AudioStar Optima Listening Center
HamiltonBuhl's AudioStar Optima listening center is the starting place for magic to happen in the classroom. The LCAS3 is a complete listening system featuring 6 corded headphones with replaceable foam covers, a jackbox with 8 headphone jacks, and an AudioStar boombox.
You can bring all sorts of legacy multimedia into the classroom with the AudioStar boombox (hello, history teachers!). It can pick up AM/FM radio as well as cassette tapes, ensuring you are not limited to the latest technology. The boombox features CD-to-MP3 conversion technology that works alongside a USB stick that plugs directly into the boombox - circumventing the need for a computer.
The 8-position jackbox enables teachers or student teachers to plug in and listen along with the students to better facilitate their small working groups. This type of close-quarters teaching brings an accessibility to teachers that some students may not feel when working with their entire class.
Encourage Learning Together
This tool is fantastic for foreign language, history, and English classrooms because it allows student to break out into small groups and listen to and consult with one another about the audio coming from the boombox. When students work in smaller groups, focus and collaboration increase. Especially in foreign language classrooms where anxieties practicing a new language can be high, having these small group listening kits empowers students to work together and encourage real-time language application. The LCAS3 is also ideal in literature classes. It can enable teachers to break their classroom out into groups of 6 to review various stories in station form.
The Whole Kit and Kaboodle
The LCAS3 comes with the following items:
- 1 AudioStar CD/USB/Cassette/Radio boombox with CD-to-MP3 player
- 6 personal headphones with 5' cord and washable leatherette ear cushions
- 1 eight-position jackbox with 8 volume control knobs
- 1 plastic carry case