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Listenwise Basics

What is Listenwise?

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.

Where do you get your content?

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.

See this page for more details on how the Listenwise team curates content.

What grade levels are most appropriate for Listenwise?

Grades 2-12

What’s the difference between a Current Event and a Lesson?

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

What is the difference between 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.

How do I subscribe to Listenwise PREMIUM? What does it cost?

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.

Listenwise PREMIUM Trials

How can I try out Listenwise PREMIUM?

Sign up for a Listenwise teacher account and then opt into the 30-day free trial of Listenwise PREMIUM. If you’re interested in evaluating Listenwise PREMIUM for your school, you can start a school trial and invite others to join you.

I’m currently doing a free trial. What is a school trial?

A school trial allows you to invite other teachers from your school to join your free Listenwise PREMIUM trial. When 2 more teachers join, your trial will automatically be extended to 60 days!

How do I add more teachers to my school trial?

On your Listenwise teacher dashboard, click “Invite Teachers” to send invites to more teachers. On this dashboard, you can also see which teachers have joined your school trial.

I got an invite to join a school trial from a colleague. What do I do?

Click on the link in the invite email from your colleague to join your Listenwise PREMIUM trial. You will automatically enroll in the school trial following sign up, as long as you clicked the email link. If you have any issues, email us at support@listenwise.com

I need help with my PREMIUM trial. What should I do?

We’d be happy to answer your questions. Email us at support@listenwise.com

Technology Requirements

What do I need to use Listenwise? Do all my students need a computer?

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.

Does Listenwise work on tablets or smart phones? Are there apps for iPad, Chromebook or Android 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.

Do my students all need headphones 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.

Do I need to download the audio files?

No. Listenwise uses streaming audio. Just press play while connected to the Internet.

What browsers does Listenwise support?

Listenwise supports most modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.). For Internet Explorer, we require Internet Explore 9 or above.

Do I need to enable cookies to use Listenwise?

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.

Does Listenwise integrate with Google Classroom?

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.

Student Accounts

Do students have access to the audio or transcript while they are answering the quiz questions?

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.

A student forgot his password. How does he get a new one?

Teachers are able to change passwords for any students enrolled in their classes. The teacher should click "Classes" on her own menu bar, click "Manage Classes," click on the class name, and lastly click on “reset password” for any student in the roster.

Students who were rostered through Google Classroom do not need passwords. They simply click the "Login with Google" button on the sign in page to access Listenwise.

A student forgot her username. What should we do?

Teachers are able to retrieve student usernames. The teacher should click "Classes" on her own menu bar, click "Manage Classes" and click on the class name. Next to the names of the students, the usernames are displayed.

For Parents

How do I get my student logged into Listenwise Premium?

If your student's teacher assigned work in Listenwise Premium and you have questions, we've created Parent Guides to provide more info!

If your teacher uses Google Classroom, use the Parent Guide for Listenwise - Google Classroom

Otherwise, check out this guide: Parent Guide for Listenwise - Class Code

My student’s teacher uses Google Classroom, and she clicked “Login with Google” to sign into Listenwise but it asked for a class code. Where do we get a class code?

Your student doesn’t need a class code! When she clicks “Login with Google,” make sure she is using her school Google account. If she’s still unable to login, reach out to her teacher to confirm your student is enrolled in the teacher’s Listenwise class.

When my student goes to https://listenwise.com/students, she doesn’t see the “Login with Google” button. It’s missing from the page. What should she do?

Make sure the web address does not include a “www” before listenwise.com/students. If you still don’t see the button, try another browser.

My student forgot her Listenwise username/password. How do we reset it?

Reach out to your student’s teacher, who will be able to share/update this information from her teacher account. If your student’s class uses Google Classroom, she doesn’t need a username or password for Listenwise! Simply go to https://listenwise.com/students and click “Login with Google.”

Getting Started with Listenwise

How do I get started as a teacher?

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.

How do students join Listenwise?

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.

I signed up but didn’t get a confirmation email. What do I do?

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.

I received a PREMIUM code. How do I use it?

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 support@listenwise.com with your school’s name to have your account updated.

How can I get help?

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 support@listenwise.com. Please include as many details as possible about the problem you are having.

Do you have resources for remote learning?

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.

Listenwise and Google Classroom

Does Listenwise integrate with Google Classroom?

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.

I imported my class rosters. How do students get started?

Direct students to https://listenwise.com/students and have them click the "Login with Google" button. No codes needed!

Check out this video for more about the student experience with Listenwise in Google Classroom.

I imported my Google Classroom roster, but a student is not showing up. What do I do?

First, try updating your rosters. Go to the Classes tab, click on Manage Classes and click on the class name. 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 Manage Classes tab, click the blue 3-dot menu and click Class Settings. You’ll see a code unique for your class.

For more detailed questions about Google Classroom, check out our Google Classroom FAQ.

How do I share a written assignment to Google Classroom?

Listenwise written assignments can now be automatically shared to Google Classroom! On the final step of the assigning process, check off the "Share to Google Classroom" box for each class to provide a link to the assignment with students in Google Classroom.

See here for step-by-step instructions.

How do I share a Listenwise quiz to Google Classroom?

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.

What does a Listenwise assignment look like in Google Classroom?

Check out this video for more about the teacher and student experience with Google Classroom and Listenwise.

In my class roster, why are some students listed as "Linked Google Classroom Account?"

When you import your Google Classroom rosters, all students are listed as "Linked Google Classroom Account" until they personally login. Any student who is listed as "Linked Google Account" has successfully logged into Listenwise.

My student gets a 404 Error when they click the assignment link in Google Classroom. What should he do?

If a student gets 404 Error, have him click the Listenwise logo to go to his dashboard and the assignment should be there. If it's not, please reach out to support@listenwise.com for more help.


How do I enroll students?

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 the Teacher Guide for Google Classroom for further instruction.

How do I assign lessons to my students?

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. See the teacher quick start guide for further instruction.

Where do I find the listening comprehension quizzes?

Quizzes are available on 450+ 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.

Can I let my students revise an assignment or retake a quiz?

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.

How are written assignments graded?

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.

How do I see all the quiz results for a student?

Click the student name on a quiz report 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.

You can also go to the Student Progress tab under the Classes page to see student data. Click "Class Roster" for a class to get student-level data. 

How do I delete a quiz from one class?

Go to the "assign quiz" page for the quiz you'd like to remove from a class. Uncheck the box for that class, click "Ok" on the pop-up and then click "Assign" at the bottom of the page to confirm the change. See this page for a quick video tutorial of the process.

How do I see the quiz content while looking at the quiz results report?

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.

How does the Lexile audio measure work?

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

How do I find stories for my elementary students?

Listenwise has elementary content for grades 2-5. The easiest way to see all elementary lessons and current events is on the search page. Make sure only Elementary School is checked for Grade Level. Here is a list of all elementary stories. 

When searching, I keep getting "sorry, no results." How do I find content?

If you’re having trouble finding a story, make sure your search filters aren't restricting results. To see all stories on Listenwise, check all subjects, Lexile Levels and Grade Levels. Also make sure to uncheck “with quiz” and “with scaffolding” to ensure you aren’t missing any stories. If you're still having trouble, email support@listenwise.com  and we'd be happy to assist you with your search for the perfect story!

Will my English learners be able to understand the stories?

In Listenwise Premium, all of our stories have the Lexile Audio Measure, which indicates the complexity of the audio passage, and we also provide Listening Levels. On the search page, you can filter by Lexile Audio Measure to find the best story for your students. We suggest starting with the stories labeled “Low” and if students are understanding, move on to “Medium” Listening Level 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.

How should I share Listenwise with my students’ parents or adults at home?

We’ve created a sample email you can send about listening together with Listenwise.

We have created Parent Guides to share with families needing help getting started with Listenwise Premium. If you use Google Classroom, share the Parent Guide for Listenwise - Google Classroom Otherwise, share this guide: Parent Guide for Listenwise - Class Code

Can I add a co-teacher to my Listenwise classes?

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.

I'm getting the message "We had a little trouble loading your audio." What do I do?

It is likely related to your Chrome browser's ad blocker extension, and most teachers report the issue with uBlock Origin. To fix it, open listenwise.com and click the uBlock Origin extension in the upper right-hand corner of your browser. Click the blue power button to turn off uBlock Origin for Listenwise and refresh the page.