Monthly Archives: February 2017

Free Classroom Headphones

The Great Headphone Giveaway!

Encore Data Products is continuing our program to give away free school 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.

History of the SBAC and How it Rose to a Nationwide Movement

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) was created in 2010 with the aim of producing a universal assessment system to help students be well prepared for college and careers. The creation of the tests aimed to produce a vigorous assessment of the new, challenging common core state standards (CCSS) and help educators and school districts align teaching to these new standards. The SBAC originally consisted of a consortium of 30 states that submitted a proposal for a $178m federal grant to develop a new, groundbreaking series of tests for students. In 2014 the federal grant came to an end and the SBAC was transferred to UCLA and became a public agency.

 

The SBAC is funded by the memberships of the 16 states, that currently offer the tests, and all tests have been available for students to take since April 2015. Testing costs around $28 per student for the full package of resources and although it can cost states a significant amount of money to introduce, the resources that are included can actually end up saving money and time for educators. Around 220 colleges nationwide accept the high school summative SBAC tests as evidence for college readiness for credit level courses.

 

The progressive tests were created using a dynamic process of field-testing and in Spring 2014, 4.2 million students took the first field tests which facilitated the evaluation of over 19,000 assessment items. This allowed for the first set of achievement standards to be set, which were a starting point for discussion about achievement standards across the states that took part and as a baseline measure for the future.

 

The SBAC is designed to be a valid and reliable approach to student assessment, providing actionable data to provide interventions to help students succeed. For states offering the tests, the SBAC provides three components developed by nearly 5000 teachers nationwide:

 

  • Formative and practice assessments with a digital library of resources for students and educators.
  • Interim assessments
  • Summative assessments towards college and career readiness in English, Language Arts and Math

 

The SBAC summative tests are available for students in grade 3-8th and high school and are all administered via an interactive online platform. The tests take between 2.5 – 4 hours for each component and are either marked digitally or by qualified professional scorers. The marks for each assessment are available in 2-3 weeks for parents, educators and students. Each student receives a result of 1,2,3 or 4 on each test with 1 representing a student who is minimally qualified and 4 a student who is thoroughly qualified.

 

The movement towards rigorous and valid assessment helps both states and the nation ensure that students are leaving high school with a diploma that prepares them for adult life. The SBAC provides a way to ensure that every student succeeds and every school district is accountable for that because of the tests.

 

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 of Wholesale Earbuds

– 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.