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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!

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!

School Fundraising: Raise Money by Selling What Students Need

If you are a parent, teacher, or administrator, you know that fundraising is a vital part of keeping a school running. After all, many schools are operating on extreme budgets, with finite resources available for important things like new equipment, special programs and teachers, and updates to the infrastructure of the school building and grounds. By holding fundraisers, parent-teacher organizations, booster clubs, and other associations can help make money to pay for some of the much-needed items a school needs to stay successful and help children have a better learning experience. But what makes a school fundraiser a success? Here are some tips for holding a fundraiser that not only makes money but gives students the tools they need to achieve more.

Stick to the Philosophy
If your school has a unique philosophy or curriculum that sets it apart from other neighborhood schools, be sure to select a fundraiser that speaks to that specific set of guidelines or rules. For example, if your school has adopted a strict wellness policy that disallows candy, baked goods, or other less-than-healthy food items, it would not be wise to hold a bake sale or door-to-door candy bar fundraiser, as this does not properly depict the school’s values. Similarly, a school that is known for a particular subject or educational approach should choose a fundraiser that goes with that theme for maximum interest and effectiveness. For instance, a STEM school could probably make a lot of money holding a robotics and engineering fair, while a school prized for its athletic department could do very well with a benefit fun run or 5K. By keeping your student body’s interests in mind, your fundraiser could earn a significant amount of money for the school to help pay for much-needed staff and equipment.

Involve the Kids
Whether you are raising money for an elementary K-5 school or a high school, students love to be involved in fundraising opportunities. Just be sure to keep the ages and abilities of the students in mind when choosing which fundraisers you wish to hold. This will not only build the excitement needed to encourage more participation, which will in turn earn more money for the school, but also help the students feel as though they are directly responsible for the outcome of the fundraiser, and make them proud of their efforts when they see what the proceeds were able to purchase for their school.

Make it Practical
If your school fundraiser raises money by selling students something they actually need, everybody benefits. For example, by setting up a school store in which children can purchase school supplies like pencils, notebooks, and markers, you can encourage students to give back to their school by buying something they already needed for their classes. Additional practical fundraising opportunities, such as selling USB drives for the school technology lab or earbuds for use in the library, can help make money to be used for school-related purchases while giving students a chance to buy a necessary item without having to go to a store.

Holding a school fundraiser is a great way for the students, parents, teachers, and administrators to come together as a community and have some fun while making money. By using common sense, creativity, and ingenuity, you can dream up the perfect fundraiser to help your school pay for essentials that go a long way in helping enhance your children’s educational experience.

DESIGNED FOR EDUCATION : THINKWRITE HEADSETS – product spotlight

Looking for products built with durability, comfort and ease of use -specifically  to meet the needs of the education market?

ThinkWrite was born to meet the needs of schools and districts that are implementing mobile devices into their learning environment.

ThinkWrite was formed in 2013 by Mike Guerena, a former Education Technology Director, who saw a need for improved mobile device accessories in classrooms.

Encore Data Products is a happy reseller partner and offers the complete ThinkWrite product line – (here’s a small selection listed below.)

Call TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 or ORDER ONLINE

 

THINKWRITE ULTRA DURABLE HEADPHONES

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.

In line volume control standard and cleanable ear pads.

THINKWRITE ULTRA DURABLE HEADSET 3.5MM TRRS PLUG

ThinkWrite headsets have been designed specifically for the demands of students in classrooms. The headset is constructed with a special plastic on the headrest that can be bent to extreme positions and also has an extra thick, chew resistant braided fabric cable with built in volume control.

The headsets are built to take advantage of the iPads and Chromebooks single jack for recording and listening. They are very useful for speech to text and recording voiceovers at schools on the iPad and the Chromebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students can take advantage of the ThinkWrite headsets doing the following:

1. Record themselves reading so teacherscan monitor fluency.
2. Record themselves reading their own writing.
3. Record voice overs for multimedia projects. (iMovie)
4. Get speech feedback from language applications. (Duolingo)
5. Participate in a Skype or FaceTime connection with a student in another state or country.
6. Leave voice feedback on other students work and projects. (Voice Thread)
7. Compose a first draft of a writing assignment using voice to text. (Siri or Dragon)
8. Teach a math concept to other students with Explain Everything.
9. Create an original song in GarageBand with voice effects recorded with headset.
10. Use Siri for voice commands.

Compatible with Scholastic Read 180 and Imagine Learning.

3 Headset Color Options:  Black (90103-BLACK), Navy (90103-NAVY) & Red (90103-RED)

 

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.

ThinkWrite Ultra Light headphones feature:

– High Fidelity Sound
– Lightweight and Durable Plastic Frame
– Chew Resistant Fabric Cable

Specifications:

– Driver Unit: 40mm
– Power Handling Capacity: 100mW
– Frequency Response: 20-20000Hz
– Impedance: 32ohs
– Sensitivity: 105FB+/-3dB
– Cord Length: 1.5m
– Cord Material: Braided fabric
– Plug: 3.5mm stereo

1 year manufacturer warranty

THINKWRITE 10 PORT USB CHARGER

Charge 10 iPads or other USB powered devices at once with 2.4 amps per port. Features smart charging chip. Detects your device and delivers its fastest possible charge speed.

 

 

 

 

 

Replace bulky power strip and separate charging adapters with a compact charging station.

An inexpensive alternative to charging carts.

Over-current, over-voltage protection and premium circuitry ensure the reliability, charge your devices fast and safely.

Highest power rating at 120W / 19.2 Amps output for adapter.

Charge only:  Does not sync devices.

Specifications

Input: DC 12V/8A
Output: DC 5V/2.4A (Max) x 10 ports

1 Year manufacturer warranty

 

 

THIS MONTHS LUCKY GREAT HEADPHONE GIVEAWAY WINNER!

This months Winner: 

Kayla V.
The Winston School, Del Mar, CA

“This is so exciting!  Winning the contest made my day!  I plan to give the headphones to students who use assistive technology.  These headphones, and more importantly, the microphones, will allow students to use speech to text to dictate their writing.  I always say, headphones are worth their weight in gold! Thank you so much!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encore Data Products is committed to providing America’s schools with the latest trends in education technology. We’re proud to host The Great Headphone Giveaway program, giving schools, libraries and educational organizations across our country the opportunity to receive free technology accessories for listening, learning, testing and training.

Each month, one lucky winner will win valuable education technology products from Encore Data Products! Choose from one of several Encore products to fit your classroom, library or student needs. Participants can re-enter each month for a chance to win, so keep trying!

 

AVID EDUCATION HEADSET and PORTABLE PA PROMO!

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#AvidEducation AE-66 #Headset with In-Line Mic are foldable for easy storage.
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Full Size Sound in Half the Space 
The AVID AE-66 Headphones are a Headset with In-Line Mic, and features an innovative
hinge design that allows both ear cups to fold away into the
headband.  The AE-66 headphones stow away easily in classrooms and
storage lockers that don’t have space to spare. However,
the AVID AE-66 Headphones do not compromise on sound quality; vinyl ear
pads and full-size speakers combine to produce a high-fidelity
sound that enables students to listen to audio instruction
with unmatched clarity. Great choice for school headphones.

High Comfort Padding
AVID found some of the most comfortable ear pads available in
the industry and put them in one of the most highly adjustable
headsets available. Additional headband padding also holds the
AVID AE-66 Headphones securely in place without compromising comfort or fit.
By conforming to the ear extremely well, the AVID AE-66 Headphones also offer
superior passive noise reduction properties.

The PA-216 is AVID’s most powerful portable audio system.
It is perfect for times when movement is necessary and speaking space is open such as during field trips, recess duty and larger conference halls.
With its provided handle and shoulder strap it is easy to carry, giving flexibility to the speaker to move around the podium or stage.
The PA-216 is equipped with a 5-inch speaker so it can project up to 128dB of strong quality sound, which can be heard from all around the room. It comes with a wireless handheld microphone and a clip-on lapel microphone.
It is equipped with a USB port for playing back audio from a flash drive.

Features:
Rechargeable Battery with Built-in Charger
USB port for audio playback
Volume Control
Tone Control
Microphone input jack
Built-in handor or shoulder strap


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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!

ALL IN STOCK – can be ordered online , calling TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 , email or fax!

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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

 

MANUFACTURER SPOTLIGHT : CYBER ACOUSTICS

#CyberAcoustics – everything in stock from #Bluetooth media speakers to #headphones #headsets . Cost efficient and perfect for #classroom testing.
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CYBER ACOUSTICS MEDIA.VOX CLASSROOM BLUETOOTH CAPABLE SPEAKER CA-7100BT

For Media Carts and AV Systems.

Designed specifically for the educational environment, the Media.VOX CA7100-BT 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.

Microphone input on the side enables a PA function – to boost speaking performances. Sound inputs from either Bluetooth devices, 3.5mm inputs, or RCA sources. Lighted speakers indicate system on and ready, receiving sound from DVD players, Smart TVs, computers, smartphones and other common classroom sources.

 


FEATURES
• Powered classroom speaker system
• 60 watts peak power / 30 watts RMS
• Lighted 3” speakers behind protective wire mesh grill
• Controls:
– On/Off
– Bluetooth Pairing
– Volume
– Tone Control
– Speaker Lighting On/Off
• Headphone output jack
• Auxiliary input jack
• 6.3mm (1/4”) microphone input jack
• Includes:
– 4’ 3.5mm male to male cable
– RCA to 3.5mm Y-adapter
– IR Remote

COMPATIBLE WITH
– PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks
– Tablets, smartphones, iPods, MP3 players, and more
– DVDs, VCRs, and Smart TVs
– 6.3mm (1/4”) microphones
– Wall mount ready

CYBER ACOUSTICS AC-6008BL STEREO HEADSET W/ SINGLE PLUG

PERFECT FOR CLASSROOM TESTING!

The AC-6008BL is a quality stereo headset built from the ground up, perfect for today’s demanding classrooms. The AC-6008BL utilizes a single 3.5mm plug, compatible with Apple®, Chromebook™, Android™, most desktop computers etc.

 

FEATURES:
• Unidirectional noise-canceling microphone
• Leatherette ear pads
• Flexible boom arm
• Adjustable headband
• Durable design
• Robust cord

CYBER ACOUSTICS AC-6012 USB STEREO HEADSET

The AC-6012 is a quality stereo headset built from the ground up, perfect for today’s demanding classrooms. The AC-6012 utilizes a USB connector, compatible with any USB equipped device.

PERFECT FOR CLASSROOM TESTING!

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES:
•   In-line volume and mute control
•   Unidirectional noise-canceling microphone
•   Leatherette ear pads
•   Flexible boom arm
•   Adjustable headband
•   Durable design
•   Braided TuffCord™

CYBER ACOUSTICS AC-202B STEREO HEADSET W/ DUAL PLUGS

The AC-202B stereo headset is a great choice for anyone doing VOiP and gaming. Bring your ears to attention with the AC-202B’s 30mm dynamic drivers. The adjustable, over the head design fits comfortably on any head size, and the flexible, noise-cancelling boom mic’s 180-degree rotation gets the job done, no matter your preference. The AC-202B utilizes dual 3.5mm plugs, compatible with most PC computers. (Not compatible with Chromebook™, tablets, or Mac®)

FEATURES:
• Unidirectional noise-canceling microphone
• Leatherette ear pads
• Ambidextrous boom arm
• Adjustable headband

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HAMILTON W6-BT WIRELESS BLUETOOTH LISTENING CENTER

Go #wireless in your #classroom with plug-and-play simplicity!😁💻

HAMILTON BUHL W6-BT WIRELESS #BLUETOOTH #LISTENINGCENTER
Connect your tablet computer / mobile device with Bluetooth® and audio will be transmitted to wireless headphones via wireless FM signal.
Cost effective and perfect for all multimedia, lab and classroom applications

This system includes one wireless transmitter and six headphones. Easily switch between 4 different frequencies with color-coded switches. Add additional transmitters to have up to 4 different channels of audio simultaneously!

Listening Center Includes:

  • (1) W900-BLTM Bluetooth® wireless transmitter
  • (6) W901-Multi multi-channeled wireless headphones
  • (1) AC cord for use with transmitter and headphone charging  and (1) 6-way cable for wireless headphone charging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CLASSROOM HEADPHONES – ALMOST 300 MODELS TO CHOOSE FROM!

We know it is important for students to learn and test at their own pace and external noise reduction is of utmost importance.
Encore has done the research for you by offering 289 high quality #headphones#headsets and #earbuds designed for students from pre-K through high school!🍏💻🎧
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Quality products by Califone, HamiltonBuhl, ThinkWrite , Avid Education , Cyber Acoustics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to add the Avid Fishbone TRRS adapter and prevent pin breakage in laptops and other devices.

The school environment can be tough on electronics and this inexpensive product can save on expensive repairs to headphone ports on devices!

 

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