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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!

ON-EAR HEADPHONES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

How do I choose between “on-ear“ headphones versus “over- ear” or simple earbuds?

Using on-ear classroom headphones is an economical solution for schools and educational centers to meet the demands of 21st century education, technology and testing requirements. The ear cushions rest on the outer ear, making the headphone light, comfortable and less prone to overheating the ears.

The on-ear headphone style also allows the wearer the benefit from hearing the outside environment.

Over-ear headphones and headsets will block external sounds.

Selected with classrooms, learning and language labs, training facilities and educational touring in mind, Encore brings you a large selection from best brands in the business: Hamiltonbuhl, Califone, AVID Education , Cyber Acoustics , Thinkwrite , Andrea Communications and our own designs.

Whether you need disposable, multi-use with replaceable parts or easy to clean and disinfect on-ear headphones, our knowledgeable customer care team will guide you through determining your school’s needs and set you up with the audio equipment that fits your budget. Many classroom headphones in this category meet the PARCC and Common Core testing requirements.

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Here is a small selection – many more online!

AVID EDUCATION AE-35 CLASSROOM COMPUTER STEREO HEADPHONE – BLUE & BLACK

The AVID AE35 Headphones / Headsets are a personal set of student headphones derived from our most popular headset model, the AVID AE-36 Headphones with microphone. The design has been specifically created and reinforced with the school environment in mind and is already used by thousands of children around the country.  This headphone comes with our signature braided Nylon cord for extra resistance to chewing.  For these reasons, it is perfect to give one to each student in the classroom and is easily stored in individual desks. Available in white or blue. Great choice for school headphones.

Extra Comfortable and Easy to Clean
Its light weight and mid-size ear cups make the AE-35 ideal for a child, or
young adult. Both the ear cups and the headband are made with padded
Vinyl that is easy to clean and keep sanitary. Additionally, the cord is 6-foot
long to accommodate children of any age comfortably and wraps into a
Velcro tie for easy storage.

 

HAMILTON KIDSHA2 SCHOOLMATE PERSONAL STEREO BLUE HEADPHONE

The HamiltonBuhl KIDS-HA2 headphone is the ruggedly constructed, robust yet lightweight headphone ideal for today’s tech filled classrooms

With the ever growing classroom technology, each student needs a high quality, durable headphone to get the most out of their high tech lessons and the KIDS-HA2 headphone not only provides rugged durability and high quality sound, but the lightweight, on-ear design allows for all-day comfort and easy compact storage.

And now the KIDS-HA2 headphone features our unique 6′ Dura-Cord – the chew, kink and knot-resistant, PVC-jacketed, braided cord – specially-designed to be more durable and reliable than ever!

Plus each headphone comes with Anti-Lice storage bag – heavy-duty, write-on, moisture-resistant, reclosable bag – to safely help prevent the spread of lice! When the headphone is sealed in the bag, lice are killed in 24-48 hours without the use of chemicals!

HamiltonBuhl headphones are the ideal headphones for schools and testing!

ENC-CCV STEREO BUDGET HEADPHONES WITH LEATHERETTE EARPADS 4 FOOT CORD WITH VOLUME CONTROL

Affordable stereo ENCCCV headphones with VOLUME CONTROL on the cord
Perfect for use Chromebooks, netbooks, PC’s, laptops and more
Individually bagged; sealed in plastic
Adjustable headband
A step above most inexpensive / cheap headphones; great sound quality for the price!

Made from a mix of new and recycled plastic; a great budget selection for Common Core testing & more

CYBER ACOUSTICS ACM-62B STEREO HEADPHONES

ACM-62B stereo headphones house 30mm dynamic drivers, so your music sounds crisper and smoother than ever. The soft foam ear pads complete the package and treat your ears right!

FEATURES:
• Soft foam ear pads
• Adjustable headband

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THINKWRITE ULTRA LIGHT HEADPHONES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ThinkWrite’s ultra light headphones have been designed specifically for the demands of students in classrooms. The headphone is constructed with a special ABS plastic that ensures maximum durability. A chew resistant fabric cable prevents damage from even the toughest chewers.

A great lightweight headphone for the classroom at an affordable price.