T.H.E. Journal Readers Select Califone a Top Classroom Audio System for Fourth Year in a Row

Califone takes silver in the 2018 T.H.E. Journal Readers’ Choice Awards

For its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, T.H.E. Journal calls on more than 1,000 education stakeholders to choose their favorite brands and products in school technology. Everyone from library professionals to IT directors to teachers themselves cast their vote for the best in edtech.

This year, the Califone brand won silver for Favorite Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System — Califone has been recognized in this category at each of the T.H.E. Journal Readers’ Choice Awards since 2015.

The Califone suite of audio components continues to be trusted by educators and students alike, with Califone maintaining its place in schools even as technology shifts to more digital functions. With the onrush of smart devices and streaming technologies, schools still buy legacy tech like boomboxes and cassette recorders in large quantities, and students continue to use Califone hardware in their everyday learning. As a result, the company is taking steps to adapt its technology to fit shifting education needs while remaining true to the Califone foundations.

“When you have more than 70 years under your belt providing top quality educational products, administrators and teachers take note,” said Grace Sun, Product Sales & Marketing Manager. “Califone has been proud to supply schools with what they need for effective classroom management and instruction, and we are continually humbled by their recognition and appreciation.”

“Califone is honored to receive this educator-directed recognition. Since Califone exists to serve education professionals, hearing that we are on the right track is reassuring and a welcome reminder of our mission to provide safe, long-lasting products for today’s classrooms,” Sun continues.

For more information and to see the full list of winners at the 2018 T.H.E. Journal Readers’ Choice Awards, see the announcement. To learn more about the four-time award-winning portable audio systems, click here.

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.

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.

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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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