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Closing the Gap: A Safer Internet with Access for Every Student

Closing the Gap: A Safer Internet with Access for Every Student

CTL Partners with Kajeet to Close the Digital Equity Gap

According to recent studies, 7 in 10 teachers assign homework that requires access to broadband. According to the Pew Research Center, over five million households with students do not have broadband internet service. The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) study, “Taking the Pulse of the High School Student in America”, found that nearly 50 percent of all students said they have been unable to complete their homework because they didn’t have access to the Internet or a computer.

CTL recognized the need to include a digital equity solution in our implementation of 1:1 solutions.

CTL has partnered up with Kajeet to ensure that students are able to check out Kajeet SmartSpot devices overnight from their school library and use them with their CTL Chromebooks.

Kajeet is the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity.

Kajeet’s mission is to close the Homework Gap in school districts across the country. Kajeet provides an affordable mobile broadband solution that connects low-income students to the resources needed to complete homework. The Kajeet SmartSpot solution, a portable Wifi hotspot combined with the innovative Sentinel cloud portal, enables administrators and teachers to provide CIPA-compliant, customizable filtered Internet access that keeps students safe and focused on school work and provides mobile Internet connectivity for education without the worry of data abuse. Kajeet’s products and services operate on three national 4G LTE networks.

“Mobile hotspots have made it possible for us to bring the world to ALL of our kids despite their resources. We are so fortunate to have this solution for our students in need,” said Susan Jensen, Principal of White Pine Middle School in Ely, Nevada.

“There are many, many students across America without the Internet at home. Together with CTL, we are thrilled to address this very critical issue, specifically in Nevada,” said Daniel Neal, CEO and founder of Kajeet. “As teachers increase their reliance on technology and Internet resources to achieve success in the classroom, it is essential for school administrators to ensure their students have not only the right tools to do homework but have those tools accessible when needed.”

“By partnering with Kajeet, CTL is helping to improve access for students who don’t have the resources to get their homework done at home,” said Erik Stromquist, President, CTL. “Combining our laptop devices with the Kajeet SmartSpot means that together we can level the playing field for all students, and close the gap in digital equity.”

The Game is More Fun with a Leveled Competition

All youth should have access to education, and with the changing landscape of technology’s role in education, CTL is proud to step up in assisting with 1:1 solutions and build partnerships that help close the gap in digital equity and provide equal access to technology for all students.

If you’d like to learn more about getting Kajeet for your CTL Chromebooks for education, contact us today!

CTL J5 Convertible Chromebook is an “ISTE 2017 Best of Show”

CTL J5 Convertible Chromebook is an “ISTE 2017 Best of Show”

The CTL team recently returned from our yearly trip to ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education conference and tradeshow. This year was exceptionally special as a record number of over 20,000 attendees and exhibitors from all 50 states and 72 different countries flocked to see the latest in ed-tech solutions. CTL brought our fleet of ruggedized Chromebooks for education. Though we’re proud to say that the CTL J5 Rugged Convertible Touch Chromebook stole the show and was voted “ISTE 2017 Best of Show” by Tech & Learning Magazine.

Each year after the ISTE conference, Tech & Learning releases its list of winners of the “ISTE Best of Show” Awards. Tech & Learning’s team of advisors dedicate their time at the conference to explore all 572 exhibiting companies. These anonymous judges review each product based on a sliding scale, evaluating areas of ease of use, quality, innovative application of technology, and effectiveness. They then meet to discuss and name “Best of Show” products which will have the most impact in classrooms. Last year, T&L took note of the CTL NL61X Chromebook for Education and awarded the device “Best of Show.”

J5 Remains a Best Selling Chromebook for Educaiton

This year, CTL’s J5 Chromebook for education caught their eye. One of our best-selling products, the J5 Chromebook stands up to daily use from students, converts to display and tablet mode, and features a drop resistant design, spill-proof keyboard, and a battery that lasts up to 10 hours. The J5’s ten point capacitive touch screen allows the user to scroll, navigate, and interact with the Chromebook with ease.

We, at CTL, always value the time we get to spend with new and old friends attending ISTE and many other tradeshows. This year was no exception. From our Educator Appreciation Reception at the Hard Rock Cafe to our talks with our attendees about digital equity, 1:1 solutions, and ed-tech innovation, we remain excited to celebrate technology in education each year at ISTE.

Were You in Attendance at ISTE 2017?

Were you at ISTE this year? Did you have a chance to stop by the CTL booth and chat with our team? Did you come away with any questions about CTL or our products? We’d love to talk more with you about our 1:1 solutions, Chromebooks for education, and educational offerings. Feel free to email or call us anytime to chat.

Thanks again to everyone who made ISTE 2017 so special. We look forward to next year’s tradeshow and hope to catch up with everyone again!

J5 Now Featuring a New 360 True Flat Durable Hinge Design

J5 Now Featuring a New 360 True Flat Durable Hinge Design

At CTL we are always thinking about the next innovation in ed-tech solutions and always looking for ways to continually improve our existing products. Whether product feedback comes by way of customers or our own experience with the products, we never shy away from continual refinement and innovation of our catalog. In other words, you speak and we listen!

The J5 Chromebook Made for Students

We love our J5 series of Chromebook. Rated as one of PC Magazine’s best Chromebooks of 2017, this device is a top seller for education and student use. The J5 is a great piece of technology, seamlessly moving from laptop mode to display mode to tablet mode. The device is also extremely durable, able to withstand falls, resists liquids through spill-proof keyboards which drain away from the internal components, and lasts ten hours between charges. All this and a 10-point capacitive touchscreen with IPS Panel ensuring responsive touchscreen interaction. The hinges are strong and durable to warrant the 360-degree movement in daily use.

J5 Chromebook: We Just Can’t Get Enough

We’ve now re-launched the J5 with new and improved hinges that smoothly glide with the screen, opening to lie flat yet still retaining the perfect amount of tension to hold the device open in whichever mode is desired. This improvement should reduce wear on the hinge and reduce risk to stress on the screen when opening.

We’re always proud to ensure that feedback and attention is paid to continual refinement and improvement in our devices.
CTL’s J5 Chromebook is an excellent choice for students and adults alike. At a price point of $259, with an included one-year warranty, this Chromebook is a great choice for back-to-school needs and classroom tools.

Visit the J5 Chromebook product page to learn more about specs and purchasing.

J5 Convertible Chromebook Display Modes

CTL named one of Oregon’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies

CTL named one of Oregon’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies

We are excited to announce that the Portland Business Journal has once again named CTL as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon. This is now the fourth consecutive year in a row that CTL has been featured in this annual ranking.

CTL Knows Ed-Tech Solutions

As CTL maintains dedication to smart sustainable growth as a company, there is no doubt in the company’s upward trajectory of providing excellence in ed-tech solutions. CTL has remained committed to supplying the education sector with the latest innovations in Chromebooks and device management solutions. We also continue our resolve in providing superior customer service and affordability for our customers and education partners at every stage of the company’s growth.

CTL Knows Community

With our headquarters based in Oregon, CTL is proud to be a member of our community. Our mission to sponsor and fund grants and organizations, in our area and beyond, allows us to give back to those around us. This is why being recognized by the Portland Business Journal is such an honor for the company. As CTL continues to grow, we also aim to maintain focus on remaining a dedicated member of our local community

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon four years in a row. As our comprehensive 1:1 programs continue to provide the best in ed-tech solutions, we look forward to serving the education sector with excellent customer service and product innovation.” Erik Stromquist, CTL President

You can read more about the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies at this link:

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/05/16/meet-oregons-100-fastest-growing-private-companies.htm

Check out all our ed-tech solutions and products and learn more about the company and our work in the community at ctl.net, or give us a call at 800-642-3087 to learn more. If you’re in the Portland Metro area, you can find the CTL headquarters at 9700 SW Harvest Court, Beaverton, OR 97005.

CTL Named to CRN’s 2017 Solution Provider 500 List

CTL Named to CRN’s 2017 Solution Provider 500 List

We are proud to announce that today CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named CTL to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.

The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. This year, for the first time since 2010, the complete list will be published on CRN.com, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with.

CRN has also released its 2017 Solution Provider 500: Newcomers list, recognizing 58 companies making their debut in the Solution Provider 500 ranking this year.

“We’re honored to be included in CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list. Our comprehensive technology solutions have helped 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.” – Erik Stromquist, President of CTL

“CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list spotlights the North American IT channel partner organizations that have earned the highest revenue over the past year, providing a valuable resource to vendors looking for top solution providers to partner with,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible, combined revenue of over $318 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands. We extend our sincerest congratulations to each of these top-performing solution providers and look forward to their future pursuits and successes.”

The complete 2017 Solution Provider 500 list will be available online at www.crn.com/sp500 and a sample from the list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine.

To learn more about CTL’s Solution options, whether for business or education, contact a CTL Sales Rep today!