Califone Extends Capabilities of Popular Headsets to Mobile Learning Devices

For many years, educational media devices utilized dual jacks for headsets that enabled high-quality sound for listening and for recording. However, the latest smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, use only one 3.5 mm plug and a built-in mic, which limits sound quality. Additionally, most consumer-oriented headsets are not made to withstand rigorous use in the classroom and media labs, or provide hearing protection and safety features for children, or offer a warranty that covers school use. To meet educators' needs, Califone has extended the capabilities of its most popular headsets designed for education - including the washable Titanium series of headsets - to be compatible with today's mobile devices through the To Go plug option. According to a recent online poll, 68 percent of respondents reported that students listen to and/or record audio most of the time in 1:1 and group learning activities. Califone also offers jackboxes to help turn one iPad into a group learning experience in which each student can use a headset or headphone. 
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San Fernando, Calif. (June 18, 2012) – Increasingly, educators rely on mobile learning devices to enrich curriculum lessons and engage students in and out of the classroom. To ensure safe listening and effective learning experiences with mobile devices, Califone International, Inc. now offers a series of its most popular headsets with mobile learning capabilities. The new To Go™ headsets enable educators to extend proven audio technology to the latest mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones running iOS® or Android®.

More than 68 percent of educators responding to a recent online poll on Califone.com reported that their students listen to audio on mobile learning devices most of the time. Compatible with tablets, e-readers, gaming systems, smart phones and other mobile learning devices, the Califone headsets can be used for a wide range of instructional applications in which clear, crisp audio and product durability are critical, such as educational gaming across the curriculum and music applications.

The headsets also are well-suited to flipped learning environments, allowing students to hear recorded teacher instructions clearly for increased engagement and collaboration. When used with mobile devices that have recording capabilities, the To Go headsets enable student responses to be recorded and played back for activities that support language and literacy development, differentiated group learning, student-created podcasts, and teacher-student participation in Google+ hangouts.

“Califone headsets have been a staple in many classrooms for years, and now their capabilities reach outside the school for anytime, anywhere learning, an increasingly important part of students’ education,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “The safe, durable Califone headset that educators have always relied on is now more versatile, ready for use on any mobile learning device running any educational application.”

All Califone headsets are constructed out of durable, high-quality materials to better withstand student use. Mobile compatibility through the optional To Go plug is available on the Discovery™ Headset (DS-8VT), Deluxe Multimedia Headset (3066AV-T), Titanium™ Series Headset (HPK-1010T), Lightweight Stereo Headset (3065AV-T) and the 4100 Series Headset (4100AV-T).

All headsets featuring the To Go plug for mobile capability come with a warranty covering educational use, with service support available through authorized dealers nationwide.

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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