Top Books This Summer

This summer many students will lose some of the knowledge their teachers and parents have worked so hard to instill in them. It can be hard to motivate kids to stay on top of reading, math, and science skills during the summer. One way to combat this is with audiobooks. Listening and reading along to fun audiobooks will keep students engaged in a unique way.

We’ve broken down the hottest books that are either coming this summer or are newly released. You can always get your favorite book in the audio form and read along with your favorite Encore Data Products headphones. We will show you which are best for audiobooks as well. Check out our list of books below broken down for Elementary, Jr. High, and High School aged kids.

Elementary:

  • Daniel’s Good Day: Follow along as Daniel takes a walk around his neighborhood and polls his neighbors. What makes a good day for you? Read the many unique and funny responses.
  • Vroom: One night Annie puts on her helmet and hops in her race car. She takes off through her bedroom window and goes on an adventure. Enjoy this adventure and see what Annie can do on her own.
  • Elvis Is King: This book captures Elvis’s amazing life and the heart of rock ‘n’ roll. Illustrated with clay figures it’s a captivating introduction for a new generation of young readers to the iconic performer.
  • Dragons are Real: This book teaches kids about the magical world of dragons. From their favorite meal to their fire sneezes learn all the best dragon facts.

Jr. High:

  • Max and the Midknights: This is a new series by the creator of Big Nate. This book is packed with jokes and is set in medieval times.
  • The Friendship War: From the author if Frindle comes the story of two former best friends who become pitted against each other.
  • Dragon Pearl: Percy Jackson and the Olympians creator has a new series. It’s packed with Korean mythology, magic, and sci-fi. In this adventure we have 13-year-old Min searching for her lost brother in outer space.
  • Sea Sirens: This new series is filled with Vietnamese legends. It follows a girl named Trot and her irritable talking cat as they are thrown into an undersea war.

High School

  • The Rest of the Story: Emma remembers the stories her late mother told her about growing up on the shores of a lake. Read along as Emma spends a summer with her mother’s family at the same lake.
  • Stepsister: There are many versions of Cinderella but few that go beyond the royal marriage and the family. In this feminist re-telling, we follow ugly stepsister Isabella. There is plenty of adventures and advocating autonomy.
  • Superman Dawnbreaker (DC Icons #4): Part of the DC Icons series we follow the story of a teenage Clark Kent. Clark stumbles on a dark secret in Smallville and gets his best friends to help him save their town.
  • The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe: Fans of the Matched series will love this book involving a river dredge, search for gold, a murdered boyfriend, and a girl determined to get revenge. This post-apocalyptic book will be an all-time favorite. 

We hope your kids and students will enjoy this summer reading list. If you decide to download the audiobook version of these we have a few headphones your kids will love to use.  Below are a few popular items they will want to try out.

  • HamiltonBuhl Flex-Phones: These are super durable and can withstand heavy use. Whatever your kids throw at them, these headphones can handle. They have foam earpieces for extra comfort and a 4ft. cord for movement.

Top 5 Education Podcasts

With the school year coming to an end, many educators will be enjoying some much needed R&R. Whether you’re taking a road trip or just relaxing and enjoying quality family time, we know you will want to stay on top of the top trends in education. One fun and relaxing to way to do this is listening to podcasts. Today there are podcasts for everything from Game of Thrones recaps to Entrepreneur chats. We’re rounding up the top podcasts you should tune into this summer and paring them with our favorite Encore Data Products!

  • The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast: This podcast is exactly what it sounds like. 10-minute chats with teachers every week! The cool thing about this podcast is it’s short and updated often. Featuring K-12 educators 5 days a week, it’s the perfect podcast for busy days. There are 5 seasons for you to listen to this summer! For this podcast, you would want to use the Soundnetic SN304 Stereo Earbuds with Inline Volume Control. These are great for those quick on the go podcasting days. When you have a short podcast and need the noise canceling capabilities go for Soundnetic SN304 Stereo Earbuds.
  •  Teach Me, Teacher: If you love to hear about topical, informative, and inspiring subjects this is the podcast for you. They have tons of great guests in education and do Q&A episodes to answer your burning questions. They embrace the idea that teachers learn best from other teachers. There are 3 years of content currently on their podcast so you could catch up on past podcasts or tune in every week! We would pair this podcast with the AVID Education AE-35 Classroom Computer Stereo Headphone. With a 6 ft. cord you can sit comfortably at your home office and take follow up notes at ease with these lightweight and comfortable headphones.
  • Google Teacher Tribe Podcast: This is the perfect podcast for all Type A teachers…or any teacher who wants to get more organized. They share tips for using G Suite for productivity and other organizational techniques for the classroom. If you love finding new ways to optimize the programs you already use, this is the podcast for you. We would recommend using the Hamilton Buhl Deluxe Active Noise Canceling Headphones when listening to this tech-based podcast. You won’t want to miss a minute and will be able to really enjoy and take in the information.

  • School Psyched Podcast: This psychology based podcast is perfect to help you incorporate the best practices for your students’ needs. They cover everything from ADHD strategy to education tech. Get an in-depth look at today’s education system. For this podcast, you may find yourself on the move or listening while multitasking. If this sounds like you, we would suggest the Califone CLS725 Wireless Headphones. With the wireless feature and high frequency, you will be able to listen while enjoying the everyday tasks around your house or backyard. We understand it’s summertime and you want to be out and about!
  • ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio: This podcast has guest stars that are leading authors and experts in today’s education. Their mission is to help teachers lead better by providing them with amazing resources. This podcast is really great for the whole family. Because of this, we would suggest playing for everyone to hear. We have a great Bluetooth speaker to help you get the whole family involved, and you can use it in the classroom when school starts up again. The Califone PA-BT30 Portable Bluetooth Speaker puts out a great sound and is compatible with many Android and iOS-based devices. It’s also easy to set up and use.

We hope you find these podcasts helpful, fun, and entertaining. During the summer it can be hard to stay motivated.  But with fun topical podcasts like these, you will have actionable takeaways for the school year to come.

Document Camera

In a perfect world, your students would be in class every day and every student would be at the same stages of your lesson plans. But life happens. Sometimes students can be out for athletic activities, sick days, or suspension. Keeping track of where every student is in your lesson plan can be tough, making it difficult to know which students may need to take home assignments. They may have missed out on key information that even make up work cannot help. The Boardshare High Definition Document Camera can help!

With the Boardshare High Definition Document Camera, you can record videos, turn captured images into video, and use a time-lapse feature that allows you to digitally annotate. These features can be useful in the classroom in multiple ways:

  1. Record Videos- Sometimes students need extra help they can’t get at school. You can use your Boardshare High Definition Document Camera to record lesson plans or live classroom days. Students who are absent will be able to watch these and feel like they were in class while catching up. They will enjoy the benefits of seeing first hand what the conversation was around and can pause or stop while doing assignments. You can also share with other teachers, staff, or parents. With the help of parents and your videos, they will be up to date.
  2. Captured Image to Video- Some students are visual learners while others are verbal learners. Turning your PDF assignments into a video with side notes and voiceover narration can bring a full picture for both types of learners.
  3. Time-lapse- Some students need to see someone else work out a problem to know how to solve the one they are working on. If you’re working through something on paper, you can use the time-lapse feature to make a video working out an equation or creating a drawing. This would help students see fast-paced versions of what they are working on.

As you can see, the Boardshare High Definition Document Camera can be used in the classroom in various ways. With the USB feature, it can hook into your computer, laptop, or projector making it run throughout your entire lesson. And this high-resolution camera is incredibly affordable compared to other makes and models.

On top of all the ways this can incorporate into the classroom the Boardshare High Definition Document Camera is also great for business settings. It can be used for business presentations, webinars, lectures and more!

For more information or to order your own Boardshare High Definition Document Camera, the fine staff at Encore Data Products, Inc. will be happy to help!

The Best Headset Choices for WIDA Testing

In the past years, states across the nation have begun implementing the WIDA assessment program. WIDA develops proficiency standards and assessments for English-language learners throughout the country and has also developed the same for Spanish-language learners. Since its beginning in Wisconsin, Delaware, and Arkansas, WIDA is now used by school districts in 37 states. With WIDA, schools determine a student’s level of English when entering a school and can then place them in the correct language learning class level.

WIDA includes both listening and speaking exercises and gives recommendations for what sort of headsets will work best with the test. WIDA suggests using over-ear headphone-style headsets with microphones and stereo sound, instead of earbud-style. Lighter styles with smaller earpieces work well for younger students, while heavy-duty earpieces that sit over the entire ear are good for noise reduction and help students focus on their test exercises. Boom microphones work much better than inline microphones since they capture sound better than inline mics, which sit farther from students’ mouths. Fabric-covered cords will prevent tangling and are much more durable than rubber-covered styles. Finally, WIDA recommends having inline volume control. Since the volume cannot be adjusted once the testing software is in use, the inline volume control allows students to set the headphone volume to a comfortable level before the test begins.

While WIDA does not require any specific brand of the headset, they do have a few that they recommend. Here are three of the most popular styles among our customers for use in their WIDA testing:

  1. Hamilton Buhl Trios: The Trios headset comes equipped with both dual plugs and the TRRS plug, so it is convertible between different devices like desktops, laptops, and tablets. This makes them a great investment for school computer labs: Hamilton’s products are well-built, reliable, and can be used for a variety of applications outside of standardized testing. The Trios has a large, over-ear headphone design to help block outside noise and keep students on task.
  • AVID Education SMB-25VC: These headsets are another large over-ear design, and are heavily padded for maximum comfort. The large boom microphone can swivel up out of the way and is also adjustable to sit closer or farther from the student’s mouth so each student can achieve the perfect fit. These come with a dual plug, making them a good choice for testing environments utilizing desktop computers.
  • AVID Education AE-36: The AE-36 is possibly the most popular headset that our customers use for WIDA testing. They can be used with any laptop or desktop, and are a great choice for Chromebooks. The AE-36 comes with a 6-foot cord, which ensures that students won’t accidentally pull the cord out, even if the audio jack is in the back of the device. The padded headband and earpieces on this design keep the headphones comfortable for long-term use.

While headsets with microphones are needed for WIDA testing, purchasing a large set for school-wide testing isn’t always feasible and can be cost prohibitive. Since WIDA only recommends having three to five students working on the speaking portion of the test at a time, an affordable solution is to purchase a smaller set of headsets and combine these with headphones that can be used for the listening portion of the test. A very popular style of headphone for WIDA is the AVID Education AE-35. Similar in style to the AE-36, the AE-35 is a lightweight style with an adjustable headband that fits most students’ heads. A comfortable style for long-term use, the AE-35 is a good choice for both computer and language labs as well as classroom and school-wide headphone sets. With bulk pricing available, these headphones are not only a reliable choice for schools but are also affordable.

WIDA testing has become an important tool for school districts, and having the right equipment puts students in the best position to succeed. As schools begin to plan for the next academic year and look for headset solutions, keep these WIDA recommendations in mind!

State Testing: What Headsets Will You Need?

Spring has arrived, and with it, the school standardized testing season. Throughout the country, students will soon be taking state tests. TELPAS, PARCC WCAP, SBAC and more. Educators and testing coordinators preparing for testing will need headsets for use with the test so that students can complete listening comprehension and speaking exercises. Many state tests have requirements for these headsets to make sure they will be compatible with the testing software, and schools will need to navigate these requirements to find a headset style that will work and fit their budget. In this post, we outline some of the headset requirements and spotlight three of the most popular styles for schools to purchase. 

So, what are the headset requirements? Some testing requires headsets used must have a microphone for speaking exercises and must sit on the students’ ears and not in them (meaning that earbud styles are excluded). Using an over-the-ear headphone style instead of earbuds is also more comfortable for most students and allows them to fully focus on the test. Headsets must have a double earpiece (no single-ear styles), have stereo sound, and utilize a single, 3.5mm TRRS plug to connect into the computer. Styles with a single TRRS plug will simplify set-up, as teachers and students won’t need to deal with multiple plugs for earphones and microphones. Additional requirements are:

Driver unit size: 32mm

Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ohms

Microphone Frequency Response: 100 – 12,000 Hz

Microphone Impedance: 3,320 Ohms

Using the right headsets for testing is essential so that student responses are clear and can be properly assessed.

Encore Data Products carries a wide range of headsets that fit these requirements. Here are three of the most popular styles used by our customers:

  • Soundnetic SN503: These headsets are one of the most affordable styles that our customers. The boom microphone is adjustable so each student can move it to the most comfortable position for them. The SN503 has a braided cord that helps prevent fraying, meaning these headsets can stand up to heavy use. Each one comes with a plastic storage bag, making it easy for students to store their headsets after testing.
  • AVID Education AE-55: The AE-55 was designed with the TELPAS test in mind. The ambidextrous design allows the microphone to rotate 270 degrees, so students can put these headsets on in either direction and the microphone will work. The cord comes with a Velcro tie that will keep cords from tangling with each other when the headsets are stored. The leatherette earpads are easy to clean and can be wiped down between uses.
  • ThinkWrite 90103: ThinkWrite headsets have a larger earpiece that is meant to fit over the student ’s entire ear. This guarantees comfort during applications requiring the student to wear the headset for a long period of time. Volume control on the cord of the 90103 allows students to adjust audio volume as needed. The microphone has a stiff plastic arm for maximum durability; it can also swivel up out of the way when not needed or when the headsets are stored. ThinkWrite headsets have a wide range of applications in addition to TELPAS, making them a good investment for computer and language labs.

With any of these headsets, students will not be hindered by unreliable or incorrect equipment. Instead, students will be able to focus entirely on their exam, enabling them to achieve their highest potential. As testing kicks off for some schools (and wraps up for others), we wish all students good luck on their exams this spring and in the fall!

How To Add Color To Your Classroom

Picking the right color

When thinking about sprucing up your classroom décor you should start by setting the right mood for your classroom needs. If you’re looking to inspire, motivate, or relax your students there is a color that can help you keep your classroom on track.

Studies show that certain colors in the classroom can maximize information retention and stimulate participation. Primary colors are all good options for your classroom: red, yellow, green, blue.

You can bring in these colors as accent walls, bookcases, or motivational signs and boards, or even plants. Consider adding pops of these colors with classroom supplies like our colorful headphone sets.

Red brings in high energy and creativity. Yellow help facilitate collaboration. Green helps to relax and calm great for a reading nook or class library. Blue helps with calming and inspiring.

Décor and More

Use your walls to display unique themes and showcase your students work. You can find tons of great inspiration and sometimes free downloadables for classroom wall displays on Pinterest. Here are some fun free printables that you can use to customize your classroom…

Classroom Theme

Think about changing up your classroom theme: Changing out classroom décor can keep your students engaged and excited to learn. There are tons for fun themes on Pinterest to bring color and inspiration to your students. From Dr. Seuss to Woodsy garden you can transform your classroom and take your students learning to the next level. You can match your theme to your classroom reading list or something your students are interested in like a popular book. Depending on the grade you teach you can add lots of colors to make a space your students will love. For inspiration check out this list of unique classroom themes.

Colorful Encore Data Products

We can also help you add color to your classroom with our educational headphones and headsets. Some of our most colorful products are our HamiltonBuhl Flex-Phones Color Blast, and our Bucket of Earbuds Red, White, and Blue

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How Technology is Changing English as Another Language Instruction

Long gone are the days in which students learning English simply memorize and repeat what their textbooks and teachers tell them. English learners around the world of all ages are tapping into and embracing the power of technology in countless ways to enhance and support their language-learning experience. Technology in the English language acquisition classroom is critical to helping students not only learn English but also to be able to succeed academically in main content areas.

Video

One of the most widely-used methods of teaching English using technology is the use of video. Students can watch short clips that are relevant to a particular grammatical point they’re learning, vocabulary content they’re studying, or to practice social pragmatic skills by watching a roleplay of how language is used in certain social situations, for example.

As a self-study tool, video empowers students to practice listening and to learn new vocabulary by watching YouTube videos, television shows, movies, documentaries, and more in English. With the subtitles turned on and then off, students can pick up more of what characters are saying and master more of the language on their own.

Video can also be used as a tool to demonstrate understanding of a particular topic and to practice all four domains of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students can write a script, act it out, read it on camera, and listen to themselves with school headphones as they edit and re-shoot video of they find parts of it aren’t clear. They can then share this video with their peers and instructors as a demonstration of what they’re learning.

Apps

Hundreds of apps are available for mobile phones, iPads, tablets, and PCs that focus on various aspects of learning English. For example, students can listen to podcasts with headphones on a topic that they’re interested in, such as the latest news. They might play games that encourage them to practice their grammar skills or improve their reading comprehension. The number of apps for practicing specific English skills are nearly limitless, it seems, as new apps are being created every day.

Blogs and Pen Pals

To improve writing, students can engage in a wide variety of activities that incorporate technology. For instance, students might write posts in small groups, pairs, or as individuals for the class blog. They are likely to pay more attention to their writing if they know that it’s available to the world through the Internet and that their classmates will be reading their posts and then commenting on them (another great way to practice writing).

Students can connect with other English learners or with native speakers of English in another class through websites that connect teachers and students around the world as pen pals. If a student has an e-pen pal they like to write to, they are more likely to be internally motivated to put their ideas into an email to share with their pen pal on a regular basis than if they have to write just because the teacher says to.

Another idea to improve writing is to have students share their thoughts on online articles or discussion forums. The BBC offers a site for teenage students to read short news stories and then comment on them, for example. Using online identities (and with parents’ permission for young students), commenting on news stories or in a class discussion forum can be great ways for students to utilize technology to improve their language abilities.

Computer Testing

Technology is not just present in the classroom for instructional purposes. For students who live in countries or who attend schools where academic content is presented in English, they often face difficulties in learning how to use the technology required for them to take assessments of their academic abilities, including their English language proficiency.

Teachers must do more than teach English. They must teach students how to use the platforms, click and drag, type in text boxes, for example. Students must learn vocabulary related to the instructions for the technological aspects of the test, such as “drag” or “icon.”

Students who are from low-income homes may not have access to computers and the Internet, and their schools may not have much in the way of computers, either, if they are located in low-income areas. Students may be familiar with how to use mobile phones and tablets more than computers, and this can put them at a disadvantage when they have to put on their headphones during an assessment at school and navigate the exam’s computer interface on their own.

Technology is not just for entertainment purposes. English courses for adults and children are available for free and for a cost. Private tutors and online English teaching companies teach using web conferencing software. Schools and governments test students using computers and expect them to know how to use them and the Internet to research and write papers.

Teachers are incorporating technology into the classroom to make learning more fun and engaging for students on an individual level. Technology in the English classroom is changing the way students are taught and how they learn, and it will continue to do so in new ways as technology advances.

References: https://busyteacher.org/13732-using-technology-esl-instruction-10-modern-ways.html

http://www.colorincolorado.org/blog/computer-based-common-core-testing-considerations-and-supports-ells

Using A Portable PA In The Classroom

If you have a larger classroom or teach after school activities our portable water resistant PA might be the answer you’re looking for. Sometimes projecting can be an issue but with a portable PA you can get the right volume and get a ton of extra benefits. You wont have to worry about students spilling water on your PR because it’s waterproof! With noise levels increasing in the classroom it can make focusing hard for some students, especially ones with concentration issues. With our help you can put those problems behind you!

Our HamiltonBuhl Water-Resistant (IP54) PA System with USB Port has a ton of features you can optimize during your lesson plans. With two wireless microphones you can have one for student questions and use yours to keep the lesson plans going smoothly. With a rechargeable battery that lasts up to seven hours and the ability to project pre-recorded material through the USB  and Bluetooth features you are set for lesson plans. Coaches will love using this for any sporting event or during practice.

Studies show that 44% of students have good concentration skills, 46% have average attention skills, and 10% have poor attention skills. With any number of distractions including background noise and talking, students can become distracted easily and regaining focus can be hard. On top of exercises you can always incorporate our HamiltonBuhl Water-Resistant (IP54) PA System for extra volume, ease, and attention grabbing. Here are a few exercises you can implement to keep kids focused and ready to learn:

  • Mazes
  • Puzzles
  • Story based games with quizzes
  • Distraction blockers (like our educational headphones)
  • Include visual, auditory and kinesthetic facets to all lesson plans

Besides the distraction blocking benefits, our PA can help you share lesson plans from colleagues, online materials and more! With the Bluetooth enabled feature you can share TED Talks or anything you wish to your students or staff. It’s super easy to use and you will save lots of time with the USB and Bluetooth features. Think of all the extra time for lesson plans, grading papers, and keeping your classroom organized! If you’re ready to take back your classroom we’re here to help with many educational classroom items, you can incorporate today! Shop now

5 Ways to Keep Your School Headphones Clean

These days, nearly all students will need headphones, headsets, or earbuds during their time in school to complete important parts of their education. Sets of school headphones often undergo heavy use: in a class setting, students may use an assigned pair of headphones for most of the year, while in a lab setting, hundreds of students may use the same pair of headphones each week. In these types of environments, how can educators keep headphones and headsets clean and sanitary for the next student to use, whether in the next week or the next year? Below, we outline some of the best techniques that teachers and educators can employ to keep their headphone sets in good working order and ready for use.

  1. Headphone cleaning spray. Cleaning spray is a good solution for dirt that has set into the plastic parts of headphones and headsets. Hamilton Buhl offers a headphone cleaning spray that is free of harsh chemicals, alcohol, and ammonia, and is specifically designed to leave headphones streak- and scratch-free. This non-toxic spray is safe to use in the classroom and is a great way to keep your school headphones, headsets, and earbuds looking like new. By using this spray, many teachers are able to refresh a class set of headphones or headsets for a new group of students to use or keep headphones from getting too dirty over the course of the school year.
  2. Leatherette or rubber earpads. Earpads constructed out of these materials are amazingly easy to clean. Leatherette and rubber earpads can be wiped down in between use with any standard cleaner, making the transition between one student and the next a breeze. Many educators prefer these earpads since they will not collect as much dirt as a foam earpad. Leatherette and rubber earpads are available on a wide range of headphones, from durable, lab-style headphones that will last the school year to disposable headphones perfect for school testing, guaranteeing that there is a pair that will fit your needs.
  3. Headphone covers. Headphone covers are disposable, sanitary, cloth coverings that slide on over a headphone’s earpieces and protect them from building up dirt, skin cells, and oils from repeated use. Often utilized in hospitals to maintain sanitary conditions, headphone covers are easy to put on and take off. Once one student is finished with their work, the covers can be removed and disposed of and a new pair attached so that the headphones are ready for the next student. Headphone covers are a great way to keep headphones in good working condition, as keeping dirt and grime out of the earpieces can also extend the life of earpieces that are not washable. There are even microphone covers for headsets!
  4. UV Sterilizer.  Here is an ideal solution for eradicating germs on your headphones and other surfaces in the classroom.   A safe and effective tool that offers 99.9% sterilization of all the “bad stuff” than can be found in the classroom.
  5. Disposable headphones or earbuds.In some situations, the most efficient way to keep headphones clean in between uses is to swap them for a new pair. This is especially effective in school testing environments or learning modules where headphones will only be used for a short period of time and then not needed again after a few weeks. Disposable school headphones and earbuds are available in a wide variety of styles, and save educators the time needed to clean and wipe down multiple pairs of headphones or switch out sanitary covers.

By following the above guidelines, you can keep your school headphones and earbuds clean and in good working condition, enabling students to get the most out of their learning time. If you have any questions about which hygiene solution would work best for your needs, our team at Encore is always ready to help! Feel free to get in touch with us, and we’ll be happy to work with you!

The Best Ways to Store Your School Headphones in the Classroom

Follow these tips and tricks to easily and safely store your school headphones.

Headphones, headsets, and earbuds have become standard and essential learning aids in the classroom. By enabling students to complete listening comprehension exercises, language fluency tests, and other audio applications, they help turn classroom learning into a dynamic experience. Many teachers and educators invest in a set of headphones for their classrooms; however, these can easily wear out if they are not stored correctly. Read on to discover the best way to store headphones to keep them out of the way when not in use and protect their lifespans.

  1. Use a headphones storage bag.Many classrooms assign a pair of headphones to each student to use throughout the year. To keep track of whose headphones are whose—and to prevent loose cords from tangling—a storage bag is a useful accessory. Most storage bags come with a panel for students to label with their name, so when headphones are put away it is easy for students to find their own pair the next time. Storage bags come in a few sizes to accommodate different sizes of headphones and are a very affordable choice for computer labs and classrooms.
  2. Use a headphones storage case.A number of popular school headphone brands provide durable storage cases for educators to look after their equipment. Califone and Hamilton Buhl each have examples of hard plastic cases designed to stand up to the rigors of the classroom, and these come in a few sizes to store anywhere from 12 to 30 headphones. These cases provide a way to pack up headphones when not in use and protect them from over-handling; the cases also keep headphone cords out of the way, thus minimizing the chances of cords getting tangled, frayed, or broken. Storage cases are a good choice for headphones that are only used a few times a year, such as for standardized testing, and need to be kept safe and out of the way for daily activities. Storage cases also feature handles and can be easily carried from classroom to classroom.
  3. Use a headphone storage rack.Headphone storage racks are especially useful for computer labs, language labs, and other areas where headphones will often be in use. Some racks are designed to sit on a counter and hold about 6 to 12 headphones for classroom use, while the largest rack available can hold dozens of headphones and can be wheeled from room to room, making it perfect for mobile lab activities. Headphone racks are a great solution for headphones that are in use frequently: students can grab their headphones from the rack, use them, and then return them when they are finished. This keeps headphones in one area instead of spread throughout the classroom and can also be used to keep track of headphone pairs to make sure none go missing.
  4. Use a school earbud case.While most storage options center around headphones, there are also options available for students and classrooms that prefer to use earbuds. If you plan on stocking your classroom with earbuds and would like a way to store them, there are styles available that come with an individual storage case. Students can store these at their desk, or they can be kept in a classroom storage area. Earbud cases are made of hard plastic, so they easily protect the earbuds from damage. Some cases also provide a way to store cords by winding them inside the case. This prevents pulling or tangling of cords in storage and protects them from premature fraying or breaking, damage that is often not covered by warranty.

Whichever storage solution fits your needs, Encore Data Products can help! We offer all of the above storage solutions at competitive prices. If you are unsure which solution might be best, our customer service team will be happy to help with any questions you might have. Once you’ve solved your storage needs, you’ll be all set for a successful school year!