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From Piloting to Full School Adoption: Listenwise at Katherine Edwards Middle School

When Andi St. John visited the Listenwise booth at the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) spring 2018 conference, she knew right away that Listenwise was what her students needed!  St. John is a 6th grade ELA and social studies teacher at Katherine Edwards Middle School in Whittier, California. Eighty-one percent of students at Katherine Edwards are socio-economically…

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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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Designing Structured Choice Activities with Podcasts

Student choice is an important lever for engagement and personalized learning. The Universal Design for Learning Guidelines suggest “optimizing individual choice and autonomy” as an effective strategy for “providing multiple means of engagement” when designing learning experiences.  Any student should be able to find a story of interest among the 2400+ short, engaging audio stories…

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Listenwise for In-Person and At-Home Learners

Guest blog by Alexis Bryant, Fifth and Sixth Grade Literacy Teacher, Language Arts Department Chair, at The Avery Coonley School in Illinois. Alexis joined The Avery Coonley School as a Literacy teacher in 2013. Ms. Bryant has worked in education for the last twenty years, with the majority of the time spent as a middle…

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In Remote or Hybrid Learning, Linking Listening and Reading Is Key

Every summer teachers fear “summer learning loss,” but at no time in history has there been more reason to worry about the prospect of the typical loss on top of what is being called the “COVID slide.”  The concerns around reading are troubling.  A reading forecast by The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization,…

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Adapting to Hybrid Learning Using Listenwise

Schools are opening this fall in formats that feature in-person learning, remote learning and a hybrid of the two. We’ve already shared some great ways to use Listenwise in remote learning. Now, we want to help teachers think through what elements of Listenwise instruction are best suited for the classroom and what students might do…

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Teaching English Language Learners Remotely Using Listenwise

English language learners (ELs) may need extra support when learning remotely, as many do not regularly hear English spoken at home. Listenwise offers a curated collection of more than 2000 podcast lessons featuring engaging nonfiction audio stories that can give students practice listening to naturally spoken English. These stories are full of academic language and…

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Fun, Engaging Podcasts to Hook Students

In times of stress, there is nothing like a good story to engage the mind and nourish the soul. Our collection of audio stories covers thousands of topics, from prehistoric penguins to pollution, from homelessness to high tech, from sneaker culture to star gazing, and much more.  Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite…

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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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