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This is where you’ll find updates about new features and ideas for using Subtext. Don’t forget to also check out our Subtext Buzz section, for blog posts created for teachers, by teachers. And as always, we hope you’ll tell us what you think.

New School Year, New Licenses

Posted August 8, 2014 under Subtext News

If you bought or received Subtext premium licenses via the grandfathering program last school year, you may have received an email informing you that your licenses are expiring. However, new licenses for the 2014-2015 school year are now available on the app store! Please visit our support site for a step-by-step instructional to help you get started purchasing and managing your new licenses. If you have any questions or run into any trouble, please send us an email at support@renaissance.com. Thank you for using Subtext last year and for all of your feedback. We’re looking forward to another great school year with our community!

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Subtext 3.5 is here!

Posted May 7, 2014 under New Features, Smilestones, Subtext News

The latest update of the Subtext app is now available on the app store! You’ll notice a lot of changes to the app in Subtext 3.5, most noticeably the “My Library” view and the “About Book” blade: The new library view makes it easier to browse all of the content already in your library. To give your books and articles more space, we’ve removed the “Read”, “Assign”, and “Discuss” icons beneath the covers as well as the “Track Progress” and “Assignments” dashboards. If you tap on any cover, you’ll access the new “About Book” blade, which includes all of these features as well as your discussions. Messages are no longer a section of the “My Library” view and this leaves more space for your groups. Now, you can see if any of your groups have active assignments or submitted assignments that await your feedback directly from your main view of the app. You can also still access your messages, of course. You’ll find them in the bottom right corner of the screen (the envelope icon). A few other changes to look out for: • A streamlined Assignments flow • An easier way to browse our collection of over 750...

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Vote on the Subtext Owl and Enter to Win!

Posted April 23, 2014 under

We have a new mascot and we need your help to name him! We’ve narrowed it down to these 5 choices: 1) Owlbert Einstein 2) Hoot 3) Sophocles 4) Strix 5) Accel Just follow @readwithsubtext and tweet us with your favorite name for a chance to win a class-set of premium Subtext licenses as well as a $100 Google gift card you can use to buy ebooks for your class! Just be sure to include #SubtextOwl in your tweet and to send us your vote by May 7th. Good luck and stay tuned to see which name the Subtext community gives our mascot!   Please click here for official contest rules.

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New Black History Month Collection: notes, videos & more

Posted January 17, 2014 under Article of the Week, Common Core, Subtext News
Black History Month in Subtext

What was it like in Washington on the day of the march fifty years ago? How was non-violent protest used in the fight for civil rights? Help your students bring it to life in our new Black History Month collection! In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 1963, we’ve developed new materials to help you engage your students! Each text provides unique insight into what it was like to be part of the crowd that gathered in Washington on that historic day. Several texts examine the strategy and effectiveness of non-violent protests as a means to bring about change. Students can evaluate the persuasive rhetoric of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, analyze previously-unreleased images from that day, and read accounts from those who were there. The collection is full of primary sources, embedded videos, polls, and even an interview with a special guest on the Stephen Colbert show! Featured Black History Month Texts: More Than a Dream: Photos of the March on Washington: Some newly-released photos are included and annotations ask students to infer what it was like to be there. (Grades 4-12) Last Word: Rep John Lewis shares his memories of that historic day,...

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Article of the Week Theme: Nelson Mandela

Posted December 13, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core

This week’s theme is devoted to the life and contributions of Nelson Mandela. Grade-leveled articles will feature supplemental videos and primary sources to help students learn and evaluate what made Mandela an effective leader, as well as the revolutionary impact that his leadership has had on South Africa and the world. For article titles and instructions on how to access these resources in Subtext, see below:   Grades 4-5: “Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013″ (article has embedded video biography of Mandela) Grades 6-8: “Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Revered Statesman And Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dies”, “Mandela in Verse: Myself I Stood in the Storm”* Grades 9-10: “The Indispensable Man: Nelson Mandela (1918–2013)” Grades 11-12: “Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95″, “Mandela and the Politics of Forgiveness” * We recommend ”Mandela in Verse: Myself I Stood in the Storm” for review in upper grades as well. _______________________________________________________________________________ To access these articles, simply join the Article of the Week teacher group, where you can get weekly articles and discussion questions and assignments for each article. It’s easy; click here for a handy tutorial. Each week, Articles of the Week will be refreshed, so be sure to look at our archives and check this blog for...

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