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5 Ways Listenwise Podcasts Support Special Education Students

Listenwise’s design provides equitable educational opportunities for special education students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 accommodations. A Listenwise user from South Carolina said:  “I’m a SpEd teacher and I love the easy-to-use audio file and transcript—it has built-in accommodations for all students!” Check out the list below to learn more about Listenwise’s audio…

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5 Researched-Based, Proven Practices for Teaching Listening

We hosted an EdWeb webinar to share how educators can teach listening skills to promote literacy, including five research-based practices for teaching listening that work for all students. Some of the practices are especially effective for English learners and students with learning differences. See below, or watch the webinar here. Pre-teaching vocabulary is critical because…

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3 Tips for Providing Windows, Mirrors, & Doors to Explore Identities with Podcasts

Listenwise has published seven new collections that explore aspects of people’s identities:   Black and African American Stories; Latino and Hispanic American Stories; Asian American and Pacific Islander Stories; Native American Stories; LGBTQ+ Stories; Stories of People with Disabilities; Women Making History. Our content philosophy guides our story curation and the instructional materials we create. Our new collections can be used to…

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Use Weird News Podcasts to Support English Learners

Many educators who use Listenwise report that they love Weird News! These are less-than-30- second current event podcasts about unusual occurrences are published every Sunday. They include academic vocabulary words featured in the stories, which are incorporated into the accompanying comprehension and discussion questions. Teachers can focus on one or more of these featured words…

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3 Ways to Nurture Relationships With and Among Your Students Using Podcasts

We’ve curated three new collections to engage your students in meaningful conversations! Our new Youth Voices Collections feature kids and teens speaking about their perspectives, innovations, and civic action. We are excited about these three collections because they include stories that appeal to elementary listeners as well as stories for secondary listeners.  Additionally, we’ve learned…

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Integrating Content & Language Instruction with Podcast Lessons

During our Teacher Talks webinar series last fall, we spoke with Erin Reaves, an English Language Development (ELD) instructional coach at Taylor Elementary in Santa Maria Bonita, CA about how she leads teachers to use Listenwise, not as a supplement, but as the core of instruction for a week of lessons in ELD classes.  Reaves…

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Top 10 Listenwise Enhancements for School Year 2021-22

Lots will be different (but maybe more familiar) when you return to the classroom for this upcoming school year 2021-22. Listenwise is no exception! We’ve been making Listenwise the best it can be to help accelerate learning for the new school year.  Read on to learn about the Top 10 Listenwise enhancements this year! We’ve…

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Teaching Your Students About Fake News

Talk of fake news is everywhere but how do you begin to teach about it in the classroom? Start with an exploration of the rise of fake news, and why kids should care. Then, delve into the media literacy skills that students need to evaluate news critically. Dictionary.com recently added a definition for the term…

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Podcasts for Summer Listening 2021

Experts say fun is what students need this summer after two school years of pandemic disruptions and trauma. School districts across the country are rethinking summer programming to address students’ social and emotional and literacy learning needs in engaging and enjoyable ways. Listenwise’s collection of more than 2500 audio stories fits the bill for meeting…

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Listenwise + Clever = SSO Simplicity!

Are you on Clever?  So are we! We now offer Clever Instant Login (SSO)!  Listenwise has added Clever SSO to allow teachers to seamlessly access Listenwise without missing a moment of learning time in the classroom.  You can now log into Listenwise from Clever or sign up with Clever on our Listenwise sign-up form. Listenwise’s…

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Listening Comprehension Matters

Join Listenwise today to access podcast lessons from the best non-fiction storytellers and the largest library of listening comprehension quizzes for the classroom.

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