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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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!
Spring has arrived, and with it, the school standardized testing season. Throughout the country, students will soon be taking state tests. TELPAS, PARCC WCAP, SBAC and more. Educators and testing coordinators preparing for testing will need headsets for use with the test so that students can complete listening comprehension and speaking exercises. Many state tests have requirements for these headsets to make sure they will be compatible with the testing software, and schools will need to navigate these requirements to find a headset style that will work and fit their budget. In this post, we outline some of the headset requirements and spotlight three of the most popular styles for schools to purchase.
So, what are the headset requirements? Some testing requires headsets used must have a microphone for speaking exercises and must sit on the students’ ears and not in them (meaning that earbud styles are excluded). Using an over-the-ear headphone style instead of earbuds is also more comfortable for most students and allows them to fully focus on the test. Headsets must have a double earpiece (no single-ear styles), have stereo sound, and utilize a single, 3.5mm TRRS plug to connect into the computer. Styles with a single TRRS plug will simplify set-up, as teachers and students won’t need to deal with multiple plugs for earphones and microphones. Additional requirements are:
Driver unit size: 32mm
Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Microphone Frequency Response: 100 – 12,000 Hz
Microphone Impedance: 3,320 Ohms
Using the right headsets for testing is essential so that student responses are clear and can be properly assessed.
Encore Data Products carries a wide range of headsets that fit these requirements. Here are three of the most popular styles used by our customers:
Soundnetic SN503: These headsets are one of the most affordable styles that our customers. The boom microphone is adjustable so each student can move it to the most comfortable position for them. The SN503 has a braided cord that helps prevent fraying, meaning these headsets can stand up to heavy use. Each one comes with a plastic storage bag, making it easy for students to store their headsets after testing.
AVID Education AE-55: The AE-55 was designed with the TELPAS test in mind. The ambidextrous design allows the microphone to rotate 270 degrees, so students can put these headsets on in either direction and the microphone will work. The cord comes with a Velcro tie that will keep cords from tangling with each other when the headsets are stored. The leatherette earpads are easy to clean and can be wiped down between uses.
ThinkWrite 90103: ThinkWrite headsets have a larger earpiece that is meant to fit over the student ’s entire ear. This guarantees comfort during applications requiring the student to wear the headset for a long period of time. Volume control on the cord of the 90103 allows students to adjust audio volume as needed. The microphone has a stiff plastic arm for maximum durability; it can also swivel up out of the way when not needed or when the headsets are stored. ThinkWrite headsets have a wide range of applications in addition to TELPAS, making them a good investment for computer and language labs.
With any of these headsets, students will not be hindered by unreliable or incorrect equipment. Instead, students will be able to focus entirely on their exam, enabling them to achieve their highest potential. As testing kicks off for some schools (and wraps up for others), we wish all students good luck on their exams this spring and in the fall!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
If you have a larger classroom or teach after school
activities our portable water resistant PA might be the answer you’re looking
for. Sometimes projecting can be an issue but with a portable PA you can get
the right volume and get a ton of extra benefits. You wont have to worry about
students spilling water on your PR because it’s waterproof! With noise levels
increasing in the classroom it can make focusing hard for some students,
especially ones with concentration issues. With our help you can put those
problems behind you!
Our HamiltonBuhl Water-Resistant (IP54) PA System with USB
Port has a ton of features you can optimize during your lesson plans. With two
wireless microphones you can have one for student questions and use yours to
keep the lesson plans going smoothly. With a rechargeable battery that lasts up
to seven hours and the ability to project pre-recorded material through the
USB and Bluetooth features you are set
for lesson plans. Coaches will love using this for any sporting event or during
Studies show that 44% of students have good concentration skills,
46% have average attention skills, and 10% have poor attention skills. With any
number of distractions including background noise and talking, students can
become distracted easily and regaining focus can be hard. On top of exercises
you can always incorporate our HamiltonBuhl Water-Resistant (IP54) PA System for
extra volume, ease, and attention grabbing. Here are a few exercises you can
implement to keep kids focused and ready to learn:
Include visual, auditory and kinesthetic facets
to all lesson plans
Besides the distraction blocking benefits, our PA can help you share lesson plans from colleagues, online materials and more! With the Bluetooth enabled feature you can share TED Talks or anything you wish to your students or staff. It’s super easy to use and you will save lots of time with the USB and Bluetooth features. Think of all the extra time for lesson plans, grading papers, and keeping your classroom organized! If you’re ready to take back your classroom we’re here to help with many educational classroom items, you can incorporate today! Shop now
These days, nearly all students will need headphones, headsets, or earbuds during their time in school to complete important parts of their education. Sets of school headphones often undergo heavy use: in a class setting, students may use an assigned pair of headphones for most of the year, while in a lab setting, hundreds of students may use the same pair of headphones each week. In these types of environments, how can educators keep headphones and headsets clean and sanitary for the next student to use, whether in the next week or the next year? Below, we outline some of the best techniques that teachers and educators can employ to keep their headphone sets in good working order and ready for use.
Headphone cleaning spray. Cleaning spray is a good solution for dirt that has set into the plastic parts of headphones and headsets. Hamilton Buhl offers a headphone cleaning spray that is free of harsh chemicals, alcohol, and ammonia, and is specifically designed to leave headphones streak- and scratch-free. This non-toxic spray is safe to use in the classroom and is a great way to keep your school headphones, headsets, and earbuds looking like new. By using this spray, many teachers are able to refresh a class set of headphones or headsets for a new group of students to use or keep headphones from getting too dirty over the course of the school year.
Leatherette or rubber earpads. Earpads constructed out of these materials are amazingly easy to clean. Leatherette and rubber earpads can be wiped down in between use with any standard cleaner, making the transition between one student and the next a breeze. Many educators prefer these earpads since they will not collect as much dirt as a foam earpad. Leatherette and rubber earpads are available on a wide range of headphones, from durable, lab-style headphones that will last the school year to disposable headphones perfect for school testing, guaranteeing that there is a pair that will fit your needs.
Headphone covers. Headphone covers are disposable, sanitary, cloth coverings that slide on over a headphone’s earpieces and protect them from building up dirt, skin cells, and oils from repeated use. Often utilized in hospitals to maintain sanitary conditions, headphone covers are easy to put on and take off. Once one student is finished with their work, the covers can be removed and disposed of and a new pair attached so that the headphones are ready for the next student. Headphone covers are a great way to keep headphones in good working condition, as keeping dirt and grime out of the earpieces can also extend the life of earpieces that are not washable. There are even microphone covers for headsets!
UV Sterilizer. Here is an ideal solution for eradicating germs on your headphones and other surfaces in the classroom. A safe and effective tool that offers 99.9% sterilization of all the “bad stuff” than can be found in the classroom.
Disposable headphones or earbuds.In some situations, the most efficient way to keep headphones clean in between uses is to swap them for a new pair. This is especially effective in school testing environments or learning modules where headphones will only be used for a short period of time and then not needed again after a few weeks. Disposable school headphones and earbuds are available in a wide variety of styles, and save educators the time needed to clean and wipe down multiple pairs of headphones or switch out sanitary covers.
By following the above guidelines,
you can keep your school headphones and earbuds clean and in good working
condition, enabling students to get the most out of their learning time. If you
have any questions about which hygiene solution would work best for your needs,
our team at Encore is always ready to help! Feel free to get in touch with us,
and we’ll be happy to work with you!
Headphones, headsets, and earbuds have become standard and
essential learning aids in the classroom. By enabling students to complete
listening comprehension exercises, language fluency tests, and other audio
applications, they help turn classroom learning into a dynamic experience. Many
teachers and educators invest in a set of headphones for their classrooms;
however, these can easily wear out if they are not stored correctly. Read on to
discover the best way to store headphones to keep them out of the way when not
in use and protect their lifespans.
Use a headphones storage bag.Many classrooms assign a pair of headphones to each student to use throughout the year. To keep track of whose headphones are whose—and to prevent loose cords from tangling—a storage bag is a useful accessory. Most storage bags come with a panel for students to label with their name, so when headphones are put away it is easy for students to find their own pair the next time. Storage bags come in a few sizes to accommodate different sizes of headphones and are a very affordable choice for computer labs and classrooms.
Use a headphones storage case.A number of popular school headphone brands provide durable storage cases for educators to look after their equipment. Califone and Hamilton Buhl each have examples of hard plastic cases designed to stand up to the rigors of the classroom, and these come in a few sizes to store anywhere from 12 to 30 headphones. These cases provide a way to pack up headphones when not in use and protect them from over-handling; the cases also keep headphone cords out of the way, thus minimizing the chances of cords getting tangled, frayed, or broken. Storage cases are a good choice for school headphones that are only used a few times a year, such as for standardized testing, and need to be kept safe and out of the way for daily activities. Storage cases also feature handles and can be easily carried from classroom to classroom.
Use a headphone storage rack.Headphone storage racks are especially useful for computer labs, language labs, and other areas where headphones will often be in use. Some racks are designed to sit on a counter and hold about 6 to 12 headphones for classroom use, while the largest rack available can hold dozens of headphones and can be wheeled from room to room, making it perfect for mobile lab activities. Headphone racks are a great solution for headphones that are in use frequently: students can grab their headphones from the rack, use them, and then return them when they are finished. This keeps headphones in one area instead of spread throughout the classroom and can also be used to keep track of headphone pairs to make sure none go missing.
Use a school earbud case.While most storage options center around headphones, there are also options available for students and classrooms that prefer to use earbuds. If you plan on stocking your classroom with earbuds and would like a way to store them, there are styles available that come with an individual storage case. Students can store these at their desk, or they can be kept in a classroom storage area. Earbud cases are made of hard plastic, so they easily protect the earbuds from damage. Some cases also provide a way to store cords by winding them inside the case. This prevents pulling or tangling of cords in storage and protects them from premature fraying or breaking, damage that is often not covered by warranty.
Whichever storage solution fits your needs, Encore Data Products can help! We offer all of the above storage solutions at competitive prices. If you are unsure which school headphones solution might be best, our customer service team will be happy to help with any questions you might have. Once you’ve solved your storage needs, you’ll be all set for a successful school year!
If you are a parent, teacher, or administrator, you know that fundraising is a vital part of keeping a school running. After all, many schools are operating on extreme budgets, with finite resources available for important things like new equipment, special programs and teachers, and updates to the infrastructure of the school building and grounds. By holding fundraisers, parent-teacher organizations, booster clubs, and other associations can help make money to pay for some of the much-needed items a school needs to stay successful and help children have a better learning experience. But what makes a school fundraiser a success? Here are some tips for holding a fundraiser that not only makes money but gives students the tools they need to achieve more.
Stick to the Philosophy If your school has a unique philosophy or curriculum that sets it apart from other neighborhood schools, be sure to select a fundraiser that speaks to that specific set of guidelines or rules. For example, if your school has adopted a strict wellness policy that disallows candy, baked goods, or other less-than-healthy food items, it would not be wise to hold a bake sale or door-to-door candy bar fundraiser, as this does not properly depict the school’s values. Similarly, a school that is known for a particular subject or educational approach should choose a fundraiser that goes with that theme for maximum interest and effectiveness. For instance, a STEM school could probably make a lot of money holding a robotics and engineering fair, while a school prized for its athletic department could do very well with a benefit fun run or 5K. By keeping your student body’s interests in mind, your fundraiser could earn a significant amount of money for the school to help pay for much-needed staff and equipment.
Involve the Kids Whether you are raising money for an elementary K-5 school or a high school, students love to be involved in fundraising opportunities. Just be sure to keep the ages and abilities of the students in mind when choosing which fundraisers you wish to hold. This will not only build the excitement needed to encourage more participation, which will in turn earn more money for the school, but also help the students feel as though they are directly responsible for the outcome of the fundraiser, and make them proud of their efforts when they see what the proceeds were able to purchase for their school.
Make it Practical If your school fundraiser raises money by selling students something they actually need, everybody benefits. For example, by setting up a school store in which children can purchase school supplies like pencils, notebooks, and markers, you can encourage students to give back to their school by buying something they already needed for their classes. Additional practical fundraising opportunities, such as selling USB drives for the school technology lab or earbuds for use in the library, can help make money to be used for school-related purchases while giving students a chance to buy a necessary item without having to go to a store.
Holding a school fundraiser is a great way for the students, parents, teachers, and administrators to come together as a community and have some fun while making money. By using common sense, creativity, and ingenuity, you can dream up the perfect fundraiser to help your school pay for essentials that go a long way in helping enhance your children’s educational experience.
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.
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:
Hardware operation and control
Software programming and coding
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.