Fascinating Technology Statistics

There was a time when people used a  paper map to assist in navigating road trips or you had to practice saying your name (including message) at record speeds, when calling collect on a payphone.

These days, it would cause sheer panic to leave the house without your smartphone (which typically includes a built in GPS system).  Technology has brought exciting new innovations and people have come to rely heavily on their technological devices, which is why Howard Industries works hard to bring you the most innovative and top quality technology.

We found some interesting (some quite funny) statistics about the use of technology today!

Smartphones

  • 60% of U.S. smartphone owners check their phones at least every hourSmartphone Stat
  • Are you complaining about being tired, well 54% said they check their phone at all hours of the night while going to sleep
  • Apparently, there is no getting away from your phone, 40% check their phone while on the toilet
  • We even spend time worrying about our phones, 94% are concerned about losing their phone
  • Apparently, the connection we form with our phones are very emotional, 73% say they felt panicked when they lost their phone

Video Games

  • If you don’t own a gaming device, you are missing out, 73% of households own a device Gamer_Statthey specifically use for gaming
  • You can game anywhere, 23% of households own a handheld console
  • Never to young or to old to play video games, the average age of a gamer is 34 years old
  • Not just for boys, 40% of all gamers are female

The Younger Generation and Technology

  • 63% of women 18-34 report that they refuse to go an hour without checking their phone,Teen Computer_Stat topped by men at 73% 
  • Teens will probably never understand finding research in a book, 93% of teens ages 12-17 go online
  • It’s no longer just a privilege, 69% of teens have their own computer
  • To put it into perspective, 69% of children aged 2-5 can use a computer mouse, but only 11% can tie their shoelaces

 

Resources:
Lookout Report
Webwise Kids
VentureBeat News
LPC International
Entertainment Software Rating Board

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5 things to do Before Summer Ends

That time of year has creeped up on us once again.  Although, we know it comes every single year without fail, it still manages to catch us off guard every time.  So as the nights turn cooler and the days become shorter, make the most of your last few weeks of summer before you have to switch out your swimwear for work-wear.

In order to help deal with the sad event of our pool days being exchanged for long days spent indoors, we have some suggestions of what to do in the last few days of summer:

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(Photo Cred Jokeroo)

1.  Stay outside!
This is an obvious one.  The sun is shining, the cool breeze is blowing and the pool is calling your name.  Listen to it.  Layout by the pool with friends or liven up the afternoons with some exciting water games.  Either way, enjoy the summer breeze and the opportunity to spend every waking moment living the summer dream.

Camping

(Photo Cred NYTimes)2. Go on an adventure

2. Go on an Adventure
I don’t just mean watching your typical morning show BEFORE you have your usual cup of coffee.  But a real adventure!  Pack up your camping gear and research some fun campsites or national parks near your home.  There are only so many days of the year where you can actually enjoy sitting outside at night by a campfire without freezing.  Spend your afternoons hiking trails surrounded by amazing views and your nights flipping burgers for friends and family on your grill.

Summer_Barbeque

(Photo Cred Your LifEvents Blog)

3. Barbeque
Rally up the troops for an evening spent outdoors with great company.  Depending on where you are in the world it can get a bit chilly at night, so set up an outdoor fireplace, where your friends can relax while dinner is being grilled to perfection.  Relish in the carefree summer atmosphere as you sip on some ice cold beverages and jam out to some tunes while exchanging stories of your summer adventures. Helpful Tip: Make it easy on yourself and have each friend bring a different course so you don’t have to be in the kitchen the entire evening.

Kid Camera

(Photo Cred Babble)

4. Capture Every Moment
Some of the best moments will occur during the feelgood months of summer.  This is a time of the year where the usual stress of schedules and appointments evaporates into moments of bliss.  Make sure to have your camera or phone readily available to capture these great feelings.  Later, frame these memories and when school or work life consumes your days, you can look back at these photographs and remember those fun days spent soaking in the sun.

Pool Party5. Throw a back to school party
Embrace the inevitable, and put a positive spin on going back to school (…if you are out of school, get creative, ‘Back to Winter Clothes’ or ‘Goodbye Pool Days’ Party…you get the idea).  Use this party as a way to savor every possible summer activity.  This means, combine all of the suggestions above into one big blow-out.  Fire up the barbeque, crank up the music and keep the beverages ice cold!  It’s still summertime!

Summer can be the best time of the year (we know it’s our one of our favorites) and we hope this list of ideas helps you stay cool and make the most of your last weeks of summer!

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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

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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.