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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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:
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Is your school ready for PARCC assessments?

What is PARCC?

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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

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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.