Look, we know how it is: kids look forward to summer vacation because it promises a full two months with no learning. Unfortunately, when it comes to brains, off-time is not good. Summer Learning Loss is a very real phenomena, and it’s possible for … Continue reading
We 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.
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”.
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!)
We 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!
Keep 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Introducing 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.
We 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!
Is 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.
And 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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“I walked to school everyday…Uphill…Both ways…In the snow…Without a jacket…”
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:
1. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!