As K-12 educators get ready to begin another school year, more and more of them are opting for disposable headphones and headsets as a convenient, cost-effective, and sanitary way to engage students in interactive learning. Here are some of the top reasons why disposable headphones are gaining in popularity as a top choice for the 2023-24 school year.
Reason #1: The price is right
It may seem counterintuitive to buy something that is called “disposable” when trying to save money, but it can be a cost-effective strategy in the long run. A number of bulk disposable headphones and headsets are available at very low prices, making them less expensive per unit than a traditional pair of headphones or a headset. Moreover, headphones that are lost or damaged can be replaced more easily and affordably than other kinds of headphones that are designed for long-term use. Best of all, despite being called “disposable,” each pair of headphones or earbuds could be reused multiple times by the same unit before needing to be replaced. Purchasing disposable headphones, headsets or earbuds in bulk at the beginning of the academic year could help you save money over the course of the school year.
Reason #2: Keeping things clean
Not surprisingly, the onset of cold and flu season usually coincides with the start of the school year. To curtail the spread of viruses, bacteria and COVID-19, it’s important for teachers to maintain hygienic environments in their classrooms. Being sure to properly sanitize communal-use supplies, or simply allow each student to keep their own school supplies for individual use, is a big part of this process. Having dedicated supplies for each student can help minimize the risk of transmission. By distributing a set of disposable headphones or headsets to each student on the first day of school and having them use the same pair for every activity that involves listening, educators can cut back on the time spent cleaning and sanitizing headphones while ensuring that their kids are enjoying a germ-free listening experience.
Reason #3: They work with almost every device
Most disposable headphones and headsets will work with Chromebooks, not to mention other devices with a traditional AUX or USB plug. Pro tip for teachers: Before ordering your disposable headphones in bulk, make sure they have one of these two plug types so you don’t have any connectivity issues on the first day.
Reason #4: Increased quality
Today’s disposable headphones are a far cry from the cheap, uncomfortable earbuds with poor sound quality that used to be the only single-use option. When considering disposable headphones for use in the classroom, it’s important to consider how they will be utilized. Cheaper models may be suitable for a single test, lab unit, or audiobook; however, if you need them for frequent student use with interactive programs such as listening centers or learning labs, it’s probably best to choose more deluxe models.
By thinking about factors such as quality, comfort and convenience before choosing disposable headphones or headsets for your students, you can make the best choice that not only gives them the best school listening experience but also saves you time and money in the long run.