Actively Learn is a free online site with a library of thousands of texts and lessons that can be used by teachers and students. These lessons can be used in several different ways, including teacher-led small and whole group instruction, independent reading, and research projects.
Teachers can use pre-existing materials or upload their own. The pre-existing is geared towards grades 4-12, can be searched for my subject as well as TEKS.
Text appears on the left side of the student screen; text with embedded content is highlighted and the content appears on the right side of the screen. Actively Learn chunks text by breaking it up with embedded questions. Students cannot proceed until they answer the question.
Teachers can assign research projects using Actively Learn, as well. Students can work collaboratively to digitally highlight and annotate a text and then merge their notes into Google Docs. Students also have the option to import articles to keep track of their research.