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Califone Launches Listening First™ Headsets

Califone International, Inc. announces the launch of its Listening First™ Headsets, an extension of the popular Listening First headphone line. The Califone Listening First Headsets are made with rugged ABS plastic (for added student safety), ambient noise-reducing earcups, and are available in three color choices or three animal themes. The Listening First Headsets to support computer-based and mobile learning activities and are ideal for use in kindergarten and primary grades as well as with special needs students. In addition, the Listening First Headsets help students build speaking and listening skills, which are critical components under the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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Califone Debuts Listening First Headsets Featuring Brightly Colored and Animal Themed, Ambient-Noise Reducing Earcups to Engage Young Learners

San Fernando, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2012)Califone International, Inc. today announces the launch of the Listening First™ Headsets. The new headsets are an extension of the popular Listening First headphone line and now feature a built-in microphone onto the same brightly colored and animal-theme designs.

The Califone Listening First Headsets are made with rugged ABS plastic (for added student safety) and are available in three color choices—blue, red and yellow—or three animal themes— bear, panda or tiger. Similar to the headphones, the Listening First Headsets are ideal for use in kindergarten and primary grades as well as special needs students.

The headsets feature around-ear, ambient noise-reducing earcups that deliver maximum protection against exterior sounds, supporting hearing safety. The Listening First Headsets offer dual 3.5 mm, USB and single To Go™ plugs, enabling students to use the headsets for digital literacy projects with computers and mobile devices (including iOS and Android-based smartphones and tablets). The noise-reducing microphone includes reinforced boom for durability.

Headsets are an essential classroom tool to support computer and mobile-based learning activities such as student-created podcasts and online classroom discussions. The Listening First Headsets help students build speaking and listening skills, which are critical components under the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Additionally, the headsets help schools meet the national online testing goals for the CCSS.

The Listening First headsets were developed in response to how younger students are learning using computers and mobile devices with classmates, in read-alongs, online and through their production of podcasts and videos. There was a need based on these activities for age- appropriate equipment,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “The Listening First Headsets will help educators effectively incorporate these types of early elementary learning activities to increase student engagement and improve understanding—the possibilities are only limited by the imagination.

The Listening First Headsets feature a two-year warranty, the first headsets made for children with a warranty of that duration. For more information on the full line of Califone products that are designed for the education market, and to view and download the entire Califone catalog, visit

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 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.

Media Contacts
• Tim Ridgway, Califone, Inc., 800-722-0500 x428,
• Kristen Plemon, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x18,



New Listening First Headphone and Headsets from Califone

Califone International, Inc., updated its award-winning line of Listening First Headphones and Headsets to include three black models with a variety of features that enhance the classroom experience. The headphones feature 3.5 mm plugs which are compatible with computers, tablets and smartphones, and allow students to listen and reply to audio content. Other features include noise-cancelling microphones, adjustable headbands and light-weight design.

Headsets Strengthen Speaking and Listening Skills

Califone International, Inc., offers headphones and headsets that help students build the speaking and listening skills defined as critical components in the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the Common Core State Standards. At TCEA 2014, Califone is showcasing a number of AV products that assist educators in meeting Common Core ELA anchor standards, including the Listening First™ Stereo Headsets, which are ideal for early elementary language activities and mobile-based learning initiatives. Attendees also will be able to check out the award-winning Titanium Series, which offer the best sound isolation within the Califone line.

Califone Launches First Two-Way Jackbox

Califone announces the launch of the 1210T Jackbox, an innovative two-way jackbox that enables students to listen to content from mobile devices or computers and respond through connected headsets. The new jackbox supports the mobile technology trend by allowing teachers to facilitate differentiated learning lessons, literacy exercises, small group projects and virtual field trips through Skype® chats, Google+® hangouts and FaceTime®. A single device engages and supports up to 10 students at a time. Each station on the jackbox has its own volume control, allowing students to listen to lesson content at the same time without disrupting one another.

Carnegie Speech Selects Califone Headsets

Califone International, Inc. announces that Carnegie Speech, the premier developer of software for assessing and teaching spoken language skills, will now provide Califone headsets to support its speech recognition software. The partnership enables education institutions and providers to effectively support their learners with language learning labs fully equipped with the high-quality products they need, as well as offer blending learning opportunities that personalize instruction for every student. Califone headsets will be used to supplement Carnegie Speech training programs like NativeAccent®, which helps non-native speakers significantly improve spoken English skills in 10 or more hours of instruction.

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Califone Expands 3068 Series to Headsets

San Fernando, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2016) – According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, English language learners (ELLs) represent 10 percent of public school students – the fastest growing segment of student populations. With this increase, headsets in education are becoming an important tool to support assessments and effective language learning. To adapt to the evolving needs of ELLs, Califone International LLC updates its best-selling 3068AV headphone by offering the tool as a headset. The 3068 headset features an attached noise reducing microphone to engage students in active speaking and listening, resulting in a deeper learning experience. The headset includes two of the most popular audio plugs, the 3.5 mm To Go and USB, for versatile use with mobile, computer or gaming devices.

Califone Launches Digital Stereo Headphone

Since more districts are incorporating hybrid or blended learning, headphones are becoming an important supplemental resource in classrooms and labs. With the Lightweight Stereo Headphone (8200-HP) from Califone International, Inc., districts receive comfortable headphones at an affordable price. The 8200-HP headphone is purpose-built to accommodate regular student use in classrooms, libraries and computer labs, featuring adjustable polypropylene headband and swiveling on-ear earcups to enhance student comfort. With the addition of the Lightweight Stereo Headphone to its product suite, Califone offers a wide range of high-quality audio options to fit any size budget and need.

Califone Offers Two-Year Warranty to Provide Schools Added Reliability for Headphone and Headset Purchases

Califone announces that headphones and headsets purchased on or after Jan. 1, 2013, will include a two-year warranty*, making it the first company in the education industry to offer a warranty of this duration for child-sized models. The warranty extension reflects the company’s commitment to the education community and confidence in the durability of its products. Recent technical innovations have expanded the lifespan of Califone gear as well as supporting new ways of learning. The company’s audio products are critical tools educators rely on to support literacy and language development, computer-based and mobile learning activities, and differentiated instruction. *Two-Year Warranty covers all Califone, Inc. headphones and headsets purchased on or after Jan. 1, 2013 except the 3064AV, 3065, CA-2, ER1and 8200-HP series.