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Califone Offers Jackbox for iPad Group Learning

As computer and mobile device-related activities continue to increase in classrooms, the need for distributed audio through connected headphones to differentiated learning groups also has grown. Califone International has launched the JB310 Jackbox to meet this growing demand.

The JB310 is the first 10-position stereo jackbox capable of distributing audio to today's headphones through its 3.5 mm plugs. Each listener has individual control over the volume setting.

Encased in ABS plastic for classroom durability, the 10-position Jackbox is ideal for an individual or a small group to work on computers, tablets, smartphones or other devices. For greater distribution the JB310 has an additional 3.5 mm plug to daisy-chain more students with another jackbox.

The majority of educators (76.5 percent) who responded to a recent survey conducted by Califone reported that four or more students are grouped together in computer-based learning centers during classroom lessons. Grouping by interest, ability, learning style or another common factor enables students to learn at a pace that works best for them and master new content and skills. Using the Jackbox, educators can organize large-group learning for differentiated instruction while maximizing use of existing technology resources to captivate and motivate students.

"Digital activities on tablets are a great way to keep students engaged in learning, but making sure all students are equally enriched can be challenging when faced with limited resources and time," said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. "The new Jackbox offers an easy, cost-effective way to extend reach through one simple device."

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