Changes support differentiated student reading activities.
Califone announced significant upgrades to its Personal CD Player.
The changes include aesthetic as well as functional improvements, and all of them are designed to improve its usefulness for student-related reading activities. The shell now includes a blue-colored accent ring and is made with sturdy ABS plastic, which is stronger and more durable than the polystyrene typically used in most consumer-oriented models. The CD102 includes a search within a track feature, so a teacher or student can go to a specific passage within a track. It also has a 20-track programmable button and has been enhanced with greater anti-shock protection to guard against playback interuption. The CD102 includes the Multimedia Stereo (3060AV) headphone which has ambient noise reducing earcups.
“Whether for beginning readers, students who are performing below grade, and in ESL/ELL applications, the importance of reading, especially with the assistance of an audio book, can make the activity more accessible to a wider variety of students,” shared Tim Ridgway, VP of Marketing for the company. “The improvements to the CD102 were made to help students become more engaged with reading.”
Mary Ellen Bray, the SPED Teacher at Carson Elementary School, in Carson, WA said, “the CD102 is used by our K-6 Special Ed students in our Read Naturally Program.” The Personal CD Player is also used in high school reading enrichment programs such as at Northview High School in Covina, CA.