Califone Upgrades PresentationPro Speaker for the Common Core

Updates allow educators to fully utilize classroom technology

San Fernando, Calif. (June 5, 2014) –Califone International, Inc., a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual (AV) and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, announces updates to its wired PresentationPro speaker.

Each upgrade enhances easier and more accessible use of the PA310, beginning with connecting external audio sources. An additional 3.5mm input has been added to its dual RCA ports. This way audio stored on or streamed from smartphones and other devices can be easily played through the PresentationPro with a readily available 3.5mm to 3.5mm stereo cable. Its redesigned remote for controlling the volume can now also power the speaker on/off. The remote has a 20’ range and magnetically attaches to the speaker’s top when not in use, another industry first. The speaker no longer requires hardware to use it on a tripod (for enhanced projection) thanks to its new recessed tripod hole.

The PresentationPro is the most widely installed speaker in United States schools and readily connects with computers, LCD projectors, mobile devices, interactive whiteboards and other audio sources. It is backed by a 6-year “bumper-to-bumper” warranty.

“Our goal is to provide high quality classroom equipment with practical applications,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone“These updates enable classroom teachers and school speakers to employ videos, podcasts and other audio-visual assets to deliver rich educational content for Common Core-related activities. Reliable speakers are essential for schools to take full advantage of these powerful classroom tools.”

The mounting bracket (sold separately) for the PresentationPro has been redesigned with installers in mind, It offers greater flexibility in being able to vertically and horizontally adjust the speaker to target the sound field at the audience. This minimizes the creation of excessive ambient noise from sound reflecting off of walls and windows.

The PresentationPro has 30-watts RMS of power, enough to amplify sound to an audience of up to 350 people. Some school districts such as Lake Washington, take advantage of its power to save money and choose to install a single speaker in each classroom instead of multiple units. The 10oz magnet used to power the PA310 is the largest in its speaker class – meaning it needn’t work as hard to produce sound compared to rival speakers using smaller magnets.

Califone is committed to providing products that support the speaking and listening portion of the Common Core English Language Arts anchor standards. For more information on the full line of Califone products, and to view and download the entire Califone catalog, visit www.califone.com.

 About Califone

Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education. The company’s products enable educators to incorporate rich audiovisual resources into lessons that help students build speaking and listening skills, critical to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards. Califone offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs, and serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments.

 

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Call for Presentations: CoSN’s 2015 Annual Conference
Deadline: Wednesday, July 16
Washington, DC (June 5, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) is accepting presentations and has opened registration for the association’s 2015 Annual Conference, themed “Enabling Your Digital Leap” (March 1619).
CoSN 2015 – the 20th anniversary – will convene school system and industry leaders and experts, policymakers, nonprofit organizations and community members from across the globe in Atlanta, GA, for four days of thought-provoking, innovative workshops, panel discussions and exclusive networking opportunities.
“To successfully make the ‘digital leap,’ a district must have fundamental changes and a culture that is flexible and continuously improving,” said Pete Just, CETL, Co-Chair of CoSN 2015, and Chief Technology Officer, Wayne Township (Indianapolis, IN). “CoSN 2015 will ask the critical questions and press schools on the strategies that empower the transformational learning potential of digital resources.”
Joining Just as CoSN 2015 co-chairs are Michael M. Flood, Vice President of Strategy, Kajeet, and Lenny Schad, Chief Information Officer, Houston ISD (Houston, TX).
All interested presenters are asked to highlight two skills included in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills and should tie their presentations to one of the following conference focus areas:
  • Ubiquity & Access
  • Vision & Leadership
  • Pioneering Innovation
The deadline for presentations is Wednesday, July 16. For more information or to submit a presentation, click here.
To register for the conference, click here. All media interested in attending CoSN 2015 at no cost should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org.
Visit www.cosnconference.org for important updates leading up to CoSN 2015.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visitwww.cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areasannual conference and eventsadvocacy and policymembership, and the CETL certification exam.

 

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