New release: Subtext 2.0

Posted December 21, 2012 under New Features, Subtext News

Hi everyone,

We have been hard at work for the last couple of months on a new version of our product – Subtext 2.0.  First, a quick thank you to all of the teachers who have given us feedback. Your input is incredibly valuable, and we ask that you keep it coming.

So what’s new in Subtext 2.0? You now have unprecedented visibility into how your students are reading. By focusing the app around the interactions inside a text and adding a ‘Recent Group Activity’ dashboard, we hope to give you the information you need to individualize your students’ reading experience.

Library Dashboard

Here’s what our new Library design looks like, combining your Books & Docs and Recent Group Activity into one view:

Class Reading Progress

We are starting to surface stats on how your class engages in a text, including reading speed, highlights, notes and quiz results. (Word look-ups and charts on this engagement are coming soon).

What do Students See?

Some teachers have asked – what can my students see?  The simple answer is… not as much as you. Our pilot teachers told us they wanted students to see their overall progress in a book (page number and total notes)- but not how their more detailed stats compared to the rest of the class. So for now, their view looks like this:


We also spent a lot of time trying to streamline and simplify the app, especially around our annotation tools. Now you’ll find:

  • Streamlined Note Creation: Tap once on ‘Discuss’ and add a comment, quiz or poll. (You can change a note format half-way through creation, without losing your progress.)
  • Simpler Note Distribution: Now it’s easier to determine where your note is going. (No more figuring out what ‘Cloaked Replies’ means!)
  • Easier Group Doc Sharing: Search for any book, add it to your shelf, then share it with your groups in two taps.

Common Core-Aligned Lesson

Last, but not least, we are excited to share a Common Core-aligned lesson with you around the theme of Protest during the Civil Rights Movement.  How did Protest contribute to the overall impact of the Civil Rights movement? We hope your classrooms will engage with us on this question and help celebrate great historical figures, speeches, and texts. Use code KSWHEMBH to join the group or find out more.


The heart of the app has not changed. You’ll still find all of the collaborative reading features you’ve come to expect from us. We also know we’re far from being done. We are already planning to adjust some things based on teacher feedback on this version. Your thoughts will only help Subtext get better.

You can find the update in the App Store. We can’t wait to see what you do with the new features.

Andrew Goldman
Founder, Subtext


  1. James Forman

    December 30, 2012|12:18 pm|Reply

    Thank you so much for giving teachers this tool and continuing to improve it. I almost can’t wait till school starts again. (Almost!)
    James Forman

  2. Karim Faris

    January 4, 2013|10:19 am|Reply

    Love it!

  3. Tina McIver

    May 2, 2013|5:04 pm|Reply

    So, I’ve added a couple of books to my shelf. As I look at the books there are a lot of other people’s notes and questions on there. Do my students see all of that? I think they are going to be confused by all the extra information on the side. I’m hoping there is some way that only my notes and questions will show. Please advise. Thanks.

  4. Subtext

    May 10, 2013|9:56 pm|Reply

    Hi Tina, great question. Every teacher is part of a group called ‘Teachers+’. While you can see all notes in the book from other teachers, your students only see what you share into their (separate) closed group. When you share another teacher’s note to your own class group, the students reply only to you (they have no relationship with the original note creator). You can hide notes from other users by choosing different settings in the blue ‘Discussions’ tab on your main Library page. Email us at and we can explain more what we mean or send you some screen shots! thanks, Heidi

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