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Great Gadgets for Remote Teaching and Presenting

Congratulations, teachers- you’ve made it through an entire semester of remote instruction! This is a huge accomplishment, particularly if you teach an elementary school grade full of energetic little students who find it hard to sit still in front of a computer screen for any length of time. No matter who your students are, or what subjects you teach, there’s no doubt that you deserve a huge round of applause (or, honestly, a medal of honor) for the seriously daunting undertaking of remote teaching.

Think about it- in just a few short months, you and your fellow educators have been tasked with restructuring your entire class curriculum and lesson plans to fit a fully-remote school day, sometimes for students as young as 4 years old! If that’s not a major accomplishment, we don’t know what is. We hope you look back on 2020 as the year you rose to meet each challenge head-on, adapting to best suit the needs of your students and parents. As far as we’re concerned, you’re heroes!

Unfortunately, though, we’re not out of the woods just yet. While we can now see some definite light at the end of this tunnel, it could be months before school resembles anything like the “normal” we remember. Though many school districts have plans in the works to safely welcome their students back in person safely within the next couple of months, the odds are good that we’re still going to have to rely on remote learning, at least part-time, for the foreseeable future. With teachers across the country anticipating more of the same for the second semester of the school year, now’s a good time to take a look at some helpful devices that can make remote teaching and presenting go a lot more smoothly in 2021.

Here are some of our favorite gadgets geared toward making remote teaching more streamlined and efficient, not to mention cutting down on some of the most common headaches teachers are experiencing:

auto-tracking cameraJigabot Camera Bundle – $995
Wouldn’t it be great if you could hire a camera person to follow you around your classroom during a remote lesson? Imagine being able to efficiently utilize all of your teaching materials as if you were standing in front of a live class. Thanks to Jigabot, this dream can be a reality!

The Jigabot auto-tracking robot camera helps teachers take a futuristic approach to presenting remote lessons to their students by taking the camera operation work off their plates, leaving them free to conduct class as usual. This adaptive, versatile camera robot works with just about any mobile device, as well as every streaming service, to smoothly and seamlessly follow you around your classroom wherever you go. Your students will always see you in the frame as you conduct your remote lessons- no need to worry if you are presenting the wrong portion of your smartboard!

Thanks to its smooth, responsive motors, Jigabot works whether your preferred camera is mirrorless, a camcorder, or a cinema camera tethered with cables. Pros use Jigabot to get the perfect shot every time, and now you can too!

web camQOMO HD Webcam with Built-In Microphone and Mount – $79
Need a different point of view than the one your built-in laptop webcam will allow? Say hello to the QOMO HD webcam. This high-definition camera with built-in microphone enables you to stream and record clearly for lessons, grade-level meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and more. Equipped with a sharp 1080p camera and dual mic, this 4K webcam captures audio and video much better than a standard laptop webcam. A USB connection allows for high-quality, plug and play image and video capturing with no drivers required.

The QOMO HD webcam is also easy to clip on, adjust, and move around, making for a highly user-friendly experience. Despite its small size, the QOMO HD webcam is able to deliver high-quality real-time images and video, making it a remote teaching powerhouse!

QOMO QPC22 ScannerCam 22USB Document Camera and Webcam – $235
Being able to scan documents to send to your students via Canvas or Google Classroom is an essential part of remote teaching. However, most people don’t have access to a document scanner at their house. What if you are trying to send an assigned reading or quiz and you currently aren’t anywhere near a scanner? Don’t worry- it’s the QPC22 ScannerCam to the rescue!

Document scanning is just one of the QPC22 ScannerCam’s impressive features- this affordable and ultra-portable gadget doubles as a webcam, making it ideal for transporting and presenting from home or school. Portable and lightweight enough to carry in your computer bag, set up the QPC22 ScannerCam anywhere to easily zoom, rotate, and flip captured images using your connected computer. Not bad for a device that only takes up as much desk space as a coffee mug!

ThinkWrite TW220 Ultra Durable Pro USB Headset- $34.99
One of the worst parts of working remotely is having to deal with so much background noise that you find it hard to concentrate on the task at hand! With this noise-canceling USB headset in your corner, however, every place in your house is a distraction-free zone!

The ThinkWrite TW220 Ultra Durable Pro USB Headset was exclusively designed by ThinkWrite Technologies to provide sustained comfort, superior sound, and signature durability. Ergonomically-designed soft contour 100%-contact ear cushions, improved sonic quality, and ThinkWrite’s unique ear cup swivel technology allow ears to remain protected from the stress of compression, the distraction of background noise, and strain of damaging frequencies over longer listening periods, while 40mm drivers deliver exceptional sound quality.

For recording lessons, the optimally-positioned flip-down omni-directional microphone boom will provide unparalleled sound quality for all students following along at home.

Remote teaching may not be a thing of the past just yet, but with these devices in your classroom, you can greatly improve not only your experience but that of your students! In order to prepare yourself for whatever the second semester of the school year holds, invest in these gadgets now- you won’t be sorry!

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.

Back-To-School Roundup

With new students, lesson plans, &, of course, school supplies, back-to-school means a fresh start to your classroom. Making your classroom checklist can feel overwhelming at first but with the right plan, you can get everything ready to go for your 1st day of school. From making sure your classroom décor is ready to go, to having extra pencils on hand we have you covered with all the best back to school planning. Check out our list of top Back-To-School supplies.

Personalized Pencils: From funny quotes to motivational words of wisdom, there are pencils for everyone. If your students are always taking your pencils, maybe you can have them personalized with your name? That is one way to make sure you always have pencils for you, students!

Bento Boxes: If you’re looking for a way to plan healthy meals that are never boring, look into bento boxes. You can find tons of fun ideas for snack options on Pinterest as well. These are great for kids who have food allergies or are picky eaters. With lots of storage spaces and little dip spots, your kids will feel like they are getting lots of extra snacks.

Fun Bookmarks: Student rewards can be more than candy. Consider fun bookmarks as a reward. These Nessie bookmarks are a unique alternative to turning down a page to mark your spot. They are under $10 so they won’t break the bank.

Pastel Highlighters: Sometimes highlighters in those bright neon colors can give students a headache. These pastel highlighters do the same as regular highlighters without eye distraction.

Stationery Set: Whatever your students are into, there’s probably a notebook or pencil set for that. This Harry Potter stationery set has tons of school essentials. It’s packed with sticky notes, pens, notebooks, and sticky bookmarks.

Cute Pens: If your students like superheroes or dinosaurs, there are fun pen sets for everyone. We recommend these cat ones. Maybe you’re a crazy cat mom or you want pens right meow for your students. Check out these and many more on Amazon.

Encore Data Products: Our educational headphones, headsets, & earbuds are all perfect for your students. Whether you’re working with STEM students or students who have trouble concentrating, we have headphones for them. Our many options are both durable & affordable. They are always more budget-friendly when you buy in bulk.

Be sure to enter our giveaway and you could win a set of educational headphones for your entire classroom!

YOUR CLASSROOM HEADPHONE CENTER

Attn: Educators!

Are you looking for a knowledgable resource to choose the correct headphone or headset for your classroom activities?

Encore has done the research for you by offering a wide selection of high quality headphones, headsets and earbuds designed for students from pre-K through high school. 

We partner with quality education manufacturers ensuring “classroom tough” solutions.

Quantity pricing is available for many items along with multi-packs.

Purchase orders also are accepted. Simply email your Purchase Order or fax to 303-482-1142.

Call us TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 to discuss your needs – we will be happy to help.

Finally – follow us on social media for the latest news.

Remember to choose the correct plug type for your device!

Choose between on-ear , over ear ,headsets with mics , disposable headphones , classroom earbuds ,wireless headphones and multi-packs for easy storage.

Here’s a small selection – many more online!

AVID EDUCATION AE-35 CLASSROOM COMPUTER STEREO HEADPHONE

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.

 

HAMILTONBUHL FLEX-PHONES XL STEREO FOAM
HEADPHONES FOR TEENS – BLUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award-winning, nearly indestructible Flex-Phones™ for pre-K and elementary school students are now available in a larger size to accommodate older students!Flex-PhonesXL™ headphones for teenagers come with the same great features, such as a single piece construction made of safe, non-toxic, BPA-free EVA foam.Soft and extremely flexible, Flex-PhonesXL™ come with a headband clip to help adjust and configure the fit for virtually any tween or teen.

Flex-PhonesXL™ comes with the exclusive Dura-Cord™ – the chew, kink and knot-resistant, PVC-jacketed, braided cord.

 

 

AVID EDUCATION AE-9092 CLASSROOM STEREO HEADSET WITH VOICE CONTROL

AVID AE9092 headphones are ideal for computers and tablets that use a TRRS single plug that combines the microphone and sound. Ideal as classroom headphones, library headphones and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone on the cord; no boom mic
6′ braided nylon cord
Single 3.5mm TRRS plug
Volume control on cord
Padded vinyl earpads and headband – easy to clean!

AVID EDUCATION AE-36 CLASSROOM PACK 12 HEADPHONES IN CASE

AE-36 is the perfect match for use with devices with a single TRRS headphone jack that operates both the speakers and microphone.
– Permanent earpads will stay on the headphone even after multiple uses.
– The headband is padded and adjustable making it a great choice for all ages.

Kit contains:  12 AE-36 headsets in carry case.  Choose your colors!

Cord:  6 foot

Plug:  1/8″ (3.5mm) single plug operates headphones and mic

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.

Please call us TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 , order ONLINE , follow our blog and social media for daily updates.

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.

How to choose the correct headphone plug for your device!

How do I know the correct headphone to use?

Check out our guide to headphone plug types.

Headphones in the classroom connect to computers, PC’s, tablets ,smartphones and other audio devices.

Its critical to use the correct headphone for the job!

Curriculum directors will confirm whether a microphone is also required for language learning or testing applications.

This will affect the plug type on your headphones – so you can determine the correct headphone or headset to use on your particular device.

The most common plug types are summarized here.

Call us TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 -we are happy to help , follow us on social media for daily updates and news -or shop ONLINE !

TRRS

Extremely popular.

The majority of tablets and many computers have this single 3.5mm headphone jack that allows you to simply plug-in and use.  A solution for listening and talking-for example- online assessment testing.

TRRS means : Tip Ring Ring Sleeve – 4 conductors allowing stereo audio plus a mono microphone input.

DUAL 3.5mm

Typically found on desktop computers and plugs directly into the sound card.

Ensure the mic and stereo left and right cables are correctly connected!

 

 

USB

Connected directly to your computer USB port.

Microphone capable as well as stereo audio for listening.

Once plugged in- your computer will recognize your USB headset as the listening device and keep drivers automatically updated.

A popular education choice for language learning and State testing assessments – eg.TELPAS , WIDA , PARCC

Single 3.5mm (TRS) Stereo

For listening only and same as TRRS without microphone capability.

Extremely popular!

Quarter inch Jack

A precursor to the 3.5mm TRS connector.

For listening in mainly mono applications now, for example : (English Language Learning / ELD, language labs, speech pathology.)

 

Looking to avoid broken headphone jacks?

Looking to avoid expensive repairs to your electronic devices caused by headphone jack or pin breakage?

Check out Avid Education flexible breakaway TRRS adapter-which 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 AVID Fishbone bends in the middle across the ribs while rotating in the device’s jack.


This flex-and-bend reorients the AVID Fishbone’s jack in the direction of the pulling force allowing the headphone pin to disengage without causing damage – a perfect solution!
Available in any color as long as it’s green, 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.

Perfect for schools , business , tour groups , museums , hotels , conferences – or any where with high usage for headphones/headsets/earbuds.

Very cost effective and in stock.

CALL TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 – or order online!

 

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 TT-3 EARBUDS -as low as $0.89 each!

AVID EDUCATION TT-3 EARBUDS

INCREDIBLE SAVINGS RIGHT NOW -pricing as low as $0.89 each!

TT3 Stereo disposable bulk earbuds – 6 foot cord
– Small 1/8″ 3.5mm adapter works with all computers, Tablet computers , Smartphones , iPads , Microsoft Surface and media players.
– Individually packaged in resealable foil/plastic bag

Perfect for libraries or promotional giveaways!

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