Califone Offers Industry-First Touch-Screen MP4 Player for Student Learning

MP4 Player allows for individual and small group digital learning activities to empower students to explore and create curriculum content

San Fernando, Calif. (June 11, 2012) – Research shows that students favor personal media players over computers, tablets and other e-learning devices. Personal media players give students the ability to take individual ownership of their work, while also offering high-quality digital learning resources. The new 8201 Player from Califone International provides a durable touch-screen MP4 player with video, audio, images, gaming, and eBook capabilities, the first of its kind designed specifically for school use.

Using the 8201, students can record audio of science experiments, class presentations, or educator lessons for later playback, as well as view educational videos, charts or diagrams. Allowing students to use the device in 1:1 and group mobile learning programs, teachers can reinforce curriculum concepts taught in the classroom by deploying multimedia resources from around the Web to deepen understanding and increase student motivation.

Increasingly, educators are enriching their lessons with digital learning activities, such as audio, video, images, games and eBooks,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “The 8201 enables teachers to facilitate rich educational experiences and empower students to take control over their own learning.

The 8201 is designed with students in mind, featuring a robust LCD touch screen and rugged silicon shell to prevent scratches and dents from student use. The device also has two headphone jacks and a built-in microphone, allowing for easy individual and small group digital learning activities. The audio control comes automatically programmed for safe hearing levels, with the option to change the setting for students with special hearing needs.

The 8201 runs for more than five hours of playback, and can be charged by either the included USB connector cable or the wall charger. It also comes equipped with 4 GB of built-in Flash memory and a micro-SD card slot to add additional memory space, if needed. The device supports MPG, MP3, MP4, WMV, RealVideo, ASF, ACI, RealAudio, Quicktime, JPG and TXT formats.

The 8201 comes with a one-year warranty, covering educational use, with service support available through authorized dealers nationwide, and includes a lightweight stereo headphone. It is also available as a two and four-student learning center. To order, contact a Califone dealer. For more information on the full line of Califone products designed for the education market, and safe for school and library use, call 1-800-722-0500, or visit www.califone.com to view and download the entire Califone catalog.

About Califone
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 children 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.

• Tim Ridgway, Califone, Inc., 800-722-0500 x428, Tim.Ridgway@califone.com

• Kristen Plemon, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x18, kristen@cblohm.com

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