Category Archives: Volume Control Headphones

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.

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!

Perks of Disposable Headphones

Disposable Headphones and Headsets have many advantages for parents, teachers, and office space. When you hear disposable you might think single-use but these can be used for longer periods of time. Some can be used for 90 days or longer. The benefits of these headphones and headsets may be something to consider when making your next purchase for your classroom, office, or daycare. Let’s break it down and see if these are the right fit for your needs.

Lower prices: If you’re looking for a cheaper option for your classroom, office, or daycare disposable headphones might be right for you. You can save tons of money by opting for disposable headphones like the Soundnetic SN250M Disposable Headsets. These are priced at $3.69. This is a fantastic deal if you’re looking for an affordable way to stock your computer lab or call center. With the right care, you can make these headsets last a long time.

Use of Headsets: What you will be using these headsets for? The Soundnetic SN250M Disposable Stereo Headsets are great for tablets, cell phones, computers, MP3 players, CD players and more. If the above list sounds like everything under the sun, that’s because our headsets are great for use for all these things. They will hold up great for office, computer lab, and daycare use. Your students will love to use these with their tablets and computers.

Amount used: If you have a small rotation of students or staff sharing these headsets they will last longer. Consider the number of people you will be using these headsets. If you have multiple class periods in your computer lab you may want to get a few sets of the Soundnetic SN250M Disposable Headsets. They have a 60-day warranty available. This would also be great for shorter semester classes or night classes. Do you have a call center that’s on a smaller rotation at night? These would be great for them!

Behaviors: You can make your headphones last longer with proper cleaning and care. If the people using your headphones are more mature and understand how to take care of their technology your headsets will last longer. This could also be a great teaching moment for younger aged students. Teaching responsibility and how to take care of your belongings can prove to be a great lifelong skill. Make sure whoever is handling your headphones maintains them and you will be happy to see how much longer they will last.

State testing: If your students are doing testing that requires headphones or headsets, these are the right pick. When you’re looking for the right testing headset you will probably want something that’s affordable, disposable, and can be ordered in bulk. The Soundnetic SN250M Disposable Stereo Headsets fit all of the above! With bulk prices as low as $3.19 you won’t find a better product for your money.

Do these headsets sound like something you will benefit from? For computer labs, call centers, state testing’s, and more these headsets are the perfect addition to your classroom or office. Be sure to check out bulk pricing for even more savings.

When Is Volume Control Necessary for Headphones?

If you are like most of the world, using headphones has become a daily occurrence in your classroom and a habit for commuters. Often there are so many features when choosing headphones, you may be asking questions like, “When is volume control necessary for headphones?” You can drive yourself crazy digging through reviews – but understanding the need for volume control can help you determine whether or not it’s an appropriate addition to your headphones.

Built-in volume control makes it easier to hear important sounds. While whatever media player you’re using, from a portable player to a computer, will probably have built-in sound control, being able to adjust the volume on your headphones can be the difference between missing a vital portion of the program or presentation and hearing exactly what you need to hear. When students need to quickly decrease the volume to listen to teacher instructions, it is essential to have access to volume control. In addition, background noise can create problems when listening to content in a noisy classroom or on the bus, but being able to turn up the volume quickly and efficiently will prevent you from missing vital information.

Built-in volume control enables fast adjustments. Are you listening to something that changes quickly in volume? Imagine a television program that is soft when the program itself is on, but loud enough to wake up sleeping children in the next room when it’s time for the commercials to play. If you’re watching television late at night, you want to be able to change the volume quickly! When you’re listening to something on your headphones, its even more critical that you be able to change the volume quickly as to not damage the speakers in the headphones and your personal eardrums as well.

Volume control helps prevent damage to your hearing. This is especially true for students, who are unlikely to look up from the task at hand to focus on turning down content that’s suddenly playing too loud. Making volume control easier to access means that you and your students will be more likely to turn down the sound of your device before it becomes loud enough to cause hearing damage.

If you want to be able to mute your headphones quickly, volume control in your headphones is the way to go. Sometimes, you’re in a situation where the extra seconds to turn down the volume on your device cause you to miss vital information. If you’ve ever fussed at a teenager for failing to hear you because they have headphones in, you understand just how vital this function can be! While you can always pull out your headphones, many continue to play at a volume that is distracting while you’re trying to listen to something else. With volume control right there on your headphones, however, you can quickly mute the sound coming through them to focus on what’s happening in front of you.

If you or a loved one is using a device that is unfamiliar, volume control in the headphones might be the way to go. Quick: how do you change the volume on your Chromebook? What about your tablet or iPad? If you don’t instantly know the answer to these questions, your students probably don’t either, and volume control in the headphones can make it much easier to change the volume. The simple, often intuitive headphone volume control options aren’t difficult to understand, nor do they require you to know everything about how to operate the device in your hand. In many cases, this streamlines the process and makes it easier for everyone, even children, to keep their volume at a comfortable level.

If you’re looking for headphones with built-in volume control or have other headphone needs, contact us. We have a variety of headphone options to fit every need, whether you need inexpensive disposable headphones or a more complicated set that allow you to use external volume control.

Califone 4100-AVT and the Collaborative Classroom

The collaborative classroom and Califone represent the perfect blending of old and new. Califone has been a leader in the design, development and manufacture of audio/visual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education and presentation settings since 1947. Collaborative learning – although long used by perceptive teachers who discovered that in some cases peer to peer explorations in small group settings were more effective than traditional teacher centered lessons – began to formally enter curricula in the 1980’s. Over the ensuing thirty years, small group learning has evolved into today’s definition, which is a method of teaching and learning in which students come together as a team to explore a significant question or develop and create a meaningful project.

The Collaborative Classroomclassroom headphones

Not only does collaboration in the classroom add variety to day-to-day instruction, but it encourages communication and cooperation among students. And, just as important as the educational end product, collaborative learning provides a positive bonding experience as students who may not have known each other work toward a common goal.

One of the misplaced criticisms that collaborative learning initially faced was that the activities had vague objectives and lacked accountability. Perhaps worse was the accusation that teachers who conducted small group learning did so to avoid teaching and escape responsibility. Neither could be further than the truth. The collaborative classroom depends on methodology and monitoring to provide effective instruction.

Studies have shown that the investigation that goes on in collaborative activities can be effectively put to use in introducing new material or beginning a new unit of study. Hands on projects that involve building or creating, whether it be a game, model, skit or performance piece, by the very act of taking the project from the idea phase to its completion, makes a lasting impact. This knowledge imparted along the way is more likely to be retained than that gained from traditional instruction. Group demographics depend on the teacher’s goals. Students of similar abilities may work best for some assignments, while for others, groupings of different skill levels allow peer-teaching and demonstrate that all can benefit from members’ various strengths and talents.

Duties should be assigned by the teacher based on her/his observations that the student is predisposed to handle them. These include:

  • Leader charged with keeping the group on task
  • Monitor to keep track of time, distribute and collect materials
  • Secretary/recorder responsible for taking notes
  • Artist/creative director to make drawings, illustrations, or graphics

How the group’s findings are presented to the class is usually left up to the group. One form that is gaining popularity is the podcast. Not only does a podcast allow the presentation to be accessed over and over, it can be shared with other classes, used in cases of long distance instruction, or made available to students being home-schooled.

Califone 4100-AVT

The Califone 4100-AVT stereo headset, with its noise-cancelling boom microphone, gives each member the chance to play a part in collaborating on a podcast. It holds the distinction of being the first school-focused headset to offer single 3.5 mm stereo To Go plug compatibility, not only with Windows-based PCs and MACS, but also iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. If school policy allows, group members might take Califone 4100-AVT stereo headsets home so they can collaborate remotely via Skype. The boom mic also can be positioned upward, if you need classroom headphones today – but might need headsets in the future.

4100-AVT headsets are the ideal all-round addition to any school’s A-V inventory. Thanks to their cushioned earpads, and comfort-sling headbands, they can be worn for extended periods of time, making them perfect for delivering curriculum to ESL/ELL students, AP language classes, and for use in language testing in the ELA portion of Common Core testing.

To find out more about the capabilities of 4100-AVT stereo headsets,  contact us today.