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What is Game-Based Learning vs Gamification?

Both terms have been cropping up lately in education circles – but are they the same, and if not, why not? (more…)

Audio and the Core Assessments

When school technology directors and administrators are thinking about this year’s newly mandated audio requirements for language arts assessment, their minds immediately turn to headphones and headsets. And they should. However, there’s another audio option that many may not be aware of, one that involves a much smaller investment: earbuds, which come in a variety of models that sport diverse features to fit the needs of any classroom.


Love Is a Mixtape on the CAS1500

A viewer of the popular ABC series “The Goldbergs” shared this gem from the season 2 premiere. (more…)

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. (more…)

5 AV Trends Transforming the Common Core

Much of the talk surrounding the Common Core State Standards has been about the content being taught, but few are discussing the audio hardware that districts need to have in place to deliver this content to students.

AV equipment is a small but integral component for successfully implementing the Common Core.  Both PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments require students be provided with headphones, and these pieces of technology also assist educators in delivering instruction. (more…)

Headset Plugs for iPads and Chromebooks

Changing technologies have given rise to new types of connections for content listening. With audio’s growing role in testing especially, making sure your headset properly plugs into the tablet, computer or other device should be a no-brainer – should be. If you’re needing headsets for Smarter Balanced or PARCC assessments, here are a few simple tips to make sure you make the best choice. (more…)

Mobile Learning for K12 claims that 2013 was the year that mobile devices surpassed PCs to become the most common Web access tools. They also project that by 2015, more than 80% of handsets will be smartphones. (more…)

Using Project-Based Learning for CCSS

Thom Markham, a noted educational expert on project-based learning (PBL), has written that the shift to the Common Core can be accomplished with a “well-designed problem solving methodology that moves students through an inquiry process, during which they develop the skills necessary to analyze information and answer open-ended questions.” This process will help achieve the Common Core goals of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. (more…)