Califone Selected as Favorite Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System in THE Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Educators choose Califone as a favorite education technology brand

Each year, THE Journal reaches out to its audience of educators to determine favorite products and vendors in the education market. For the 2017 awards, a record number of educators voted on their favorite technologies.

Based on educator votes, Califone was selected as the silver winner of the “Favorite Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System” category. Among the products submitted for consideration in the awards program were the PA920, the PA11 and the 1534BK headphone.

Released at the beginning of 2017, the PA920 and PA11 meet the dynamic needs of large-group presentations in a school setting. The PA920 is a complete, self-contained sound system. The unit features two wireless microphone receivers that support multiple presenters, Bluetooth compatibility to receive streaming audio from Bluetooth-capable mobile devices and a CD/USB Media Player. The PA11 offers all the versatility of a wireless PA system, yet is compact enough for mobile use indoors, outdoors and on field trips for groups up to 150 people.

Made for use with all varieties of computers and mobile devices, the 1534BK headphone is ideal for personalized digital learning. While sized for PreK-4th grade students, the streamlined design of this rugged stereo headphone makes it accessible to older students too with a fit that’s “just right.” The headphones come with a 3-year warranty for use in schools.

“Califone has a long history of providing the best in sound amplification for K-12 classrooms,” said Scott Evans, Marketing Manager of Califone. “To be selected as a favorite technology solution among teachers is reflective of our mission to deliver exceptional products that integrate seamlessly in a classroom environment.”

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Califone Introduces Versatile Microphone to PA Product Family

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DM-39 Dynamic Microphone connects to wide range of PA solutions for K-12 schools

Chatsworth, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2017) – When educators participate in large-group presentations, they need to produce clear audio from tools that are easy to set up and use. To meet this need, Califone International, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audio equipment for use in education, announces the release of the DM-39 Dynamic Microphone for use with several of Califone’s portable PA Systems.

“With each new product, we aim to minimize the amount of time educators need to coordinate the use of tools, while maximizing the quality of the product,” said Scott Evans, marketing manager for Califone. “The new microphone works seamlessly with existing Portable PA models including the PA920, PA419 and PA329 – making it simple for educators to deliver large-scale presentations in multiple venues.”

The DM-39 microphone has high sensitivity response and is designed with durability in mind. The microphone comes with a one-year warranty for school use and is available in both ¼” and XLR connector versions, making it ideal for use in schools as well as businesses, government and religious facilities.

“Califone’s robust line of PA solutions provide trustworthy resources for announcements made in settings ranging from the school gymnasium to the soccer field,” continued Evans. “The new microphone adds to the purpose-built suite of tools available to educators to streamline the process of communicating to a large group.”

The DM-39 and DM-39XLR microphones are available for purchase through authorized Califone dealers. For the full Califone catalog, visit www.califone.com.

Califone’s PA920 Announced as Winner in Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2017 Best of Show Awards

Califone’s PA920 Announced as Winner in Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2017 Best of Show Awards

The ISTE conference provides an opportunity for the education community to gather and discuss the latest innovations and practices in classroom technology. To highlight the highest quality tech at the conference, Tech & Learning hosts an annual awards program called the Best of Show Awards. At this year’s conference, Tech & Learning selected Califone’s PowerPro PA920 as a Best of Show award winner.

The PA920 is a complete, self-contained sound system. The unit features two wireless microphone receivers that support multiple presenters, Bluetooth compatibility to receive streaming audio from Bluetooth-capable mobile devices, and a CD/USB Media Player that plays MP3 and MP4 audio files from CD and CD-R/W discs and USB thumb drives. With 90-watts RMS of power, the PowerPro PA920 easily provides audio for crowds up to 1,000 people. The master speaker has two combination XLR / 1/4 inch jacks for use with wired microphones and also includes a set of stereo RCA jacks that are ideal for connecting external audio sources.

Advisors from Tech & Learning and AV Technology explored the ISTE show floor to discover the latest product announcements from participating vendors. The judges then met to determine which solutions have the most promise in K-12 schools. Released at the top of 2017, the PA920 was selected by the judges as one of the most impactful new products.

“The PA920 is our flagship system, and is designed to reach audiences of 1,000 or more with ease,” said Scott Evans, Marketing Manager of Califone. “This recognition highlights the system’s ability to meet flexibility and cost-needs in 21st century schools.”

The PA920 is currently available for purchase through Califone and its dealers. Find all of the product details here.

Califone Unveils CD360 for Improved Classroom Listening Activities

Edtech company releases updated CD player for language learning and 1:1 instruction

Chatsworth, Calif. (June 26, 2017) – When teachers regularly incorporate 1:1 and differentiated instruction in the classroom, they need reliable technology to meet the needs of all learners. In the face of ongoing education technology transformations, CD players have remained a staple for K-12 listening activities. To improve the use of this established tool, Califone International, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audio equipment for use in education, announces the release of the CD360.

“With a flurry of new technology products on the market, schools still aren’t ready to lose the tried and true resources they have in place,” said Scott Evans, marketing manager for Califone. “Updating proven technology enables educators to make the most of effective content they already have access to.”

The CD360 is designed specifically for regular classroom use, using shatterproof ABS plastic for safety and durability. With a Maximum Volume Limiter, the player ensures students are listening to content at a safe and appropriate level. The CD player features skip and search functions, a directory button, anti-shock button and LCD display. The CD360 includes an 8200-HP digital stereo headphone and a one-year warranty.

“Califone recognizes that AV equipment is at the heart of curriculums for language learning programs and differentiated instruction,” said Doug Welles, Vice President, Specialty Businesses. “Our personal CD players have consistently been a popular item for schools, and the CD360 refreshes the way that students use the technology.”

The CD360 will soon be available for purchase through Califone and its dealers. Califone is exhibiting at ISTE 2017 and invites attendees to visit its booth #1444 to learn more about its classroom AV offerings. For the full Califone catalog, visit www.califone.com.

Califone Reveals Two Agile PA System Models

Edtech company releases updated PA11 and PA920 systems for convenient school use

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Chatsworth, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2017) – When schools require sound reinforcement for any size audience or venue, educators need a versatile public address (PA) system that can support all school-based activities. To fill this need, Califone International, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audio equipment for use in education, announces the release of the PA11 and the PowerPro PA920.

The PA11 offers all the versatility of a wireless PA system, yet is compact enough for mobile use indoors, outdoors and on field trips for groups up to 150 people. This product features a built-in carrying handle for playground use, meetings or tours, along with six hours of battery life with a low battery indicator. This unit also can operate while charging its built-in battery.

The PA920 is a complete, self-contained sound system. The unit features two wireless microphone receivers that support multiple presenters, Bluetooth compatibility to receive streaming audio from Bluetooth-capable mobile devices and a CD/USB Media Player that plays MP3 and MP4 audio files from CD and CD-R/W discs and USB thumb drives. With 90-watts RMS of power, the PowerPro PA920 easily provides audio for crowds up to 1,000 people. The master speaker has two combination XLR / 1/4 inch jacks for use with wired microphones and also includes a set of stereo RCA jacks that are ideal for connecting external audio sources.

“Califone is known for delivering sound solutions that enable schools to accomplish any audio task with ease,” said Scott Evans, Marketing Manager for Califone.  “With the new models, schools can continue to simplify large-scale presentations and gatherings without the complexity of operating other types of PA systems.”

The PA11 and PA920 are currently available for purchase through Califone and its dealers. Califone is exhibiting at FETC 2017 and invites attendees to visit its booth #1635 to learn more about the PA systems. For the full Califone catalog, visit www.califone.com.

Educators Select Califone as Top Classroom Audio Solution

image003Audiovisual education technology company receives T.H.E. Journal Readers’ Choice Award for Best Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System Maker

 Chatsworth, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2016) – In an increasingly dynamic education landscape, teachers rely on technological tools and equipment to develop the most powerful and time-effective instructional strategies. Califone International, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual (AV) for use in education, has been recognized as a top education technology provider in T.H.E. Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2016. Selected by an audience of educators, Califone earned a silver award in the category of Best Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System Maker.

The 2016 award program marks T.H.E. Journal’s second year of inviting readers to nominate their favorite classroom products and providers. Categories range from hardware solutions to software programs. Each category has a platinum, gold and silver award winner.

With the development of each product, Califone aims to innovate classroom capabilities and support teachers,” said Scott Evans, Marketing Manager of Califone. “This honor reflects those efforts, and demonstrates that the right technology can make a noticeable difference in how teachers accomplish their jobs.”

This year’s Readers’ Choice Awards gathered input from 1,003 individuals, including teachers, administrators, education specialists and IT leaders. Two-thirds of the respondents work in a public institution or local education agency. Participants were able to vote in any category of their choosing.

This year, Califone celebrates 70 years of providing audiovisual to educators. Entering 2017, Califone will continue to deliver innovative and reliable products to districts nationwide—including the GH507 and GH131 Gaming Headsets.

For more information on Califone products, visit http://www.califone.com.

Teachers Choose Califone’s Kids Headphone as a Top Product

1534_LSCalifone’s 1534BK Kids Headphone honored with Learning Magazine 2017 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom

Madison, Wis. (Sept. 27, 2016) – As K-12 districts continue to shift to digital curriculum, education leaders need the right tools to deliver computer-based lessons. The Learning® Magazine 2017 Teachers’ Choice℠ Award for the Classroom recently recognized Califone’s 1534BK Kids Headphone as an exceptional audiovisual tool to be used in the K-12 classroom.

With noise reducing earcups that fit around, not on students’ ears, the 1534BK Kids Headphone makes it easier for them to focus on the lesson or task they are listening to. The headphone is designed to comfortably fit students ranging from pre-K through fourth grade and beyond. Ideal for personalized digital learning, the audio playback is calibrated to enhance the tonal range of the human voice for language learning.

Entering our 70th year in business, this award is a welcome reminder that Califone’s products continue to improve teaching and learning,” said Scott Evans, Marketing Manager of Califone. “Specifically, the Kids Headphone supports young students as they meet ELA standards.”

Committed to providing an audiovisual solution that lasts, Califone offers a three-year warranty with the 1534BK Kids Headphone. The warranty covers commercial use in schools, unlike consumer brands. The durability of the headphones, as well as the warranty, guarantee a lengthy lifespan.

2017-TCA-Classroom-colorThe 23rd annual Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award determines winners based upon two reviews from a panel of teacher evaluators. The recognition of the Kids Headphone reflects the product’s status as a classroom-tested and teacher-recommended product.

For more information on Califone products, visit http://www.califone.com.

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. The company’s products enable educators to incorporate rich audiovisual resources into lessons that help students build speaking and listening skills, critical to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards. Califone offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs, and serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments.

Califone and Encore Data Products Donate Headsets to Denver Schools to Support Game-Based Learning

Companies gift GH507 and GH131 gaming headsets to Rangeview High School and Indian Peaks Elementary School

 

Denver (June 28, 2016) – Califone International and Encore Data Products Inc. donate 70 gaming headsets to Rangeview High School – Aurora Public Schools and Indian Peaks Elementary School – St. Vrain Valley Schools. The companies presented the gifts to school representatives today during the ISTE 2016 Conference.

We value the opportunity to give back to the schools and classrooms working hard to prepare students for the future,” said Sabrina Manno, director of marketing of Encore Data Products. “The headsets will help Rangeview High School and Indian Peaks Elementary School put immersive, game-based learning into practice.”

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Left to right: Mike Morse, Califone; Jacki Sloan, @jrsloan64, Educational Tech Coach, Aurora Public Schools; Randy Mills, Technology Coordinator, Rangeview High School; Sabrina Manno, Encore Data Products; Jeff Burgess, Encore Data Products
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Left to right: Mike Morse, Califone; Jacki Sloan, @jrsloan64, Educational Tech Coach, Aurora Public Schools; Scott Evans, Califone; Randy Mills, Technology Coordinator, Rangeview High School; Jeff Burgess, Encore Data Products

 

Rangeview High School receives the GH507 Gaming Headset, which includes a detachable microphone and inline controls that unclip for audio-only listening on multiple devices. Indian Peaks Elementary School receives the GH131 Gaming Headset, featuring a lightweight design for transportable gaming. Both models are customizable with industry-standard 5.1 and enhanced 7.1 surround sound that enables 3D sound effects.

This donation is part of our continued efforts to place the power of game-based learning in the hands of educators and students,” said Scott Evans, marketing manager of Califone. “With the new headsets, students will have an engaging and immersive educational-gaming experience.”

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Left to right: Jeff Burgess, Encore Data Products; Sabrina Manno, Encore Data Products; Jamie Meyers, Indian Peaks Elementary School; Mike Morse, Califone

Califone invites attendees to demo the headsets, and enter a giveaway for gaming headsets, in its booth #4100. This year, Califone celebrates its 70th anniversary and introduced a three-year warranty on heaphones and headsets. For more information on Califone products, visit http://www.califone.com.

To learn more about Encore Data Products, its wide selection of top brand education technology accessories and its Great Headphone Giveaway, stop by booth #3055 or visit www.encoredataproducts.com.

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. The company’s products enable educators to incorporate rich audiovisual resources into lessons that help students build speaking and listening skills, critical to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards. Califone offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs, and serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments.

About Encore Data Products

Encore Data Products is a privately held company based in Louisville, Colorado. The company supplies the education, health and fitness, hospitality, business and government industries with high quality audio visual equipment and technology accessories. With an ever-expanding product selection from top brands, free shipping options, competitive pricing and easy ordering, Encore Data Products enables its clients to maximize their investment in equipment needed to enrich their learning, health and business environments. For more information on Encore Data Products services and products, please visit them online at http://www.encoredataproducts.com/.