25 Items for the 21st Century Classroom

The new school year is quickly approaching! Do you have everything you need for back to school?

Don’t panic!  We have put together a detailed checklist of all the essential items you need for your 21st Century Classroom, so you can be fully prepared for the upcoming school year.

Back to school checklist

Download your printable version here: Back to School Checklist

Be sure to check out our 21st Century Interactive Classroom for all of your back to school needs in one stop.

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11 Back To School Technologies

Back to school list

It feels like summer just began, and yet it is already time to return to school.  Not to worry, Howard Industries has all the latest and greatest technology (and the best deals!) so you can hit the hallways fully prepared for Back To School!

Tablets
Tablets have become an obvious choice for students over the traditional computer.  The technology is easy to use and navigate which can make learning fun for students.  The ability to store all of your information in one device eliminates the burden of having to lug around a backpack all day.

Acer Iconia TabletWe recommend the Acer Iconia A1-810 7.9″ 16GB Tablet
The features include:

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 16GB storage
  • 7.9″ IPS (1024 x 768)
  • Front and real camera
  • microSD slot
  • Quad-core CPU

Acer 32GB TabletWe also recommend the Acer Iconia W3-810 8.1″ 32GB Tablet
The features Include:

  • Atom Z2760
  • Intel GMA Graphics
  • 32Gb storage
  • 2Gb RAM
  • 8.1″ screen (1280 x 800)
  • Windows 8 32-bit OS

Tablet Case
It is essential to protect your investments with a quality case for your tablet.  Mistakes happen.  Especially during the school year where students are constantly carrying their device around and tossing it into their backpacks to return home after school.  The phrase is true, “With great power, comes great responsibility,” so make sure to add the extra safety of a tablet case.

Kensington CaseWe recommend the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Tablet Case
The features include:

  • Wireless Keyboard
  • 3-in-1 case, keyboard, and tablet stand design
  • Secured velcro fastener
  • StrongFit corners

Notebook
The use of laptop computers have become extremely prevalent in higher education classrooms and are beginning to be incorporated into various K-12 classrooms.  Teaching students computer skills has become a fundamental part of their education.  Using a laptop also makes learning more exciting with millions of software options as well as the ability to learn in a more hands on approach.

Toshiba NotebookWe recommend the Toshiba Satellite C855 15.6″ 500GB Notebook
Features include:

  • Core i3 2348M
  • Memory 4GB
  • Hard Drive 500GB
  • Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • OS Windows 8 Pro

Printers
Although, students have the ability to complete and turn in their work directly from their device, many students may prefer to have a hard copy of their work to turn in or to bring into the classroom.  After putting in long and dedicated hours into a report or project, eliminate the worry of having to produce it.  Especially with all the creative and educational apps allowing you to create magnificent projects or works of art, it’s essential to be able to print out a copy to frame in your home, classroom or as a keepsake.

HP officejet printerWe recommend the HP Officejet 6100 ePrinter Color Printer
The features include:

  • Low cost per page
  • Professional quality color output
  • High-capacity links
  • Print from anywhere
  • Border-less printing

Other great items to check out for Back to School:

Acer V233HL BJObd 23″ HD LED Monitor
This monitor’s ability to tilt, swivel, pivot and adjust for height allows students and teachers to work on extended projects while sharing their view with others.  It’s In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology helps to create quicker response time to reduce eye strain and produce more realistic colors.
Acer MonitorThe features include:

  • 23″ (1920 x 1080) screen
  • FullHD
  • In-Plane switching
  • Ergonomic design
  • Plenty of ports
  • Mercury Free

JVC 32″ LED-backlit LCD 1080p HD TV
No longer do teachers just have to teach straight from textbooks or slideshows, engage your students by displaying educational shows and movies to make learning more exciting.
JVC_HD TVThe features include:

  • Ultran narrow bezel
  • D-LED backlight
  • CrystalColor
  • USb picture viewer
  • 20W audio power
  • FullHD

Logitech B910 HD Hi-Speed Webcam
Expand students knowledge by utilizing video calling to speak with another classroom from across the globe or just down the hall.  The widescreen features allows everyone to be seen during small-group video conferencing.
Logitech WebcamThe features include:

  • HD video calling
  • True 16:9 widescreen
  • Stereo audio
  • Premium auto focus
  • Certified for Microsoft, Lync, Skype & Avistar

Toshiba Dynadock Universal USB Dock
Students and teachers can expand their computer’s potential with the universal docking station that links all your electronic devices to your laptop with just one single USB 3.0 cable. The potential is unlimited.  Just one simple cable connection to your computer opens access to large screen displays for the whole class to enjoy, stereo speakers, external hard drive, optical drive, printer, full-size keyboard and mouse!
Toshiba USB DockThe features include:

  • One simple USB 3.0 cable connection to all your accessories
  • HDMI out port for Full HD video and gaming
  • 6 USb ports
  • 5.1 -channel surround sound through HDMI or 3.5 mm audio ports
  • 2 easy access front USB 3.0 “always on” sleep and charge ports
  • Fast USB 3.0 data transfer speed to USB 3.0 external storage devices

GefenTV Wireless Video/Audio Extender
Your lessons will never go unseen or unheard with this device.  It sends high definition audio and video to any HDTV display up to 80 feet.  It transmits within the room and does not require line-of-sight placement of transceivers for good reception.
GerenTV ExtenderThe features include:

  • Sends HD audio and video to any HDTV display up to 80 feet
  • Supports resolutions up to 1080p Full HD
  • HDMI supported

Asus O!Play Mini 6″ Digital Av Player
This device will truly enhance your lesson plans with it’s HD quality video and 7.1 -channel audio so you can share exciting movies, music and photos with your classroom.
Asus digital playerThe features include:

  • HD media player
  • Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Channel surround and full HD 1080p theater-like enjoyment
  • Auto subtitle detection

Howard wants to help you with all of your classroom needs, and we are happy to answer any questions so you can go back to school fully prepared every year!
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5 things to do Before Summer Ends

That time of year has creeped up on us once again.  Although, we know it comes every single year without fail, it still manages to catch us off guard every time.  So as the nights turn cooler and the days become shorter, make the most of your last few weeks of summer before you have to switch out your swimwear for work-wear.

In order to help deal with the sad event of our pool days being exchanged for long days spent indoors, we have some suggestions of what to do in the last few days of summer:

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(Photo Cred Jokeroo)

1.  Stay outside!
This is an obvious one.  The sun is shining, the cool breeze is blowing and the pool is calling your name.  Listen to it.  Layout by the pool with friends or liven up the afternoons with some exciting water games.  Either way, enjoy the summer breeze and the opportunity to spend every waking moment living the summer dream.

Camping

(Photo Cred NYTimes)2. Go on an adventure

2. Go on an Adventure
I don’t just mean watching your typical morning show BEFORE you have your usual cup of coffee.  But a real adventure!  Pack up your camping gear and research some fun campsites or national parks near your home.  There are only so many days of the year where you can actually enjoy sitting outside at night by a campfire without freezing.  Spend your afternoons hiking trails surrounded by amazing views and your nights flipping burgers for friends and family on your grill.

Summer_Barbeque

(Photo Cred Your LifEvents Blog)

3. Barbeque
Rally up the troops for an evening spent outdoors with great company.  Depending on where you are in the world it can get a bit chilly at night, so set up an outdoor fireplace, where your friends can relax while dinner is being grilled to perfection.  Relish in the carefree summer atmosphere as you sip on some ice cold beverages and jam out to some tunes while exchanging stories of your summer adventures. Helpful Tip: Make it easy on yourself and have each friend bring a different course so you don’t have to be in the kitchen the entire evening.

Kid Camera

(Photo Cred Babble)

4. Capture Every Moment
Some of the best moments will occur during the feelgood months of summer.  This is a time of the year where the usual stress of schedules and appointments evaporates into moments of bliss.  Make sure to have your camera or phone readily available to capture these great feelings.  Later, frame these memories and when school or work life consumes your days, you can look back at these photographs and remember those fun days spent soaking in the sun.

Pool Party5. Throw a back to school party
Embrace the inevitable, and put a positive spin on going back to school (…if you are out of school, get creative, ‘Back to Winter Clothes’ or ‘Goodbye Pool Days’ Party…you get the idea).  Use this party as a way to savor every possible summer activity.  This means, combine all of the suggestions above into one big blow-out.  Fire up the barbeque, crank up the music and keep the beverages ice cold!  It’s still summertime!

Summer can be the best time of the year (we know it’s our one of our favorites) and we hope this list of ideas helps you stay cool and make the most of your last weeks of summer!

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