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Listenwise
by Listenwise
GRADES / High School (Grades 9-12), Middle School (Grades 5-8)
PRICING PLANS / License, Free
PLATFORMS / Web Browser

Organized non-fiction, public radio stories covering science, social studies and language arts topics

Overview

Listen Current leverages the best Public Radio stories and incorporates them into lessons designed to improve student listening comprehension and engagement. It also supports long-term ELLs with acquiring academic language. Teachers can access some of the resources for free on the Listen Current website, and there is also a school-wide version available for an annual fee.

APPROACH

Teachers are able to create assignments from interesting stories they find based on the Listen Current’s rubrics and easily send them to students. Teachers can either use pre-built lessons and activities or customize them to meet the specific needs of their class or differentiate the same lesson for different students. Students can upload their finished work within the platform, and teachers can track their students’ progress, providing feedback as soon as assignments are submitted.

The Premium version also has supports for English Language Learners and struggling readers such as an interactive transcript and tiered vocabulary.

IMPLEMENTATION

Listen Current's website can be accessed from any modern browser.

PRICING

Teachers can access resources on the Listen Current site, such as listening comprehension questions and audio stories, for free. There is a premium version available for schools to purchase as a site license for the whole school ranging from $750 - $2500 per year, based on how many subjects are purchased and the population of the school. 

WHO IS USING IT

As of October 2015, Listen Current has been used by over 250,000 students and over 8,000 teachers in over 1000 schools in all 50 states.

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

Case Studies1
Anonymous
Library, Tech, GATE, GED, Science. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population , California

The problem I was experiencing in my school was finding current events materials that were differentiated, for mainly my EL students who needed more support with the reading materials, but would be able to participate in full class discussions.

Summit Reflections 85
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Library, Tech, GATE, GED, Science. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

I would like to be able to add more than one resource to a lesson plan (more than one graphic organizer) because graphic organizers are not a "one size fits all". I would like to be able to be able to be able to have quick checks for comprehension throughout the listening process. And I would lik...

PRODUCT VIDEOS

Listen Current in Classroom
Listen Current in Classroom

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

Tricia Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Library, Tech, GATE, GED, Science. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

I would like to be able to add more than one resource to a lesson plan (more than one graphic organizer) because graphic organizers are not a "one size fits all". I would like to be able to be able to be able to have quick checks for comprehension throughout the listening process. And I would lik...

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English/Language Arts Instructor and Special Educator. School Type: Middle School, Project Based School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

It would be great if students had the opportunity to take an assessment prior to receiving assignments on Listen Current in order to establish a baseline. Having stories sorted by topic, grade level, and lexile levels would be incredibly helpful. Lastly, in order to access the premium features, y...

PRICING PLANS

License

Premium - Our Premium plan is an annual subscription that can be purchased for use by a school or district. We provide options to purchase for a single subject area (Science, Social Studies, ELA) or to purchase the whole cross-curricular library. We also offer special populations pricing options. The plan allows teacher to enroll students and create custom assignments using our resources. It also includes additional listening supports of interactive transcripts and graphic organizers. Plan comparisons: http://listencurrent.com/how_it_works#premium_info
Can be purchased by School Leader or District Administrator.

Free

Free - We offer a freemium-type product. Our free plan is designed primarily as a teacher resource where they can find our lessons, listen to our audio stories etc. They may choose to send students to a page on our public site such as a current event story, without students logging in or having any user identity on the system. Teacher can play our audio for students from the front of their classroom. Plan comparisons: http://listenwise.com/how_it_works#premium_info
Can be purchased by Teacher.

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

This product is accessible via a web browser -- Optimized for mobile browsers

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Standards

Common Core Aligned Common Core Aligned

Audience

For Students For Students
For Teachers For Teachers
K-12 K-12

Characteristics

Assessment Assessment
Assignable Assignable
Learning Dashboard Learning Dashboard
Lesson Planning Lesson Planning
Personalized Learning Personalized Learning
Supplemental Supplemental

Subject Matter

Language Arts Language Arts
Science Science
Social Studies Social Studies