Another great discovery at ISTE 2018 in Chicago: Listenwise.
Really useful for ESL teachers but also for language arts teachers, this audio resource is updated regularly and in link with current events. The free version allows teachers to share audio recordings with students with a link or by sharing it on Google Classroom. The premium version allows teachers to create groups and add assignments to the audio link. When you register on the site, you will receive a 30-day trial period that will allow you to check out the premium features.
Whether you use the premium or free version, the audio resources are varied and offer many interesting options to teachers and students. It is possible to slow down the speech and it is also possible to read the transcript. The transcript can be even be downloaded. It is therefore very useful for teachers who do not have access to technology in class since they can play the audio for everyone and print the transcript. If students use it online, they can choose to slow down the speech or use the transcript as needed.
The free version suggests discussion questions on the audio recording or comprehension questions. The premium version allows the teacher to add different types of questions such as multiple choice, short answers and even allows to customize the questions. Graphic organizers are suggested to help students take notes as they listen.
It is possible to search for recordings by theme or by lesson and the current events section allows you to find up-to-date items. The favourite section allows you to save audio files for later use and you can also share your findings using social media.
This tool reminds me of Newsela, another extremely useful tool, but with audio recordings. It is definitely something to discover so that we can offer students various types of texts!