Resource Introduction: Actively Learn

Want to add questions, guidance, and multimedia to texts? Check out the smooth interaction of Actively Learn!

What is it?

Designed by teachers, Actively Learn aims to take texts of varying types, from current news articles to public domain novels, and enable teachers to power them up with digital interaction. That could mean adding a question at a point in a novel reading and setting it so that the student cannot proceed until answering. It could mean adding video to a news article to add richness. It could mean annotating any text to provide insight and guidance to students as they read. The goal is to make texts truly interactive for independent student reading.

Actively Learn offers standard and user friendly controls for creating classes, adding students, and managing content and work. The service is freemium, meaning that much of it is free, but complete access to assignment data, class data, and activity reports is only available with an account. Still, at the free level much rich content and functionality is available.

Yes, there is a mobile app for Android.

How can I use it?

Use Actively Learn to enhance reading activities beyond the traditional textbook or news resource. If you like the interaction of a digital textbook for English, for instance, you could use Actively Learn to accomplish the same result, but totally created and controlled by you, not the publisher. In a similar way, you could take current events articles and integrate them into the standards and content you’re already teaching in class, rather than needing to bend to the resource itself. The point is customizability and control, which Actively Learn will put in your hands as you integrate literacy in your curriculum.

Oh, and by the way, Actively Learn does provide world language support, including many texts in Spanish and French.

Who’s using it?

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

Check out this teacher introduction to Actively Learn and then watch this student tutorial follow up for more.

Resource Links

Actively Learn Home Page

Edsurge’s Complete Review

Author: Alexander Clarkson

After ten years of teaching English language arts at Southview High School and three years at McCord Junior High School, Alex is the first digital instruction specialist for Sylvania Schools. He moves from building to building helping teachers reach and engage their students through digital learning.

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