Problem: The Common Core State
Standards (CCSS) require students
to read and understand nonfiction
and informational texts in all subject
areas. Where can I find some great
Here’s a solution: The Subtext
app and web reader (www.subtext.
com) allows educators to find ad-free informational texts online—
searchable by reading level and
subject area—and push them
out to their students.
You can even annotate them with
discussion and comprehension
questions. So instead of having a
discussion in class, students who
are analyzing a text can collaborate
with peers using the app.
This is an excellent way to include
students who rarely raise their hands
during a face-to-face discussion
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because they are either shy or need
more time to process or think before
Teachers can use this app to flip
instruction or engage learners who
enjoy reading with others instead of
in isolation. Students can discuss
central ideas, make inferences, and
unveil author bias synchronously.
The best part is that you can embed
audio or video, which allows you to
address the Common Core standards
that require students to compare
informational text with an audio or
video component. You can place
these comparison videos directly into
the reading by embedding web links
or You Tube videos.
Subtext allows you to support CCSS
in other ways too. You can create a
bank of assignment templates that
touch on different anchor standards
Subtext App Helps Meet Common Core State Standards
and include engaging activities, such
as “show you know” writing prompts.
The reading experience is much richer
this way and makes Subtext the
perfect solution for increasing
literacy in all subject areas.
Holly Clark is a technology and
innovation specialist in San
Diego, California. She has
overseen 1: 1 iPad and
Chromebook pilots and helps
schools implement digital
creativity, engage in reflections, and maximize collaboration. Integrating Google+ in an academic setting will equip
students with knowledge about social media context, digital footprints, and virtual collaboration. These skills are
integral to functioning in today’s connected world.
Checking Your Settings
Be aware that managers of Google+ education accounts
can adjust settings to restrict who sees the posts, but individual users can override this setting in their accounts.
For example, if users choose to create a personal Google+
account in conjunction with their education accounts, they
can interact with other education domain accounts as well
as consumer accounts. That said, managers of education
accounts can choose privacy settings to control who sees
what is posted.
The addition of Google+ to the K– 12 Google Apps for
Education suite is a welcome feature on the ever-evolving
Google frontier. Its social features take the possibilities of
Google to a more collaborative, productive level.
—Caroline Haebig is the instructional technology coordinator at Adlai
E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and a Google Certified
Teacher. She was named the ISTE Outstanding Young Educator in 2012.
—David Lawrence is an Online Learning Facilitator at Westosha
Central High School in Salem, Wisconsin.