In-class reading, assigned reading for homework, and research.
Tracking student interaction with text. Effectively moving through text together.
Collecting annotations (which took kids' materials) or reading together aloud.
Each student presents visible evidence of engagement while I'm looking "over his shoulder" on the dashboard to help kids who are struggling and model answers on the board (anonymously). That combination has been essential.
Usually I give short fiction/non-fiction articles but I also liked using it this year for student-directed research.
Master the dashboard right away and use anonymous view to model both excellence and emerging understanding.