San Fernando, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2013) – As schools and districts throughout the country continue to introduce mobile computing devices in the classroom, it’s important to plan for the technology infrastructure to support these new teaching tools. Califone International, Inc., a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, today announces the launch of its first speaker developed exclusively for iPad® and iPhone®.
The new PA-MBiOS speaker is designed with students in mind, projecting a clear, crisp, classroom-filling sound for improved listening. It enables whole class and group learning activities, and supports tablet and mobile learning initiatives. Educators can use the speaker to enhance iPad® audio from a Google Hangout®, iTunes Radio®, a virtual field trip or a streaming podcast from iTunes U®, to cite a few examples.
The Califone speaker easily connects with all 30-pin iPad, iPhone or iPod models when sitting in the cradle of the docking station (iPad 1-3 models, iPhone models through the 4S and up to third generation iPod models). Current models (iPad 4, iPhone 5 as well as fourth and fifth generation iPods) can be used with a Lightning® connection adaptor (not included). The speaker also connects with Android-based devices and computers through its 3.5mm aux input.
Speakers are an important aspect of classroom audio technology. Teachers and speech pathologists alike have reported that speaker use increases on-task behavior and student attention to oral instruction, improves comprehension among ELL students, and reduces vocal strain and fatigue for teachers. In addition, with the speaker, students can conduct speaking and listening activities that support the English Language Arts anchor standards of the Common Core State Standards.
“Mobile learning initiatives are increasingly common in schools and districts today,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “To support these initiatives, Califone develops curriculum products that supplement student learning. The iPad and iPhone speaker is just the latest example of a product we’ve created with these initiatives in mind. The clear sound projected from the PA-MBiOS speaker will benefit teacher and students alike, whether engaged in whole class or group learning activities.”
For more information on the full line of Califone products that are designed for the education, presentation and professional markets, and to view and download the entire Califone catalog, visit www.califone.com.
Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, presentation and professional markets. The company offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs. Califone serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments, and has expanded to serve business and industry, houses of worship, parks and recreation, and other presentation markets as well.