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CTL Education Software Offerings

CTL Education Software Offerings

Did you know that CTL offers a variety of educational cloud-based web apps that are made for educational Chromebook use? Whether you’re looking to secure your Chromebooks for student safety or seeking to enhance the classroom environment with interactive learning programs, CTL has what you need.

Our software vendor partners have been vetted and proven to be outstandingly successful in their fields of operation. Here is a list of some of our offerings:

Google for Education Apps for Chromebooks:

Did you know that CTL is a Google for Education Premier Partner? Google has become a front-runner in the education sector offering many cloud-based apps specifically designed for use in schools and classrooms.

  • Google Chrome Management Console makes it easy for school IT administrators to deploy and manage users, devices and apps across a fleet of thousands of Chromebooks.
  • G Suite for Education allows teachers and students to create, share and edit files in real time. G Suite for Education core services include Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts and Drive.
  • Google Classroom  is a new tool in G Suite for Education that helps teachers create and organise assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently and communicate easily with their classes.

Internet Accessibility and Safety Apps for Chromebooks:

CTL understands that your all your students need access to the internet to be successful and in order to maintaining CIPA compliance and safe browsing environments for students is priority number one. That is why we offer several great cloud-based software options for security.

  • Kajeet is an industry leader for closing the digital equity gap on providing safe mobile internet connectivity for students. Their Education Broadband solution includes their Kajeet SmartSpot device and cloud portal which allows school districts to provide CIPA-Compliant, education-only filtered internet access at home.
  • Securly is a first of it’s kind cloud-based web filtering software, Securly, gives administrators and educators the ability to customize student’s online browsing experiences and monitor emails and social media to curb cyber bullying and self-harm.
  • GoGuardian provides administrators the power of web filtering, protection, analytics, and reporting all in one place. For teachers, GoGaurdian allows you to set browsing restrictions and view the screens of each students, ensuring that teachers can focus on teaching and not monitoring student device behavior.
  • NetOp Vision allows teachers to manage exactly what students are seeing on their Chromebooks during instruction, block access to the web, and direct attention to the teacher with screen customizable lock screens.

STEM – Math, Science, Coding, etc. Apps for Chromebooks

Your students learn better when they are engaged through a variety of learning methods combined with discovery and play.

  • LabCam helps to promote scientific inquiry, helps make abstract concepts tangible for students and is an excellent complement to your STEM curriculum.The application includes six modules: Time-Lapse Camera, Microscope, Pathfinder, Universal Logger, Kinematics, and Motion Cam.
  • Desmos Graphing Calculator is a best-in-class HTML5 graphing calculator that allows millions of students free access via their internet browser. With a mission to help all students learn and love learning math, their digital tools allow for teachers to create activities or use the Desmos activities provided on the site.
  • CodeCombat is an interactive learning game that combines learning and fun. Students are led through an interactive universe where special game play powers are utilized by creating read code!
  • NCLabs has created a variety of programs with the goal of bringing educational equity to STEM education programs everywhere. These online courses teach students a variety computational thinking and programming skills using fun games that make learning feel like play.
  • PocketLab is a science lab that fits in your pocket and connects to software ran on Chromebook. This little device can be used to measure position, velocity, acceleration, magnetic fields, pressure, altitude, and temperature. When connected to the PocketLab software, students are able to see detailed reporting on experiments.  
  • Intel Tools bring an innovative and engaging approach to science, reading, debate, and more. These specialized tools allow for students to map out cause and effect relationships and learn processes for data collection. Each of the Intel Tools Apps gives teachers the tools they need to create lesson plans and project ideas, and students the platform to

Educational Music Apps for Chromebooks:

Music has been proven to aid in developing language and reasoning. Our music software offerings allow students to learn the basics of music in a collaborative, fun, and creative environment.

  • Noteflight allows students to write, create, and share music online using the Noteflight composing software. Students will gain knowledge of keys, scales, tempos, and familiarize themselves with a variety of instruments.

Video & Image Editing Apps for Chromebooks:

Our world is becoming increasingly based in multimedia formats. Our video and image editing software offerings take Chromebooks for education to the next level teaching students how to produce brilliant videos and presentations.

  • WeVideo is a unique cloud-based collaborative video editing service that helps people from all over the world simply create and share great-looking videos. The WeVideo editor is easy enough for first-time editors, and sophisticated enough to help students create a professional-looking video.
  • Autodesk Pixlr allows students to edit images by quickly cropping, rotating, and fine-tune any picture. The cloud-based app is easy-to-use and allows students to turn photos into works of art with great effects like crosshatch, halftone, and dapple with a single-click.

Contact CTL today to find out more about these Chromebook applications and how you can use implement them in your schools and classrooms!

CTL’s J5 Rated One of the Best Chromebooks of 2017

CTL’s J5 Rated One of the Best Chromebooks of 2017

PC Magazine recently released their best of 2017 Chromebooks and CTL is proud to announce the J5 Chromebook made the list with its convertible laptop-to-tablet touchscreen, long-lasting battery, and powerful processing ability. The rugged J5 Chromebook has become one of CTL’s best sellers, especially in K-12 Ed Tech, and maintains an affordable price point. Learn more about the CTL J5 Chromebook here.

Get More Mileage with the Convertible J5 Chromebook

One of the most notable features of the J5 is the 360-degree hinge that allows it to be used as a traditional laptop with full keyboard or be rotated to different modes such as display (keyboard folded under with screen facing forward), tent, or tablet. The display and tent modes are ideal for presentation use with multi-touch gesture touchscreen capabilities. When folded flat, the J5 can function as a tablet that responds to your finger or a stylus. PC Magazine noted the quality of this feature and commended the J5 for its excellent viewing angles and sturdy hinges that stabilize the screen in all four modes, even when users tap on the touchscreen.

Stay Cord-free and Mobile Longer with CTL’s J5 Chromebooks

Staying both mobile and untethered from cords have become a necessity in an increasingly wireless world. This means a long-lasting battery is a growing consumer demand. The J5 allows impressive amounts of time between charges, which is great for on-the-go students or staff who go from class to class or meeting to meeting. PC Magazine included this in their review of CTL’s J5 Chromebook when they tested the battery to last 12 hours and 21 minutes. They called the battery life “phenomenal”, pointing out the ability of the J5 to last all day at school and through homework time later in the day.

Don’t Wait When Faster is Better

The CTL J5 Chromebook comes loaded with an Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor with built-in Intel HD Graphics. Content-rich webpages load quickly with impressive video playback, while maintaining the ability to multitask smoothly. PC Magazine reported that the J5 performed well with half a dozen tabs open and stated that it was fast enough for academic work such as watching instructional videos.

Why Buy a Chromebook?

In the past few years, Chromebooks have taken over as the popular choice for K-12 educational devices. Schools, classrooms, and teachers have found Chromebooks to have everything needed to stay organized and monitor student progress. By using G-suite to manage student assignments and communications, Chromebooks make sense by offering an OS that performs quickly and updates easily with no extra costs. G-suite apps also offer the ability to run offline, allowing users without an internet connection to continue working without losing any changes.

CTL is proud to be one of PCMag’s top 10 Chromebooks of 2017 and we thank them for recognizing the J5 as an excellent laptop for school use. To see the 2017 list and link to the product review, visit: http://ctl.li/PCMag-J5-review.

CTL’s J2 Chromebook 15-Pack Offers an Affordable Alternative to Apple’s Bulk Offer

CTL’s J2 Chromebook 15-Pack Offers an Affordable Alternative to Apple’s Bulk Offer

CTL is offering a special deal that provides 50 percent more product for less money. The 15-pack bulk option for its J2 Chromebooks is set at a reasonable price, which is competitive to Apple’s bulk iPad Mini offer.

Chromebooks for Education Makes Sense and Saves Cents!

Complete with Chrome Device Management Licenses and free shipping, CTL’s $2,400 price point is less expensive than Apple.The offer is simple. Purchasers buy one bulk box, within is 15 Chromebooks bundled with Google Chrome Management Console licenses.  

Chromebooks are the #1 selling device in US schools, outselling Apple products in the education market because they are versatile, affordable, and easy to manage. In addition, Chromebooks are designed to work with Google’s G Suite for Education, a suite of free productivity tools including Google Classroom. Chromebooks and the vast ecosystem of apps and content they support, foster a collaborative experience in and out of the classroom for teachers and students.

J2 Chromebooks are Tailor Made for Classrooms!

Unlike the iPad Mini, Apple’s current offering to the education sector, the J2 Chromebook is specialized for fast and easy school deployments with:

  • cloud-based file storage options,
  • built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers,
  • a built-in water-resistant keyboard,
  • powerful processor,
  • rugged design,
  • and up to 10 Hours of battery life.

In a recent review of the CTL J2 Chromebook, PC Magazine stated that it is the “best education-focused Chromebook we’ve seen.”

CTL’s J2 Chromebook is backed by a one year warranty and CTL’s enterprise level service and support. Each order ships all together in a CTL eco-friendly reusable bulk pack, reducing waste and saving IT departments time and money by streamlining deployment.

 

Act now to take advantage of this special offer!

Student-Proof Chromebooks for Education

Student-Proof Chromebooks for Education

Accidents happen, and we’ve all gone through those awkward childhood years which all but guarantee that if there is something to spill, it will spill; if there is something to drop, it will drop; and if there’s something to break, it will break. CTL understands this and has worked hard to create an ultra-rugged, student-proof Chromebook designed to stand up to spills, drops, and accidents.

Spill Proof Keyboards: No More Crying Over Spilled Milk on Your Chromebooks

Your students have a lot on their plates and hopefully they aren’t using their chromebooks as one. But in the event that liquids are spilled on the keyboard, CTL’s Chromebooks can handle that. Each CTL Chromebook for Education has a built-in membrane around the keyboard and touchpad that allows up to 11 oz. of liquid to be channeled away from important electronics. That’s almost a whole bottle of water! If a spill occurs, all the user needs to do is tip the Chromebook up and allow the water to drain off before wiping down.

Drop Resistant Design Helps Protect CTL Chromebooks

2.3 feet is about the average distance from desk to floor, hand to ground, and “whoops” to “crash”. Luckily, CTL Chromebooks have been drop tested to withstand a fall of this distance. Their sturdy design features a stronger, thicker rear cover frame around the screen, sides, and edges which helps absorb and reduces the risk of damage when dropped.

CTL’s J Series Chromebooks for education feature a textured cover which diminishes the appearance of scratches and dings and makes it easier to grip. The CTL NL61 Series Chromebooks come with a durable carrying handle. And all of CTL’s Chromebooks for Education can be purchased with CTL’s X-Protect (patent pending) cover, which can withstand pressure and heavy weight on top, reducing breaks by up to 90%.

Watch the video below to see a Do Not Try This at Home demonstration from our CTL Spain team!

There’s a Warranty for That

If your students do manage to break their Chromebooks, CTL has a free 1-year warranty on accidental damage to the J5 series and an affordable build-your-own warranty for all other CTL products. CTL also offers a variety of replacement parts to allow your IT teams to make onsite repairs. The majority of CTL replacement parts are housed in our Portland office, meaning you’ll receive your orders as quickly as possible.

Learn more about CTL Chromebooks for Education and current specials. Go to: http://ctl.net/education

CTL Chromebooks & First Book: Closing the Education Equality Gap

CTL Chromebooks & First Book: Closing the Education Equality Gap

CTL is Proud to Offer Chromebooks on the First Book Marketplace

CTL is proud to offer CTL Chromebooks for Education on the First Book Marketplace. First Book is a national charity working to close the educational equality gap by providing books and resources to low-income schools and programs across the United States.

Educational Inequality Facts: Did You Know?

  • More than half of U.S. public school students live in low income households.
  • In some of the lowest income neighborhoods, there is just one book for every 300 children.
  • Two-thirds of children from low-income families lack access to books.
  • 79 percent of fourth graders from low-income households do not read proficiently—a key predictor of a child’s future educational and economic success.
  • Poor educational outcomes are tied to poverty, unemployment, illness, dependence on welfare, social exclusion and crime.

Source: https://www.firstbook.org/about-first-book/understand-the-need

CTL and First Book Work to Even the Playing Field for Students

CTL and First Book both understand closing the educational equality gap by working to provide important tools and resources to schools and programs. CTL works on 1-to-1 Chromebook initiatives and supports organizations that provide those in need with educational technology tools. For First Book, it’s working to increase interest in reading, to raise reading proficiency levels, and to relieve stress on teachers by expanding access to tools and resources for their students. The impact of First Books reaches far beyond the classroom walls to maximize greater success for students later in life. That is something everyone can get behind.

First Book Makes History One Story at a Time

In 1992, First Book started as a small group of volunteers in a few communities who were dedicated to providing an ongoing supply of books to schools and programs working with children from low-income families. This group of volunteers quickly grew and spread across the U.S. In 1995, First Book became a full-time operation and in 1998, they launched their National Book Bank. The operation was a first of its kind, a centralized distribution system providing large-scale donations from publishers of children’s books to schools and programs. The First National Book Bank now distributes over 8 million books annually.
First Book delivers critical tools to over 150,000 educators and program leaders, partnering with schools, libraries and museums, military families, early childhood programs, shelters and clinics, and afterschool programs. Their steadfast work has earned them a superior four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity watchdog organization. Even former President Obama and former First-Lady Michelle Obama have begun a partnership through Random House Publishing with First Book.

CTL Chromebooks on the First Book Marketplace

The First Book Marketplace, established in 2008, is an online store for registered programs offering high-quality children’s books listed at a greatly discounted rate. Now included in this marketplace, as the sole provider of laptop devices, you will find CTL models J2, J4+, NL61, and the J5 Rugged Convertible Chromebooks with 2-year warranties included. To learn more about First Book and to visit their online marketplace, visit firstbook.org