The Webtext Reader
The Webtext Reader app provides users with a way to access webtexts using iOS or Android devices. In order to use the Webtext Reader app, you must already have a Soomo account and access to one of our webtexts. Read on to learn more.
1. What’s a Soomo webtext?
Soomo webtexts are online interactive learning resources that include multimedia content as well as questions that guide you through the concepts presented. Once you have accessed your webtext online, you can download the Webtext Reader app and sign in with your Soomo account. The app allows users to read and complete assigned questions, even while they’re offline.
2. Getting the app
The Webtext Reader app is available for any users with Soomo account and access to one of our webtexts. (It is not available for users with trial access.) Our app and a typical webtext takes up about 100 megabytes on your device.
The app is compatible with iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) running iOS 8 or above. Get the iOS version of the app from the iTunes Store.
The app works on Android devices running 4.4 (KitKat) or above. You can find the app at the Google Play Store.
3. Signing in to your account
First, you’ll need to have access to your webtext on the web. Once you're viewing your webtext, go to the Tools Menu and select "Get the App" and follow the instructions from there. Here's a video Giovanna made to help you along.
4. Using the app
Using the app is a lot like using your webtext on the web. Tom has put together a video so you can see how to navigate, answer questions, and submit your work.
5. Frequently Asked Questions
- How does synchronization work?
Any time you're working in our app and you're online, your work will be delivered to our webtext platform for your instructor to see. If you're offline, your work will be stored on your device. You'll see an orange progress bar at the top of the screen as you work -- this indicates workthat's not been delivered for your instructor to see. After your deviceis connected to the Internet, you'll see the orange progress bar turn blue, indicating your work is being delivered.
- What if I'm using more than one Soomo webtext?
When you launch the app, you'll see a list of courses. You can tap in to any course to open its webtext. Tap the "closed book" menu item at the bottom to see your list of courses at any time.
- Can I change the font size
Yes! Use the gear icon on the bottom menu to open the settings screen. Then tap "Text size" and choose your favorite size. Your webtext will never be the same again. (Unless you change back to your original text size.)
- Is there any work I can't complete when using the app
There are a few new interactive features that can't be used from the app at this time. If you have any writing templates included in your webtext, you'll need to view the page on the web to complete those templates.
- How much space will this require?
Our app plus a typical webtext takes about 100 megabytes on your device. Make sure you have this much space free on your device for a smooth and fast experience.
- Can I connect more than one device?
You sure can! Any iOS device using iOS 8.0 or above, or Android device running 4.4 (KitKat) or higher will work. Just go to the "Get the App" page and pair your new device
- What if I delete the app by accident?
Any unsynchronized work will be lost, but any work which was stored on the webtext platform will be safe. You can re-install and re-pair your app by following the same steps you did the first time.
- OMG, it would be amazing if the app would ...
If you have any suggestions, we'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What if my work isn't syncing, or something else doesn't seem quite right?
Oh no! If your work is not syncing as you'd expect it to, please reach out to our support team. You can contact us by email or telephone and we'll give you a hand. You can also contact us from inside the app using Soomo Messaging on the settings screen.