You can do both! Listenwise is a flexible resource, so you either assign stories for students to listen to on their own, or listen together and discuss as a class! You can customize a listening activity based on your classroom configuration, instructional goals, and student needs.
Student Independent Listening
For free teachers, use the Share Audio button to generate a “listening link” for students to play audio on their own devices. For more information about using Listenwise free with your students, see this article.
For Premium teachers, you can also use the Share Audio button to quickly share content. Most teachers opt to assign a quiz or customized written assignment for students to complete from their student accounts. See here for more help on assigning work to students. Here are some asynchronous activity ideas.
Whole Group Listening
Keep it simple and share your screen with students (with the option to allow them to read along with the interactive transcript). Choose a Listenwise story that connects to what you’re teaching for a quick class warm-up. Check out these lesson ideas for more inspiration.
California educator, Mike Messner, makes his listening lessons as interactive as possible. He plays the story twice. At first, he just asks students to listen. The second time, he displays the discussion questions while they listen to the story again. Then he has students talk about the discussion questions in pairs and ends by reviewing the questions as a whole class.
California middle school educator, Katie Booth, uses Listenwise to teach her students how to listen effectively. She frequently stops the audio to ask questions and clarify content. She uses a graphic organizer for note-taking and keeping students engaged. They finish the activity by answering the discussion questions as a group.