That’s a Wrap!

That's a WrapJune has been a crazy and fun-filled month at Howard Industries!  From travelling state to state attending Conferences and Tradeshows, to multiple summer giveaways, new product releases and all the holiday deals in between…it can be hard to keep up with everything!  For that reason, we have compiled a list of highlights that occurred over the month of June.

June Conferences_TwitterThis month we traveled to Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, California and more to attend some amazing conferences and tradeshows.  Conferences are a great time for us to display our wide variety of products and services.  From Medical Technology to our ability to flip an entire classroom, we are a one stop shop! To find our more about our attendance to shows, check out our Facebook or Twitter page with up to date information.

6-7-13_Microsoft Microsoft Office
The new
Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium is out!  You will find it remodeled with a fresh new look, equipped with time-saving features and it allows you to use Office on up to 5 PCS, Windows 8 tablets, Macs and select mobile devices with a 1 year subscription per household.  Check out our website to see more great features that you receive with the new Office 365.

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Med Dispensing CartsOur Charting and EMR Solutions are created to help make your job easier. Our Family of Medical Carts have a range of features designed to ease workloads for nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well as enhance patient care.  Paired with a computer-based EMR system, a Howard medical cart makes the ideal mobile charting station.  To learn more about our solutions and family of medical carts click here.

6-12-13_Extended Warranty
Consumer Priority ServiceWe highlighted our Consumer Priority Service and the benefits of owning a Consumer Priority Service Extended Warranty Plan.  The plan includes 24/7 access to our consumer network, in-home service, express on-site upgrades, zero deductible, product replacement plan, and peace of mind; just to name a few of the perks.  Learn more about which items are covered by the plan and the various options by visiting our website here.

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PARCC LogoAttention Schools and Educators! Are you prepared for the PARCC assessments that will be incorporated into various schools across the country within the next couple of years?  The next-generation assessment system will have several benefits not found in current assessment systems including benefits to students, teachers, parents, states and the nation.  To learn more about PARCC testing and how Howard can prepare your school, check out our article.

6-16-13_Fathers Day
Father's DayOn June 16th we celebrated the wonderful father figures in our lives. We worked to put together a “Gift Guide” full of amazing deals for all the different types of fathers, which you can find here.  We featured some great technology products for the “Techy Dad”, some fun photography products for our “Sentimental Dad” and great outdoorsy products for our “Adventurous Dad”.  Once again, a big thank you to all the fathers in our lives and around the world!

6-17-13_Software
Software BrandsDid you know that Howard has a team of Software/Licensing experts ready to support your needs?  With over a million unique software products, Howard really is your one stop shop.  We carry Anti-Virus/Security, Backup/Recovery, Business Software, Education/Entertainment Software, Office Applications, Operating Systems, Utilities, Internet/Communication, and more from thousands of different brand options.

6-17-13_State Contracts
Hello Educators! Howard has state contracts with:
State Contracts

And still growing! Simplify procurement and maximize your buying power with special contract pricing through Howard Technology Solutions.  Cooperative multi-state contracting enables us to offer a wide array of technology products and services at prices you won’t get anywhere else.

 

Howard Industries is constantly trying to bring you unique, up to date and informative news through our website and social networks.  We appreciate everyone participating in our contests as well as asking questions or comments through our social networks.  We encourage anyone and everyone to please leave a comment with information you would like to know more about or any thoughts you may have for us!

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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.