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 stories keep teaching connected to the real world and build student listening skills at the same time. We offer collections for English, Social Studies, Science and ESL classrooms.
Our high quality audio stories come from a variety of partners such as NPR and independent podcast producers like Tumble and Earth Rangers. We curate the best podcasts for use in the classroom and pair them with learning resources and tools to transform them into rigorous academic content.
Current events stories are very recent audio stories that are posted every school day reflecting major news or hot topics. All teacher accounts have access to Current Events. Our curriculum-aligned lessons include ELA, Social Studies and Science collections and include in-depth instructional and assessment resources. Lessons are only available in PREMIUM.
Listenwise Free and PREMIUM
Listenwise free features our Current Events collection and is best for individual teachers to find high quality audio stories that work well in the classroom. Listenwise PREMIUM is a school solution that allows teachers to access our curriculum-aligned Lessons, which include resources to assess listening comprehension and support language acquisition. Literacy supports, such as interactive transcripts and key vocabulary, are delivered directly to students who need them, whether you are blended, flipped or 1:1. See how PREMIUM works.
We’d be happy to talk with you. Visit our Pricing page to find the plan that’s right for you. We offer annual teacher subscriptions and school subscriptions.
At a minimum, teachers need a computer or tablet with a modern browser and an Internet connection. If you are using PREMIUM, you will also want your students to have access to computing devices.
Yes. Listenwise is designed for a great experience with tablets especially. Access from tablets and smartphones is through the browser. Apps are not required to use Listenwise.
It depends. You have the choice of playing the audio for the class from your computer or having students listen individually. If you are playing it for the class, we suggest using external speakers, as laptop speakers will not be loud enough (an interactive whiteboard is great for this). If students are going to listen on their own, then we recommend headphones or earbuds.
No. Listenwise uses streaming audio. Just press play while connected to the Internet.
Listenwise supports most modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.). For Internet Explorer, we require Internet Explore 9 or above.
Yes. Please note that if you refuse the Listenwise cookie (by turning cookies off in your browser or by clicking "don't accept" if you have set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies), Listenwise will not work properly. Cookies cannot be used to gather personal information from your computer.
Yes. With a PREMIUM account, you can import rosters, share assignments with students in Google Classroom, and have Listenwise quiz scores sent to your Google Gradebook. See the Teacher Guide for Google Classroom for more information.
Yes. Students always have access to the audio and can listen as many times as they choose. If the teacher has opted to include the transcript with an assignment, then that will also remain available to students as they answer questions.
Teachers are able to change passwords for any students enrolled in their classes. The teacher should click "Classes" on her own menu bar, then click on the class, and then on “reset password” for any student in the roster.
Teachers are able to retrieve student usernames. The teacher should click "Classes" on his own menu bar, and then on the relevant class name. Next to the names of the students, the usernames are displayed.
Getting Started with Listenwise
Browse or search our lessons or current events. When you find one that intrigues you, sign up for a free account! If you want to explore Listenwise PREMIUM, make sure to opt into a 30-day free trial when signing up for a teacher account.
Student accounts are only available in Listenwise PREMIUM. The Getting Started as a Student page has step by step instructions for students to log into Listenwise the first time. Share this quick introduction video for an overview of everything students need to know.
Go to Sign Up, and at the bottom of the form you’ll see “Didn’t Receive Confirmation Instructions?” Click there and you’ll be prompted to provide your email address and we’ll resend. Also make sure to check your spam folder.
Schools that subscribe to PREMIUM are given school PREMIUM codes so that their teachers can access the PREMIUM features.
If you’re new to Listenwise, simply sign up for a free teacher account. At the bottom of the form, you’ll enter the PREMIUM code your school shared with you.
If you already have an account on Listenwise, click “Have a PREMIUM Code?” on your dashboard and enter your code. For further instructions, watch our teacher signup video.
If you are currently in a free trial, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your school’s name to have your account updated.
If you're new to Listenwise, check out the Getting Started as a Teacher guide and Video Tutorials. If you still need help, email us at email@example.com. Please include as many details as possible about the problem you are having.
Yes, Listenwise is an online platform that supports remote learning with easy-to-use lessons and quizzes. Find out how to set up your classes and instructional ideas for remote learning on our Integration Strategies page.
If your school or district is closed for preventative health-related reasons, we are offering Listenwise Premium at no cost. Learn more about how to access Premium if your school is closed.
Listenwise and Google Classroom
Direct students to https://listenwise.com/students and have them click the "Login with Google" button. No codes needed!
First, try updating your rosters. Go to the Classes tab, click on the class name, and scroll to the bottom of your roster. Click “update roster from Google Classroom" to add new students after your initial roster import.
If students fail to import, you can give a student a Class Code to enroll manually in your class. Go to the Classes tab, click on the class name, and scroll to the bottom of your roster. You’ll see a code unique for your class.
For more detailed questions about Google Classroom, check out our Google Classroom FAQ.
Listenwise written assignments are not automatically shared to Google. Once it's created, you need to go into the assignment and share with your students in Google Classroom. Simply click the Google Classroom icon and follow the prompts. See here for step-by-step instructions.
On the quiz assigning page, you'll see the option to “Share Quiz with Google Classroom” and “Send Scores to Google Classroom.” Simply check off both boxes to automatically share the quiz assignment with students in Google Classroom and have quiz scores sent to your grade book once students submit work. See here for step-by-step instructions.
Teachers using Listenwise free do not need to enroll students. Simply use our Listening Links to let students listen to a story on their own device. See how to use listening links for more.
PREMIUM teachers can go to “Classes” tab to enroll students. You have the option to import your Google Classroom rosters or create a class and generate a class code to share with students. See step 2 of the Teacher Quick Start Guide or page one on the Teacher Guide for Google Classroom for further instruction.
For free teachers, Listening Links are a quick way for students to access the audio from their own device. Teachers simply click the "Share Audio" button on any Current Event podcast, copy the “Listening Link” URL, and distribute to students anywhere you typically post your assignments.
PREMIUM teachers can assign quizzes or create custom assignments from the Listenwise lesson resources. Once you’ve created your class, select the podcast, click "Create Assignment", and we’ll take you through selecting your resources step-by-step. You can assign to the whole class or just specific students. Watch our creating assignments video for further instruction.
Quizzes are available on 350+ podcasts in Listenwise PREMIUM. Look for the "Assign Quiz" button when viewing a podcast. If no quiz is available for a lesson, the Assign Quiz option will not appear.
To find a podcast with a quiz, simply check the “with quiz” box when searching for a podcast.
Yes! To reset a quiz for an individual student, click the reset icon next to each student’s name on the individual quiz report.
For a written assignment, you can request revisions when leaving feedback. Simply check the “student needs to revise” box before submitting feedback. Read more here.
The Listenwise PREMIUM platform offers teachers the capability to provide students with personalized feedback on their written assignments. Teachers can make comments or ask questions and then ask students to revise their written responses to assignment questions and resubmit them if needed.
Unlike Listenwise quizzes, written assignments are not auto-graded because they are customizable and include open-ended questions and resources. See this blog post for instructions to review written assignments.
Click the student name on a quiz report or on the class roster page, and you’ll be taken to the Student Report. It shows all of a student’s quiz results as well as written submissions for your assignments.
Quiz questions are listed at the top of each column of the quiz report. If a teacher wants to see all the answer choices for a question, he just clicks on an answer chosen by a student to see the student’s response with the other choices. You can also click on the name of the quiz at the top of the quiz report to open up a preview of the entire quiz.
The Lexile Audio Measure is an indicator of the complexity of an audio passage. It is based on a scientifically developed scale by Metametrics. Explore this page to learn more or log into your PREMIUM account to find a story with the right level of complexity for your students
Our stories have been categorized with Language Challenge levels of Low, Medium, or High. We suggest starting with the stories labeled “Low” and if students are understanding, move on to “Medium” language challenge stories. Our Premium version includes student supports such as slower audio and interactive transcripts. And you may want to scaffold by pre-teaching vocabulary and building background, and these instructional supports are provided.
We’ve created a sample email you can send about listening together with Listenwise.
No, at this time we do not have a co-teaching option on Listenwise. If another teacher should be helping with your classes, we recommend sharing your teacher account login credentials. Otherwise, she can create her own Listenwise account.