TAPit: Touch Accessible Platform Interactive Technology

The first “intended touch” technology assistive technology learning center in the market to serve each individual’s special needs.  What a great product!

TAPit is the first ADA compliant interactive learning station designed to recognize the difference between an arm resting upon the screen and a finger or assistive device intentionally tapping an image.

The TAPit platform is within reach for people using wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices, providing full access to the screen with easy adjustments that adapt to individualized needs.

With the touch of a button, the TAPit platform can move up or down and the 42″ interactive LCD panel can be tilted from 0 – 90 degrees.

Applications

The TAPit platform works with virtually all educational and assistive software programs that you’re currently using on your classroom computer. Name a program, and TAPit makes it better in a big way. The large, touch-sensitive screen supports the use of on-screen keyboards or voice recognition for typing; switch/scanning for mouse control or cause/effect programs; screen readers for text-to-speech capability; as well as screen magnification programs. We also offer software from three of the world’s leading educational software developers.

Encore Data Products is happy to offer the TAPit interactive screen.  An ideal solution for those with fine motor delays, the visually challenged, hearing impaired and those with developmental delays.  Please read more about this amazing screen here.

 

NoiseOff by HamiltonBuhl lets you buffer sounds but still hear

Block out the outside world and distractions with NoiseOff™ from HamiltonBuhl!

When it comes to reading your favorite book, studying, focusing on important work, or simply looking to unwind, drowning out the noise around you and turning off the hustle and bustle can help create the ideal environment for the task at hand.

This is where the NoiseOff™ from HamiltonBuhl comes in. This elegant, intelligent and simple solution – developed by scientists and backed by audiologists – is a unique battery-less device that uses patented technology to block out distracting sounds to increase concentration and focus, while still allowing you to clearly hear speech without distortion.

Ideal for on/off situations where noise comes and goes, NoiseOff™ enables you to have conversations in noisy environments without the need to remove the unit to hear important voices and sounds.

Designed for comfort, with a superior Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 26 decibels, NoiseOff™ is lightweight and compact, has an adjustable headband, and comes in 3 stylish colors – black, blue or green.

You’ll not only feel relaxed, but you’ll finally be at ease and ready to focus on what matters most.

NoiseOff Benefits:

  • Revolutionary chamber technology for superior noise buffering and easy communication
  • Simple, patented and proven non-electronic design
  • Hygienic and impervious to mold, mildew and bacteria
  • Clearly hear speech and other useful sounds in noisy environments
  • Minimizes fatigue and distraction
  • No disposable plugs or awkward muffs
  • No batteries or power requirements
  • Lightweight, compact easily hangs around your neck or folds for storage

Free Classroom Headphones

The Great Headphone Giveaway!

Encore Data Products is continuing our program to give away free classroom headphones every week!   Schools around the country have a chance to receive free headphones, no strings attached, just by entering online.  We love hearing from the winners and how happy their students are to get some new stuff in the classroom.

Interested?  visit www.freeclassroomheadphones.com for details.

Standardized Testing Headphones and Earbuds

Schools are gearing up for the next round of standardized tests and we are here to help!  Headphones, headsets and earbuds are often a necessity for these tests but can be overlooked.

We have something for every budget.  Buy disposables just for testing or invest in the long-term and restock the AV closet with durable choices from HamiltonBuhl, AVID Education, Califone, Thinkwrite and Soundnetic.

A selection classroom headphones to meet every need.

Bucket of Earbuds

Here is an easy way to offer disposable earbuds to your students, library patrons, gym users and more.  Put a bucket of earbuds on your counter.  Great for give-aways or sell them:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part number: EB-90-Bucket

– Stereo earbuds 100 count is plastic bucket
– Rubber tips help block outside noise
– Angled earpieces for comfort fit
Individually packaged
– 4′-0″ cord length
– Small 1/8″ 3.5mm adapter works with computers, tablets, iPods and other media players

These disposable headphones work well in any number of uses:

– Classroom testing
– Spa headphones
– Hotel headphones
– Airline headsets
– Libraries

and more!

Of course the Free Shipping is a great option too.

AVID Fishbone can save your headphones

AVID Education recently launched the new Avid FISHBONE headset adapter designed to save your headphones and/or device when the cord gets pulled out incorrectly:

Avid FISHBONE

AVID Fishbone

From the manufacturer:

Pin Breakage Reduction
The Fishbone TRRS adapter is AVID’s response to the pin breakage problem experienced across the audio industry by companies of all sizes.
This flexible breakaway TRRS adapter helps prevent pin breakage inside expensive electronic devices when a
student pulls mistakenly yanks the cord when standing rapidly or when a device falls on the ground.
Inspired by the swimming motion of fish, the Fishbone bends in the middle across the ribs while rotating in the device’s jack.
This flex-and-bend reorients the Fishbone’s jack in the direction of the pulling force allowing the headphone pin to disengage
without causing damage.
Available in any color as long as it’s black, the Fishbone is part of AVID’s targeted approach to increasing time on
learning by reducing technology failure.

This product complies with applicable CPSIA and TPCH regulations.

LocknCharge – Affordable Charging Solutions for Schools

With many schools adopting 1:1 Chromebook or iPad programs for students, managing the charging, storage, security and transport of those devices has become a full-time job (and a headache for many school staff). The education market has been flooded with a wide array of charging options, but high prices, lack of mobility, security concerns and compatibility issues have turned into trial and error purchasing pitfalls. So, how do you know what type of charging unit you need to make an affordable, efficient purchasing decision?

Fortunately, LocknCharge offers solutions for schools to make device deployments faster and safer, so that teachers and IT administrators can focus on creating an engaging learning environment. LocknCharge is known education-focused designs at a more entry level price. Their charging stations offer easy to use, compatible and secure design that assure you only pay for what you need. Only add the features you need – from optional Baskets to lock down kits – you can customize units to best fit your deployment needs. Best of all, multi device charging stations are compatible with almost any device, accommodating the devices you have today and the devices you’ll have in the future.

Compatible. LocknCharge Carts and Baskets can accommodate almost any device such as laptops, tablets, iPads, Macbooks or Chromebooks up to a 15″ screen size – with or without cases in the divider storage system.

Carrier 30 Charging Cart

Carrier 10 Charging Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Efficient. LocknCharge Carriers, Carts and Stations can charge from 10 to 40 devices simultaneously, including Chromebooks, Macbooks, laptops and most tablets, with or without most cases. ECO Safe Charge can handle the power requirements of almost any device by staging the availability of power to each bank of devices and offers safe, efficient and future proofed power management for charging 40 devices at once.

Additionally, LocknCharge cable management has been simplified so that you can wire an entire Charging Station or Cart in minutes. The top-loading Cart design provides a unique side channel system that holds cables in place, while being easy to plug devices in. A separate compartment houses charging bricks to keep the device storage area neat.

Joey 30 Cart

Secure. Mounting kits, high quality welded steel, hardened steel padlock and heavy duty anchor kits protect your devices while they’re not in use. You can also easily switch your fleet of Carts from keyed different to keyed alike locks depending on your deployment needs. The Charging Station’s externally accessible power outlet means that you can charge your devices while they’re safely locked inside. Additionally, the device power packs are securely stored away beneath the curved steel sliding lid and can only be accessed when the Charging Station is open.

Portable. Carrier Carts with Baskets, wall and desk mount Stations with Baskets, and top loading Carts offer multiple access points that allow for quicker distribution of devices and assure that no one has to bend down to get devices off the bottom shelf. Easily wheel the LocknCharge portable charging Cart wherever devices are needed using 5″ rolling casters, or use LocknCharge Baskets to assure devices can be safely and quickly transported between multiple classrooms. Baskets enable students to assist in the distribution of devices, so teaching can happen faster.

Lifetime warranty. Schools can be tough on Charging Stations, so LocknCharge products are built to last. They’re so confident about their products that they offer a Lifetime Warranty — click here for full warranty details.

Carrier 40 Charging Cart

Affordable. So, how much does all of this efficiency, security and portability cost? You’ll be amazed. Options start as low as $489 for a desktop LocknCharge Charging Station, $674 for a wall or desk mount Charging Carrier, $924 for a Charging Cart, and $1309 for a combination Carrier Charging Cart. FREE Dock-to-Dock delivery for LocknCharge Carrier or Carrier Cart combo.

To learn more about the affordable, efficient LocknCharge charging solutions, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

Top 10 Reasons to Use the Boardshare Interactive Whiteboard Camera System

With more features and little-to-no maintenance costs, the Boardshare Interactive Whiteboard Camera System is a great choice for portable smart board capability that enables interactivity and collaboration on any surface. Here are the Top 10 reasons to use Boardshare:

Boardshare BC8000

Boardshare BC8000

  1. You can turn your flat screen TV into an interactive whiteboard without using a projector. Simply connect the pocket-sized camera directly to a flat panel TV.
  2. You can use your broken, outdated interactive whiteboards again without replacing them. Utilize a projector with any flat wall/wipe board surface to turn your classroom or boardroom into a collaborative work space.
  3. You’ll save THOUSANDS of dollars by not replacing your outdated hardware. Dust off that expensive digital projector or flat panel TV to create an interactive whiteboard experience.
  4. You can move easily between locations without having to move the whiteboards. Boarshare’s pocket-sized camera is easy to setup and transport from room to room.
  5. You get a 30-day money back guarantee. Boardshare is confident that you’re gonna love their product, so they’re offering a money-back guarantee.
  6. Connect BoardShare to your projector and laptop to get an interactive experience on any flat surface. Boardshare is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems and replies on an innovative stylus pen to access an array of tools including virtual pens, erasers, highlighters, and colors.
  7. The BoardShare product does NOT require technical expertise to set up. Connects and sets up within minutes. Easy peesy!
  8. No need for another power outlet; Boardshare is powered by your laptop’s USB port. Phew, that’s one less plug to juggle in already overworked outlets.
  9. You never have to pay a licensing fee – WOW! Boardshare offers free software updates and no licensing fees, plus you can’t beat Boardshare’s price of $349.00.
  10. You get a FREE Wand and FREE Shipping with purchase of the Bluetooth model! Free wand is a limited time promotion (a $49 value!). Act now before quantities are gone.

Don’t believe us? Check out this video to see just how easy and amazing your interactive experience can be with Boardshare.

If you would like to learn more about the Boardshare Interactive Whiteboard Camera System, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

NEW Web Site Offers Secure Shopping & Navigational Ease

Have you checked out the new and improved Encore Data Products web site? With so many data breaches in the news, we knew that customers needed reassurance that their online purchase was secure. We also knew that customers wanted to locate the products they need faster and easier. So, we made some changes to our web site to provide a safer, more intuitive and expedited online shopping experience.

Secure Shopping

We recently upgraded the Encoredataproducts.com online security using anti-viral software from McAfee SECURE to help customers stay safer when they click, download and buy online. The software protects the Encore web site from malware and malicious links, plus detects phishing attacks and other things that can harm customers and their computers. Our valid SSL certification ensures that the data customers send to the site is encrypted by industry-standard security protocols.

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Additionally, The Encore Data Products website uses reCAPTCHA from Google, a service that protects the site from spam and abuse. Using an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHA, it keeps automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site. It does this while letting customers pass through with ease. Combined, McAfee SECURE and reCAPTCHA ensure that you have a secure online shopping experience, protect your personal data, and prevent viral attacks on your computer or device.

Navigational Ease

We realize that customers need to find the products they’re looking for quickly and easily. After reviewing our web site analytics and talking with our customers, we decided it was time to make some major changes to our retail web site. Those changes included designing a clean, simplified layout; regrouping product categories; developing a top menu with scroll-over sub-categories; creating one-click access to our most popular brands and products; offering “Products You May Like” suggestions; and providing TrustPilot service ratings and reviews.

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The new and improved Encore Data Products web site has already received rave reviews from customers. “It’s easier than ever to find the headphones I want and know that my purchase is secure,” said Kelly James, a K-8 technology teacher. We hope you’ll agree that we’re making online shopping for technology accessories quick, convenient and secure.

Looking for something on our web site, but can’t find it? We’ve got new products arriving and other products leaving every week. Contact us if you need help finding a particular product – our great team of Customer Service representatives is here to help.

How to Choose Gaming Headsets for Minecraft’s Education Edition

With the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition due for release in early November, classroom gaming headsets are in high demand. How do you decide which gaming headset to purchase? Fortunately, there some great “convertible” options designed for classroom use when gaming programs are being utilized and even when they’re not.

Gaming Headset Options

Why are gaming headsets more costly? Most gaming headsets include detachable inline gaming controls, premium surround sound, separate game and audio chat, and cushioned ear cups that diminish external distractions. USB plugs are standard for gaming headsets and increase the price per unit for inclusion of the complex USB wiring technology. Some headsets offer multiple plugs for connection to a wider range of PC’s, laptops, tablets and devices.

AVID CD-858MF

AVID CD-858MF

Califone GH507

Califone GH507

 

 

 

 

 

The AVID Education CD-858MF even offers vibration, flashing lights and enhanced sound for an immersive 3D experience. Califone offers both a deluxe (Califone GH507) and lighter weight (Califone GH131) edition of their gaming headsets. There’s even a gaming headset specifically designed for collaborative gaming on XBox One and XBox 360 called GameRush by HamiltonBuhl. All can be used for educational gaming and regular classroom use (e.g., language learning software, listening labs, video editing and testing).

Califone GH131

Califone GH131

HamiltonBuhl GameRush

HamiltonBuhl GameRush

New Minecraft Features

Utilizing gaming headsets that are specifically designed for classroom use will maximize the options and features offered in the new Minecraft: Education Edition. Some of these new features include:

  • Classroom Mode will allow educators to manage world settings, communicate with students, give items to students and teleport them in the Minecraft world. It displays a map view of the Minecraft world, a list of all the students in the world, a set of world management settings and a chat window. There is even a Minecraft clock to show time of day in the world. Classroom Mode offers educators the ability to interact with students and manage settings from a central user interface.
  • The Education Edition will also include leads and horses, additional player skins, pistons and the remainder of Redstone functionality, plus an updated user interface.

Lesson plans, starter worlds and tutorials are accessible at education.minecraft.net, as is the Minecraft Mentors program, a community for educators who use Minecraft.

If your school site or classroom is considering adopting the new Minecraft: Education Edition for game-based learning, make sure to research gaming headset options that are designed for classroom use, maximize your investment, and offer multi-purpose utilization. To learn more about gaming headsets for the classroom, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.