Califone’s GH131 Gaming Headset Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom

Califone’s GH131 Lightweight Gaming Headset honored with Learning Magazine 2019 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom

Madison, Wis. (Sept. 18, 2018) – The Learning® Magazine 2019 Teachers’ Choice℠ Award for the Classroom recently recognized Califone’s GH131 Gaming Headset as an exceptional audio visual tool to be used in the K-12 classroom.

Experience ultimate realism and the most immersive experience with premium 7.1 surround sound, or the industry standard 5.1 surround sound with the flip of a switch. Separate game and chat audio lets you strategize on the fly with comfy on-ear earcups.
When you’re not gaming and want to just listen, the detachable inline USB gaming controls disconnect so the stereo headset can then plug into any smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, laptop or desktop computer.

Committed to providing an audiovisual solution that lasts, Califone offers a one-year warranty with the GH131 Gaming Headset. The warranty covers commercial use in schools, unlike consumer brands. The durability of the headphones, as well as the warranty, guarantee a lengthy lifespan.
The 25th annual Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award determines winners based upon two reviews from a panel of teacher evaluators. The recognition of the GH131 Gaming Headset reflects the product’s status as a classroom-tested and teacher-recommended product.

For more information on Califone products, visit Califone

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.

Tech & Learning Names Bluetooth Jackbox and NeoTech Plus Series as ISTE 2018 Best of Show Award Winners

The ISTE conference is recognized as being the most comprehensive education technology conference in the world. Each year, thousands of educators and education leaders gather to engage in hands-on learning, seek out new technology and network. During the event, Tech & Learning hosts its annual ISTE Best of Show Awards program. This year, Califone’s new Bluetooth® Jackbox and 1017 NeoTech™ Plus Headphone and Headset Series received recognition.

The Bluetooth Jackbox is the first of its kind, providing a cost-efficient way to stream audio from a smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device to six separate headphones. The durability and price make this tool an ideal fit for educators who want to integrate audio activities into curriculum.

The 1017 NeoTech Plus Headphone and Headset Series is a new addition to the existing lineup. Offering compatibility with computers, Chromebooks and mobile devices, these products are adaptable to a variety of activities. Each headphone and headset is equipped with quality sound, in-line volume control, comfortable ear cups and CaliTuffÔ ultra-durable cords.

The Tech & Learning 2018 ISTE Best of Show winners are chosen by an anonymous panel of educator judges who scour the exhibit hall floor during the conference. Products are rated on a sliding scale, with areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease-of-use and creative use of technology being considered. The products believed to have the greatest positive impact in the classroom are named Best of Show.

“We’re proud to have earned the title of ‘Best of Show’ for not one, but two of our newest product offerings,” said Scott Evans, marketing manager of Califone. “This shows our commitment to providing innovative, high-quality audio tools that can be applied to a variety of activities in the classroom.”

To read more about the Tech & Learning ISTE 2018 Best of Show Awards, click here. For more information on the Bluetooth Jackbox and 1017 NeoTech Plus Series, please visit www.califone.com/new_products.php.

Califone Unveils Bluetooth Jackbox, New Products at ISTE 2018

Califone Unveils Bluetooth Jackbox, New Products at ISTE 2018

Company showcases eight new tools, including unique jackbox, and two headphone and headset series

 


Chatsworth, Calif. (June 25, 2018) – Students need tools that enable dynamic learning experiences to excel in the digital era. In support of this idea, Califone International, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audio equipment for use in education, announces the release of the Bluetooth® Jackbox and two new series of headphones and headsets, which will feature newly enhanced CaliTuffTM cords.

“Our goal is to provide educators with tools that are applicable to a wide range of activities,” said Scott Evans, marketing manager of Califone. “These new products are tailored to those who would like to easily incorporate multimedia lessons into curriculum.”

The 1216BKBT Bluetooth Jackbox is the first of its kind and provides a cost-efficient way to stream audio from a smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device to six separate headphones. Its durability and price make it the perfect fit for schools looking to integrate audio activities into curriculum. The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction.

“Califone has a longstanding history of being the first to introduce new learning tools into the classroom. This addition to our jackbox line will provide the ultimate flexibility for students to collaborate on group projects,” Evans said. “We designed a unique product that’s engaging for students and makes it easy for educators to leverage existing technology such as tablets.”

New to Califone’s headphone and headset lineup, the 1025 NeoTechTM and 1017 NeoTechTM Plus products are compatible with computers, Chromebooks and mobile devices, making them ideal for a variety of uses. Complete with in-line volume control and comfortable ear cups, each series provides Califone durability with quality sound. These headphones come equipped with CaliTuff durable cords, which are made of braided, PVC-jacketed material that resists chewing and cutting, and also include reinforced entry points to resist separation of the cord from the ear cup.

Headsets in each series feature ambient noise-reducing, unidirectional boom microphones that capture a student’s verbal response – not their neighbors – making them ideal for language learning and assessment testing purposes. The 1017 Series also offers two models (1017IMT and 1017IMUSB) with inline unidirectional microphones for users who prefer that style.

The complete list of new products to be showcased at ISTE:

  • 1216BKBT Bluetooth Jackbox (available in July)– Cost-effective way to stream audio from your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth enabled device to six separate headphones.
  • NeoTech 1025MT (available in July) – Mainstream, mid-weight headset for general purpose classroom usage with mobile devices.
  • NeoTech 1025MUSB (available in July) – Mainstream, mid-weight headset for general purpose classroom usage with computers and Chromebooks.
  • NeoTech Plus 1017MT (available in July) – Versatile, cost-effective workhorse headset for classroom usage with mobile devices.
  • NeoTech Plus 1017MUSB (available in July) – Versatile, cost effective workhorse headset for classroom usage with computers and Chromebooks.
  • NeoTech Plus 1017IMT (available in August) – Versatile, cost-effective headset for classroom use with mobile devices
  • NeoTech Plus 1017IMUSB (available in August) – Versatile, cost-effective headset for use with computers and Chromebooks
  • NeoTech Plus 1017AV (available in July)– Dynamic, cost-effective workhorse headphone for general purpose use with mobile devices.

 

When available, these products can be purchased through authorized Califone dealers. For more information and to view the full Califone catalog, please visit www.califone.com.

Three Califone Products Win Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence

Califone headphones and PA systems recognized as top new products

 For more than 35 years, Tech & Learning has recognized outstanding education technology products through its Awards of Excellence program. The 2017 panel of advisors selected the PA 920, PA11 and 1534BK Headphone as winners in this year’s program.

The awards program identifies new technology products and significantly updated offerings that improve teaching, training and managing. All entries are reviewed by educators in several rounds of judging. The Tech & Learning editorial team also screens products. Submissions are assessed based on the following categories: quality and effectiveness, ease of use, creative use of technology, and suitability for use in an educational environment.

Released at the top of 2017, the PA920 and PA11 meet large-presentation needs. For heavy-duty presentation needs, 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.

The 1534BK headphone is designed to suit the needs of young learners. The headphone has cushioned circumaural earcups and an adjustable headband that fits smaller head sizes. The earcups block ambient noises, helping students stay on task while also reducing the need to increase volume, therefore protecting their hearing.

In addition to the Awards of Excellence, the 1534BK Headphone and PA systems were also recognized by the THE Journal Readers’ Choice Awards. These educator-awarded accolades signify the positive impact Califone products have in K-12 classrooms.

To locate a dealer, please visit http://www.califone.com/dealer.php

 

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.”

To locate a dealer, please visit http://www.califone.com/dealer.php

Califone Introduces Versatile Microphone to PA Product Family

DM-39XLR with Cable
DM-39 with 1/4″ Plug

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.