Science Exploration App Now Available through CTL

Science Exploration App Now Available through CTL

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

LabCam by Intellisense is a Science Exploration App with Seven Tools that Can be Pre-Loaded onto CTL Chromebooks or Windows Devices

science exploration appEducators looking for a cost-effective way to enhance STEM curriculum and promote scientific inquiry can now purchase LabCam by Intellisense science exploration app with any CTL Chromebook or 2go PC Windows device for as low as $3 per unit. LabCamera uses the built-in camera on a Chromebook or Windows device to carry out scientific experiments, helping students to develop skills for investigation, problem-solving, critical thinking and deductive reasoning.

To measure the efficiency of LabCam in schools, ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary carried out a study in a working classroom environment. The outcome of this study conducted on 160 9th grade students from five different schools indicated a 10-15% improvement in STEM subjects. Besides helping students to improve their knowledge in science, this study concluded that LabCam by Intellisense considerably raises the interest of students with average skills, helping to convert students from apathy to enthusiasm about science.

The seven LabCam tools include:

Time Lapse – Time Lapse helps students observe and better understand the slow processes of ntaure, such as the formation and migration of clouds, ice melting, the growth of plants, etc. The software makes still shots in configurable intervals and stitches these images into a coherent stream of video.

Motion Cam – The Motion Cam function makes a recording when it detects movement in front of the camera, allowing you to capture rare and intimate situations in nature. It works just like motion-sensor cameras.

Pathfinder – Pathfinder is practically a motion density map. The more movement occurs, the more coloured the attended trails get on the screen. Enjoy tracking traffic density, single-cell organism or trails of ants in an ant farm.

Kinematics – The Kinematics function allows tracking of the horizontal and vertical movement characteristics (displacement, velocity, and acceleration) of one or more objects in real time. The software is capable to capture a maximum of 3 selected objects at the same time, allowing complex kinematic experiments.

Microscope – The Microscope feature allows you to carry out microscopic measurements and also to perform any kind of measurement when a reference value is available (ie. the moon’s diameter). Web cameras are able to capture extremely close shots, so even single-celled organisms can be observed as well.

Universal Logger – By connecting a camera, the software will recognize various types of measuring instruments be it a liquid-in-glass, needle pointer, or a digital display. The aim is to empower users to connect otherwise not compatible measuring instruments to a computer, and to record and analyze measured data. With the help of the software, the school’s old instruments or simple home measurement devices may be turned into digital loggable  instruments.

Graph Challenge – Understand graphs with a game-like app that allows you to use a predefined marker to follow an object’s movement and velocity. Customize the graph, the speed and the movement and challenge your peers to achieve a 100% score.

STEM educators interested in including the LabCam by Intellisense science exploration app with the purchase of their school’s Chromebooks or Windows devices may contact CTL for more information. CTL’s education devices that are compatible with the LabCam by Intellisense app include the CTL NL6 Education Chromebook, CTL J2 Chromebook for Education, CTL J4 Chromebook for Education, CTL J4+ Chromebook for Education, and any 2go PC Windows device.

 

The Best Cloud-Based Internet Security for Schools is Available through CTL

The Best Cloud-Based Internet Security for Schools is Available through CTL

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

The Best Cloud-Based Internet Security for Schools is Securly, Available through CTL

If your educational organization is looking for the best cloud-based internet security for schools, it can be hard to differentiate between competing companies. As schools research solutions to meet CIPA compliance and provide internet safety for kids, We have some useful information to help distinguish what sets Securly apart from competitors such as GoGuardian. After reviewing the facts, we think you’ll agree that Securly’s unique features make it the best cloud-based internet security for schools.

Securly is a Unified Solution: Chromebooks are a subset of what Securly does. Securly is able to provide the same level of protection across ALL devices that typically make up a school’s network. This would include Chromebooks, iPads, Windows PCs and Macbooks. GoGuardian is a Chromebook-only solution and the school is stuck having to manage two filters. Securly is a comprehensive replacement for an appliance based solution (iBoss, Lightspeed, etc).

Bully and Self-Harm Detection: Most schools tend to block Social Networking outright. Securly moves the needle for digital citizenship by allowing schools to open this up inside a walled garden (and away from school). With Securly, schools are able to audit social media posts and use natural language processing to alert on posts that could be indicative of self harm and bullying. This video shows the effectiveness of Securly’s natural language processing features for social media: https://vimeo.com/108199772

Parental Integration: Securly believes that parents are essential partners in a 1:1 rollout and has created the ability for parents log into their dashboard and see what their kids are doing on school owned devices and set policies on them. Learn more about Securly’s parental integration features here: https://vimeo.com/110198195

CTL is proud to partner with Securly, the best cloud-based internet security for schools. Schools that purchase the CTL Education ChromebookCTL J2 Chromebook for Education, CTL J4 Chromebook for Education or CTL J4+ Chromebook for Education (with IPS panel) can get peace of mind with the included Securly in-school and take-home cloud based filtering. Chromebooks from CTL with Securly will help IT Administrators manage their school’s internet safety policy and achieve CIPA compliance (Child Internet Protection Act), an e-rate requirement, by providing real-time view of student activity as well as the ability to see a report of websites students have either visited or been blocked from accessing. By implementing Securly in their 1:1 programs, K-12 school IT departments and educators will be better able to shape and secure the students online screen time in accordance with the web filtering requirements of the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and e-rate.

If you have already purchased a CTL Education Chromebook or the CTL J2 Chromebook for Education, your free year of Securly is retroactive. Contact CTL today to find out how to start your free year of Securly, the best cloud-based internet security for schools.

TIPS/TAPS Purchasing Cooperative Awards Agreement to CTL

TIPS/TAPS Purchasing Cooperative Awards Agreement to CTL

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

TIPS/TAPS Purchasing Cooperative Customers Can Now Purchase CTL Products!


TIPS/TAPS Purchasing CooperativeThe TIPS/TAPS purchasing cooperative recently awarded CTL
 a purchasing agreement that will enable them to better serve their public sector customers. The recently awarded TIPS/TAPS purchasing agreement will expand the company’s ability to help more public sector customers meet their IT and computer needs.

“CTL is excited to be awarded the TIPS/TAPS purchasing agreement. We look forward to being able to provide more schools, government agencies and other public sector customers with needed technology and IT solutions.” said Mike Mahanay, CTL’s CMO.

TIPS/TAPS originated in 2002 by the Region 8 Education Service Center in Mount Pleasant, Texas. The TIPS/TAPS purchasing cooperative was created to serve public and private school districts, colleges and universities, federal, state, county and city municipalities. It was created to provide substantial savings and best value for participating educational entities or public agencies through cooperative purchasing practices. For information about TIPS/TAPS, including state eligibility, please visit www.tips-usa.com.

At CTL we pride ourselves on providing quality products with USA based service and support and we feel that this is one of our competitive advantages.  CTL provides USA based service and support for our products via toll-free telephone, email, web ticket and web chat support and for depot warranty repair and RMA from our Beaverton, Oregon service center. When on-site service is required, CTL can provide nationwide on-site service. CTL has a 25-year history of serving public sector agencies and understands the technology and IT solutions needed by schools and governments. The award of the purchasing agreement through the TIPS/TAPS purchasing cooperative will allow CTL to expand their ability to best serve their public sector customers. For more information on CTL’s GovEd pricing, visit ctl.net/goved.

Contact CTL or call 800-642-3087 to learn more about purchasing CTL products through the TIPS/TAPS purchasing cooperative price agreement.

Cortana and Other Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10

Cortana and Other Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Cortana comes with Windows 10

Cortana Digital Assistant and 9 Other Reasons You’ll Love Windows 10

1. CORTANA – Microsoft is bringing its digital assistant Cortana, which so far has only existed on Windows Phones, to Windows 10. On the desktop of Windows 10, Cortana takes the form of a search box located right beside the start button. The box will allow you to search the web and your local computer, with results popping up above it. The voice-activated Cortana software can be used to perform searches, send and dictate emails, control music and launch apps. Notifications will also pop up here.

2.RUNS ON ALL DEVICES – Laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, embedded products, the Internet of Things, servers in enterprise datacenters, you name it. Windows 10 will be compatible with devices from 4 inch to 80 inch screens and devices with no screen at all.

3. UPDATED START MENU – The Windows 10 start menu combines the familiarity of Windows 7 with the modern interface of Windows 8. On the left, apps are displayed in the familiar Windows 7 style, while on the right are more colorful “live tiles” that open the modern, Windows 8-style apps.

4. EVERYTHING RUNS IN A WINDOW – Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize and close with a click.

5. SNAP ENHANCEMENTS – You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.

6. FREE UPGRADE FOR THE FIRST YEAR – Available for Windows 7, 8.1 and even Windows Phone 8.1 users for a full year.

7. STILL TOUCH ENABLED – That’s right, you can use the same Windows 8 touch gestures like scroll and pinch to zoom on laptops and desktops.

8. COMMAND PROMPT – Use shortcuts such as CTRL+C and CTRL+V so you can paste in a directory listing from another app.

9. MULTIPLE DESKTOPS – Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.

10. NEW UNIVERSAL APPS – Apps such as Outlook, Calendar, Photos and more will provide a consistent interface across PCs, tablets and phones. The new Photos app will automatically enhance and touch up photos and Windows 10 users can expect new apps for People, Maps and Music as well.

Contact CTL or call 800-642-3087 to learn more about Cortana and Windows 10.

 

Why Buy CTL? We Let Our Customers Tell You

Why Buy CTL? We Let Our Customers Tell You

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Why Buy CTL? Our Customers Share Their Experience

CTL_imageWhy Buy CTL? We could write a blog post explaining why CTL offers such great products, support and service. But rather than asking you to take our word for it, we decided to have some of our happy customers share their favorite things about working with us. These testimonials come from just a few of our satisfied customers who appreciate working with a tech company with 25 year history  that has USA based service and support. Read on to discover how CTL goes the extra mile to keep our customers happy.

 

“Centennial School District has been working with CTL for a few years now on projects ranging from large scale projector and Chromebook deployments to smaller, single classroom needs. Their customer service is top-notch. When I need a quote for a new order we get it the same day and usually within a few hours. For RMA’s their support team is quick, courteous, and always communicates well the status of ticket. CTL’s management does an excellent job reaching out to their K-12 customers for feedback and genuinely works with their customers to improve upon their products and service. I highly recommend CTL to anyone who is looking for great products, service, and competitive pricing.”

Frank Decker, Executive Supervisor, Instructional Technology & Assessment
Centennial School District

 

“Working with CTL has been a great investment for the Hillsboro School District. CTL provides a great value for the pure hard costs of the technology we are wanting to deploy in our schools. And from my perspective, and equally as important, they excel at providing exceptional value in the soft costs of purchasing technology; time spent researching specs, value in added in providing support on fundamental design and deployment strategies, excellent working relationship. Working with CTL has been and continues to be a value added relationship for our district. I trust them and am able to count on them delivering what they commit to and when they commit to doing it.”

Don Wolff, Chief Information Officer
Hillsboro School District 1J

 

“With over two decades in the tech industry, and five years with CTL, I can honestly say CTL has been the best company to work with. From sales to support the process is always painless.  Fortunately, I never use the support side much, but my few experiences there have been quick and responsive with great results. Being on the state contract list makes it easy to spend the majority of my tech budget with CTL, especially when I’m worried about ROI on an ever tightening budget.”

Don Mespelt, Technology Coordinator
Administrative School District 10
Seaside School District

 

“Working with CTL has been a benefit to our organization. We have found value in working with CTL and their products are serviceable and many use modular components and allow our technicians the ability to repair machines through their in-house certification program. This has allowed us to keep our costs of keeping machines operating low.  We have been using CTL Chromebooks as our standard issue and they have been robust and cost-effective, providing a lot of value to our organization. We are very pleased with the performance, cost, and ongoing reliability of the products that we have received from CTL. Their sales and customer support staff are top notch!”

David Klusman
Oregon City School District

 

“I have been working with CTL for about a year, sourcing all of our desktop PC’s as well as some data infrastructure equipment. CTL has been easy to work with, always meeting stated timelines, and providing right sized solutions that fit our business needs. Additionally every person I have interacted with at CTL has been outgoing, friendly, helpful and a team that is truly enjoyable to work with.”

Marsha Lawton, IT Manager
Powell’s Books

 

“CTL is our preferred supplier for IT hardware.”

Shane Prychun, IT Department
Roth’s Fresh Markets

 

“Working with CTL has been easy and a pleasure and very professional. There is follow-through.  For example, during a period of tight supply on Chromebooks, the staff reserved systems for me in the next shipment and made sure to work with me at every step so I knew what was happening and the timing of the orders. There was a clear sense that they were looking out for my interests, and not just selling computers. Thanks CTL!”

Craig Donnan, MA, Systems Administrator
Washington West Supervisory Union

 

“CTL has been a go-to vendor for Bi-Mart for many years. Often the best price in the market, good quality and on-time delivery. As a Northwest-based, employee-owned company, Bi-Mart values long-term partnerships. CTL has always shown a willingness to work with us to offer custom deals that meet our needs. That quality of working with us, rather than just offering us packaged offerings, defines a good partner.”

Joel Rosenberg, Vice President of Information Systems
Employee/Owner
Bi-Mart Corporation

 

Looking for more information about CTL’s products, services and support? Contact CTL or call 1-800-642-3087 today to learn more. We’re here to help you with all your technology and IT needs.

Rugged 2-in-1 for EMS Available at CTL

Rugged 2-in-1 for EMS Available at CTL

Stephanie Shea

Stephanie Shea

Marketing Manager at CTL
Stephanie Shea holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and has almost 20 years of writing experience ranging from newspaper reporting to PR, blogging, website copy, product descriptions, social media and advertising. When she’s not at CTL, Stephanie can be found playing the tenor sax, practicing astrology or hitting the running trails in Forest Park.
Stephanie Shea

Rugged 2-in-1 for EMS Helps Improve Response Time

CTL’s  2go PC NL4-R rugged 2-in-1 Windows device is a valuable tool to help EMS crews respond and relay information quickly in situations where every second counts. The CTL 2go PC NL4-R rugged 2-in-1 Windows device, originally designed for education, features a 10” capacitive touch screen with 5-point touch, 320GB HDD and dual core Intel Celeron N2807 processor. This rugged 2-in-1 for EMS includes the following ruggedization features that make this an ideal device for high speed driving conditions, even on rough roads.:

  • Reinforced corners
  • Carry handle
  • Shock mounted LCD screen
  • Spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad
  • Easy-to-hold texturized surface
  • Available with HDD protection to help prevent damage from drops or other sudden shocks

The NL4-R rugged 2-in-1 for EMS can be mounted in a vehicle to help crews access traffic and mapping applications on the go. CTL has showcased this device at trade shows such as EMS World Expo, Zoll Summit, EMS Redline and more, where it received positive feedback from the EMS community. The growth of EMS-specific apps has increased the use of rugged, mobile devices by EMS crews. Technicians can work faster on the NL4-R 2-in-1 using the digitized stylus or finger input to report critical information. The water-resistant keyboard can be wiped down to remove germs and contamination and the 1.3 megapixel video camera can be valuable for remote video communications.

By moving to electronic filing systems, EMS technicians can enter patient information from their vehicles, spending less time on paperwork and more time helping patients in need. Excessive paperwork can hinder EMS team efforts to effectively respond to crisis situations. Using the NL4-R rugged 2-in-1 for EMS, crews can streamline their response time and transmit vital information instantly. For more information on the CTL 2go PC NL4-R rugged 2-in-1 Windows device, contact CTL or your sales representative for a quote.

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