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ASUS Chromebit: Great things come in small packages

ASUS Chromebit: Great things come in small packages

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 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.

PocketLab Handheld Scientific Laboratory Available at CTL

PocketLab Handheld Scientific Laboratory 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

Get PocketLab Wireless Scientific Sensor for $98 at ctl.net

CTL is offering PocketLab, a wireless scientific sensor that measures motion, acceleration, angular velocity, magnetic field, pressure, altitude, and temperature. PocketLab connects with a single button to a smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, or computer and instantly streams data that teachers and students can see and record. With the same features as lab equipment that costs thousands of dollars, PocketLab is low cost and intuitive to use.

Educators or students can purchase the PocketLab handheld scientific laboratory for $98 at http://ctl.net/pocket-lab. Using the PocketLab app, users can easily analyze data, create graphs, and integrate data with other software such as Google Drive or Microsoft Excel.

Below is a listing of the various functions available in PocketLab wireless scientific sensor, the “swiss army knife” of science education:


PocketLab accelerometerAccelerometer

  • Acceleration
  • Speed
  • Force
  • Position

 

PocketLab gyroscopeGyroscope

  • Angular Velocity
  • Position

 

 

PocketLab magnetometerMagnetometer

  • Magnetic Field
  • Digital Compass

 

 

PocketLab pressure gaugeBarometer

  • Air Pressure
  • Altitude

 

 

PocketLab temperatureTemperature

  • Celsius
  • Fahrenheit
  • Kelvin

 

Want to learn more about how to use PocketLab handheld scientific laboratory? Check out our Introduction to PocketLab webinar or PocketLab Intermediate Level webinar for demonstrations and lab experiment ideas.

Colorful Chromebook Cases Now Available for CTL NL6 Education Chromebook

Colorful Chromebook Cases Now Available for CTL NL6 Education Chromebook

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

Choose from 9 Colorful Chromebook Cases for the CTL NL6 Education Chromebook

Protect your CTL NL6 Education Chromebook in style with new iPearl mCover® hard shell cases. These colorful Chromebook cases are custom designed to fit the CTL NL6 Education Chromebook perfectly (11.8” x 8.5” x .88”). Made from USA-made, high-quality Dow polycarbonate material, the iPearl mCover cases are shatter-proof and offer extra protection for your CTL NL6 Education Chromebook. These ergonomically designed cases offer protection against scratches and accidental damage. The iPearl mCover colorful Chromebook cases are compatible only with the CTL NL6 Education Chromebook and will not fit any other CTL Chromebooks or laptop models. These cases include the following features:

  • Designed to protect all corners of the CTL NL6 Education Chromebook
  • Hard Case with retractable feet to enable comfortable typing.
  • Wider ventilation slots and retractable feet prolongs the Chromebook’s life by offering maximum heat ventilation
  • Two-piece light weight – 8.5 oz shell
  • Easily snaps on and off
  • Available in 9 colors (8 vibrant colors plus clear)
  • Asset tag window

These colorful Chromebook cases are available in clear, black, pink, blue, orange, green, red and purple and can be purchased online from the iPearl webiste. iPearl mCover hard shell cases are a fun and easy way to protect your CTL NL6 Education Chromebook. With such a wide variety of colors, including clear, there’s guaranteed to be a case to fit everyone’s personality. At just $24.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling, you may want several of these colorful Chromebook cases and switch them out depending on your mood.

The CTL Education Chromebook features a powerful Intel Quad Core processor, 4MB of ultra fast cache, 4GB of RAM and a battery life of up to 9.5 hours. The 180-degree hinge allows this Chromebook to lay flat and adjust to a variety of angles. The CTL Education Chromebook also boasts a carry handle (for hanging in a locker), non-slip texture and 180-degree rotatable camera. Qualifying education customers can receive a free 2-year depot warranty (a $28/unit value) plus free white glove provisioning (a $10/unit value) when they purchase 100+ units. Read more about this special offer for the CTL NL6 Education Chromebook.

PocketLab Wireless Scientific Sensor for Education now available through CTL

PocketLab Wireless Scientific Sensor for Education 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

PocketLab wireless scientific sensor

PocketLab Wireless Scientific Sensor Enables Educators, Students and Makers to Easily Gather Data

PocketLab, a wireless scientific sensor for exploring the world and building science experiments, is now available through CTL. PocketLab was built for the curious explorers, educators, students, and makers to bring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to life like never before. PocketLab connects with a single button to a smartphone, tablet, or Chromebook and instantly streams measurement data that can be seen and recorded. This wireless scientific sensor is intuitive to use and measures acceleration, force, angular velocity, magnetic field, pressure, altitude, and temperature. Using PocketLab’s cloud software, students can easily analyze data, create graphs and integrate data with other software. PocketLab is available through CTL for $98 and has the same features as lab equipment that costs thousands of dollars .

Using Bluetooth 4.0, PocketLab connects with a single button to an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet or Google Chromebook. Data displays and records in real time on any of these devices and students or educators can analyze data online through the PocketLab cloud. Data can be exported in CSV format to integrate into programs like Excel or Google Docs. PocketLab hardware includes:

  • Bluetooth Smart wireless connection
  • Approximately 100 ft. wireless range
  • Approximately 80 hours of operation on one coin cell battery (CR2032)
  • This wireless scientific sensor is just 2.65” long by .65” wide by 1.15” high and can withstand a 6 foot drop when using the protective case.

There are currently  25 labs and activities available on the PocketLab forum, a place for teachers to share cool activities, lessons and use cases that they tried with their students: http://support.thepocketlab.com/forum/explorers/school-curriculum. Many of the labs have YouTube videos with an explanation of the experiment and the expected results. The labs range in topic from projectile motion to the relationship between pressure and volume and pressure and temperature (ideal gas law).

Most of the 25 posted PocketLabs lessons are in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards, including MS-PS2 (http://www.nextgenscience.org/msps2-motion-stability-forces-interactions) and HS-PS2 (http://www.nextgenscience.org/hsps2-motion-stability-forces-interactions) Disciplinary Core Idea strands.

 

How PocketLab Works

PocketLab diagram

The PocketLab wireless scientific sensor specifications include:

  • Accelerometer: ± 8g range, 0.001 g resolution
  • Gyrocsope: ±2000 deg/sec range, 0.1 deg/sec resolution
  • Magnetometer: ± 1000 uT range, 0.1 uT resolution
  • Pressure: 300 to 110kPa range, 3 Pa (o.3 meters) resolution
  • Temperature: ± -30° to 85° C range, 1° C resolution
  • Data rate: up to 50 samples/sec
  • Runs on any PC, Mac, Chromebook, iOS or Android browser

With the PocketLab, students can record multiple sensor measurements simultaneously and use the built-in cloud software to store real-time data. It’s then easy to view and organize results in a timeline, add analysis, notes, photos and videos. Students can quickly share experiment data publicly or with a trusted group. This device integrates with Google Docs and Drive, making it easy for Chrome OS users.

To see a video of the PocketLab in action, visit: http://ctl.re/JqwLpG. For more information about the PocketLab, contact CTL or your sales representative today.

 

 

3D Printing Curricula and 3D Printers for Schools Available through CTL

3D Printing Curricula and 3D Printers for Schools Available through CTL

Mindy Thielges

Mindy Thielges

National Inside Sales Account Manager at CTL
Mindy Thielges has a passion for working with educators and her career has been focused on bringing innovative tools into the classroom for nearly a decade.

Outside of work, Mindy is a "maker" and enjoys several creative passions including working with textiles with quilt and sew projects, tinkering with CAD to design things for arts and crafts,and teaching dance classes and yoga part time.
Mindy Thielges

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3D Printing Curricula and 3D Printers help Students Lay the Foundation for 21st Century Careers

CTL has teamed up with 3D Systems to offer 3D printers and 3D printing curricula to educators. Recently, 3D Systems partnered with STEAMtrax to offer classroom 3D printers  with integrated 3D printing curricula. As technology progresses, the skills students need for the work world are changing. 3D printing is at the forefront of cutting edge technology and is the foundation for many future careers in fields such as engineering, aeronautics, medicine, product design and architecture.

Earlier this year, CTL became a reseller for 3D Systems Corporation, the inventor of the original 3D printing technology. The new collaboration between 3D Systems and STEAMtrax will make it possible for CTL to offer comprehensive packages to educators that include both the 3D printers and 3D printing curricula. STEAMtrax is an innovative new 3D printing curricula for K-9 that integrates engineering and 3D printing technology with core academic knowledge in science, math, language arts, social studies and art. 3D design, printing and scanning are built into each  module using the Cube® 3 printer and the Sense ™ scanner. The STEAMtrax 3D printing curricula includes:

  • Problem-based, thematic storylines to make learning relevant and fun
  • Hands-on, constructivist learning stations to clarify science concepts
  • Integration of 3D design, printing and scanning built into each module
  • Engineering Project Design Process encourages critical thinking
  • Variety of formative and summative assessments, including rubrics
  • Flexible modules easily align to NGSS or state standards
  • Available in digital or print platform

CTL offers a range of 3D printing solutions for educators, including the professional grade Cube Pro®and smaller desktop models, the Cube®. While the STEAMtrax 3D printing curricula is specific to K-9 education, CTL offers 3D printing packages for every grade level, including universities. I’ve got nearly a decade of experience bringing innovative tools into classrooms, including 3D printing solutions. Give me a call at 800-642-3087 x208 or email me at mthielges@ctl.net to discuss how I can assist your school with 3D printing curricula.

Dads and Grads Tech Gifts from 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

Dads and Grads Tech Gifts from CTL

Dads and Grads Tech Gifts from CTL

We’d like to congratulate all the graduates of 2015 and honor Dads this June. If you happen to be a Dad and a Grad, we think you deserve some extra gifts!  CTL is your one-stop shop for dads and grads tech gifts. We offer much more than computer hardware.  Not only do we have a huge selection of laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, desktops, all-in-one PCs and monitors, we’re also your source for all types of electronics, accessories and gadgets on our ctl.net/supplier-direct site. Shop for dads and grads tech gifts including headphones, HD TVs, stereo systems, digital cameras, backpacks, luggage and more. Here are a few examples of great gift ideas from our supplier direct site:

We offer personalized service and our sales team is happy to help you find the perfect dads and grads tech gifts. Give us a call at 1-800-642-3087 or visit ctl.net today and let us help you with your shopping. CTL is a reseller for some of the biggest names in the industry including Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Dell and more. If you’re looking for deals, be sure to check out the “special offers” tab on our home page to save big  on refurbished, off-lease and new items on sale. For example, our new CTL J2 Chromebook for Education is on sale for just $179 and the J4 Chromebook for Education is on sale for $209.

We’d like to salute the Dads and grads everywhere this June. Save time and money by shopping CTL for dads and grads tech gifts this year. If you live in the Portland, OR area, you can pick up your order from our Beaverton headquarters.