The Howard Store Guide to a Perfect Father’s Day

Dads come in all different shapes and sizes, with all kinds of different interests and talents. Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 15th), and if you’re still searching for that perfect gift to let your dad know just how special he is to you, look no further. Here are a few ideas for having a fun day with your Dad with a little help from the great gift ideas you can find on the Howard Store.

 

The Movie Marathon

Set the scene for a fun, relaxing Father’s Day with your movie-loving dad. If your dad is the type who likes to read the book before he sees the movie, surprise him with a Sungale eBook reader. Make him promise not to give away the ending, and then you can settle into the couch around his new 55″ LCD TV. This Actiontec Screen Beam Wireless Display Reciever lets Dad play video from his tablet, laptop, or smartphone on his television. A Samsung Smart TV will connect Dad directly to Netflix, as well as other web apps. If you just can’t stand to listen to one more episode of Game of Thrones, Dad’s Manhattan Fusion Wireless Headphones will let him enjoy the show without disturbing the rest of the family. For on-the-go dads, an ASUS VivoTag or Sungale Cyberus tablet lets him take his favorite movies with him wherever he goes.

 

The Family Cookout/Camp-out

Maybe your dad is more of the outdoorsy type. If his ideal Father’s Day involves fresh air andoutdoor collage revised food, a family cookout is a great idea. Let Dad show off his grilling prowess with a new Char Broil grill.  Relax in the backyard in Stansport Arm Chair outdoor furniture (comes in Dad sized or Dad+Mom sized), or take your Outdoor Edge Game Processor kit to the woods for some quality hunting time with Dad. When you hit the campground, take your Coleman Lumen light and Stansport Weather Band FM Radio with you so you’ll be prepared for anything. Finally, at the end of the day, Dad can enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors in comfort in an AeroBed Adventure Bed.  

 

The Stroll Down Memory Lane

Your dad probably has more embarrassing pictures of you than he can count. While you might still be mortified about the bad haircut you had when you were 5 or your gap-toothed school portraits from 2nd gpicture collage revisedrade, your dad thinks that stuff is adorable. Load your pictures on a USB flash drive and plug it into a digital photo frame (in black or brown) to let Dad relive the memories. This PIXIMA photo printer will let Dad print out all of those great pictures of you with food on your face in vivid color. Awwww. And when you’re ready to make more memories, Dad can use this Eye-fi Mobi Network Adapter to transmit his pictures directly from his digital camera to his smartphone.    

 

No matter what kind of day you spend with your dad, make sure you let him know how much you appreciate him. Give him a big Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Howard Industries!

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5 Technologies that are Changing the Classroom

“I walked to school everyday…Uphill…Both ways…In the snow…Without a jacket…”

Sound familiar?

This is the tale we constantly heard from our elders as we grew up with all our of luxuries.  Now, with the rapid integration of technology in the classroom, you may find yourself sounding the same way as dear old Grandma and Grandpa.  We are now finding ourselves reminiscing about the days when we used chalkboards, carried textbooks or used an actual library (with books!) to do research.

Technology has been taking over the academic world in more ways than one.  It has become more common for students and teachers to utilize the EdTech classroom to their advantage.  The integration of technology in the classroom allows students to become more engaged and learn in ways that are familiar to them, which was never possible before.

5 Technologies that are Changing the Classroom:

Fujitsu_LifeBook1. Desktops, Notebooks, Netbooks & Tablets http://bit.ly/10uW5JS

Integrating BYOD into the classroom allows for students to participate and follow along.  It gives them a chance to engage in activities and learn in a hands-on way.  Tablets have the capabilities to hold hundreds of books for students to access at any time of the day to further their knowledge.

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2. Video http://bit.ly/14P823E

Students no longer need to worry about rushing to take every note, while missing out on the opportunity to listen, understand and ask questions during the lecture.  With the integration of video in the classroom, students can actively participate in discussions and later watch the lectures at home while learning at their own pace.

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3. Software http://bit.ly/ZxUx4C

With the constant development of new software programs you can improve productivity in the classroom with the ability to automate daily tasks and collaborate worldwide.  It takes away the stress of worrying about data backup, networking and security.  Children can enjoy learning at their own pace by playing educational games and we can feel comforted in knowing they are in a safe and secure environment.

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4. Audio Visual http://bit.ly/10q3UPb

Teachers can broaden students horizons by virtually sitting in on a lesson held on another campus or have live discussions with students on the other side of the world.  With devices such as projectors, document cameras and sound amplification systems to interactive technologies you can create an optimum multi-media learning environment.

Android Tablet5. Apps

With thousands and thousands of apps dedicated to educational learning, teachers can create individual lesson plans for each student unique to their learning abilities. Students can finally be treated as an individual learner without the fear of falling behind because they don’t understand a particular subject.  Apps allow students to further pursue information of specific subjects and begin to develop their unique interests.

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For More Information on how to turn your classroom into a 21st Century Classroom Visit Our Howard Education Interactive Classroom.

Share with us your fun and unique ways you utilize technology in the classroom!

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.