Teacher Review for Subtext

The answer to: "What are the other students doing while I'm working with a small group?"

Lauren B.
Pitt County Schools
Greenville, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used this with a small group of gifted first grade students. I found an article online that talked about the meteorite that crashed in Russia (this had happened a few days before I taught this lesson). I was able to ask discussion questions, link to a map of Russia, link to a pronunciation of the town that was struck, and then ask questions at the end of the article. The kids loved it, they got more out of the lesson because of the additional information I was able to link to, and I was able to track and save their answers to the questions.
My Take
I think this app is a great way to get students engaged in reading, especially when the teacher isn't available to answer questions. Learning how to set up groups and add text to those groups was rather cumbersome to figure out, but once I did I was enthralled with the possibilities. Teachers can pose multiple choice and short answer questions, other students can comment and begin a conversation on what they're reading, and teachers can insert links to additional information straight from the text. I really like the fact that I can find online articles to import into the program because my budget for buying sets of books is $0.