Wish there was an easy way to search for short NPR segments to use in class? It turns out, there is a program for that – Listenwise! The founder of Listenwise is Monica Brady-Myeroff (25-year public radio journalist at WBUR) and she started this company to help make it easy for teachers to use NPR materials in middle and high school classrooms.
I will be talking to a sales representative regarding the cost of the premium version. It would be very helpful for me to hear your impressions of the resource and whether or not you might use it in the future.
Here is just a teaser of some of the segments available:
Calculating a carbon footprint
Fidel Castro’s long legacy
Lessons from Hadrian
How sugar changes the brain
“Listenwise is an award-winning listening skills platform. We harness the power of listening to advance literacy and learning in all students. Our collection of podcasts and public radio keeps teaching connected to the real world and builds student listening skills at the same time.”
Why try this?
- Good listeners become good readers. Improve listening comprehension skills.
- The power of current events to start discussions about topics being studied
- Real voices for real issues
- In addition to larger collection, daily current events and questions
How does it work?
- Visit the site using any common browser (Chrome, Safari or Firefox)
- Search for topics & choose a segment.
- Subject streams for browsing include social studies, science & ELA
- Stream the audio in class or use the link to assign it for homework
- Each segment includes listening comprehension questions and listening organizers that can be printed and turned in.
The premium version is where some nice bells and whistles come in, especially for differentiating instruction and ELL support. Some features include interactive transcripts, auto-corrected comprehension quizzes and ELL supports.
Watch the tour via the link below to learn more.
Tour of the premium benefits
- Interactive transcripts
- Auto-corrected comprehension quizzes
- ELL supports (speed, vocabulary, transcripts, etc.)