Category Archives: Technology

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!

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

Encore Data Products – providing quality products at great prices!

Based in Lafayette, Colorado. We supply the education, health and fitness, hospitality, business and government industries with high quality audio visual equipment and technology accessories.

With an ever-expanding product selection from top brands, free shipping options, competitive pricing and easy ordering, Encore Data Products enables its clients to maximize their investment in equipment needed to enrich their learning, health and business environments!

Whether its headphones or headsets for a classroom – a mobile device charging solution for STEM lab or media room – or earbuds for a hotel or spa – we have you covered – give us a call TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 !

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Our business philosophy is simple: Provide quality products at great prices that are delivered in a timely manner.

We started the company with the goal of earning repeat customers by providing:
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– No minimum order amounts on most items shipped in the U.S.

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Please contact us by phone or email if you have any questions about Encore Data products, our products, or our suppliers. If you are looking for something not found on our web site, then let us know; we are adding new products weekly and will do our best to find what you need.

Phone: 303-926-1669
Email: sales@encoredataproducts.com

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– Shipping to address & hours of operation
– Part number/name, unit price, quantity and total price

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PI-TOP MODULAR LAPTOP – all your questions answered!

pi‑top is a modular laptop that gives students the tools to complete amazing DIY projects and bring inventions to life.

Ideal in a STEM/STEAM curriculum- it’s the perfect tool to help students learn to code, create devices, and empower them to innovate and design.

Available from Encore Data Products – here is a summary of commonly asked questions.

Feel free to call us TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 or ORDER ONLINE.

 

What is pi-top?


pi-top is a build-it-yourself laptop powered by the Raspberry Pi. It has a modular rail. The pi-top is designed for anyone with the hunger to expand their knowledge. Express your creativity through technology by becoming a maker and inventor. It is the easiest way to start using your Raspberry Pi.

What is the difference between pi-top and pi-topCEED?


The pi-top is a modular laptop and  pi-topCEED is a modular desktop.

pi-top fully portable and thus will allow users to deploy the Raspberry Pi in any location with the use of its exceptional 10-hour long-life battery.

The pi-topCEED is an all-in-one stationary desktop with a 14-inch screen ideal to be used as a workstation. It provides all the functionality of the pi-top at a fraction of the cost; allowing schools and enthusiasts to learn how to code, and create using the Raspberry Pi, with ease, at home or the workplace.

Both have our full pi-topOS package on them and easy frontal access to the modular rail for your hardware projects.

How do you code on pi-top?


Using pi-topOS which is bundled with our educational game CEED universe the gamer will learn how to code and create hardware as they progress through the game with the opportunity of enhancing their gaming experience with the use of DIY add-on boards that the user will be instructed on how to build, create and play with.

Do pi-top and/or pi-topCEED have an Audio System?


The pi-top range is steadily increasing.

We have the original pi-top speaker, and now we have the pi-top PULSE.

The speaker board that can be configured for left, right and mono sound via a switch on the bottom of the board.

This attaches to the rail area you will attach the raspberry pi and the pi-top hub boards in the assembly of either the pi-top or the CEED.

The pi-top PULSE has a programmable LED array with lessons available via pi-top CODER

What can you make with pi-top?


All software and hardware creations made with the Raspberry Pi are fully-compatible, and transferable, with the pi-topand the pi-topCEED when used with the proto-board.

This might include stations, flickering LED candles, gaming emulator consoles, wireless music stations and many more other fun maker projects.

Who is pi-top for?


There are no boundaries – the pi-top kit is for anyone wanting to get a greater understanding in computing and become a maker! However, we found the recommended starting age to be 8+.

Does pi-top work like a regular computer?


The pi-top and the pi-topCEED provide the office tasks of a regular desktop with the use of Libre office (compatible with Microsoft office) which allows the user to create:

  • Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Powerpoints

As well as the standard features of an office desktop; pi-top and pi-topCEEDallow the user to create software and hardware with ease using the following bundled features:

  • 3D Slash
  • Scratch
  • Raspberry Pi Resources
  • Minecraft Pi

All of the features above have been combined to allow creators to easily and affordably bring their creations into the world.

What is pi-topCEED?


The pi-topCEED is a ‘plug & play’ desktop powered by the Raspberry Pi with a magnetic modular rail. It’s a great tool for physical computing or learning how to code – mostly used in the STEAM education classroom.

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

What is a pi-topPROTO Board?


pi-topPROTO is a super-charged breadboard for your pi-top or pi-topCEED. Breadboards allow you to build and connect electronic devices to your computer via the General Purpose Input and Output Pins (GPIO). The pins provide power and allow students to write code to operate the devices remotely. They can easily run robots, make traffic light systems with LED’s, even build a heart rate monitor.

It’s the perfect tool to teach physical computing. Simply slide the pi-topPROTO into the Modular Rail and go!

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT : JACKBOXES FOR CLASSROOM LEARNING

We have numerous models of #JACKBOXES from #CALIFONE and #HAMILTONBUHL with different features :delivering stereo sound for  students -includes volume controls for personalized listening levels!

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Here’s a small selection:

CALIFONE 1216USB 6 POSITION USB JACK BOX

Introducing the first multi-modal jackbox which is capable of recording verbal responses in addition to playing audio. When connecting up to six microphones, the jackbox transfers students’ answers through its USB plug to the connected computer, where their answers can be stored and replayed from. The USB jackbox doubles the effectiveness of language learning with speech utilization, making it ideal for students of all ages as well as for multiple users on a VOIP call.

 

 

 

6-position for group use
Anti-slip skid pads underneath jackbox
Separate 3.5mm inputs for headphones and microphones
Universal volume & mic controls
Includes necessary AC Adapter

 

CALIFONE 1210AVPS TEN-POSITION 1/4″ STEREO JACK BOX

1. Ten 1/4″ learning positions, each with individual volume control large enough for most groups
2. Rugged ABS plastic casing for durability and school safety
3. Permanently attached 6′ cord with 1/4″ and 3.5mm plugs connects with media players
4. Silver-plated contacts prevent crackling sound heard with other jackboxes when connecting
5. Skid-resistant pads at each corner won’t mar or scrape surface
6. Two predrilled holes to permanently affix jackbox

– Ideal for Listening Centers, literacy groups, ELD/ ELL and Special Education applications, call center training and Language Labs
– Number of Listening Positions: 10
– Cord: Permanently attached, 5 foot with 1/4″ and mini plugs
– Contact points: Silver-plated for better connection and are moisture resistant to prevent corrosion
– Housing: ABS plastic for durability and safety
– Volume Control: Individual control on each position
– Dimensions: 2″ H X 4.25″ L X 4.25″ D

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warranty: For school/business uses for 1 year from purchase date
Safety: Built for use in schools, churches, business and government facilities

 

HAMILTON JBP8VA EIGHT-POSITION JACK BOX 3.5MM STEREO – RED

The JBP8VAR Jackbox delivers stereo sound for up to 8 students and includes volume controls for personalized listening levels!

Constructed of heavy gauge plastic, this 8 position jackbox has eight 3.5mm headphone or headset jacks and features a 4 foot long connection cable with dual source plug for a 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch jack, making it compatible with a wide range of media players!

Pair it up with your choice of HamiltonBuhl media players and headphones or headsets and you have an 8 station learning center!

Specifications:

  • Construction: Heavy gauge plastic
  • Color: Red – OTHER COLORS TOO!
  • Accommodates: Eight 3.5mm headphone jacks
  • Source plug: Dual jacks − one -1/4″ other 1/8″
  • Connection cable: 4′ long
  • Volume control: Individual volume control knobs for each headphone position

 

COLORFUL HEADPHONES FOR CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION!

PERFECT FOR CLASSROOM!🎧🍏

We have a vast array of headphone choices available in multiple colors for classroom organization and tasks.

Multiple quality manufacturers including:

AVID EDUCATION FV-060
Rugged earcup rotation mechanism that allows flat, space saving storage.
Easy to clean and available in classroom packs of 24 or 30 pieces
Meets #CPSIA and #TPCH Standards 


 

 

 

 

 

 

AVID EDUCATION AE -711

A high quality and durable stereo headphone with an adjustable headband and soft foam earpads.  Individually sealed in plastic.
This is a staple of the AVID line of products built for the education market.
The AE-711 features a single 3.5mm plug for compatibility with virtually all electronic devices.
The adjustable headband fits heads of all sizes.

6 foot stereo cord.

This product meets CPSIA and TPCH standards for environmental compliance and safety.  Prop 65.

Order replacement earpads for multiple uses.

Comes in 3 colors: Blue, Red and Yellow.

 

 

 

HAMILTONBUHL Flex-Phones

Virtually indestructible and made from a single piece of EVA foam.

EVA foam is safe, non-toxic, BPA-free, soft and an extremely flexible material.

Flex-Phones are certified for all major USA and international child safety testing standards.

Scholastic Teacher’s Pick WINNER!
“The Best of 2015”.

Recommended for children ages 3 and up, Flex-Phones deliver high quality sound that will never exceed 85 decibels, ensuring young developing ears are protected.

Wireless model available too with classroom listening pack options.

Specifications:

  • 3.5mm stereo plug
  • Drivers:  30 mm
  • Impedance 32 ohms
  • Frequency Response:  20-20000Hz
  • Sensitivity:  82d B +- 3d B
  • Cord:  4 feet straight nylon cord
  • Warranty:  1 Year

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CYBER ACOUSTICS MEDIA.VOX BLUETOOTH SPEAKER and PA SYSTEM

Perfect for #classroom #library #tourism or #business presentation :
CYBER ACOUSTICS MEDIA.VOX BLUETOOTH SPEAKER and PA SYSTEM!
Powerful and flexible : Sound inputs from either #Bluetooth devices, 3.5mm inputs, or RCA sources.
Hear audio from mic input, DVD players, Smart TVs, computers, smartphones and other sources.

For Media Carts and AV Systems and designed specifically for the educational environment, this Bluetooth media speaker is engineered to provide room filling sound- from low media carts to high wall mounted locations.

The bass port enhances sound quality, while tone controls allows the system to be dialed in for best performance in any classroom.

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CYBER ACOUSTICS – PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

Product spotlight : #CYBERACOUSTICS – #durable and #classroom  ready #headsets.

Perfect for #school #testing.
The AC960 utilizes dual 3.5mm plugs, compatible with most #PC#computers.
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SPECIAL DECEMBER PRICING FOR AVID TT-3 STEREO EARBUDS!

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HAMILTON BUHL HA-1A PERSONAL EDUCATIONAL HEADPHONE

#HamiltonBuhl HA-1A #stereo #headphone : the perfect companion to today’s ever growing #classroom #technology
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