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Netop Vision Classroom Management Grabs the Attention of Chrome Unboxed

Netop Vision Classroom Management Grabs the Attention of Chrome Unboxed

Chrome Unboxed has been at the forefront of all the latest news and updates in the world of Chrome. They’ve even featured CTL Chromebooks on their site. It’s no surprise that when they discovered Netop Vision Classroom Management software that Chrome Unboxed decided to review it on their website.

CTL has been a partner of Netop for sometime, featuring the software in our 1:1 solutions program and making it available for general education customers. The Chrome Unboxed review points out that technology like Chromebooks for education is;

 “a powerful tool but only when used correctly and leveraged in a manner that creates, not destroys productivity. Giving teachers the ability to keep students on task with real-time monitoring can assist in maximizing precious minutes in the classroom.”

CTL understands this need, and wants to make sure that Chromebooks are utilized in the classroom to their fullest potential for students. This is why we chose to add Netop as our go-to tool for real-time classroom management solutions.

Netop allows teachers to monitor each individual student’s screen, push specific URLs to the entire class, limit access to URLs that aren’t a part of the lesson plan, and lock screens to ensure all eyes are focused on the teacher. With Netop Vision, teachers using Chromebooks in their classrooms can focus on teaching and with a push of a button have the power to stop digital distractions in their tracks.

At CTL, we admire the streamlined and clean interface that allows teachers to easily keep their students on track and monitor everything happening on their Chromebooks during class time. Gabriel Brangers from Chrome Unboxed took note of this same thing saying,

“After some research, I have found there are a number of companies that produce software similar to Vision but few do it in such a clean, simple and powerful manner.”

You can watch the video which was created by Netop and featured in Chrome Unboxed’s review which demonstrates the fabulous features of the Vision software:

Vision for Chromebooks from Netop on Vimeo.

Netop Vision is easy to implement and use, and the software integrates with Google Classroom. If you think that Netop Vision would be useful in your own classrooms, contact a CTL sales rep today to talk about pricing options.

 

CTL Supports All Hands Raised With Funds and Runs on Hood to Coast Team

CTL Supports All Hands Raised With Funds and Runs on Hood to Coast Team

CTL Hits the Road Again for Annual Hood to Coast Relay

CTL loves  giving back to our community. This year, we’re continuing our tradition of taking part in the Hood to Coast Relay, a tradition in Oregon. The 36th annual Hood to Coast Relay is one of the largest and longest-running relay races in the world.  And, CTL is participating to support All Hands Raised, an organization that brings together government, education, nonprofit and business leaders to promote change.

Joining with Gerding Edlen, CTL put together a team of runners for this year’s event. As a result of the efforts of both parties, All Hands Raised will receive $6,000. The team, ‘Principles of Pace’, will compete in the relay.

About the Race

The Hood to Coast relay is on many people’s “bucket list.” For the last 26 years,  Hood To Coast reached its maximum number of teams participating. For 19 years, the relay has reached its limit on “Opening Day” of team registrations. The course runs approximately 320 km, (200 miles), with course length changes by 1 to 5 km each year due to small changes made by race organizers. The relay begins at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon. It continues through Portland and over the Oregon Coast Range. The finish line is at Seaside Beach on the Oregon Coast.

The CTL – Gerding Edlen team is one of 1,050 12-person teams participating in the 2017 Hood to Coast race. Every year, organizers choose teams by lottery from the entries postmarked on the opening day of registration. This year’s teams were picked in October of 2016.

About All Hands Raised

With an acute focus on racial equity, All Hands Raised brings together practitioners and leaders from education, business, government and non-profits to ensure the success of every child
in Multnomah County, from cradle to career. To do this, All Hands Raised provides the framework, coaching and tools that empower schools and organizations to improve educational outcomes for more than 220,000 children and youth, ages 0–24.

As the backbone organization for the local Cradle to Career effort, All Hands Raised serves the six urban school districts in Portland and Multnomah County: Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Portland Public Schools, and Reynolds.

Their unique history, grounded in a commitment to equity, strong governance structure and dedicated staff, ensures that they continue to make progress in our mission to help all children, youth and young adults in Multnomah County achieve their full potential.

Sprinter All the Way to the Finish Line!

The CTL Sprinter van is the newest addition to the CTL fleet. The van took a break from hauling CTL products around town to our customers and resellers, and took to the Hood to Coast to haul the CTL team from Timberline Lodge to Seaside. Our HTC sprinters enjoyed the spacious Sprinter which featured a great new van wrap designed by our in-house graphic designer, Emily! The Principles of Pace, the CTL Hood to Coast team, came in 95th place! That’s pretty impressive! Way to go team! 

ASUS Chromebit: Great things come in small packages

ASUS Chromebit: Great things come in small packages

The Asus Chromebit is one of the world’s smallest computers. Yes, I said it’s a computer! This device is as small as a memory stick, but within it packs the power and punch of the Chrome operating system. The possibilities are endless for this portable little device that plugs directly into any HDMI compatible monitor or TV, instantly creating a full browsing experience with all the G Suite apps and tools you’ve grown to love and depend on. However, the best part about the Chromebit may just be the price point! Priced at less than $90, the Asus Chromebit is something deserving of a second glance.

Why choose Chromebit over other similar devices?

The Chromebit runs on Chome OS which allows you to do anything you can do on a Chromebook or Chromebox: manage your Gmail, access and edit your Google Drive, surf the internet on Chrome browser, or utilize any of the other G Suite apps. You can also watch your favorite shows in high resolution using any of your video subscription services, YouTube videos, and even unsupported browser pages which is some thing you can’t easily do with streaming media sticks. That’s because it’s a computer and not just a streaming media player. Another great feature of the Chromebit is the ability to access your files on another system via the Chrome Remote Desktop. Using this feature, you can always have access to important presentations, images, or videos on another device.

The Chromebit contains a Rockchip RK3288 QuadCore Cortex processor, 16GB of SSD storage, a USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI plug. It has Bluetooth 4.0 so you can easily connect your wireless accessories to it. The device also includes 100GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years and is always up-to-date Chrome OS.

Chromebit is the missing link in your marketing department

Chromebits havebecome especially popular for use in kiosks and businesses for its ability to serve as beautiful, multi-media based digital signage. Using Chromebit to manage this task can save you money and time when compared with printing signs for your business. The great thing about digital signs is they can be easily updated whenever you want. Now, that is something your printed signs can’t do!

Don’t take our word for it. Dan Ackerman, Section Manager for CNET reviews the Asus Chromebit in the video below:

Get the most out of your Chromebit with CTL accessories

To get the most out of your Chromebit, you’ll want to be sure to purchase a wireless keyboard and mouse. We have a great deal on a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse. You also can pre-order our touchscreen monitor which is perfect for interactive kiosk environments when combined with Chromebit. With this powerful duo, your customers have the ability to signup for newsletters, browse and order from your site online, or perform a variety of the many other uses of this device.

Get this powerful little computer today, and change the way that you think about the intersection between video streaming and personal computing. To read more about the Chromebit, visit the product page to view specs and reviews.

Inc. Magazine Names CTL to the Inc. 5000 – Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. Magazine Names CTL to the Inc. 5000 – Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. Magazine Honors CTL at #19 in the Top Computer Hardware Companies Category  

Inc. magazine today ranked CTL NO. 1927 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Inc. 5000 also honored CTL as the no. 19 Top Computer Hardware companies on the list. The Inc. 5000 represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. CTL is excited to be a part of this list of incredible companies who are strengthen the economy and stimulate job growth.

Erik Stromquist, President of CTL accepted the accolade, stating, “We’re honored to have made the Inc. 5000, an annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Our comprehensive technology solutions are helping schools and educators implement and maintain successful 1:1 programs around the world. As we continue to grow we look forward to helping to advance education solutions worldwide.”

The 2017 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 16) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

How Inc. Ranks the Inc. 5000 List

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000.

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 10 through 12, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as former Ford president Alan Mullaly, FUBU CEO and founder and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John, Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin, researcher and #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown, and Gravity Payments’ founder and CEO Dan Price.

About Inc. Media:

Inc. Media was founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. and is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements.

 

Chromebooks for Education: The Newest Addition to the School Supply List

Chromebooks for Education: The Newest Addition to the School Supply List

There is a new trend sweeping the nation’s high schools, and It’s not a latest K-pop dance craze or viral video challenge. We’re talking about Chromebooks. According to Colorado’s 9News,  some schools in Jefferson County, CO have recently begun to require that all students purchase Chromebooks.

In Jefferson County, administrators have taken the initiative to level the playing field for all students and decrease distraction by having the students run the same Chromebook devices. Schools in Nevada already have the Nevada Ready 21 initiative which has gone 1:1, supplying Chromebooks to middle school students at participating schools throughout the state.

The big question that may keep coming up in the future as more and more schools begin to implement 1:1 programs with Chromebooks is, “Why Chromebooks?”

Chromebooks Are Education-Ready, Rugged, and Reliable

Chromebooks run on the Chrome OS and automatically update to ensure that the device is always running the latest security upgrades. The battery life on a Chromebook is excellent, lasting a full school day, and in some cases like our NL61TX, lasting 13 hours! In case of loss or theft, the devices can be locked out and will only display information upon return of the device. Because of the Chromebook’s affordable nature, costing between $155-$300, it is a great option for 1:1 implementation. From ease of use to affordability, the Chromebook has become the #1 device that K-12 schools are choosing in the entire U.S.

Google for Education: Tech for Teachers

Along with the Chromebook, Google is changing the way that schools are using technology in the classroom with G-Suite for Education.  G-Suite for Education includes the Google apps most users are already used to like Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Forms, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, and Hangouts, but also it includes education-specific apps like Classroom and Vault.

Google Classroom allows teachers to send and receive assignments and resources digitally. Teachers are able to monitor and track progress and due dates, and having assignments on the Chromebook eliminates the “dog ate my homework” excuse entirely.

Collaboration with peers and instant updates and feedback from teachers make classrooms efficient and grading student work more thorough and faster.

Google Vault ensures that the data is archived and protected for legal compliance for schools. Google Vault holds, retains, searches, and exports data from Gmail, Hangouts, Groups, and any files stored in Drive.

Vault also helps schools comply with both FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) regulations regarding the protection of minors on the internet.

Why CTL Chromebooks and 1:1 Solutions?

For years, CTL has been helping schools go 1:1 with specially designed ultra-rugged Chromebooks for education, whiteglove deployment offerings, and a variety of software options to help with classroom management and student engagement.

Monthly Professional Development Webinars are also included when you go 1:1 with CTL ensuring that educators and administrators are always up-to-date on the latest tips and tricks and offerings for getting the most out of using Chromebooks in the classroom.

There has never been a better time to jump ahead of the curve and implement Chromebooks into your schools. If you’d like to know more about going 1:1 or implementing Chromebooks in the classroom, including special pricing for educational customers, CTL Rocks Grant opportunities, and the benefits of Chromebooks, contact one of our sales reps today.

View the video below to watch Jefferson County’s Administrators discuss why they are requiring their students to purchase Chromebooks:

If you’re interested in the possibility of implementing a 1:1 program from CTL in your classroom or school district, contact us today! We’d be happy to help you figure out if going 1:1 is right for you!