How I Use It
Students read their short stories using Subtext. I am able to insert discussion questions for the students to answer, read their replies, and then ask the individual student another question or make a clarification point. My favorite feature is the ability for students to highlight the text. I often have students highlight words they don't understand, and while they read I go through and reply with an answer, or attach other resources. Students also enjoy reading the discussion after answer the question. It has made them consider the point of view of other readers and lead to great discussions about how background knowledge and comprehension are linked.
Subtext is a great option for times when students are reading independently. By tracking student progress, I can see that students are actually reading. Students can ask questions and get feedback, so instruction is individualized and meets their needs. The ability for the teacher to add any web content or PDF allows for an infinite number of text possibilities. The app is well developed, however the web version is very basic.