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Post Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are always a busy time. With family visiting, kids off from school, and lots of events, it can be overwhelming. We’re here to help! We’re going to share the top gifts your students and family will love. These gifts are great for the technology lover in your life. You might even find something you can’t live without. In case you didn’t get everything on your Christmas list, we have you covered. From the hard-to-shop-for to the techie, we have something for everyone.

Cyber Acoustics AC-204 Stereo Headset:

If you’re looking for a gift for the person who is hard to shop for, look no further! This single plug and y-adapter headset is compatible with any hardware you could want to use. The adjustable over the head design fits comfortably on anyone. This is a true universal gift!

Soundnetic Deluxe Tri-Plug Multimedia Headset:

This headset is a great gift for the gamer in your life! With dual PC plugs that work with Chromebook and tablets, it also works with PC, MAC, smartphones, and media players. An inline plug control switch activates the headphone jack to be used, making it easy to swap between devices. On top of all these integrations, this headset provides excellent noise-isolation.

AVID Disposable Earbuds AE-215 Stereo Rubber Tipped Bulk Earbuds:

These earbuds are perfect for the active person on your list. An ideal choice for the gym, the silicon tips reduce ambient noise and can stay in during a workout. A 3-foot 10-inch cord provides extra length. These are a wonderfully affordable option when your gift list is long!

Edison Educational Robot Kit:

Kids from grades K-12 will love this robot kit! An educational gift that kids will actually want to play with, it instantly engages them. Designed to inspire an inventive spirit and get kids interested in STEM, each Edison robot features a host of sensors and can be programmed using a growing number of free software applications.

Thinkwrite Ultra Durable Headphones:

These sturdy headphones are perfect for the clumsy or destructive kid in your life. They are made of a special ABS plastic for maximum durability. Featuring a chew-resistant fabric cable to help prevent damage from even the most determined chewers, these headphones make a great gift for kids who put their tech through the worst.

HamiltonBuhl Primo Stereo Headphones:

Versatile enough to connect to almost any audio device, these are a great all in one gift! The headphones are rugged and feature a chew and kink-resistant cord. They also protect from unnecessary and distracting ambient noise. With washable leatherette ear cushions, these headphones will stay clean and ready to use anytime.

If these products have caught your attention, be sure to visit our website and see the rest of our gift options. You might even find something you need for yourself! We have tons of affordable and durable products. Shop our headphones, headsets, and earbud options for the special people on your gift list this holiday sea

Thankful Contest

During this time of year, we’re reminded of all the people we’re thankful for; friends, family, and favorite teachers! Educators do so much for children all year. They not only teach, they listen, support, and inspire kids every day. We want to give back to the people who dedicate their time to helping students, and celebrate everything they do!

We’re asking for your nominations of anyone in education who has had a positive impact on you or someone you know. This could be a teacher, administrator, librarian, etc., who has been especially helpful or inspiring. Just comment on our posts through Christmas, tagging your favorite educator, and tell us why you’re thankful for them. Maybe they provided extra tutoring, or helped with SAT prep. Share your story! We will be giving headphones away to three winners, and we may have a few surprises as well!

And if you’re a school administrator looking for a way to use some of your end-of-year budget on your teachers, we have lots of the top brands they’ll appreciate. Let’s break down the top headphones your staff will love!

Gumdrop DropTech B1 Headphones:

These are designed for student testing and assessments. They are tough enough for the everyday classroom environment. With a twistable, break-resistant headband, durable earpads, and a 3mm braided chew-proof cord, these are top of the line. Your teachers and students will love using these in the classroom.

ThinkWrite Ultra Durable Headset 3.5mm TRRS Plug:

ThinkWrite headsets are designed specifically for the demands of students in the classroom. These are great for speech to text, and recording voice-overs at schools on iPad and Chromebook. On top of everything mentioned, this headset has noise reduction and comes with a 2-year warranty.

Soundnetic Budget Classroom Headphones, case of 12:

When looking for an affordable option for your classroom, these are a step above most budget headphones. They are less expensive, but with all the features you need in the classroom; great sound quality for the price, volume control, Chromebook compatibility, and they come with a 90-day warranty. These are ideal for common core testing and more!

HamiltonBuhl MS-2LV Education Headphone Leatherette Ear Cushion & Volume:

If you’re looking for the perfect companion for classroom technology and testing, look no further! These robust headphones offer high-quality sound with lightweight, on-ear design. They have a 6-foot, chew-resistant, braided nylon cord, and come in a heavy-duty, reclosable bag.

AVID Education AE-35 Classroom pack of 12:

The AE-35 is derived from our most popular headset model and was designed with the school environment in mind. These headsets feature a 6-foot braided nylon cord for extra resistance to chewing damage. The longer cord length allows children to comfortably move about their desks.

Hamilton HA-2V Schoolmate Personal Stereo Headphone with Volume Control:

These robust headphones offer many great features including in-line volume control. They put out high-quality sound, are lightweight, and have a comfortable on-ear design with foam ear cushions that are replaceable. These are the perfect companion to today’s classroom technology.

We have something for every classroom need! If you’re looking to support a favorite teacher, and help them stock up their classroom, we have everything on their list. We’re also giving away 3 headphones for our Thankful Contest. If you have a favorite educator in your life, nominate them to win by tagging them on our social media posts and let them know why you’re thankful for them. We will have some surprises over the next few weeks for our loyal fans! Be sure to check us out here.

Google Chromebook Headphones

If your school or office uses Chromebooks, you’ll want to make sure you have products that work together. We have many headsets, headphones, and earbuds that will work with your favorite Chromebook. To make sure your equipment is compatible, choose headsets, headphones or earbuds with a 3.5mm plug, or USB compatibility. Specifically, compatible headsets and some earbuds will have a 3.5mm TRRS plug which allows them to take advantage of their dual mic and audio features, while headphones and many earbuds will have a 3.5mm TRS plug, enabling listening only. There are USB compatible versions of all three that will work, too. Luckily, we have many affordable options for you! Let’s break down the top products by price point below, from low to high.

Soundnetic SN-CCV Stereo Budget Headphones:

These stereo headphones come individually packaged with volume control on the cord. Some of their best features include affordability and great sound quality. With their Chromebook, netbook, PC, laptop compatibility and more, they are a versatile option for your classroom or office.

Califone E3T Classroom Stereo Earbuds With Mic & Volume Control:

Lightweight with full-bodied sound quality, these earbuds are a great find for the price! They work with iOS, Windows, Android devices and Chromebooks. The ABS plastic resists shattering. These are also our first earbuds with a 1-year warranty, including use in schools.

Hamilton HA-2V SchoolMate Personal Stereo Headphone Volume Control:

There are many perks to these headphones! They have comfortable foam ear cushions that are replaceable—ideal for long testing days and classroom cleanliness. They offer in-line volume control, a 6’ braided nylon cord, and come with a 1-year warranty. On top of all this, they are compatible with Chromebook!

AVID Education AE-36 Classroom Computer Stereo Headset:

If you’re looking for a mid-level priced headset with Chromebook compatibility, look no further! This AVID headset has a padded, adjustable headband that’s a great choice for all ages. The permanent earpads stay on even after multiple uses and the 3.5mm TRRS plug operates both headphones and mic.

Hamilton Buhl SC-7V Schoolmate:

If your students need a robust headphone option with high-quality sound, this will help them get the most out of their high tech lessons. These are noise-isolating and have leatherette ear cushions that are replaceable. With a chew-resistant cord and 1-year warranty, these are ideal for your busy classroom!

HamiltonBuhl Smart-Trek Deluxe Stereo Headphone:

These have been designed specifically for the demands of the K-12 classroom environment. They are sleek, durable, and have a comfortable design. The ear cushions provide excellent noise-isolation on top of the many other unique features. Best of all, these come with a 1-year warranty!

HamiltonBuhl Sack-O-Phones:

This 5 pack of headphones is great for your small office or classroom setting. They can be easily shared and used on all your Chromebook devices. These have noise-reducing ear cups that will help your team or students stay focused. These are also compatible with MP3 players, cell phones, tablets, Mac and PC, CD players, TV’s and most gaming systems. With this versatility, you will find many uses for these in your office or classroom!

Finding Chromebook headphones has never been easier! We have options for headsets, headphones, and earbuds that are affordable, durable, and under warranty. When shopping for your classroom, school, or office, take a look at our list of Chromebook options and find the right set for your needs.

Fight Flu Season with Encore Data Products

Flu season is here and we’re here to help you with some tips and tricks to keep your classroom flu-free! We have many products that can help keep germs at bay. Disinfectant wipes for classroom supplies and surfaces, along with easy to clean and disposable options, all help to slow down the spread of illness in the classroom.

Disinfectant wipes:

Encore Data Products has disinfectant wipes that fit your classroom needs. If you want bulk disinfectant wipes that won’t dry out, and are safe for all surfaces, consider the Classroom & Library Performance Disinfectant Wipes or Gym & Spa Performance Disinfectant Wipes. They come in a set of 800 with a dispenser bucket that will make them last longer. In addition to killing the flu virus and other germs, these wipes will kill 99.9% of bacteria in 15 seconds! Disinfecting your most used classroom items can help keep your students safe from the flu.

HamiltonBuhl Sack-O-Phones:

If you’re looking for classroom headphones that are packaged to stay clean, get the Sack-O-Phones. The storage bag is heavy-duty, moisture-resistant, and anti-lice. When the headphones are sealed in the bag, lice are killed in 24-48 hours without the use of chemicals. You can also disinfect these headphones with our Classroom & Library Performance Disinfectant Wipes before sealing to keep them extra clean.

Sanitary Headphone Covers:

These are a great way to improve classroom cleanliness, and we have lots to choose from! There are large and small size options for on-ear headphones and over-ear headphones, and they come in a variety of colors. You can buy bulk disposable headphone covers or get them in 50 pair sets. We have tons of the top brands for sanitation like HamiltonBuhl, HygenX, and our own line of Encore Data Products covers. Put a fresh pair over your on-ear classroom headphones and they’re ready for your next class. Simply dispose of them when done. If your students share headphones, these are a perfect solution for keeping your classroom equipment clean!

ENC-313P Stereo Disposable Headphones:

These disposable headphones come individually sealed in a plastic bag. The leatherette ear pads are easy to clean and can be put right back in the resealable storage bags. Their low price makes it easy to replace them as needed. They’re affordable, easy to clean, and provide great sound quality for the price.

HygenX Vray Portable UV Sterilizer:

When you need to clean a variety of classroom items quickly, this lightweight, cordless UV-C sanitizer works great! It safely sterilizes and decontaminates any object or surface using a UV-C light, killing 99.9% of bacteria. This sterilizer features a rechargeable battery and is capable of hands-free and portable operation. It also has a patented safety sensor to automatically turn off when tilted to 30 degrees in either direction to prevent exposure to skin and eyes.

You can’t be too careful. Using these items, along with basic sanitation, will help keep your classroom cleaner and ready to take on flu season! Involve your students to help get the job done. Giving them a few easy responsibilities can save you time. Have them wipe down their own set of headphones after use, or make sure they throw away any used headphones covers when they’re done. Whatever approach you take this flu season, we at Encore Data Products wish you a healthy school year!

Headphones for Halloween Costumes

With Halloween right around the corner, your kids are probably mapping out their route to get the best candy on the block, and choosing what they’ll wear while they get it. If you like to create fun DIY Halloween costumes for your family, we’ve got lots of ideas! We’re rounding up the best that include headphones. The following are inspired by characters from some of the hottest movies right now, as well as some from popular throwback films. So, if you’re looking for the perfect pair of headphones or earbuds for your costume, we have suggestions for them all!

Marty McFly from Back to the Future:

Recreate Back to the Future as Marty McFly! This costume is super easy to pull off with items you already have in your closet. Throw on a red puffer vest or denim jacket and you’re set. Marty’s classic Walkman and headphones complete the look. (Bonus points if you can find a DeLorean nearby!) A classic black headphone looks best. The Soundnetic SN-CCV Stereo Budget Headphones are a great option to pair with this costume. Be sure to order before you’re “outatime!”

Maz Kanata from Star Wars:

If your kids love Star Wars they are probably loving all the new characters from the past few years. For the ancient smuggler queen, Maz Kanata, you will want a pair of old swim goggles and a larger set of headphones. We would suggest something like our Hamilton Buhl SC-7V SchoolMate Deluxe Over-Ear Headphones, or AVID Education AE-808 Classroom & Library Stereo/Mono Headphone Volume for that finishing touch. The costume you seek is not behind you, it is at Encore Data Products!

DJ:

DJ costumes range from simple to elaborate, and may have anything from homemade turntables, to disco balls. This costume version can be easy for babies, kids, teens, and adults. It can even be done as a group costume. The best part is that you can make it any way you want! Add bright colors or glow sticks to add some flair, and go with bright colored headphones. The Hamilton Buhl Flex-Phones and The AVID Education AE-808 headphones come in many bright colors and sizes, perfect for a DJ costume. Now…who’s ready to TRICK OR TREAT!

Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy:

With many Marvel movies being released there’s always new characters coming to the universe! Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy is known for his epic playlist, and always having his favorite tunes nearby. To complete the look, go for our headphones with a pop of orange like his. Both the AVID Education AE-54 Classroom Headphones in orange, and the AVID Education AE-36 Classroom Computer Stereo Headset in orange are great options. Sometimes the headset you’re searching for is right there all along!

Baby from Baby Driver:

Baby, a getaway driver, is known for always having the perfect soundtrack for every job, while wearing his extra dark sunglasses and earbuds. This is a super easy costume to pull off! We would suggest using the Disposable Headphones Stereo TT-1SP Slim Straight Plug White Earbuds. And when Halloween’s over, you’ll still hear the music!

When it comes to completing your Halloween costume, make sure you’re buying something that’s good quality for future use. Your kids will want to reuse these for their devices and phones. All of these are great affordable options for your whole family for Halloween and beyond!

Indestructible Earbuds and Headphones

If you’ve wondered whether or not there is such a thing as indestructible school supplies, the short answer is, unfortunately, “no.” However, some products are more affordable, and more durable than others, and we’re here to help you find them! Students can be hard on your classroom supplies and your classroom budget. Headphones and earbuds, which often get dropped, stepped on—and even chewed on—are likely to get broken. If you want to find the best quality earbuds and headphones for your classroom, we can help. We’ll point out the best features in price and durability to fit your needs. We have headphones made to last!

ENC-08100 Bulk Premium Disposable Stereo Headphones 100 pack:

With this 6 ft. cord, your students can have some wiggle room in the computer lab or library, but the real value of these headphones is how inexpensive they are! They’re made to be disposable, and their low price reflects that. Even though they’re not designed for long-term, heavy-duty use, they will hold up well if cared for. These are ideal for testing situations or limited use.

Hamiltonbuhl Flex-Phones:

Their flexibility is key to their durability! These headphones are flexible and durable enough for the toughest students. The bendable headpiece can be twisted without getting damaged. The headphones provide high-quality sound and will never exceed 85 decibels, perfect for young developing ears. On top of the durability features, these headphones also come with a 1-year warranty. Your students may be rough on these, but they are nearly indestructible with proper care! The Flex-Phones are available in two sizes; the XL version fits teens and beyond.

AVID Education AE-42 Stereo Headset:

If your students chew on things, we have the best option for you! These headphones have a braided nylon cord to protect both the cord and its inline mic from breakage. The headband is adjustable and tough. These are designed to be one of the most durable headphones on the market. No cord is completely chew-proof, but these cables will definitely help.

Bucket of Bulk Earbuds 100 Pieces:

These affordable stereo earbuds are a great choice for “extras” in your classroom. The rubber tips block noise and stay in place better than foam covered earbuds. The adapters work with all your best classroom electronics such as computers, tablets, Chromebooks and iPads. These are the perfect classroom testing accessory. Earbuds are not recommended for very young students.

Hamiltonbuhl Sack-O-Phones:

This 5 pack of headphones is great for your small clubs or computer lab rotation. They have noise-reducing ear cups that are also made of high quality and dependable materials. In addition, they feature Dura-Cord™ which is kink and chew resistant! Each headphone comes in a heavy-duty bag that works well for younger aged students. The bag is anti-lice, moisture resistant, and resealable.

When it comes to indestructible, Encore Data Products has lots of choices that come pretty close. These are just a few of the many headphone options that are affordable and will hold up in your classroom. Stick to your budget and get the best in educational headphones!

BOGO AVID Sale

With our huge BOGO sale going on, there is no better time to shop AVID headphones! Our educational and bulk headphones are perfect for your classroom, computer lab, and school testing, so if your school district is looking to buy affordable headphones, now is the best time to stock up.  We have many price points to fit your yearly budget and our products can be ordered in bulk. Want to know all the best benefits of Encore Data Products? Check out our list below of best classroom uses for our top AVID headphones. Don’t forget to use code TT-3 Free at checkout to get your bonus earbud with purchase.

AVID Education AE-35 Classroom Computer Stereo Headphone:

These are one of the most affordable sets of headphones from AVID. If your school district has a small budget to work with these are a great option. Whether you’re looking to stock your teachers’ computer labs or libraries or provide classroom headphones for your top teachers, the AVID Education AE-35 is an exceptional option.

AVID Education AE-36 Classroom Computer Stereo Headset:

The headset option is great for state testing, and for your AV club and journalism students. If your students are taking the READ 180 or TELPAS tests, these headphones will be an important support for them. They’re also excellent for recording a new podcast and keeping your students ready to share the daily news.  

AVID AE-55 Headphone with Microphone 3.5 mm TRRS Plug:

This headphone with microphone combo is an upgrade to the AE-36. Your teachers will love the quality and functionality of these headsets. They have many of the same functionalities of the AE-36 but with a few upgrades. You can use them for state testing and TELPAS, in your libraries, and for your after school clubs. They are made for quality performance and comfort! With the unidirectional noise-canceling microphone you can seamlessly record news segments and voice overs for your school journalism team.

AVID Education AE-42 Stereo Headset with Inline MIC:

The inline mic feature sets these headsets apart from many of our other products. Not only are they unique, but they are also designed to be the most durable headphones/headsets on the market. If your teachers go through supplies quickly, consider these an affordable, quality investment. The headband piece can withstand the toughest mechanical abuse, and the woven cord makes it perfect for younger students who may chew on it. The soft-touch surface prevents scratches and damage. These are ideal for your elementary-aged students.

During our BOGO sale, you can shop any of our AVID headphones and headsets over $5 each and mention “TT3-Free” at checkout and get One pair of AVID TT-3 earbuds free with each purchased item! Your staff will always find a good use for these, and their students will thank you! Stock up your library, classroom, or computer lab with AVID. Use code TT3 Free at checkout! Shop soon to take advantage of this great deal.

AVID Portable PA Sale

Since we know you’re gearing up for back to school, you’ll want to take advantage of our huge announcement. We’re offering 40% off all AVID PA products. Whatever this new school year has in store be prepared with Encore Data Products! If your classroom or playground are already looking a little crowded or noisy, we have great news. Our AVID sale items can help with these issues and more. Let’s dive into these portable products and see which is best for your classroom.

AVID Education PA Waistband Amplifier:

This is perfect for the budget-minded classroom. For projecting to larger classrooms, after school functions, and field trips it’s very powerful and affordable. It’s lightweight and easy to operate. It has an adjustable strap so you can wear it around your waist or neck. Easily adjust the volume for indoor and outdoor functions. This AVID Waistband Amplifier is as low as $39.99 and will be the perfect assistant to your classroom this school year. Maintain your student’s attention and amplify yourself to beat the classroom noise.

AVID Education PA-133 Portable PA with Recorder:

If you have a tight schedule this year and know your students will be out for field trips, college visits, or sporting events, this might be the right PA for you. With the recording feature, you can make sure your students never miss a lesson and have resources available for parents, teachers, and staff. Easily save to a flash drive or SD card. This portable PA can be clipped to your belt or waistband, or worn around your neck. Enjoy hands-free movement with the comfortable headset microphone. You can easily write out math problems, highlight important quotes, and anything else you need with ease. On top of all this, you also have 20-Watt power with up to 125dB sound.

AVID Education PA-216 35-Watt Portable PA Amplifier:

If you’re looking for the best of the best for your classroom, look no further. The PA-216 is AVID’s most powerful portable audio system. If you’re a coach, teach extra circulars, or just have a loud class, this is the PA for you. On top of the versatility, recording to USB, and projection, this PA has volume and tone control as well. It also comes with a rechargeable battery with built-in charger. No need to worry about walking away. You have free range with your battery pack. It comes with a handheld microphone and a clip-on mini microphone. This is great for Q&A during class assembly, with guest speakers, or during practice. This might be one of the pricier items but during our sale, you will get it at the best price!

If you’re looking to get your staff the best supplies this year take advantage of our AVID sale. You can save even more when you buy in bulk. Think of all the things your teachers can accomplish with the right supplies this year. Don’t forget to also enter our monthly giveaway and you could be entered to win a free set of educational headphones for your entire classroom.

Top Books This Summer

This summer many students will lose some of the knowledge their teachers and parents have worked so hard to instill in them. It can be hard to motivate kids to stay on top of reading, math, and science skills during the summer. One way to combat this is with audiobooks. Listening and reading along to fun audiobooks will keep students engaged in a unique way.

We’ve broken down the hottest books that are either coming this summer or are newly released. You can always get your favorite book in the audio form and read along with your favorite Encore Data Products headphones. We will show you which are best for audiobooks as well. Check out our list of books below broken down for Elementary, Jr. High, and High School aged kids.

Elementary:

  • Daniel’s Good Day: Follow along as Daniel takes a walk around his neighborhood and polls his neighbors. What makes a good day for you? Read the many unique and funny responses.
  • Vroom: One night Annie puts on her helmet and hops in her race car. She takes off through her bedroom window and goes on an adventure. Enjoy this adventure and see what Annie can do on her own.
  • Elvis Is King: This book captures Elvis’s amazing life and the heart of rock ‘n’ roll. Illustrated with clay figures it’s a captivating introduction for a new generation of young readers to the iconic performer.
  • Dragons are Real: This book teaches kids about the magical world of dragons. From their favorite meal to their fire sneezes learn all the best dragon facts.

Jr. High:

  • Max and the Midknights: This is a new series by the creator of Big Nate. This book is packed with jokes and is set in medieval times.
  • The Friendship War: From the author if Frindle comes the story of two former best friends who become pitted against each other.
  • Dragon Pearl: Percy Jackson and the Olympians creator has a new series. It’s packed with Korean mythology, magic, and sci-fi. In this adventure we have 13-year-old Min searching for her lost brother in outer space.
  • Sea Sirens: This new series is filled with Vietnamese legends. It follows a girl named Trot and her irritable talking cat as they are thrown into an undersea war.

High School

  • The Rest of the Story: Emma remembers the stories her late mother told her about growing up on the shores of a lake. Read along as Emma spends a summer with her mother’s family at the same lake.
  • Stepsister: There are many versions of Cinderella but few that go beyond the royal marriage and the family. In this feminist re-telling, we follow ugly stepsister Isabella. There is plenty of adventures and advocating autonomy.
  • Superman Dawnbreaker (DC Icons #4): Part of the DC Icons series we follow the story of a teenage Clark Kent. Clark stumbles on a dark secret in Smallville and gets his best friends to help him save their town.
  • The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe: Fans of the Matched series will love this book involving a river dredge, search for gold, a murdered boyfriend, and a girl determined to get revenge. This post-apocalyptic book will be an all-time favorite. 

We hope your kids and students will enjoy this summer reading list. If you decide to download the audiobook version of these we have a few headphones your kids will love to use.  Below are a few popular items they will want to try out.

  • HamiltonBuhl Flex-Phones: These are super durable and can withstand heavy use. Whatever your kids throw at them, these headphones can handle. They have foam earpieces for extra comfort and a 4ft. cord for movement.

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!