Offers New OS Compatibility Charts with Assessments

Much of the talk surrounding the Common Core, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced Standards has been about the content being taught, but few have actually discussed the audio hardware that districts need to work with their specific devices and operating systems. Califone has now made this information available on our website.

With the use of laptops, notebooks, and tablets in classrooms, having different connection options is essential. Califone offers headphones and headsets that work with the three major operating systems – Windows, iOS, and Android platforms. One aspect that must always be taken under frequent consideration when buying headsets is being sure that certain plugs match the intended devices. This is because changing technologies have given rise to new types of connections for content listening.

Some devices for example, presently have only one 3.5mm audio port (such as iPads, iPhones & the Galaxy Tab), so if the anticipated uses include speaking into a microphone (for language learning), a headset with a 3.5mm To Go plug is the only choice. Chromebooks on the other hand, have ports for both USB and To Go plug connections, but they can’t accommodate a headset with dual 3.5mm plugs. Because dual 3.5mm plugs proceeded the other two plug choices, laptop and desktop computers accepting this type (MAC or Windows) are older and are less common now. As you can see, making sure that you have the right connections and compatibility is vital for you school.

For more information on which headphone or headset will best work  for your classroom visit our compatibility chart page. Here you can view, download, and print the necessary information.

iOS and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Apple is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products. Chromebook and Android are trademarks of Google Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft is not affiliated with Califone, nor endorses Califone products.

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