Education headphones are currently a “must-have asset for a growing tech classroom.” In order to meet the listening needs of every student, whether during group scenarios or individual testing, having the right pair for the classroom will help meet the demands of greater tech integration. But what specifications should your education headphones have, in order to match the growth of technology in the classroom? Here are a few components that could help you decide which headphones meet your requirements.
We cannot predict what types of technology will be introduced to the classroom, but we know that there’s always going to be improvement and diversity in new devices. It’s always possible that your school’s IT inventory, will expand the number and types of devices to be used in the classroom. So how will your headphones be able to keep up with changes in the devices used in educational settings?
It’s important to look for traits in the current headphone market that can help make your classroom future-proof. For example, the new Hamilton Buhl Trios provides three different types of inputs that will give the listener the ability to plug-in the headphones to any type of input set up. For classrooms that want to continue to use current headphones until they reach their predicted end-of-life, having the right headphone adaptors can help you prepare a classroom capable of listening to various programs with multiple devices.
Sound Control Safety
As gamification rises, more and more students will be exposed to game-playing scenarios, graphics, and audio. While the immersive and stimulating environment of some apps and programs help attract students and draw their focus to the game, it can also become a challenge to ensure safe sound levels in the classroom. Educators should then be conscientious of the sound safety levels of the headphones so that students will be able to protect their hearing while staying engaged in the learning product or game. Sound-limiting headphones like the Hamilton Kids Express Yourself pairs are great for young students, especially with the added create-your-own earcup designs for personalization. For older students, we recommend the Califone 2985PG Sound Alert Headphones, which reduce noise and alert both teachers and students when the volume is too loud. This can help control sound levels throughout the classroom and ensure better listening practices.
Classrooms are quickly changing in design, and not just in the ways that they use technology. From providing more individual listening experiences to interactive educational gaming to online tutoring, teachers and educators are developing new curriculum that expands the way learning can happen outside typical instructional models. In order to meet the demands of an ever changing, dynamic classroom environment, headphones should be capable of adapting quickly to changing methods.
For example, buying headsets with a flexible microphone that can be moved out of the way when not in use can help ensure that the class is ready for online communication at a moment’s notice. A great example of a headset would be the AVID Education AE-36 Stereo headset, which is popular for classrooms using Chromebooks. And the Avid Education SM-25 headphones or the Califone 3068-AV headphones are other great choices. Even a simple jack box can be the best tool for a classroom that wants to keep headphones on for a series of activities but share in one listening exercise together.
Overall, the key features you should look for in educational headphones are their adaptability. In a classroom that might change in size, in location, in devices, or in age, it’s important to make sure that your chosen headphones are suitable for all types of unexpected developments. Fortunately, Encore Data Products only provides the best headphones and headsets on the market. To help you pick the right educational headphones for your institution, contact us.