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Every day, millions of people all over the world spend time playing, shopping, chatting, e-mailing, searching and surfing the Web. In fact, the Web, Internet, or “The Cloud,” as it is often called, has been described as the quintessential expression of modern globalization. But in more definite terms, what is it?
“The cloud” actually refers to the multitude of public and private, academic, business, and government infrastructures (servers and hardware) and IT services (software and applications) that are connected through an extensive array of networking technologies and accessible by computer.
Being able to access this great ‘cloud’ of servers/software/applications is like having the ultimate supercomputer at our fingertips-information and resources any time we need them. It’s called “cloud computing”, and it has real advantages. It gives us (people and businesses) access to an almost unlimited amount of storage and computing power that can be accessed from any place in the world that has Internet connectivity. So, exactly where is it?
This mammoth “cloud,” which supports the never-ending flow and processing of digital information, is housed on servers in blocks of office buildings and warehouses throughout the world, with the largest data centers in the US and Europe. But beyond that, location is not really important. To illustrate, let’s consider electricity. We don’t have to understand precisely how it works or know where the particular grid that services our area is located in order to have electricity. All we have to do is plug-in to an outlet, and it works! It’s the same with this shared, super-computer in “the cloud.” We don’t have to understand all the technical aspects or know where the servers are located in order to access it, all we need is a properly configured computer.
The key is access, which, aside from hardware and configuration, is governed by types of clouds-public, private, and hybrid. Email is an example of a public cloud service. When you access your email account, you are accessing secure servers that have been set up to host email services for your particular provider and made available to you-the public. Conversely, private clouds are built exclusively for an individual enterprise, allowing access to only a select group of individuals (e.g. employees, customers, etc.). Hybrid clouds, on the other hand, offer increased flexibility by combining elements of both public and private clouds.
Different clouds (within “The Cloud”) do different things. For instance, the Facebook “cloud” enables you to give yourself an online identity and connect to friends and family; Google Apps, a cloud-based productivity suite, is designed for business operations, and Amazon’s Kindle cloud computer provide storage and syncing for ebooks. Some of these clouds are free and some are not. How you use “The cloud” depends on what you want to do.
For most of us, cloud computing has become and integral part of daily life. We used the cloud to store data, in case our laptop or smart phone is lost, gets stolen, or becomes damaged. We use the cloud to auto-synchronize things like email, pictures, music and contacts between our devices. And because cloud computing can maximize accessibility and increase our bottom line by reducing equipment acquisition, management, and operating costs, we use it for business.
So what can you do in “the cloud”?
We say “The sky’s the limit!”
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.
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.
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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.
On 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.
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 the 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 document 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 conference 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!
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.
For additional information please contact our Technical Support Department at 888.323.3151
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