever mysteries, readers will problem solve along with characters who collaborate with peers around the world to debunk myths and stop the spread of misinformation. The supporting Educator’s Guide will give teachers engaging activities aligned to the ISTE Standards to continue the conversation with their students.”

Educators can learn more about these titles, including previewing an advance reader copy of one of the titles, as well as the partnership between Capstone and ISTE at https://www.capstonepub.com/iste. Here, educators can also access a free Cyber Sleuths Educator’s Guide with discussion questions and activities tied to the ISTE Standards, a framework for using technology to support learning.

In addition to Cyber Sleuths, Capstone will release hundreds of new titles this fall, including nonfiction books, picture books, early reader books, chapter books, Spanish books, and graphic novels. Capstone interactive eBooks are available for a one-time fee, or districts and schools can add to their PebbleGo package for a discounted price.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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