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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

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

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

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

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 every student in public school throughout the entire 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!

CTL Helps Bring Digital Equity To Nevada’s Remotest Corners; Students and Schools Transformed by Successful 1:1 Program

CTL Helps Bring Digital Equity To Nevada’s Remotest Corners; Students and Schools Transformed by Successful 1:1 Program

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

The Comprehensive 1:1 Solution that CTL Provided for Nevada Ready 21 (NR21) Addresses Digital Equity, from Urban Centers to even in the Remotest Corners of Rural Nevada to.

First year results from CTL’s partnership with Nevada Ready 21 (NR21) have been celebrated at the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) conference in San Antonio and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Houston. Additionally, CTL’s J5 Convertible Chromebook was voted “ISTE 2017 Best of Show” by Tech & Learning Magazine.

Putting together a statewide 1:1 program gave CTL the economies of scale needed to bring the same comprehensive 1:1 solution to a frontier school with 19 students that it brought to middle schools with over 1,700 students.

Implementing New Tech in the Classroom is no Easy Feat

The real heroes in the success of NR21 are the administrators and teachers who have been able to quickly adapt to new technology in the classroom and assist their students through the transition. The eagerness and readiness of these educators to continually increase and refine their Chromebook knowledge is a testament to their dedication to student success and digital equity.

According to Principal Dr. Toby Melver of Eleanor Lemaire Junior High School in Battle Mountain, “This is the first time in 20 years of education in Nevada where rural schools in Nevada were on an even playing field with larger schools and districts in the country. It gave us great hope to be able to put our best foot forward and be awarded this grant based on our merits and not the size of our district.”

The innovative Nevada Ready 21 program not only provides training and access to devices, it is also succeeding in increasing access to learning, especially for diverse students in rural communities. In one middle school, the Digital Learning Coach was able to show a teacher how to use Google Translate to provide access to her lessons for a Spanish-speaking student. This process was replicated twice in the next two weeks for simplified Chinese- and Farsi-speaking students.

One of the most challenging situations that schools face is helping all students feel included in the learning community. According to Daphne DeLeon, former Nevada Ready 21 Program Director, “The ability to differentiate learning on the same device for every student allows students in special populations to feel like they are a part of the student community. At one site visit, we heard that special education students loved getting on the bus with their Chromebook because they felt just like other students.”

CTL’s History with NR-21

CTL was awarded the Nevada Ready 21 program contract in 2016. Since then, over 19,000    5th-8th graders have a Chromebook to use both in school and at home during the school year. All 23 NR21 schools also have WiFi access covering every instructional space on campus. A full report on the results shows remarkable progress.

CTL is proud to be involved in helping create a 1:1 program that reaches every student in the state of Nevada, including even the remotest areas. This ensures that all students regardless of income or proximity to urban areas have access to necessary skills for the digital age.

Contact CTL today to find out more about 1:1 solutions and how they can help your classroom or school district succeed in creating digital equity for your students.

CTL named in the Top 50 of CRN’s Fastest Growth 150 List

CTL named in the Top 50 of CRN’s Fastest Growth 150 List

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

CTL has been working hard to expand our market reach in comprehensive education solutions. As we focus on providing the best 1:1 solutions for classrooms and engineering student-proof rugged Chromebooks for education, the technology industry is taking notice.

This week, The Channel Company named CTL to its Top 50 on the 2017 Fast Growth 150 list. The list is CRN‘s annual ranking of North America-based technology integrators, solution providers, and IT consultants with gross sales of at least $1 million that have experienced significant economic growth over the past two years. The 2017 list is based on gains in gross revenue between 2014 and 2016, and the companies recognized represent a total combined revenue of more than $16,717,688,643.

Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company explains, “The companies on CRN‘s 2017 Fast Growth 150 list are thriving in what is now a very tumultuous and demanding IT channel climate. This remarkable group of solution providers has successfully adapted to a landmark industry shift away from the traditional VAR business model to a more services-driven approach, outpacing competitors and emerging as true channel leaders. We congratulate each of the Fast Growth 150 honorees and look forward to their continued success.”

Erik Stromquist, President of CTL, acknowledged the accolade by saying, “We’re honored to have made the Top 50 on CRN‘s Fastest Growth 150 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.”

Recognition for CTL’s 1:1 Solutions and Rugged Chromebooks Keep Coming

Making the Top 50 on CRN’s Fastest Growth 150 list is just the most recent accolade for CTL. This year, CTL placed #14 on the Portland Business Journal’s list of Top Tech Companies in Portland as well as their 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies list. In June, CRN also took note of CTL in their 2017 list of top 500 Solution Providers, a list which spotlights North American IT organizations that have earned the highest revenue over the past year, while providing a valuable resource to vendors looking for top solution providers to partner with. CTL’s J5 Chromebook has been collecting its own accolades, winning an ISTE 2017 Best in Show award from Tech and Learning Magazine as well as being noted by PC Magazine as one of the Best Chromebooks of 2017.

CTL is excited to see what the rest of the year will bring in terms of growth and recognition, but most importantly we will remain committed to providing our customers excellent customer service and best-in-class technology products and solutions.

You can see The Fast Growth 150 list which is highlighted in the August issue of CRN and can be viewed online at www.crn.com/fastgrowth150.

To learn more about CTL’s products, 1:1 solutions for schools, and our line of ultra-rugged Chromebooks, contact one of our sales reps today to see how CTL can help streamline your classroom or business.

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

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

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

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!

The Ins and Outs of 1:1

The Ins and Outs of 1:1

Dani Kennis

Dani Kennis

Dani is a high school Special Education Social Studies teacher and Technology Coach in the New York suburbs. She is also a Level 2 Google Certified Trainer and co-founder of The Education Calendar, a crowdsourced map and calendar of education events worldwide. Her blended classroom incorporates the use of G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education) as well as other Web 2.0 tools in order to prepare her students to be successful 21st century learners in a global community. She blogs about her work and teaching at DaniKennis.com and would love to connect on Twitter (@kennisdani).
Dani Kennis

After several warm, sunny summer weeks spent recharging and resting up, many teachers are eager for the fresh start of a new school year. As these teachers think about how and what their students need to learn, they must also think about any challenges, goals, and risks they are willing to take to maximize learning. Education is at a pivotal point in which we see the intersection of technology and learning meet with a more personalized approach to learning itself. The vehicle which moves this type of learning forward is called the 1:1 initiative.

The idea behind this initiative is that each student is provided with a device that allows them access to the Internet and a multitude of resources. But implementing 1:1 can be overwhelming, confusing, and even frustrating at times. As teachers prepare to jump headfirst into the upcoming school year, let me share some tips and tricks to help navigate the ins and outs of utilizing 1:1 to ensure a successful, productive year for both students and teachers.

1:1 → The Why

  • Schools no longer look the way they did 100 years ago or even 10 years ago.
    • Devices such as Chromebooks offer the opportunity for students to take ownership in their learning through a personalized and interactive approach. Providing students with these digital resources enables them to be collaborative creators of content rather than mere passive consumers of information.
    • Learning now is student-centered, personalized, and self-paced allowing for student voice and student choice. In my own classroom, ‘all of us are smarter than one of us’ has become the motto to foster a collaborative learning environment. It is one in which we work together to find and create learning experiences specifically catered to the individual needs of each student. I know as an educator, is is easy to fall into the ‘sage on the stage’ role. In fact, this was the biggest shift for me when I implemented 1:1.
  • Access & opportunity.
    • When we allow students to discover their own passions and interests, they become more excited about the learning process. As educators, we can guide our students on this self-paced journey by offering them ample opportunity for connectivity and collaboration. We have a responsibility to teach our students that the world is much bigger than just the four walls of the classroom or the confines of their street, neighborhood, or city. This journey begins with encouraging students to create content for an audience larger than just their teacher. Providing students with avenues to share their work with classmates, whether in their own classroom or in a classroom halfway around the world, empowers them to learn and share even more.
    • “We’ve always done it this way,” is an outdated motto and a habit that I strive to break in order to better reach my students and help them achieve their fullest potential. While it can be daunting to try something new, a 1:1 initiative lends itself to a sense of pride and excitement in the classroom. Students communicate with each more as they are excited about what they find and create on the Internet.

1:1 → The How

  • Establish procedures, routines, and expectations.
    • Before putting devices into the hands of students, it is imperative to first develop a plan. Will you number your Chromebooks and assign one to each student or will you have students use a different Chromebook each day? Where will you store your Chromebooks? How will students get their Chromebooks and when? Will students be on their devices the entire period or just for a portion of class time?
    • ‘Tech Free Tuesday’ is a designated day in my classroom where we do not use devices. Instead, the time is spent on direct instruction or students can work on more hands-on projects or written creative work. Giving students the space to work with their Chromebooks is as important as allowing them time to digest the information and learn to independently complete tasks without them.
    • Flexibility is key regarding the physical space. Depending on what the learning objective is, students will need to be able to work in many different settings:  independently, in small groups, and as a whole class. It is important to figure out which physical configuration of desks and furniture lends itself best to the specific learning outcomes. Classroom designs that are student-centered (a U-shape versus rows, for example) are a better match for a more fun and active learning environment.
  • Perhaps the most important part of learning any new skill is ‘sandbox time’. Allowing students the time to play, experiment, and discover what does or does not work is crucial to the implementation of a successful 1:1 rollout. In my classroom, I am going to try hosting a smackdown in the first few weeks of school in which the students will find and present a new tool or skill they discovered while using their Chromebook. This gives an incentive for the students who enjoy competing but also provides a safe space for those who like to work independently.
  • Getting started:  Provide students with expectations and skills related to your 1:1 initiative. This should be  a list of buildable skills that students need in their repertoire to be successful later in the year when engaged in deeper learning or involved with more complex projects. Additionally, teach students about digital citizenship. This may include information on what it means to establish a positive online presence or information on the copyrighted materials and the fair use rules. Common Sense Media, an independent nonprofit organization that helps children successfully navigate with media and technology, is an excellent place to start when teaching students about responsible use online.
  • Establish a classroom management plan that fits in with your learning goals and the needs of your students. This will look different from previous classroom management plans because expectations, behaviors, and consequences should fit with your new 1:1 initiative.

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For a deeper dive into the world of 1:1, tune into my webinar on Wednesday August 2, at 1 p.m. PST!