Listenwise is also completely free to use, although they do also offer a premium version (which we'll be giving away a few memberships to soon!) The premium version allows for more customization, student accounts, graphic organizers, and class reports on student progress. That being said, the free version is absolutely great in and of itself, and offers some an excellent collection of free lessons for teachers.
Now that you have a basic idea of what Listenwise is all about, let's check out the interface and see how the service looks! When you first log in, you'll be presented with your teacher dashboard. From here you can see your lessons, see recent current events, and check out featured lessons. The site's main focus is on lessons for social studies, science, and ELA, but they'll be expanding that as time goes on.
Within each lesson, you'll be presented with a short summary, the Soundcloud link to the story, a transcript of the recording (which is an awesome feature), the essential question of the lesson, the objectives, and very well-structured and complete lesson plan. The lessons include all the worksheets and resources a teacher would need, they offer discussion questions, and of course, all the CCSS that the lesson is aligned with.
So those are the basic features, that are offered free to everyone. As I mentioned, it's a wonderful collection of free lessons around a great variety of authentic learning tasks and stories. I highly recommend checking out their database and exploring the lessons they offer.
If you decide to go with the premium version, you'll also have the ability to create your own classes. From here, you can give your students a code to enroll in your class and they can easily submit their assignments online through the site.
You'll also have access to their graphic organizers, have the ability to modify and differentiate assignments, and you'll get class reports on student progress. Plus, as I mentioned at the beginning, we'll have a few premium memberships to give away soon, so stay tuned on details for that!
And overall, that's the site! It's a wonderful learning resource that does an outstanding job of bringing current events and real-world situations into the classroom, and the fact that each podcast includes such a detailed and standards-aligned lesson is an added bonus. The features in the free version are more than enough for any teacher to get started, and I absolutely recommend heading over to the site and checking out what they have to offer.
I was not compensated for writing this review.