Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is listening?
  2. Why is listening important?
  3. How do I teach listening?
  4. What is Universal Design for Learning?
  5. How do I submit a lesson plan?
  6. How can I use audiobooks in my classroom?
  7. What is Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic?
  8. How can I learn more about teaching students with disabilities?
  9. What is an RSS?
  10. Why do I need to register for this site?
  11. What if I forget my password?
  12. What is the Educator Review Panel?
  13. Do you recommend other resources for more information?
  14. What is an RTF file?
  15. Where can I get an application to join RFB&D?
    1. What is listening?

    Listening is one of the many involuntary things that we do everyday, but how does it really happen? Learn more about listening and the process that the brain goes through to decipher the auditory messages it receives.

    2. Why is listening important?

    Investigate the many facets of listening and learning. Read about the importance of teaching listening, the role that state standards play and how assistive technology supports listening.

    3. How do I teach listening?

    You can teach your students to be better listeners. Learn about strategies and activities that you can implement today!

    4. What is Universal Design for Learning?

    Learn about designing a learning environment that meets the needs of all learners. Review the principles of UDL and investigate the tools for creating a universally designed classroom.

    5. How do I submit a lesson plan?

    Follow the link below to submit your favorite lesson plan and share it with others.

    6. How can I use audiobooks in my classroom?

    Learn how the power of using digital textbooks and novels in the classroom can increase students’ academic success, self-confidence and participation. Specific strategies and implementation tools are available.

    7. What is Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic?

    Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) is a nonprofit organization that provides textbooks and novels in a digital audio format to individuals that cannot otherwise access print materials because of a learning disability, visual impairment or other disability.

    8. How can I learn more about teaching students with disabilities?

    Click on the following link to access lesson plans, strategies and activities and PowerPoint presentations about meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

    9. What is RSS?

    RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly updated content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS feed to whoever wants it. By subscribing to our RSS feed, users can have the latest information and postings on this site delivered to an RSS reader. So if you want to be notified when the latest lesson plan is posted, sign up for RSS today! RSS offers the convenience of automatically collecting content from many sources into one single web page.


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    To subscribe to a RSS feed, add the Learningthroughlistening.org RSS feed to the list of feeds your RSS reader checks.

    10. Why do I need to register for this site?

    Registration is required in order to access the complete versions of lesson plans, strategies and activities. The information collected during registration will remain confidential and will not be shared with others.

    11. What if I forget my password?

    If you forget your password, simply go to the login page and click the "Forgot Password?" link. The instructions will ask for the e-mail address you used when you registered. Enter the e-mail address and click the "Send Password" button. You will receive an e-mail with the subject "Information from Learning Through Listening Website" that will include a randomly generated six character password. Use that password to enter the site and then go to your Profile page to change your password to something more memorable.

    12. What is the Educator Review Panel?

    The Educator Review Panel is a group of educators who consult with RFB&D on an ongoing basis for development and maintenance of this website and its content.

    13. Do you recommend other resources for more information?

    Visit our affiliates’ page to read a list of recommended resources.

    14. What is an RTF file?
     An RTF or Rich Text File is a file format that many word processing programs understand.  Users can work with an RTF file in the same way they work with a Word file.
    15. Where can I get an application to join RFB&D?
    RFB&D offers two types of memberships, Institutional Memberships for schools with mulitple users and Individual Memberships for single users.
    Institutional Membership FormPDF  I  HTML
    Individual Membership Form:     PDF  I HTML

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