EdTech Magazine recently reviewed the Ultra Ergo Headset and included it in its 3 Best Online Learning Tools To Boost Remote Instruction. Here is what Carlos Soto had to say:
E-Learning Tool #2: ThinkWrite Ultra Ergo — Headphones Close the Attention Gap
One of the most challenging aspects of online learning is helping students pay attention, followed closely by encouraging them to communicate and interact with instructors. Keeping students’ attention focused on a screen, especially younger ones, can be particularly challenging. Often, children lose interest and drift away from the lesson.
One tool that can help stop daydreaming and keep kids focused is the ThinkWrite Ultra Ergo headset device. Weighing only 3.81 ounces and measuring 7 by 2.4 by 7.5 inches, it’s the perfect shape for young students, but is also robust enough to grow with them into young adulthood. I tested this device on three students who were 7, 11 and 14 years old.
All three attend online school full time and have done so since last March. Before the use of the headsets, they all had challenges staying focused in class — especially the 7-year-old. I know these students well because, as you may have guessed, they are my children.
After a week of using the Ultra Ergo, my youngest started focusing better in class and the improvement in his attention level was measurable, noticed not only by his parents but also by his teacher. He found the ergonomically angled ear cups very comfortable, and after a short while, he accepted wearing them simply as part of the online experience.
Our 11-year-old found it even easier to adapt to the headset. He thinks the optimized audio curve of the microphone is fun to use; it makes him think he’s a fighter pilot. His teacher noted being able to hear my son better, which was a relief to us because he typically speaks softly.
I was concerned about using the headset with our 14-year-old because he is unusually tall — at 6 feet, he has outgrown all of the clothes in my own wardrobe — and I was nervous the headset would break or simply not adjust to his head. Yet, to our surprise, he was the most vocal among my children when it came to praising the headsets. He set up the headset on his own and has used it for every online course at school. At one point, he even protested the fact that he was not allowed to use it for band class because the teacher needs to have all the students using their computer speakers.
As parents, we were relieved that their ears were protected from compression and their hearing from the strain of damaging frequencies over long listening periods. Our sons were much more engaged in their schoolwork and well protected too.
Headphone Type: On-ear
Sound Output Mode: Stereo
Frequency Response: 20 to 20000 hertz
Max Input Power: 100 megawatts
Sensitivity: 98 decibels
So what makes the Ultra Ergo headset the ideal headset for school, office, and everyday usage? The on-ear design of the headset makes it the first of its kind in ThinkWrite’s catalogue. Whether spending the day working or learning from home, the office, or the classroom, the lightweight Ultra Ergo headset protects delicate ears from the strain of compression without sacrificing audio or vocal recording quality. With an MSRP of $17.99 (3.5mm), the Ultra Ergo is a reliable and affordable headset for listeners of all ages.
Let's take a look at more of the design and functionality features:
Fit and tested for ages 5+
Perfect for classroom, lab, office, at-home and on-the-go usage
Lightweight, twistable headband
Ergonomically angled earcups
Gentle audio curve for safe long listening
Improved sound isolation with 360° gapless ear cushion contact
Flip-down omni directional microphone boom
Comfortable and cleanable leatherette on-ear cushions
Durable ABS plastic ear cups
Chew-resistant braided fabric cord
Yank-proof reinforced steel-center pin 3.5mm TRRS jack or USB jack
Built-in cable strain-relief
Two year warranty
See what everyone is talking about and think of ThinkWrite next time you are in need of headphones or headsets for your classroom or work place. For the full article on EdTech Magazine, please visit: https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2021/03/review-3-best-online-learning-tools-boost-remote-instruction-perfcon