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!

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5 Technologies that are Changing the Classroom

“I walked to school everyday…Uphill…Both ways…In the snow…Without a jacket…”

Sound familiar?

This is the tale we constantly heard from our elders as we grew up with all our of luxuries.  Now, with the rapid integration of technology in the classroom, you may find yourself sounding the same way as dear old Grandma and Grandpa.  We are now finding ourselves reminiscing about the days when we used chalkboards, carried textbooks or used an actual library (with books!) to do research.

Technology has been taking over the academic world in more ways than one.  It has become more common for students and teachers to utilize the EdTech classroom to their advantage.  The integration of technology in the classroom allows students to become more engaged and learn in ways that are familiar to them, which was never possible before.

5 Technologies that are Changing the Classroom:

Fujitsu_LifeBook1. Desktops, Notebooks, Netbooks & Tablets http://bit.ly/10uW5JS

Integrating BYOD into the classroom allows for students to participate and follow along.  It gives them a chance to engage in activities and learn in a hands-on way.  Tablets have the capabilities to hold hundreds of books for students to access at any time of the day to further their knowledge.

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2. Video http://bit.ly/14P823E

Students no longer need to worry about rushing to take every note, while missing out on the opportunity to listen, understand and ask questions during the lecture.  With the integration of video in the classroom, students can actively participate in discussions and later watch the lectures at home while learning at their own pace.

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3. Software http://bit.ly/ZxUx4C

With the constant development of new software programs you can improve productivity in the classroom with the ability to automate daily tasks and collaborate worldwide.  It takes away the stress of worrying about data backup, networking and security.  Children can enjoy learning at their own pace by playing educational games and we can feel comforted in knowing they are in a safe and secure environment.

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4. Audio Visual http://bit.ly/10q3UPb

Teachers can broaden students horizons by virtually sitting in on a lesson held on another campus or have live discussions with students on the other side of the world.  With devices such as projectors, document cameras and sound amplification systems to interactive technologies you can create an optimum multi-media learning environment.

Android Tablet5. Apps

With thousands and thousands of apps dedicated to educational learning, teachers can create individual lesson plans for each student unique to their learning abilities. Students can finally be treated as an individual learner without the fear of falling behind because they don’t understand a particular subject.  Apps allow students to further pursue information of specific subjects and begin to develop their unique interests.

Interactive Classroom

For More Information on how to turn your classroom into a 21st Century Classroom Visit Our Howard Education Interactive Classroom.

Share with us your fun and unique ways you utilize technology in the classroom!