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2-in-1 Chromebit + Touchscreen monitor: More Business for your Buck

2-in-1 Chromebit + Touchscreen monitor: More Business for your Buck

Meet the 2-in1 Chromebit Touchscreen. This 2-in-1 bundle is perfect for digital signage in kiosks, doctor offices, info booths, storefronts, and more. Utilizing the power of Chrome OS, in a machine the size of a flash drive with a touchscreen monitor, puts the web at your customers’ fingertips (and yours), literally!

As CTL’s newest product, the 2-in-1 Chromebit can help grow your business or organization with an easy and affordable solution. Imagine having your customers purchase your products online that aren’t available in stores, allowing them to easily sign up for newsletters, conduct on-site surveys, check into appointments, or set up a general information booth. You’ll never miss an opportunity to increase your marketing leads and revenue with the 2-in-1 Chromebit Touchscreen!

What You Get with the CTL 2-in-1 Chromebit Touchscreen

This month we’ve launched the IP2154T. Its 22” IPS panel touchscreen monitor is perfect for digital signage for your kiosk or store. The monitor has a responsive touch and beautiful clear 1920×1080 resolution, wide 89-degree viewing angles, high transmittance, and low-operating voltages. These high-quality displays are ideal for photographers, graphic designers, business use, and home entertainment. Each unit is backed by a CTL® 3-Year Warranty.

You can buy this monitor on its own here: http://ctl.net/displays/22-28-inch/ctl-22-touch-screen-monitor

With this bundle, you also get the ASUS Chromebit CS10. Measuring just under 5 inches, it is the world’s smallest Chrome OS device. The Chromebit plugs directly into your HDMI port and transforms your monitor into the latest Chrome OS device.

The Chromebit combined with the touchscreen monitor allows you the ability to have an accessory-free Chrome station without a mouse or keyboard. However, you still have the option to run a keyboard and mouse with a USB dongle should you want one.

If you’d prefer to go the more standard keyboard and mouse route, you can always opt for the Chromebit 2-in-1 with the standard CTL 22” IPS monitor with the keyboard and mouse included. Another option for digital signage with more memory and a longer warranty is to go with the Chromebox 2-in1 touch or standard monitor bundle which gives you more storage and memory.

Talk to a CTL sales rep today to see about these and other great business solutions for your business, office, or organization.   

 

CTL Donates J5’s to help with hurricane relief efforts

CTL Donates J5’s to help with hurricane relief efforts

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have spent the past few weeks devastating the coasts in Puerto Rico, Florida, and United States Virgin Islands.The damage from these storms have left millions without power, and many without housing or access to food or potable water. As relief agencies flock to the worst hit areas, , the task of helping people find loved ones and obtain access to food, water, and shelter has become an overwhelming priority. However, due to the damaged infrastructure lack of communications and  power, organizing these relief efforts has presented a unique challenge.

CTL has partnered with the Google Crisis Access Response Team (GoCART)  to get much needed help to those in the hurricane’s destructive path, making a donation of 20 J5 Chromebook units to GoCART to be distributed to the United States Virgin Islands. GoCART teams are highly trained volunteer technology professionals who work diligently with state and local agencies to provide connectivity (phones, Internet, WiFi) and other technology resources to communities in times of large scale crisis, aiding in the recovery process.

CTL president, Erik Stromquist said of the efforts,

“We’re concerned and heartbroken for the families affected by these disasters. It is critical that those affected by the storms are able to access resources to help them provide for themselves and their families, many of which require online access. We hope that the donation of the J5 Chromebooks will aid volunteers in helping those in need.”

The CTL Chromebooks  will be put to the task of helping those needing to access emergency supplemental food and cash programs like D-SNAP, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which aids low-income households with food loss or damage caused by natural disasters. The donated J5’s will be used for their registration tables, facilitating access to those needing to sign-up for the program.

PocketLab Weather for your Chromebooks for Education

PocketLab Weather for your Chromebooks for Education

Why does lightning strike? What is global warming? Why is the grass wet in the morning? Answering students’ science questions just got a little cooler with PocketLab Weather, a tiny portable weather sensor that measures temperature, humidity, light, barometric pressure, altitude, heat index, and dew point.

From global to local, it’s hard to avoid talk of climate and weather in news and media, and chances are your students have are curious about climate change and weather systems. Now PocketLab Weather can help you explore those answers in the classroom. This smart little weather sensor fits in even the smallest hands, but allows students to track, monitor, and see real-time weather and climate information.

PocketLab Weather Features:

PocketLab Weather connects via BlueTooth 4.0 to allow the sending of information wirelessly to the PocketLab app on your Chromebook. You can view, graph, store, and export data for real-time learning and data sharing in the classroom.

PocketLab Weather also has the ability for measuring temperature via a plug-in external probe. The probe accurately reads the temperature, so dip the probe in liquids, measure temperatures inside the classroom, fridge, soil and so much more.

This small but powerful device boasts on-Board Memory which records up to 30,000 data readings and has a wireless range of 250 ft with a 6ft durable drop protection.

With a rechargeable internal battery, the light rugged sensor is great for taking on a hike for earth science lessons. Now students can measure the barometric pressure and altitude change while hiking up a hill on a field trip.

PocketLab: Community Beyond the Classroom

For weather monitoring beyond the classroom, there is an awesome online community with lesson plans and experiments that you can use your Pocketlab Weather light, temperature, heat transfer works, or to study climate and share data with others around the world. With lesson plans like creating and monitoring climate change in a bottle these classroom lessons have never been more applicable to real-world learning.

Instill a deep understanding of climate and weather patterns in your students for years to come with PocketLab Weather.

PocketLab and PocketLab Weather is available for purchase on the CTL website, and also is an option for our 1:1 program participants! Contact a CTL Sales rep today to get more information on getting PocketLab devices for your student’s Chromebook!

NR21 Becomes Law after Successful 2nd Year

NR21 Becomes Law after Successful 2nd Year

After an independent evaluation showed that Nevada’s one-to-one (1:1) partnership with CTL delivered transformative results, Governor Sandoval signed SB 467 formally putting the Nevada Ready 21 (NR21) program into state law. In signing SB 467, Governor Sandoval noted,

“We have started the work of building a K-12 system that will carry Nevada’s students into the future. I was proud to sponsor the Nevada Ready 21 program so that students can have the newest technology to help them be prepared for 21st-century jobs. We must remain committed to our students so they can develop the skills and proficiency they need to fully participate in the New Nevada economy.”

In case you haven’t heard, NR21 is a state-funded 1:1 student learning program that focuses on transforming education in Nevada to a student-centered, technology-rich 21st-century experience. Furthermore, NR21 addresses the year’s top #edtech trends including the shift to more affordable Chromebooks, blended learning opportunities, classroom management tools, and wireless solutions for all students no matter how remote.

History

In 2015, Governor Sandoval allocated $20 million in his budget to create a statewide 1:1 program in Nevada. The Nevada Ready 21 digital learning program was launched, and in 2016, CTL was awarded the contract to provide their Chromebook solution for the state’s 1:1 program. The Nevada Ready 21 program was launched to “help students develop the 21st-century skills they will need as citizens, in the workplace, and in college,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero.

CTL’s partnership with NR21 provides Nevada’s students with 24-hour access to computers and much more. Students are more engaged than ever thanks to a range of applications that support learning including NCLab (a platform for coding and 3D modeling developed in Reno), Pocket Lab which puts scientific experiments into students’ hands, and web filtering software for safe browsing and CIPA compliance. CTL worked with the Nevada Department of Education to ensure that each NR21 school had IT support and a tech coach to support the teachers’ transition to a technology-rich learning environment that teaches students such 21st-century skills as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.

NR21 Highlight Success in Students

Highlights from the NR21 Implementation Report show that 21st-century learning is indeed taking place in Nevada. “Over 19,000 5th-8th graders across the state have a Chromebook that is theirs to use in school and at home during the academic year. Students are becoming self-directed learners, utilizing the tools and resources at hand to solve real problems. Across the state, 69 percent of students reported that they are asked to collaborate online with their classmates at least monthly; 59 percent are asked to solve authentic problems using technology at least monthly.”

It may be easiest to see the transformative power of this comprehensive 1:1 program by the way it engages students with special needs. The report notes “Teachers are using web-based resources to modify and adapt lessons for IEP and ELL students. In a 1:1 classroom, this means that all students are engaged in the content.”

The success of NR21’s pilot year led the legislature to consider and pass SB 467 to enshrine the program into state law. Additionally, the legislature funded the program for the 2017-2019 biennium. Legislators committed to completing funding for Cohort One that launched at the beginning of the 2016-17. Continuity in funding is essential for obtaining accurate data on the effectiveness of the program.

Since CTL was awarded the Nevada Ready 21 program contract, and in addition to the impressive numbers of students, NR21 schools utilizing the networking option have Wi-Fi access covering every instructional space on campus. A full report on program implementation shows remarkable progress.

CTL is proud to work hand in hand with legislators, administrators, and teachers to ensure the success of NR21 1:1 solutions. If you’re interested in learning more about how CTL’s 1:1 Chromebooks for education can work for your state, district, school, or classroom, contact one of our reps today to find out more information on going 1:1.

 

CTL’s J5 Spill Resistant Chromebook in Action

CTL’s J5 Spill Resistant Chromebook in Action

Spill-Resistant Chromebooks: The Video Evidence

Accidental liquid spills might not be as much of an ordeal compared to other devices with the spill resistant keyboard featured on the CTL J5 Chromebook.

At least that’s what our Spain team found when they did the unthinkable and poured almost a whole can of Coke on the J5! You might ask how can that be? Well, each CTL Chromebook has a built-in membrane around the keyboard and touchpad that channels up to 11 oz. of liquid away from important electronics. That’s almost a whole bottle of water, or in this case Coke! If a spill occurs, all the user needs to do is tip the Chromebook up and allow the liquid to drain off before wiping down. Please note, we don’t recommend this, not only is it a waste of a delicious Coca Cola, but it’s not covered under warranty**. However, what it does show is the spill-resistant keyboard in action, so you don’t have to try it at home. Instead you can watch the video below, and save your Coca-Cola for a little midday boost

J5 Chromebook Needs No Introduction:

The J5 was rated as one of PCMag’s top 10 Chromebooks of 2017. It’s also one of our most popular Chromebook models, featuring a lay-flat design, sturdy 360 degree hinge, multi-touch gesture touchscreen with excellent viewing angles. As if a spill-resistant keyboard wasn’t enough, the J5 also has a drop-resistant design, and up to 12 hours of battery life!

You can read up more about the J5 Chromebook and all CTL’s other Chromebooks for Education on the Chromebooks Product page. If you’re interested in special reseller or educational pricing contact one of CTL’s sales reps today!

**Please Note: Always be careful with liquids around your Chrome device. Water and or other liquid damage is not covered by CTL’s Standard Chromebook warranty. Please note that liquids other than water may leave performance hindering residue.