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.
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.