The new Common Core State Standards (read more ) will increase the frequency of formative assessments. To facilitate better informed instruction, the 1216USB Jackbox is the first two-way jackbox that can distribute audio for listening like a traditional jackbox does and capture vocal responses.
This added flexibility enables student collaboration and teachers to actively monitor language acquisition and reading progress. It doubles the effectiveness of literacy and language learning with speech utilization, making it ideal for group listening centers, ELL/ELD applications, special education, language labs, podcasting to demonstrate lesson proficiencies as well as for call center training and multiple users on a VOIP call.
The 1216USB jackbox connects up to six headsets to the color-coded dual 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks. The connection end of the jackbox transfers students' responses through its USB plug to a Mac or PC computer for high-speed connection where their answers can be stored and replayed from for instant feedback and to check their progress.
Built with rugged ABS plastic casing for safety and durability for prolonged use in computer lab and classroom settings, master volume controls are included for both headphone listening and microphone inputs. The USB jackbox comes with a detachable 6v power adapter, a permanently attached 6' connecting cord with USB plug, five skid-resistant pads that won't mar or scrape a surface and has two predrilled holes to permanently affix it to a surface.
The 1216USB jackbox is available individually or as a listening center with six 3064AV lightweight, stereo headsets (1216USB-6).
6-position for group use
Anti-slip skid pads underneath jackbox
Separate 3.5mm inputs for headphones and microphones
“Looking for hardware that could help tie together several technologies - such as microphones, headphones and computers - to create a learning center for the foreign language department and to help support the district's goal in encouraging students to use their critical thinking skills, we decided to purchase the USB Jackbox (1216USB) from Califone. The important part is that students are not noticing the technology, since it works seamlessly with the other parts of the learning center, allowing the students to concentrate on their lessons.” Aron Sterling School-Based Technology Specialist Fairfax County Public Schools Fairfax, Virginia
A: The 1218AVPY jackbox is monaural and is not compatible with laptops or desktop computers since those are stereo. The 1210AVPS is a stereo jackbox that comes with two different plugs and will function with a computer without the need for an adapter. For computer use, another jackbox that is compatible is the USB jackbox that allows up to 6 students to be on a single computer at the same time, which is ideal for podcasting and computer-based learning.
A: Yes. The USB Jackbox is compatible with all headphones and microphones featuring 3.5mm plugs. Click here to read how Aron Sterling, a School Based Technology Specialist of Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia uses the USB Jackbox with headphones and microphones to create learning centers that help students develop critical thinking skills.
A: When using the USB Jackbox, the master volume of the headphones is controlled by the green knob on top of the jackbox. However, students can gain control of their individual headphone volume by using a headphone that has built-in volume control or a warning signal when it’s too high.
A: To capture the audio for a group project, one way is to use the USB Jackbox. It is the first jackbox with a USB plug (to connect with computers) that can play audio and also record the group's audio input. This 6-position jackbox captures the audio inputs and transmits them to the computer, where they are placed into a single file. Schools and districts (such as Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia) are using this equipment to assist students with foreign language learning and also ESL applications.