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    Students and Headphones....

    Hi all,

    Is it just me, or do computer activities with students and headphones/mic's rarely work? Half the time, the headphones just get broken, students plug them into the wrong sockets, the system sound settings get changed/muted by students in the lesson previously, and even if I lock them down, the students find a way around the restrictions to fiddle with the sound settings. Sorry for the rant, but getting to the end of my tether here!

    We have bought robust headphones which cost more, but they still get broken, and we then end up getting cheap headphones, and replacing them very often, and at great cost to the school!

    If someone else has had similiar problems, speak up and let me know.

    Thanks.

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    Oh I know the feeling. I've had calls 20 minutes into a lesson because a person can't get sound to work. And the class are still settling down to the task.

    The problem is, how do you use sound for subjects like MFL if not via headphones?

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    My son's secondary school has gone down the route of telling the kids to provide their own in-ear headphones. They can be bought for a couple of quid through the finance office or you can use your own. The kids soon get the message that there's no sound unless they bring headphones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    My son's secondary school has gone down the route of telling the kids to provide their own in-ear headphones. They can be bought for a couple of quid through the finance office or you can use your own. The kids soon get the message that there's no sound unless they bring headphones!
    not a bad idea in theory. our head would never go for this as it would make the school look 'weak' or poor etc and if we give the parents the reason why will make it sound like the teachers cant control the class.

    the main prroblems we find are kids not returning the headphones with the cable wrapped up, the box then just looks like a jumbled mess and takes ages get the

    we have just purchased a load of new headphones at about £4.50 each!!! the whole idea is silly i agree.

    i noticed a post by someone yday i think it was who pointed out they work in an all girls school and have very little damage! how i envy you!

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    Sound on computers and headphones GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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    Don't get me started The kids here think they have the right to spend half the ICT lesson searching for headphones so they can watch youtube. I have refused to replace broken sets because they are so badly treated so kids go and take them from Learning Resource (who look after their stuff) and then just leave them at the end of the lesson. The teachers let them get away with it.

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    I refused to buy anymore after the first couple of hundred sets got destroyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _techie_ View Post
    ...students plug them into the wrong sockets, the system sound settings get changed/muted by students in the lesson previously, and even if I lock them down, the students find a way around the restrictions to fiddle with the sound settings...
    Try having the setvol and mute utilites tools (they can be scripted, so you can have all the machines the same at login).

    Also try getting the headphones that have the coloured sockets (if your desktops have the ports with the rings of colour around them).


    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    ...the main prroblems we find are kids not returning the headphones with the cable wrapped up, the box then just looks like a jumbled mess and takes ages get the...
    Depending how you keep your headphones (eg: a set per classroom you could try)
    1. If theres a storeroom or cupboard, on the back of the door have several rows of cup hooks and they just put them back after use
    2. Box and each set are put in a resealable plastic bag (glad snap lock bags come to mind)
    3. Have a hanging wall sheet with pockets for them, Have a talk to your home ec/sewing departments about these, although my attach piccy of it shows seperate pockets the one that the science deptarment had at school just had one long bit with the pockets sewen inbetween.
    Image attachment key:
    1. Cup Hooks
    2. Peice of wood
    3. Fabric

    sheet.png

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    Quote Originally Posted by p858snake View Post
    Try having the setvol and mute utilites tools (they can be scripted, so you can have all the machines the same at login).
    Didn't know about that.. thanks for the tip.

    Depending how you keep your headphones (eg: a set per classroom you could try)
    1. If theres a storeroom or cupboard, on the back of the door have several rows of cup hooks and they just put them back after use
    2. Box and each set are put in a resealable plastic bag (glad snap lock bags come to mind)
    3. Have a hanging wall sheet with pockets for them, Have a talk to your home ec/sewing departments about these, although my attach piccy of it shows seperate pockets the one that the science deptarment had at school just had one long bit with the pockets sewen inbetween.
    The hook think is a disaster waiting to happen unfortunately but ideas 2 and 3 are inspired... You have just solved my major headache.. Thanks

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    love the diagram

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    Been on a hunt and found this sort of thing..

    Shoe organiser – Crème or Taupe - Home Storage Systems From Store

    The only problem I can see with it is that the high pockets are too darned high for the reception kids to reach.. It would be easy to get a small rail installed to hold the things though.

    Hmm... any aspiring business types want to earn some cash churning out some custom made wall hanging - headphone pocket organisers?


    EDIT: Ahah... this may be more like it:
    http://www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk...set=15&ret=427

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    My main school (primary) has 'phones permanently plugged into the desktops. Despite children only being allowed in the suite supervised (hmmm), they are regularly broken or unplugged. The latter is particularly puzzling as it's actually quite difficult to get to the sockets (even for me), so whoever is supposed to be supervising must be ignoring the little darlings clambering over/under the desks...

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    At the moment, I work for the ML Dept here. With the Tanberg language lab, the headsets are robust things that you can get spare parts for . They have a modular plug that connects to a custom pod. The software deals with resetting microphone and headphone levels.

    We don't pay this much, but the headsets are the same as these. Linky

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    My son's secondary school has gone down the route of telling the kids to provide their own in-ear headphones. They can be bought for a couple of quid through the finance office or you can use your own. The kids soon get the message that there's no sound unless they bring headphones!
    That's a good idea. They get destroyed here as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    not a bad idea in theory. our head would never go for this as it would make the school look 'weak' or poor etc and if we give the parents the reason why will make it sound like the teachers cant control the class.

    ..........


    i noticed a post by someone yday i think it was who pointed out they work in an all girls school and have very little damage! how i envy you!
    I work in an all girls school, and we tell them to bring their own headphones. The mp3 player types hardly cost anything, and they all have them, most of them probably at school in their bags anyway.

    Now microphones are a separate problem...

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