Thank You for Another Successful ISTE Exposition!

From the moment you stepped off the plane in San Antonio, you could sense the excitement leading up to the annual ISTE 2013 Conference.  Educators, administrators and exhibitors gathered from around the world all with one common goal in mind, to further enhance the learning and teaching through the use of technology.

ISTE ExpoOn Sunday afternoon, the Howard Technology team gathered together to enter the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center to begin setting up for what would be yet another amazing experience exhibiting at ISTE.  After hours of collaboration and teamwork our empty section of carpet in the grand exhibit hall was transformed into an interactive one stop shop technology booth.

image (2)The group was filled with excitement about the next 3 days that would be spent sharing and engaging with individuals from all over the world who holding various roles in the education industry.

Monday morning quickly approached, and with the group full of energy and eagerness, the Exposition began!  Individuals were able to approach our booth to interact and ask questions about our broad display of products and solutions.

The Mimio board was set up in front of our comfy orange chairs, where educators were invited to take a rest and learn about the interactive system.  We had a variety of individuals eager to discover more about the software options associated with Mimio and theMimo Demo importance of incorporating interactive boards into a 21st century learning environment.

On one side of our booth displayed a table full of our mobile devices, featuring brands such as Lenovo, Howard, Acer, and HP.  The table was also filled with literature detailing our numerous options of solutions and open for the public to interact and become familiar with our products.

On the other side, our booth was dedicated to our Audio Visual and Instructional solutions as well as our Wireless options.  This table held our BenQ projector, AVer video server and ISTE_Collagedocument cameras as well as our Enterasys wireless network solutions.

Standing alone, but attracting an array of publicity, sat our brand new AVer cart.  With it’s ability to charge, sync, secure, store and transfer 32 iPads at one time, it became a very popular product among many educators.

The front of our booth displayed a variety of thin clients, computers and monitors. Our NComputing Virtual Desktops (aka Classroom in a Box) were a fan favorite of individuals looking for desktop virtualization.

Around our booth were our digital signs from ViewSonic displaying messages about our endless amounts of services, solutions and products. Intermixed with our Howard Technology messages, were the fabulous iRover stands displaying signs introducing the new Microsoft Office and the innovative EPSON projectors.

Throughout our 3 days at the Exposition, we had the opportunity to talk with educators about their ideas and questions around integrating technology in the classroom.  The ISTE_Customersconference allowed us the time to learn about their concerns and put their minds at ease by explaining our array of solutions, software, and products offered.  We mingled with existing customers and discussed their thoughts and excitement about their flipped classrooms.

Overall, the conference was extremely successful!  We loved the opportunity to engage with new and existing customers.  We want to thank all of our partners for helping to make the conference a huge success and a BIG thanks to all the educators around the world.  Without your excitement, interest, and dedication to education none of this would have been possible.

We really enjoyed hearing everyone’s thoughts and ideas about education technology at the conference and we encourage people to continue to share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Google Chromebook Giveaway #HowardISTE13

We are so excited about ISTE 2013 that we are giving away a FREE Google Chromebook!

All you have to do is tweet using the #HowardISTE13 and you are automatically entered for your chance to win. Feel free to send a photo, tell us what you’ve learned, talk about your favorite speaker or simply tweet to @HowardComputer.  We would love to hear your thoughts on the EdTech event of the year!

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Be sure to check out the schedule for ISTE’s 34th Annual Conference and Exposition held June 23-26, 2013 in San Antonio, TX.  The conference will be full of workshops, networking fairs, exhibits and amazing keynotes.

Be sure to check out booth #12086 where Howard Education will be featuring some of our amazing partners:
ISTE Partners

Is your school ready for PARCC assessments?

What is PARCC?

PARCC

PARCC is an alliance of 22 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts (ELA)/literacy and mathematics, anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers.  The CCSS call on students to have not only a solid content knowledge but also the skills to apply their knowledge in ways demanded by colleges, careers and citizenship in the 21st century.  Measuring the full breadth of the CCSS will require new kinds of tests that measure what matters for students’ futures.  Moving to such an assessment system will require re-imagining assessments as we know them.

The next-generation assessment system envisioned by PARCC will have several benefits not found in current assessment systems including benefits to: students, who will know if they are on track to graduate ready for college and careers; teachers, who will receive results to guide learning and instruction; parents, who will have clear and timely information about the progress of their children; states, which will have valid results that are comparable across the member states; and the nation, since the assessments are based on the college and career-ready, internationally-bench marked CCSS.

The PARCC Vision:

PARCC’s assessments will yield significant advantages for educators, state policymakers, parents and students. The PARCC assessments will measure what matters-the full range of the content and skills called for in the ELA/literacy and mathematics Common Core State Standards.  Students will take parts of the assessment system at key times during the school year-closer to when they actually learn the material-giving teachers more timely information so they can adjust instruction and student supports as appropriate throughout the school year.

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PARCC assessments will be computer based in order to maximize technology and engage students and to deliver faster turnaround of student results.  PARCC’s high school assessments will be developed in collaboration with higher education and will tell students whether or not they are ready for entry-level post-secondary courses. Finally, states in PARCC will adopt common performance standards that will allow policymakers to compare results within and across states to identify pockets of innovation and achievement.

  1. Build a Pathway to College and Career Readiness for All Students
  2. Create Better Assessments
  3. Support K-12 Educators in the Classroom
  4. Make better Use of Technology in Assessments
  5. Advance Accountability at All Levels

Budget Now for Technology Upgrades Compatible with PARCC Computer Based Assessments in 2014-2015

Recommended Guidelines for New Hardware PurchasesPARCC_Guidelines Table

Howard Technology Solutions is your complete source for PARCC technology upgrades

Mobility (Laptops & Tablets)                                          Howard, HP, Lenovo, Acer

PARCC_Mobility Devices

Desktops & Thin Clients                  Howard, HP, Lenovo, Ncomputing, VMware

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Infrastructure                      Xirrus, Aerohive, Enterasys, Extreme, Brocade, HP

PARCC_Infrastructure

Mobile Device Management                                                                           Airwatch

AirWatch_Mobile Device ManagementAs tablets, smart phones, iPads, and e-readers ease their way into the education system, school networks need a way to secure, configure and manage all of these mobile devices.  Mobile Device Management (MDM) is the key.  it not only provides support for the increasing number of users but also the ability to automatically identify and profile all devices and users on a network, enabling complete visibility and control.

MDM wireless solutions from AirWatch and Xirrus make it easy to enroll devices in your network quickly, configure and update device settings over-the-air, enforce security policies and compliance, and remotely wipe or lock managed devices.  Let Howard help you take control with comprehensive, customizable MDM solutions.

Why Choose Howard Medical?

Howard Medical is your leading point-of-care solutions provider!
Point of Care Solutions
We understand that your needs are unique, we tailor our products and services to ensure your point-of-care solution is just that – a solution.  From our FREE initial assessment through design, installation, and maintenance, you have the peace of mind that you are now and always will be our top priority,  And by combining our commitment to customer service and our technology expertise with over 35 years of manufacturing experience, you begin to understand the substantial foundation Howard Medical is built upon.  Some of our customers refer to this as the “Howard Advantage,” however, we simply know it as the way we do business.

Key benefits for choosing Howard Medical:

  • The ability to purchase products at significant savings via your existing contracts
  • Access to a project manager that is available for questions and to provide support from the moment you place your order through installation
  • A manufacturer that ships carts constructed to your exact specifications
  • Tech support for the life of your Howard-branded purchases

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The “Howard Advantage”:

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is June 16th making it less than a couple of weeks away.  With that said, have you thought about what to get for the amazing man in your life?

It’s hard to find the perfect gift that says…Father's Day
…so we put together a guideline for picking out the perfect Father’s Day gift!

For the Sentimental Dad:
Father's Day_SentimentalThis Dad cherishes every moment spent with family and loved ones. The perfect gift should remind him of all of those amazing memories made over the years and reflect why he is such an awesome role model.  This Dad has most likely photographed every moment from your Kindergarten graduation, sending you off to college to holding back the tears as he gives you away on your wedding day. The Digital Photo Frame allows you to connect your memory card or USB hard drive to display an array of amazing high quality photos for the perfect trip down memory lane.

The Adventurous Dad:
Father's Day_OutdoorsyWhether it is hunting, fishing or hiking, it is no question that you will always find this Dad doing some activity outdoors.  He has probably dragged you on countless camping trips where you are forced to ditch technology for a little one on one time with nature.  Although, you probably ended up enjoying waking up to the smell of fresh air, spending all day hiking surrounded by the gorgeous views and falling asleep after watching the sunset.  Show him that you appreciate his outdoorsy side, and never miss another breath-taking view with a pair of our brand name binoculars and choose to spend father’s day grilling out and sleeping under the stars in one of our spacious tents.

The Techy Dad
Father's Day_TechyHe is the one who is always first in line to buy the newest tech device, on every waiting list for any upcoming technology release and whether or not he knows how to use all of it, he just has to have it.  The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is the ultimate gift for the Dad who can’t decide his preference between the Laptop or the touchscreen.  He will be amazed by the 360 degree range of the screen that allows you to work in 4 different modes.  If your Dad is more intrigued with size and portability, then the HP Slate 7 Tablet is the best choice. It allows 24/7 access to all your photos, games, documents, email, apps and more, right in the palm of your hand.  If his mentality is “The Bigger the Better”, then the Samsung 75″ Smart TV will provide the ultimate viewing experience.

No matter what gift you give him, we want to thank all the father’s out there and wish each and every one of them a Happy Father’s Day from Howard Industries!

Howard Computer #TwitterRecap

Twitter RecapWe discuss a lot of exciting articles, industry news and events on our twitter account.  So if you missed out on any of the conversation this past week, we want to highlight some of our major events via twitter.

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Reminder! The Annual ISTE 2013 event is quickly approaching! The conference will be held June 23rd-26th in San Antonio, TX. For all individuals attending, Howard will be at booth #12086 and we will be giving away a FREE Google Chromebook to anyone who attends or follows the event and tweets using the #HowardISTE13. Be sure to register because it’s no lie when they call this event “The Experience of a Lifetime”. 

5-26-13 Lenovo_In Rain

The amazing Lenovo ThinkPad has received a new challenge this week. The Laptop is put to the test when left outside during a rainstorm where it proves that it’s tough exterior can not be beat, but it can put on an extra few pounds in ‘water weight’. Check out the full article “When ThinkPads take a shower“. (Make sure to view the comments for a couple of good laughs!)

5-27-13

Memorial DayWe appreciate our soldiers everyday for all of their sacrifices for our country, but on Monday May 27th, Howard Industries gives a special shout out to our fallen but never forgotten heroes while we celebrated their lives on Memorial Day.  In honor of the American holiday, we featured some of our exciting summer deals full of brand name outdoor grills, slip-n-slides, bar-b-que tool sets and everything else you need for a fun-filled summer!

5-28-13

K12 SoftwareKeep your child’s mind fresh all summer long with our extensive variety of K-12 Software. You don’t have to sacrifice a fun summer to stay current on the curriculum for next year. Learning can be fun and exciting for kids during summer vacation with the many options of software games.

5-28-13 Article Venture Village Article_EdTech Revolution

A great article from the Venture Village discusses the current “EdTech” revolution, which is constantly bringing an endless amount of technological advances into the Education world. The article reiterates the amazing benefits of utilizing technology in the evolving classroom. Read the full article here.

5-29-13

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 FlipThe new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is out! It’s lightweight, portable and rugged exterior definitely makes this Lenovo IdeaPad a great choice in our books. It provides the option to be used as a laptop (equipped with a full keyboard) or a take it on the go and use it as a touchscreen.

5-30-13_ViewSonic   ViewSonic Digital Signage

ViewSonic enlightens us about the usage of digital signage for emergency notifications. They discuss how digital signage is no longer only used for corporate advertising, but more and more schools and universities are utilizing the technology to keep students informed about emergency situations occurring on their campus. Read the full article here.

5-31-13_AVer TabSync

AVer TabSyncIntroducing the AVer TabSync! This versatile mobile cart is an all in one iPad sync and charging station. It’s sleek, compact and full of energy. So much so that it can charge, sync, store, secure and transport up to 32 iPads at the same time. TabSync is made to significantly save schools time and money when deploying and managing multiple iPad devices.

5-31-13_Giveaway

Kick-Off Summer_custom_bannerWe are so excited about summer and we want to share ever bit of that excitement with our loyal fans during our Kick-Off to Summer Giveaway! Howard Industries is giving one lucky winner a FREE Kindle Fire HD. Spend your summer laying by the pool or relaxed indoors with all your favorite books, apps and movies at your fingertips. Enter the contest for your chance to win here!

5-31-13_Kaspersky

KasperskyIs your PC running slower than usual? You might have a virus… PCWorld provides an excellent article, “When malware strikes: How to clean an infected PC“. They provide 8 steps on how to determine the problem, check for possible fixes and how to prevent any future invasions to your PC. With Kaspersky being the recommended security software, you don’t have to wait until it’s to late to protect your PC from these unforgiving invaders.

6-1-13_Chromebook

Lenovo_ChromebookAnd of course, the unforgettable Google Chromebook. As of February 2013, more than 2,000 school districts within the US have incorporated the Google Chromebook into the student’s and faculties’ curriculum [Source]. With their instantaneous capabilities and already secured network (without having to purchase or install software) this device is definitely not one to be overlooked.

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