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This is where you’ll find updates about new features, our Common Core initiatives, and pretty much whatever else is on our minds. And as always, we encourage you to tell us what you think.

Introducing Summer PD with Subtext!

Posted June 12, 2014 under New Features, Subtext News
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Congratulations on another great school year! Unlike students, you will probably include in your summer plans time to develop professionally. To help you with this, our Subtext summer feature is all about offering resources that support you, the teacher! You can access these resources by joining our summer professional development group Summer PD With Subtext, with code BKPTKTJX to access articles and resources and share with your colleagues. Another way to access these resources is from our front page; simply click the Teacher Development link, seen below. Here you will find an ever-growing collection of scholarly perspectives and commentary rich with best practices around teaching nonfiction texts, close reading, and ideas from teachers on how they utilize Subtext in their classroom instruction. We’ve also included a collection of annotated poetry, articles to foster debate, and a collection of free short stories that your students will love! Thank you teachers for your dedication and service to students. Wishing you a truly rejuvenating and productive summer!  

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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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Explore the Cosmos with Subtext in May!

Posted May 5, 2014 under
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In May of 1961, Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. became the first American (and only the second person) to travel into space. May also marks the anniversaries of the launch of the first American space station, the first images transmitted by the Hubble telescope, and even the premier of the very first Star Wars movie. It’s the perfect month for a voyage to outer space in Subtext! This month, we’ve added 30 articles about space and astronomy to our “Exploring the Cosmos” group in Subtext. Each week, we’ll add additional articles that you can share with your classes. All articles include are leveled by ATOS and include an essential question for CCSS practice. Join the group with code DZQEPRMS! Happy reading! - The Subtext Team

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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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Celebrating National Poetry Month with Subtext

Posted April 10, 2014 under Common Core, New Features
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We’re pretty big fans of all types of literature here at Subtext: contemporary fiction, the classics, biographies, classic novels…there’s nothing we won’t read! This month, however, we’re particularly excited to be participating in National Poetry Month, which gives us a chance to join educators across the US in celebrating the achievements of all poets and their impact on American culture. To help you get your students involved, we’ve collected an array of poems and added them to the April Poetry Month group library and you can join the group by going to this link or with the group code PCNYUKXY. Each week, we’ll add five new poems to the library, all with pre-embedded activities for a quick (and fun!) way to integrate poetry into your lessons. We hope you enjoy sharing these pieces with your class and that you’ll share any others you think we’ve missed. Happy Poetry Month! - The Subtext Team

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