All About Howard

HowardsThe History of Howard:

In 1968, a young Billy W. Howard, Sr. left his successful career at General Electric to return to his native Mississippi and create his own company, Howard Industries.  Over the next three decades and with the assistance of his wife, Linda, Howard Industries has grown to become a billion dollar company consisting of four separate divisions plus a wholly-owned subsidiary, Howard transportation.  While the Howards readily attribute their success to the hard work of their employees and their commitment to creating, supplying, and supporting superior products and services, you cannot overlook their inspiration.

Learn More about Our Different Divisions:

Power SolutionsPower Solutions
Howard Power Solutions, originally known as Howard Industries, was founded in 1968 by Billy W. Howard, Sr.  Over the past four decades this company has grown to be the nation’s leading manufacturer of distribution transformers, with over 7 million transformers in service throughout the United States and abroad.  Located in Laurel, MS, this facility has 2 million square feet, making it the largest transformer plant in the world.  Our newest transformer division, Howard Substation Transformers, located near corporate headquarters, began manufacturing operations in April 2005 producing power transformers with higher KVA and voltage ratings.

Technology SolutionsTechnology Solutions
Our new Corporate Headquarters is also home to our technology division, Howard Technology Solutions, and its medical division, Howard Medical.  These 2 divisions bring to market cutting-edge, high-quality technology and medical equipment.  Whether selling Howard-manufactured products such as desktops, notebooks, servers and medical carts or partnering with other industry-leading companies to provide over 250,000 products, one can be sure when you buy from Howard, the needed equipment is available at affordable prices.

Lighting ProductsLighting Products
Howard Lighting Products markets a vast portfolio including electronic and magnetic fluorescent ballasts, magnetic HID ballasts, as well as fluorescent lamps, T5/T8 fluorescent lamps, and halogen lamps.  This division continually updates their product lines to meet the ever-changing demands of the market.  They currently have products in use at Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Camp Pendleton, CIA Headquarters, Fort Bragg, and numerous other U.S. government installations, as well as many, many private facilities.

TransportationTransportation
Howard Transportation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Howard Industries, Inc., operates a full-load, long-haul, flat-bed common carrier truck line and brokerage firm that transports commodities and industrial goods throughout the continental United States.  Initially started to transport Howard Power Solutions’ raw materials and finished products, this division today consists of over 200 trucks with regional terminal facilities also located in West Virginia and North Carolina.

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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:
ISTE Partners

Is your school ready for PARCC assessments?

What is PARCC?

PARCC

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

Recommended Guidelines for New Hardware PurchasesPARCC_Guidelines Table

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.