Teacher Review For NPR News

Clean, easy to use and high quality audio segments you can use in class with assignments.

Eric L.
Classroom teacher
South Valley Junior High School
Liberty, MO
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My Grades 8
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
The NPR app isn't made for teachers but it has some great content that teachers can use in the classroom and there are audio features which really appeal to students. One example would be a quick search of their business programs and find "Planet Money". Planet Money has hundreds of segments on economic topics that students will find interesting. Most audio segments are around 20 minutes long. Some recent segments include "Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?", "What the Lebron? (about Nike shoes)" and "How to Steal a Million Barrels of Oil".
My Take
NPR segments are a great way to center an economic lesson for high school students. Instead of using video for a flipped lesson you can use audio segments like the ones available at NPR. Assigning a segment for students to listen to at home and then building a discussion around it can create a quality activity for your class. Teachers should preview and find segments which will be most appealing to students.