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!

Are you “Geek-Chic”?

Over the years, the word “Geek” has started to lose it’s negative connotations and is now used as a positive description.  Let’s be honest, we all consider ourselves to be a little geeky or tech savvy in our own ways!  Check out this insightful and humorous infographic by Danny Ashton featured on Business 2 Community to find out how you
score on the geek scale.

Geeks_Infographic

Technology’s Impact on Education Infographic

Thank you edudemic for this fantastic infographic detailing the impact technology has on our education system.

This infographic reveals a lot of interesting statistics about the incorporation of technology in education and the huge benefit it has not only to students but to teachers as well.  It gives a great idea as to where technology is going in the future and how to utilize it to your favor.

Check out this infographic to learn more about Technology’s Impact on Education:

Technology Impact On Education

Check out our 21st Century Interactive Classroom site to see how Howard Technology can help you successfully incorporate technology into your education system.

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!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is June 16th making it less than a couple of weeks away.  With that said, have you thought about what to get for the amazing man in your life?

It’s hard to find the perfect gift that says…Father's Day
…so we put together a guideline for picking out the perfect Father’s Day gift!

For the Sentimental Dad:
Father's Day_SentimentalThis Dad cherishes every moment spent with family and loved ones. The perfect gift should remind him of all of those amazing memories made over the years and reflect why he is such an awesome role model.  This Dad has most likely photographed every moment from your Kindergarten graduation, sending you off to college to holding back the tears as he gives you away on your wedding day. The Digital Photo Frame allows you to connect your memory card or USB hard drive to display an array of amazing high quality photos for the perfect trip down memory lane.

The Adventurous Dad:
Father's Day_OutdoorsyWhether it is hunting, fishing or hiking, it is no question that you will always find this Dad doing some activity outdoors.  He has probably dragged you on countless camping trips where you are forced to ditch technology for a little one on one time with nature.  Although, you probably ended up enjoying waking up to the smell of fresh air, spending all day hiking surrounded by the gorgeous views and falling asleep after watching the sunset.  Show him that you appreciate his outdoorsy side, and never miss another breath-taking view with a pair of our brand name binoculars and choose to spend father’s day grilling out and sleeping under the stars in one of our spacious tents.

The Techy Dad
Father's Day_TechyHe is the one who is always first in line to buy the newest tech device, on every waiting list for any upcoming technology release and whether or not he knows how to use all of it, he just has to have it.  The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is the ultimate gift for the Dad who can’t decide his preference between the Laptop or the touchscreen.  He will be amazed by the 360 degree range of the screen that allows you to work in 4 different modes.  If your Dad is more intrigued with size and portability, then the HP Slate 7 Tablet is the best choice. It allows 24/7 access to all your photos, games, documents, email, apps and more, right in the palm of your hand.  If his mentality is “The Bigger the Better”, then the Samsung 75″ Smart TV will provide the ultimate viewing experience.

No matter what gift you give him, we want to thank all the father’s out there and wish each and every one of them a Happy Father’s Day from Howard Industries!

Mark your calendars for ISTE 2013!

Don’t miss the

“Premier Ed Tech Event of the Year”

ISTE

The Annual ISTE 2013 Conference and Exposition is quickly Approaching!

The Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX June 23-26, 2013.

If you are an Educator or involved in the Education industry, this is a show you do not want to miss!  There will be nearly 700 sessions, 150 workshops, multiple informal learning environments and amazing exhibits throughout the conference.

Why should you attend?

“ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology.”

You can check out the schedule and start planning ahead for June 23-36!  Make sure to register early in order to receive the best rates.

Lenovo ChromebookHoward Industries will be attending all 3 days of the conference!  We will be giving away a Lenovo Chromebook for one lucky winner so be sure to visit us at booth #12086!

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.

Video_5 Tech Classroom Blog

 

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.

Microsoft_Home and student software

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.

Epson_Projector

 

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.

Interactive Classroom

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!

Howard Medical First Again!

Did you know Howard Medical was the first to market with:

lythium phosphate battery

Lithium Phospate Battery Technology on Carts

Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries offer a powerful combination of performance, reliability, and safety. Paired with Howard Medical’s PowerMax150 power system, each 40Ah Lithium Iron Phosphate battery can deliver up to 2500 cycles, about 10 times that of most SLA batteries. They charge fast and contain no heavy metals, making them safe to manage at either end of the battery’s life.

Electronic Lift for Height Adjustment

electronic lift

The cart work surface is designed to accommodate nearly 95% of human statures. It can be raised to a height of 46.5″ or lowered to 31.75″. Howard Medical was the innovator of providing individual care givers with a height adjustment system. Now, with the touch of a button, the worksurface can be ergonomically positioned to the perfect working height, whether sitting or standing.

Steer assist tech

Steer Assist Technology

Howard Medical was the first to engineer Steer Assist Technology, a caster mechanism that when auto-activated, minimizes the force required to turn a moving cart, increasing cart control and overall maneuverability.

Tool-less Battery Replacement

tool-less battery replacement

Functional simplicity is at the core of our cart design. As a result, many of the tasks related to cart usage require only a basic introduction and minimal instruction. Changing the battery in a Howard Medical cart is one such task. We were the first to engineer a quick and easy, no-tool process that takes less than 2 minutes—another example of cutting-edge design that saves you time and money!

Power display softwarePower Display Software

Power Display provides the user with a browser-based, graphical, on-screen interface for displaying various parameters of the med cart power system. Functionality includes data display, data and event logging, event-based alarms, and graceful shutdown capability.

First, again

To learn more about Howard Medical click 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!