Category Archives: Education Technology

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.

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!

Document Camera

In a perfect world, your students would be in class every day and every student would be at the same stages of your lesson plans. But life happens. Sometimes students can be out for athletic activities, sick days, or suspension. Keeping track of where every student is in your lesson plan can be tough, making it difficult to know which students may need to take home assignments. They may have missed out on key information that even make up work cannot help. The Boardshare High Definition Document Camera can help!

With the Boardshare High Definition Document Camera, you can record videos, turn captured images into video, and use a time-lapse feature that allows you to digitally annotate. These features can be useful in the classroom in multiple ways:

  1. Record Videos- Sometimes students need extra help they can’t get at school. You can use your Boardshare High Definition Document Camera to record lesson plans or live classroom days. Students who are absent will be able to watch these and feel like they were in class while catching up. They will enjoy the benefits of seeing first hand what the conversation was around and can pause or stop while doing assignments. You can also share with other teachers, staff, or parents. With the help of parents and your videos, they will be up to date.
  2. Captured Image to Video- Some students are visual learners while others are verbal learners. Turning your PDF assignments into a video with side notes and voiceover narration can bring a full picture for both types of learners.
  3. Time-lapse- Some students need to see someone else work out a problem to know how to solve the one they are working on. If you’re working through something on paper, you can use the time-lapse feature to make a video working out an equation or creating a drawing. This would help students see fast-paced versions of what they are working on.

As you can see, the Boardshare High Definition Document Camera can be used in the classroom in various ways. With the USB feature, it can hook into your computer, laptop, or projector making it run throughout your entire lesson. And this high-resolution camera is incredibly affordable compared to other makes and models.

On top of all the ways this can incorporate into the classroom the Boardshare High Definition Document Camera is also great for business settings. It can be used for business presentations, webinars, lectures and more!

For more information or to order your own Boardshare High Definition Document Camera, the fine staff at Encore Data Products, Inc. will be happy to help!

How To Add Color To Your Classroom

Picking the right color

When thinking about sprucing up your classroom décor you should start by setting the right mood for your classroom needs. If you’re looking to inspire, motivate, or relax your students there is a color that can help you keep your classroom on track.

Studies show that certain colors in the classroom can maximize information retention and stimulate participation. Primary colors are all good options for your classroom: red, yellow, green, blue.

You can bring in these colors as accent walls, bookcases, or motivational signs and boards, or even plants. Consider adding pops of these colors with classroom supplies like our colorful headphone sets.

Red brings in high energy and creativity. Yellow help facilitate collaboration. Green helps to relax and calm great for a reading nook or class library. Blue helps with calming and inspiring.

Décor and More

Use your walls to display unique themes and showcase your students work. You can find tons of great inspiration and sometimes free downloadables for classroom wall displays on Pinterest. Here are some fun free printables that you can use to customize your classroom…

Classroom Theme

Think about changing up your classroom theme: Changing out classroom décor can keep your students engaged and excited to learn. There are tons for fun themes on Pinterest to bring color and inspiration to your students. From Dr. Seuss to Woodsy garden you can transform your classroom and take your students learning to the next level. You can match your theme to your classroom reading list or something your students are interested in like a popular book. Depending on the grade you teach you can add lots of colors to make a space your students will love. For inspiration check out this list of unique classroom themes.

Colorful Encore Data Products

We can also help you add color to your classroom with our educational headphones and headsets. Some of our most colorful products are our HamiltonBuhl Flex-Phones Color Blast, and our Bucket of Earbuds Red, White, and Blue

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How Technology is Changing English as Another Language Instruction

Long gone are the days in which students learning English simply memorize and repeat what their textbooks and teachers tell them. English learners around the world of all ages are tapping into and embracing the power of technology in countless ways to enhance and support their language-learning experience. Technology in the English language acquisition classroom is critical to helping students not only learn English but also to be able to succeed academically in main content areas.

Video

One of the most widely-used methods of teaching English using technology is the use of video. Students can watch short clips that are relevant to a particular grammatical point they’re learning, vocabulary content they’re studying, or to practice social pragmatic skills by watching a roleplay of how language is used in certain social situations, for example.

As a self-study tool, video empowers students to practice listening and to learn new vocabulary by watching YouTube videos, television shows, movies, documentaries, and more in English. With the subtitles turned on and then off, students can pick up more of what characters are saying and master more of the language on their own.

Video can also be used as a tool to demonstrate understanding of a particular topic and to practice all four domains of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students can write a script, act it out, read it on camera, and listen to themselves with school headphones as they edit and re-shoot video of they find parts of it aren’t clear. They can then share this video with their peers and instructors as a demonstration of what they’re learning.

Apps

Hundreds of apps are available for mobile phones, iPads, tablets, and PCs that focus on various aspects of learning English. For example, students can listen to podcasts with headphones on a topic that they’re interested in, such as the latest news. They might play games that encourage them to practice their grammar skills or improve their reading comprehension. The number of apps for practicing specific English skills are nearly limitless, it seems, as new apps are being created every day.

Blogs and Pen Pals

To improve writing, students can engage in a wide variety of activities that incorporate technology. For instance, students might write posts in small groups, pairs, or as individuals for the class blog. They are likely to pay more attention to their writing if they know that it’s available to the world through the Internet and that their classmates will be reading their posts and then commenting on them (another great way to practice writing).

Students can connect with other English learners or with native speakers of English in another class through websites that connect teachers and students around the world as pen pals. If a student has an e-pen pal they like to write to, they are more likely to be internally motivated to put their ideas into an email to share with their pen pal on a regular basis than if they have to write just because the teacher says to.

Another idea to improve writing is to have students share their thoughts on online articles or discussion forums. The BBC offers a site for teenage students to read short news stories and then comment on them, for example. Using online identities (and with parents’ permission for young students), commenting on news stories or in a class discussion forum can be great ways for students to utilize technology to improve their language abilities.

Computer Testing

Technology is not just present in the classroom for instructional purposes. For students who live in countries or who attend schools where academic content is presented in English, they often face difficulties in learning how to use the technology required for them to take assessments of their academic abilities, including their English language proficiency.

Teachers must do more than teach English. They must teach students how to use the platforms, click and drag, type in text boxes, for example. Students must learn vocabulary related to the instructions for the technological aspects of the test, such as “drag” or “icon.”

Students who are from low-income homes may not have access to computers and the Internet, and their schools may not have much in the way of computers, either, if they are located in low-income areas. Students may be familiar with how to use mobile phones and tablets more than computers, and this can put them at a disadvantage when they have to put on their headphones during an assessment at school and navigate the exam’s computer interface on their own.

Technology is not just for entertainment purposes. English courses for adults and children are available for free and for a cost. Private tutors and online English teaching companies teach using web conferencing software. Schools and governments test students using computers and expect them to know how to use them and the Internet to research and write papers.

Teachers are incorporating technology into the classroom to make learning more fun and engaging for students on an individual level. Technology in the English classroom is changing the way students are taught and how they learn, and it will continue to do so in new ways as technology advances.

References: https://busyteacher.org/13732-using-technology-esl-instruction-10-modern-ways.html

http://www.colorincolorado.org/blog/computer-based-common-core-testing-considerations-and-supports-ells

Building and Coding Modules

STEM building and coding modules in action.

With over 8 million jobs in STEM, educators are preparing the future workforce at an early age. With rapid advances in technology driving much of the changes in our world, the more comfortable students are with technology today, the better they will function in the world of tomorrow. Starting kids in the right direction is easy with many toys and games geared towards STEM learning.

Encore Data Products has many options for your classroom. Whether you’re looking to combat classroom distractions, or incorporate STEM education into your curriculum we have the right products for you.

Our new Building and Coding Modules can help you spice up your curriculum and get your students excited about a career in STEM.

Students will learn:

  • Circuitry knowledge
  • Hardware operation and control
  • Software programming and coding
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving.

These modules are perfect for kids aged 5 years and up.

If you’re looking for programmable education these modules have the capability and can be modified for younger ages to work without programming. This is a skill that will carry over into a future career in computer programming. The filed is growing at a rapid rate and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 22% increase in careers in programming by 2022. With programming languages evolving, there are many options for students to practice and become experts in the field.

Filled with tons of benefits for your student’s future, STEM is taking over the learning sphere. It exposes students to the creative learning process and allows them to grow through questioning their process and trying new ways of thinking. By allowing your students to apply their learning to build new technology they come to the best solutions. These STEM lessons work a different part of the brain and help your students develop new skills.

STEAM SNIPS™ includes 73 different components. /Each can work with every other module in the set. All that is needed is imagination, inspiration, and curiosity to build an infinite number of combinations of electronics products. These modules will become a favorite of your students and bring fun to your classroom. We make it easy for teachers to stoke the flames of curiosity that open up the world of science, technology, engineering, creativity coding and inventing to their students.

Want to snag a set for your classroom? Get them here: https://www.encoredataproducts.com/robotics-smart-construction/steam-snips-kit-electronic-building-and-coding-modules/

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.

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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

FREE LESSON PLANS and TEACHER RESOURCES FROM HAMILTON BUHL!

Make sure you have everything you need to feel confident when bringing new technologies into the classroom. With HamiltonBuhl STEAM products, teachers have access to FREE resources, helping students get the most out of educational technology.

Easy to implement, relevant products, and sparking curiosity that will last a lifetime!

Encore Data Products can supply the entire line of HamiltonBuhl STEAM products.

Order by calling TOLL FREE: 866-926-1669 or shop ONLINE

We are happy to speak with you – and remember to follow us on social media and stay updated on the latest developments in education technology!

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEAM Learning And Education

Success in college and in the 21st century workplace requires students from elementary school to high school, to learn how to take initiative, prototype and problem solve, work in teams, communicate and build ideas from start to finish.

These are the underpinnings of Project Based Learning and STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. In STEAM environments students learn and develop skills by working in teams, investigate real world problems and engage in building workable solutions.

Teachers don’t have to worry if they’re not coders, engineers or scientists. The right resources can have teachers feeling confident their students are receiving the best education possible.

STEAM Education Resources Include:

  • Teachers guides
  • Standards-aligned lesson plans
  • Instructional videos
  • Tutorials
  • And More!

CLICK HERE FOR FREE RESOURCES!

 

Looking to increase critical thinking skills for 3D STEAM design projects?

If you are looking to increase student engagement for 3D design STEAM learning projects – check out the latest Multi-Filament 3D Printing Pen from Hamilton Buhl!

STEAM education requires an incredible amount of critical and forward thinking. Taking a two-dimensional image and turning it into a three-dimensional object requires complex thought and a plan.

The 3X3D Magic Pen™ is such a great way to walk students through the process of trial and error. 

Building upon the highly successful 3D Magic Pen™, HamiltonBuhl has created the next generation printing pen – The 3X3D Magic Pen™

How it works:

The 3X3D Magic Pen™ holds 3 filaments at the same time and can produce up to 7 different color combinations -WITHOUT having to change filaments!

Extremely easy to use and built with safety in mind; simply plug it in, wait for it to reach the optimal temperature, then press a button to start creating.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ergonomically built for a comfortable grip, 3X3D Magic Pen™ comes pre-packaged with 3 vibrant filament colors allowing students to endlessly explore the power of 3D printing technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3X3D Magic Pen™ features:

  • Easy-grip design
  • Ceramic nozzle for safe use
  • Self-feeding motor
  • Adjustable feed speed
  • 3 vibrant filament colors
  • Plug and play simplicity

Offering the ability to handle up to three colors at once allows students to discover even more ways to bring their ideas to life.

Specifications:
  • Easy grip design
  • Feeds 3 filament colors at the same time
  • Self-feeding motors to advance filaments
  • Adjustable feed speed
  • Ceramic nozzle for safe use
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.9mm
  • Power Supply: AC/DC Adapter
  • Voltage: 12V/2A
  • Input Voltage: 100-240V, 50-60Hz
  • Three ABS color filaments included (PLA filaments are not supplied)
  • Filament types for use with the pen: ABS or PLA
  • Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
  • 0.91″ OLED screen
  • Filament operating adjustable temperature: 338-446°F for ABS (PLA filaments not supplied)
  • Warranty: 1 Year