At Listenwise, we watched how the outbreak of the coronavirus caused many schools to close temporarily and rely on remote and hybrid learning for the rest of the 2020 school year. As a result, we opened up access to Listenwise Premium and we found that Listenwise is a great tool to use in any learning environment to keep all learners on grade-level rigor:
“Students can become absorbed in Listenwise stories immediately because their listening skills outpace their reading skills by at least a few years. In this pandemic era of fear and stress, Listenwise offers an opportunity for student agency in choosing reports that interest them. As a teacher I can monitor their progress quickly and easily. Listenwise also offers a place for meaningful, robust partner or small group work with kids who are in the classroom and those learning remotely. I am so grateful to have this wonderful tool and I talk it up whenever I meet new educators.”
One educator even used our current event podcasts about the Coronavirus to inform and engage their students while also providing a space for reflection – explore these powerful student responses.
Now that we are years deep into a global pandemic we have reverted back to easy access to our free trial of Listenwise Premium along with opening up a Free School Trial of Listenwise Premium (activate from your teacher dashboard & easily share with colleagues). Please reach out to us below if you need support setting yours up.
In the meantime be sure to check out these helpful resources to teach listening & speaking skills with your students:
- 3 Ways to Use Weird News
- 5 Research-Based Practices for Teaching Listening
- Integrating Content & Language Instruction with Podcast Lessons
- Watch more “how-to” videos on our YouTube channel
If you are interested in chatting with us about flexible plans for your flexible needs, schedule a call with us here.
Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to support you and your students. We wish you all good health!
Founder and CEO, Listenwise
Listenwise curates engaging and relevant non-fiction podcast lessons for grades 2-12. Pre-made podcast lessons & quizzes can be differentiated and scaffolded for all learners in grades 2-12 for grade-level rigor. Expose students to authentic vocabulary and spark academic conversations using compelling real-world stories.
This blog was originally published on March 13, 2020 and has been updated in 2022.