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.

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!
Howard EDU

Technology’s Impact on Education Infographic

Thank you edudemic for this fantastic infographic detailing the impact technology has on our education system.

This infographic reveals a lot of interesting statistics about the incorporation of technology in education and the huge benefit it has not only to students but to teachers as well.  It gives a great idea as to where technology is going in the future and how to utilize it to your favor.

Check out this infographic to learn more about Technology’s Impact on Education:

Technology Impact On Education

Check out our 21st Century Interactive Classroom site to see how Howard Technology can help you successfully incorporate technology into your education system.

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!

ISTE_#HowardISTE13

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

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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ISTE_#HowardISTE13

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”. 

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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!)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Please follow us @HowardComputer to get real time updates about fascinating news or insights into Howard Industries!

Mark your calendars for ISTE 2013!

Don’t miss the

“Premier Ed Tech Event of the Year”

ISTE

The Annual ISTE 2013 Conference and Exposition is quickly Approaching!

The Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX June 23-26, 2013.

If you are an Educator or involved in the Education industry, this is a show you do not want to miss!  There will be nearly 700 sessions, 150 workshops, multiple informal learning environments and amazing exhibits throughout the conference.

Why should you attend?

“ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology.”

You can check out the schedule and start planning ahead for June 23-36!  Make sure to register early in order to receive the best rates.

Lenovo ChromebookHoward Industries will be attending all 3 days of the conference!  We will be giving away a Lenovo Chromebook for one lucky winner so be sure to visit us at booth #12086!

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.

Video_5 Tech Classroom Blog

 

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.

Microsoft_Home and student software

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.

Epson_Projector

 

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!

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6th – 10th, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week

We want to take a moment to tell all the Teachers and Educators around the world how much we appreciate you!

Please join us in honoring the passionate men and women who dedicate their time and skills to educating children across the world.

Here are 3 quick and easy gift ideas to say “Thank You” to an amazing teacher in your life:

Thank You Flower Pot“Thank You for Helping Me Grow” Flower Pot

Learn how to create your own.

Pencil Holder

Cute and unique pencil and pen holder for a teacher!

This gift is very simple and quick to make. All you need is a coffee can, pencils, craft letters, paper and hot glue. Learn how to create your pencil holder.

O'Fish ally“You are o’fish’ally the best!” Candy Bag

This gift is quick and easy to create for that special teacher in your life. This site also includes multiple variations of candy choices with cutesy phrases for multiple teachers! Learn more.

To look for more gift ideas for educators, find our page on pinterest!

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