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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.

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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.