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Best Podcast Apps and Websites for Students

Podcasts can help students organize and communicate what they know. This list has some great radio to help students see what's possible alongside the recording, editing, and sharing tools to make their own shows a reality.

Podcasts Publisher: Apple
Search, access, and organize podcasts from iTunes' free library
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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GarageBand Publisher: Apple
Amazingly powerful audio workstation unleashes creativity
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac Apps
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Audacity Visit Website: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Free online music-maker also a lesson in open-source software quality
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
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StoryCorps Visit Website: http://storycorps.org/
From the everyday to the extraordinary, personal interviews get kids listening
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Listenwise Visit Website: https://listenwise.com
Bring real-world stories from public radio into the classroom
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Youth Radio Visit Website: http://www.youthradio.org
A stellar take on the news from diverse kid journalists
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Radio Rookies Visit Website: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/rookies/
Teens share enthusiastic voices on serious topics
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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NPR: Borderland Visit Website: http://apps.npr.org/borderland/
Illuminating, up-close-and-personal visit to the U.S.-Mexico border
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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NPR News Publisher: NPR
Top-notch digital content takes students beyond the airwaves
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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NPR One Publisher: NPR
Trusty podcast app has quality content, but lacks learning supports
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Fire phone
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Science Update Visit Website: http://www.scienceupdate.com/
60-second podcasts spark kids' interest with daily fix of science news
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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