Don’t forget AV needs for Common Core assessments

Devices debuted at TCEA feature multipurpose design ideal for Common Core and state assessments

califone-AVSchool leaders are aware that Common Core assessments will come with some new requirements, and AV equipment needs should not be overlooked.

Califone International, a manufacturer of audio technology and sound presentation solutions for schools, industry, institutions and professional use, introduced three new earbud designs, a wireless keyboard and personal voice amplifier to fit the needs of any classroom at the recent 2015 TCEA Convention & Exposition in Austin, Texas.

The E1, E3T and E3USB earbuds, PA283 VoiceSaver and KB3 wireless keyboard contain unique components to support preparation and testing requirements in any state.

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The E3T and E3USB are earbud headsets with microphones on the cords. Supporting speech intelligibility and the development of speaking and listening skills defined in the English language arts Common Core section, the headsets feature inline volume control and single button operation with iOS, Windows and Android devices.

Specifically, the E3T includes a single 3.5 mm “T-style plug” to connect with smartphones and tablets, while the E3USB has a USB plug to meet PARCC & Smarter Balanced recommendations. The E3T and E3USB models each include an extra pair of smaller earpads for younger students. Along with the E3 model announced earlier, the E3 series offer a one-year warranty for use in schools. Designed for single use, the E1 earbud is the most affordable option of the three new offerings.

“Since the upcoming spring assessments require headphones and headsets, it’s more important than ever to have product choices that support every classroom preparing for testing,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president for Califone.

The PA283 VoiceSaver can be heard by up to 20 people, and is equipped with a Bluetooth mic for cord-free mobility. The KB3 wireless oversized keyboard offers Bluetooth connectivity and features fewer keys with a footprint 90 percent larger than standard keyboards, making it ideal for beginning keyboarders. The plug-and-play keyboard readily connects to tablets, replacing the on-screen keyboard and meeting specifications for all major assessments.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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