Reading coaches, teachers and speech pathologists trust the proven, reliable technology of the CardMaster™ Card Reader to enhance ESL/ELD, supplemental reading materials, speech-language therapies, foreign language acquisition and special education applications.
Children's reading and writing skills develop in a wide variety of ways, and our card reader offers a special audiovisual method that targets the needs of many. Action Fundamental cards enable students to link visible letters with the sounds they hear played back through the Cardmaster. This repeated, multi-modal, kinesthetic, visual and auditory reinforcement helps solidify mental connections between the written and spoken word and is a useful teaching tool for assessment and literacy training.
Made with rugged, durable ABS plastic, the Card Reader and its pre-recorded card programs are ideal for a multisensory, kinesthetic approach to strengthening students' phonics, vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Whether through its built-in mic, a connected monaural headset (2964AV) or a microphone plugged into its ¼” mic jack, the CAR2020 can record up to 12 seconds onto a dedicated teacher or student track for modeling oral fluency and student responses so they can compare their responses to correct pronunciations. The CAR2020 can create a permanent record onto a blank magnetic card or a cassette player connected to its ¼” auxiliary output to chart progress over time and has a hidden teacher record interlock. The CardMaster includes volume control, a built-in handle, skid-resistant pads to prevent sliding, as well as 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks. Teachers can set up the card reader as an independent, self-checking activity in a learning center or it can be used as a diagnostic tool for appropriate intervention.
Records spoken responses via built-in electret mic or mic input for tracking student progress
12 second Student/Teacher Track Electronic Memory
Student and teacher track record with hidden teacher record interlock
Rugged ABS plastic withstands the rigors of daily use
Useful for ESL, speech language therapies, foreign language applications
“We use the Califone® 2010AV card reader because it teaches instruction and pronunciation of words and sentences.” Vickie Berkowitz All Subjects (No grade level) Institute for Educational Achievement New Milford, NJ
A: Yes. The blank magnetic cards can be cut in half to be used for short vocabulary with CardMaster CAR2020. However, we do not recommend using half-sized magnetic cards with the Card Reader READER. The READER is not designed to be operated with a half-sized magnetic card so audio quality could be impacted.
A: The CAR2020 CardMaster™ card reader has a 12-second memory feature that stores up to 12 seconds of the last recording made by either a teacher or student, using the built-in microphone or an attached microphone, until a new recording is created. Simply select the teacher or student button, push record as you slide a pre-recorded card through the reader and repeat what's on the card, then press the teacher or student repeat button to listen to the recording.
A: The CAR2020 features two microphone jacks (one ¼” and one 3.5mm) to provide users the options of microphone selections. The CAR2020 is compatible with microphones that have a ¼” plug or a 3.5mm plug. However, the two microphone jacks cannot be used simultaneously.
A: The ¼” and 3.5mm headphone jacks of the CAR2020 can be used simultaneously, enabling two students to engage in a listening activity together. Note: This is for listening activity only, not for recording. Only one student can record via the headset (2964AV) each time.
A: The built-in microphone of the CAR2020 provides convenience and eliminates the problem of misplacing the microphone. The benefit of using an external/headset microphone (2964AV) is that it picks up none or very minimum background noises.
A: It’s not necessary to slide a magnetic card through the CAR2020 to record onto the internal electronic memory. Simply select either the teacher track or the student track and press the RECORD button to record onto the internal electronic memory.
A: The CAR2020 can be connected to any sort of amplifier or media player via it’s AUX OUT output. Simply use the appropriate cable to connect the CAR 2020 AUX OUT output to the LINE IN input of the preferred amplifier/media player to project the recording to a big group of audience.
A: Instead of a low battery indicator, the CAR2020 features a Battery Check Button which allows users to press and test the battery level. When the batteries are in good condition, the LED light will light red as the Battery Check Button is pressed; if the LED light doesn’t light up, it means it’s time to replace the batteries.
A: To use the CAR2020 teacher track, you will first need to unlock the hidden teacher record interlock located inside the battery compartment. Then, switch the teacher track record key to the down position. Once unlocked, proceed with sliding the card reader program cards through as desired.
A: The 2964AV monaural headset has two ¼” plugs that cannot connect to the READER card reader’s 3.5mm headphone jack. A stereo headphone with a 3.5mm plug is compatible with this card reader. The 2964AV is best used with the CardMaster™. Learn about the differences between headset and headphone plugs.
A: In order to clean the heads on the CardMaster™ card reader the unit would need to be opened. Before doing so, first make sure the speed switch located in the battery compartment is at ‘normal’ speed. Then record onto a blank card and run it through the card reader again as it should now be heard at normal speed. Please contact our Tech Support Dept for assistance if problems persist.
A: The best way to ensure the CardMaster™ card readers can correctly “read” the card programs is to keep the card flat against the bottom of the slot, moving it toward the arrow. This will activate the card reader to essentially take over and automatically move the card for you along its internal card drive mechanism.
A: The CardMaster™CardMaster™ card reader will switch its speaker off when a headset is plugged in so that sound only comes out of the headset’s earcups. Detach the headphone so all involved parties can hear the playback.
A: The only card reader available that can have a microphone attached is the CardMaster™ card reader. The PADM-510 dynamic wired microphone plugs into the ¼” jack on the side of the card reader for recordings.