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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.

Subtext & Google for eBook Rentals

Posted October 10, 2014 under Subtext News

We’re excited to partner with Google Play for Education to provide affordable eBook access to Subtext schools! Google Play for Education makes it easy to rent and provision instructional sets of paid eBooks to read in Subtext, without requiring the extensive setup and maintenance of a digital library. After October 31st, we will no longer be accepting volume purchases orders for book. Instead, we encourage you to enroll in Google Play for Education (our retail partner)  for access to thousands of K12 eBook rentals.  More about Google Play for Education Google Play for Education is a free service available to US K12 schools using managed Chromebooks and tablets. GPFE gives schools access to a huge variety of content: Thousands of K12 books available for affordable rental, often for a fraction of the purchase price. A huge library of free classic eBooks, from Shakespeare to Jane Austen Educational YouTube videos from approved channels Thousands of educator-approved apps for Android tablets and Chromebooks Pay by PO, credit card or Google Play gift card — the payment method and amount of spending are up to you. Enroll in GPFE To enable GPFE, your school’s Google admin needs to: Have one or more...

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Subtext 4.0

You can now download Subtext 4.0 from the App Store! We’re starting off the Fall with a few new additions, all based on popular teacher requests: Improved feedback to students: Sort replies in any comment thread by alphabetical order of students’ names. Reply to students individually for more direct & relevant feedback. Leveled books & articles: Find an ATOS reading level for any article you bring in from the Web. Organize your content: Find your content more easily by filtering ‘My Library’ by group or tag. Put texts into units or collections based on your own tags. Group roster sorted by last name: Find and view student work by last name in the group list, for easier grading and organization. Updated CCSS assignments: Easier to add instruction with suggested assignments or CCSS assignment templates, all tied to standards and skills. Browse by standard or grade level, or create your own. Text to Speech works off-line: Now your students can use text to speech and see words highlighted as they are spoken, even while off-line. iOS7+ required: Please update to iOS7, as we no longer support iOS6 or lower. You may have also noticed an all-new ‘My Library’ design, released...

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Planning for Premium

Posted September 18, 2014 under Subtext News

In Summer 2012, we launched our first app into the App Store, beginning our mission to empower teachers and help students become more engaged readers. With insights and feedback from thousands of talented educators – many of whom have been using the app since the very beginning – Subtext has evolved from a simple reading tool into the first e-reading program designed specifically for 21st century instruction. A year ago, we joined the team at Renaissance Learning because they share a similar mission – to accelerate learning for all. Since we joined Renaissance, we’ve been continuing to improve Subtext (same faces, same team!), most recently with our new 4.0 release. We are deeply committed to making your Subtext experience the best it can be, that is why a year ago we began offering premium upgrades within the app. After carefully monitoring how premium was received last year, we have now decided Subtext will become an entirely premium app beginning July 2015. One of our biggest priorities was to announce this decision as soon as possible, making sure we give you ample time to get your teams and students ready for this change. To help minimize disruptions, you’ll continue to...

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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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