Mobile Device Solutions

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With the number of mobile devices growing at a rapid rate, individuals and businesses are facing the challenge of managing all devices safely and securely.  Howard carries the latest mobile education technology from the following brands and more.

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Classroom technology you can count on.
The new AVer TabSync is sleek, compact and full of energy; ready to charge, store, secure and transport up to 32 tablets, and sync iPads at the same time.  TabSync is made to significantly save schools time and money when deploying and managing multiple tablet devices.

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Customized solutions for your classroom needs.
Earthwalk has worked tirelessly to develop and provide the industry’s most comprehensive selection of computer charging carts and mobile computer labs.  With Earthwalk you are sure to find the solution that fits your specific needs.

Lenovo NotebooksLenovo_Mobile
Best in class.
Designed to make teachers more effective, IT managers less stressed and students further empowered.  Lenovo Notebooks also save time, money and resources.

Samsung_MobileSamsung Notebooks
Smart choice solutions.
Samsung mobile education solutions let learning happen anywhere with durable, cost effective laptops designed to keep students interested and engaged in and out of the classroom.

HP_MobileHP Notebooks
Power boosters.
HP Notebooks have a best-in-class design, leading technologies, and are feature-rich with greater security, enhanced manageability and premium customer support.

Mimio_MobileMimio Wireless Pen Tablet
A better way to learn.
Teachers rejoice! With the new MimioPad wireless pen tablet, you can break free and control your interactive whiteboard from anywhere in the classroom.

Lenovo Tablet_MobileLenovo Tablets
Redefining the industry.
ThinkPad tablets combine ultra-mobility, complete connectivity and smooth multi-touch comfort with the virtues of rugged reliability and unmatched security.

Tablet Case_MobileTablet Accessories
Enhance your investment.
Many classroom tablets are damaged or broken.  Protect your investment with tablet cases and accessories offered by Howard Technology Solutions.

 

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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!

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

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Desktops & Thin Clients                  Howard, HP, Lenovo, Ncomputing, VMware

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Infrastructure                      Xirrus, Aerohive, Enterasys, Extreme, Brocade, HP

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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.

Customer Service is Our Top Priority

Did you know…The Howard customer support team is available 24/7, 365 days a year and is 100% US based?

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We value our customers, that’s why Howard promises FREE telephone and web support for the life of every Howard-manufactured product.

We make ourselves available should you need us at any moment and with an average hold time of less than one minute, we are there to help you with any of your IT needs.

Have you heard of our Remote OnCall Support…?

Remote OnCall Support

We believe the fastest way to resolve any IT issue is to allow the experts to handle the problem.  That’s why our Remote OnCall Support team can gain full mouse and keyboard control of our client’s computers to expedite issue resolution through an instant and secure network.

This allows you to connect directly to our Customer Service Representatives by OnCall Supportrequesting support via our website without the frustration of complex phone support.

We ensure that the proper technician receives your request through session queues.

Our Remote OnCall Support system cuts down on the time and expense of on-site computer repair.

We can increase your support satisfaction by streamlining our productivity through “hands on” issue resolution.

Howard’s Support team is constantly working towards creating the ultimate customer service experience, the Remote OnCall Support system encourages you to rate our Customer Service Representative’s performance via an exit survey so that we continue providing incomparable service!

Visit our Support Team for help with all of your IT needs!

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Howard Technical Partnership Program

What is the Howard Technical Partnership Program?

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Howard Technology Solutions realizes that many organizations handle basic hardware service and support in one of two ways: either make a significant investment in establishing and maintaining a group of local service providers, or they use their own internal support staff.  For this reason, we have developed the HTPP so we can satisfy either option by facilitating timely, cost-effective, quality service in conjunction with our high standards for customer satisfaction.

Managed by our 100% US-based support engineers and technicians, HTPP is an integral part of our strategy to establish direct, personal relationships with our customers to ensure we meet all of their organization’s needs.  Participation is easy; simply complete a HTPP application here.

HTPP Highlights:

  • No annual subscription fee 
    • We do not charge any fee for participating in HTPP
  • No certification requirements
    • We do not require you to have or maintain any type of professional certifications such as COMPTIA A+, COMPTIA Network, or Professionals2Microsoft certifications. However, we do encourage you to obtain certifications as appropriate and do weight these certifications
    •  when reviewing your application.
  • Labor reimbursement for authorized repairs
    • Receive labor reimbursement for qualified repairs performed on Howard branded systems during the on-site warranty maintenance period. The labor reimbursement is for touch-labor on a per incident basis regardless of the number of components or sub-assemblies replaced. The reimbursement amount is dependent upon geographic location and negotiated prior to execution of the Howard Technology Solutions Warranty Service Agreement.
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    • You may order spare parts via email or the web directly from the factory without any requirement to call us. As a HTPP member, we are assured your organization has the skilled, technical staff to properly troubleshoot and diagnose system problems and issues. Your technical
    •  staff is only required to provide exact error message and accurate diagnostic steps in determining the actual problem of the faulty hardware.
  • Recommended spare parts list
    • We will provide a recommended spare parts list to assist your organization in maintaining the correct number and types of spare parts. This will help you keep spare parts costs to an absolute minimum. And because we maintain an exhaustive
    • Professionals history of all ordered parts, we can provide you with a very precise spare parts inventory recommendation.
  • Free consultation to determine your optimal parts inventory with on-site parts inventory available to qualifying organizations
  • You NEVER pay for defective parts and shipping is FREE

For additional information please contact our Technical Support Department at 888.323.3151

To learn more about Howard Industries visit our website.

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Reshape Your Business Experience…

…With the new HP ElitePad

The HP ElitePad 900 was created with businesses in mind. The sleek design and accessories work to take the extra and unnecessary stress out of the work day!

ImageNo longer do you constantly need to worry about your battery dying in the middle of your work day.  The smart jacket is equipped with an additional battery to save you the time and effort of having to constantly recharge.

ImageThe full keyboard bridges the transformation gap from a tablet to a laptop with it’s ability to dock at the office in order to enhance productivity.

ImageThe durable materials, create a lightweight tablet that is built to last. The design is simple and offers a portable and effortless experience.

Key Features and accessories (Source):

  • The Smart Jacket has an additional battery to extend battery life, and work with out worry about recharging
  • Windows 8 and x86 compatibility for legacy apps arm you with the tools you need – and the confidence of a familiar PC experience. All driven by the latest Intel processors
  • Dock at the office and the HP ElitePad becomes your desktop PC. Add a full keyboard to boost your productivity or an additional screen for multitasking. Invest in your business, not batteries. Since the HP Long Life Battery offers up to a three-year life span, you can focus on the task at hand without the hassle of replacing your battery.
  • Log into Windows wirelessly with NFC technology.

Design (Source):

  • With durable materials like Corning, Gorilla, Glass 2 and machined aluminum, this tablet only feels lightweight. It’s built to last and designed to look great and work dependably everywhere from the boardroom to the warehouse.
  • It includes over 115,000 hours of HP testing and end-to-end diagnostics, and you get confidence built right in.
  • Contoured edges, an anti-smudge screen, aluminum buttons, and the executive pen make the HP ElitePad look and feel as good as it functions.
  • With a 25.6 cm (10.1″) diagonal, 16:10 display, you maximize your viewing space on the move. Spend less time scrolling. More time doing. And, thanks to support for tough, pen, or voice-based inupt, you can work the way that suits you best.
  • Get a 1080p camera in front for video calls. Shoot true-to-life photos and videos with an 8MP camera in back and a built-in-flash.

Deploy, Manage and Secure (Source):

  • A familiar set up experience, plus available HP Custom Integration Services, make the HP ElitePad simple to deploy in existing IT environments.  HP Global Series and Services ensure consistent support for business with international operations.
  • You’re protected with HP Client Security. HP BIOS Protection and Microsoft Defender help keep you up and running with enhanced defense against virus attacks and other threats.
  • Manage a fleet easily with Active Directory, domain join, and PXE boot support, along with HP Client Management Solutions. It’s one less thing to worry about for IT.
  • Keep sensitive data and devices in-house – and save both time and money. With optional do-it-yourself maintenance tools, updates are easy. Plus, protect your investment with an optional three-year limited warranty, so you know you made a wise choice.

Flexible Customization Options (Source):

  • It’s an equation for success. Work on your terms with a tablet that fits your business. A complete suite of accessories gives you the freedom to customize your device your way.
  • Whether it’s sales, design, education or healthcare, you’ll benefit from an assortment of industry-specific software and hardware options that have been thoroughly tested for compatibility.

Interested? Find your ElitePad and Accessories here.

Chromebook Management Console

First off, many of you may be wondering, what is a Chromebook?

ImageThe Chromebook, was created by google with the idea to “Get stuff done”. For those who may not be familiar with technical terminology, the Chromebook is a laptop designed for running Google Chrome OS and other web based applications.  With it’s built-in Chrome browser, it can load websites extremely fast without wasting any valuable work time!  The multiple login feature, allows you to personalize your own space and then share your Chromebook with others.  Simply put, the Chromebook is a laptop simplified…

So, with that said, what is the Management Console and why would you need it?

The web-based Management Console creates an easier way to manage a fleet of Chrome devices and users.  Administrators have the ability to manage their organization’s Chrome devices from a single place.

Key Features:

  • Create User Groups – Apply policies, apps, and settings to different sets of users. Group students by grade level or subject. Separate students and faculty.
  • Pre-Install and Block Apps – Blacklist, whitelist or pre-install apps, extensions and URLs.
  • Track Assets – Assign devices to specific students and faculty and get configuration and usage reports.
  • Manage User Access – Control who uses your Chrome devices: prevent outside users from logging in, disable Guest Mode, or designate specific types of users (like teachers) withing your domain that can use a device.
  • Configure Network Access – Set network and proxy settings to make it easy for users to get up and running and ensure they’re protected by the web filters and firewalls.
  • Customize User Features – Modify user settings like bookmark and app sync across computers and show some school spirit on your devices with custom Chrome desktop themes.

Sounds great? Now how do you get this Management Service… It is only available from Google or an authorized re-seller (and great news Howard Industries is one of the few authorized re-sellers for the Management Console)!

Contact your Sales Rep or Call (888) 912-3151!