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CTL Education Software Offerings

CTL Education Software Offerings

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

Did you know that CTL offers a variety of educational cloud-based web apps that are made for educational Chromebook use? Whether you’re looking to secure your Chromebooks for student safety or seeking to enhance the classroom environment with interactive learning programs, CTL has what you need.

Our software vendor partners have been vetted and proven to be outstandingly successful in their fields of operation. Here is a list of some of our offerings:

Google for Education Apps for Chromebooks:

Did you know that CTL is a Google for Education Premier Partner? Google has become a front-runner in the education sector offering many cloud-based apps specifically designed for use in schools and classrooms.

  • Google Chrome Management Console makes it easy for school IT administrators to deploy and manage users, devices and apps across a fleet of thousands of Chromebooks.
  • G Suite for Education allows teachers and students to create, share and edit files in real time. G Suite for Education core services include Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts and Drive.
  • Google Classroom  is a new tool in G Suite for Education that helps teachers create and organise assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently and communicate easily with their classes.

Internet Accessibility and Safety Apps for Chromebooks:

CTL understands that your all your students need access to the internet to be successful and in order to maintaining CIPA compliance and safe browsing environments for students is priority number one. That is why we offer several great cloud-based software options for security.

  • Kajeet is an industry leader for closing the digital equity gap on providing safe mobile internet connectivity for students. Their Education Broadband solution includes their Kajeet SmartSpot device and cloud portal which allows school districts to provide CIPA-Compliant, education-only filtered internet access at home.
  • Securly is a first of it’s kind cloud-based web filtering software, Securly, gives administrators and educators the ability to customize student’s online browsing experiences and monitor emails and social media to curb cyber bullying and self-harm.
  • GoGuardian provides administrators the power of web filtering, protection, analytics, and reporting all in one place. For teachers, GoGaurdian allows you to set browsing restrictions and view the screens of each students, ensuring that teachers can focus on teaching and not monitoring student device behavior.
  • NetOp Vision allows teachers to manage exactly what students are seeing on their Chromebooks during instruction, block access to the web, and direct attention to the teacher with screen customizable lock screens.

STEM – Math, Science, Coding, etc. Apps for Chromebooks

Your students learn better when they are engaged through a variety of learning methods combined with discovery and play.

  • LabCam helps to promote scientific inquiry, helps make abstract concepts tangible for students and is an excellent complement to your STEM curriculum.The application includes six modules: Time-Lapse Camera, Microscope, Pathfinder, Universal Logger, Kinematics, and Motion Cam.
  • Desmos Graphing Calculator is a best-in-class HTML5 graphing calculator that allows millions of students free access via their internet browser. With a mission to help all students learn and love learning math, their digital tools allow for teachers to create activities or use the Desmos activities provided on the site.
  • CodeCombat is an interactive learning game that combines learning and fun. Students are led through an interactive universe where special game play powers are utilized by creating read code!
  • NCLabs has created a variety of programs with the goal of bringing educational equity to STEM education programs everywhere. These online courses teach students a variety computational thinking and programming skills using fun games that make learning feel like play.
  • PocketLab is a science lab that fits in your pocket and connects to software ran on Chromebook. This little device can be used to measure position, velocity, acceleration, magnetic fields, pressure, altitude, and temperature. When connected to the PocketLab software, students are able to see detailed reporting on experiments.  
  • Intel Tools bring an innovative and engaging approach to science, reading, debate, and more. These specialized tools allow for students to map out cause and effect relationships and learn processes for data collection. Each of the Intel Tools Apps gives teachers the tools they need to create lesson plans and project ideas, and students the platform to

Educational Music Apps for Chromebooks:

Music has been proven to aid in developing language and reasoning. Our music software offerings allow students to learn the basics of music in a collaborative, fun, and creative environment.

  • Noteflight allows students to write, create, and share music online using the Noteflight composing software. Students will gain knowledge of keys, scales, tempos, and familiarize themselves with a variety of instruments.

Video & Image Editing Apps for Chromebooks:

Our world is becoming increasingly based in multimedia formats. Our video and image editing software offerings take Chromebooks for education to the next level teaching students how to produce brilliant videos and presentations.

  • WeVideo is a unique cloud-based collaborative video editing service that helps people from all over the world simply create and share great-looking videos. The WeVideo editor is easy enough for first-time editors, and sophisticated enough to help students create a professional-looking video.
  • Autodesk Pixlr allows students to edit images by quickly cropping, rotating, and fine-tune any picture. The cloud-based app is easy-to-use and allows students to turn photos into works of art with great effects like crosshatch, halftone, and dapple with a single-click.

Contact CTL today to find out more about these Chromebook applications and how you can use implement them in your schools and classrooms!

Managing Chromebooks in the Classroom

Managing Chromebooks in the Classroom

Katherine Livick

Katherine Livick

Professional Development Manager for Digital Learning at ESD 112 at ESD 112
Katherine is the Professional Development Manager for Digital Learning at ESD 112. She is a Google Certified Administrator and manages ESD 112’s GAFE training domain. She’s also a Google Education Trainer who trains district personnel on best practices for managing and using Google apps in an educational setting, as well as providing general tech integration training.
Katherine Livick

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So–you’re getting Chromebooks for your classroom! This is a great opportunity for you and your students. You’ve heard they’re great tools…but the thought of all the things that could go wrong makes your blood run cold. What’s an already-busy teacher to do with the influx of technology into his or her classroom? Every situation is different, but there are a few things you can consider to make the transition smooth for everyone.

Introducing Chromebooks

What is a Chromebook, anyway? How is it different from a laptop? It’s a good idea to have a background understanding of what you’re actually wrangling in your classroom. A Chromebook is essentially a netbook, or small lightweight laptop, that runs the Chrome OS operating system instead of MacOS or Windows. Don’t worry – the environment won’t look too foreign to you once you’re used to it. In order to be called a Chromebook, a laptop must meet certain standards set forth by Google that allow it to operate comfortably with Google tools. Chromebooks are designed to work smoothly with Google apps, but you can run almost any web-based application on a Chromebook, including Office 365. There are a few exceptions, but that list is shrinking by the day. Chromebooks do have some storage space, but they aren’t designed to hold all your documents and data–that’s what Google Drive is for.

Most of the time, when you use a Chromebook, you will log in with your own Google (school district) email account. This is also likely to be how your students will use the Chromebooks. The documents you create and work on will be stored in your Google Drive, which means you can log in to that same account from any device and find all your stuff. This is why your students don’t need to grab the same Chromebook every time (though some teachers prefer that they do just to keep track of how the device is being treated). Pretty cool!

Daily Routines

Think through your daily routines and storage of the devices. Depending on the number of Chromebooks you have, and on district policy, you’ll want to think about the following things:

  • Do students take the devices home? Are they responsible for arriving at school with a fully charged device? Does your district designate policies around handling of electronics, or do you need to make your own?
  • How do students know if they need a device today/this period/for this lesson? It’s a good idea to have a system or sign so you don’t have to answer the question “Can I get out my Chromebook?” a million times at the beginning of the day. Frisco ISD made some great resources for device handling and signals for use–their site is aimed at students who are bringing their own devices to school, but the resources are handy for anyone with devices in their classroom. Take a look at some great teacher advice and student-created posters.
  • If Chromebooks are stored in the classroom, how and where? What are the likely problems with traffic patterns to and from the storage area? Does everyone fetch his or her own device, or will you designate helpers who will pass them out?
  • It’s advisable to be very specific when teaching students how to handle a Chromebook, as well. Two hands on the device whenever you’re carrying it is a very good idea. Be sure to model this behavior for students…I admit that I have dropped a Chromebook in front of my class more than once!
  • Computers collect germs (yuck). Make sure you set policies around food and beverage use near the devices. Whose responsibility is it to clean the devices? How often? Is your district providing cleaning materials that are legal and safe for school use? (Please don’t Windex your Chromebook!)

Expectations and Consequences

If you haven’t used computers in your classroom much, you’ll need to adjust your classroom management style just a bit. Don’t worry too much, and don’t think of yourself as the Internet police, but it’s a good idea to be sure you’re moving about the room. Before you ask students to get their devices, be sure you have a clear purpose for their use, and clearly communicate that to students (with intermittent reminders). If your principal walks in and asks a student “What are you doing with that Chromebook”, you want them to be able to answer intelligently! To save yourself major headaches later, decide on some attention signals to use (yes, even with older students) so you aren’t doing an interpretive dance up front to get attention from a class full of students with eyes glued to screens. Some teachers say “Screens 45” to indicate that they need to interrupt student work briefly; then say “Screens closed” to indicate that they need students to turn off the devices. Be sure to give adequate time for students to respond–even adults don’t respond instantly!

Once you’ve set expectations for device use in your classroom, you’ll need to decide on consequences for misuse as well. Your district may have a policy that you’ll need to follow, or you can create your own. Make sure it allows for a learning curve and an occasional mistake (nobody’s perfect), and then be consistent and fair in enforcing it. It’s always a good idea to know how you would teach a lesson without the technology, just in case something goes wrong (behaviorally or with the network!)

After reviewing basic procedures and expectations with students, it’s a great idea to involve them in the management of their classroom by having them create presentations or posters as reminders for the whole class.

Don’t Panic–Plan!

You have a great opportunity to deepen your teaching when you have Chromebooks available in your classroom. With a little advance organization, you can have a great experience with these devices–and your students will learn some valuable new skills!

Want to learn more?

Register for the May 17th Webinar on this same topic with Katherine Livick at http://ctl.info/webinars/

You can also view all our past webinars at http://ctl.info/webinars/ or on the CTL YouTube Channel 

CTL’s J5 Rated One of the Best Chromebooks of 2017

CTL’s J5 Rated One of the Best Chromebooks of 2017

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

PC Magazine recently released their best of 2017 Chromebooks and CTL is proud to announce the J5 Chromebook made the list with its convertible laptop-to-tablet touchscreen, long-lasting battery, and powerful processing ability. The rugged J5 Chromebook has become one of CTL’s best sellers, especially in K-12 Ed Tech, and maintains an affordable price point. Learn more about the CTL J5 Chromebook here.

Get More Mileage with the Convertible J5 Chromebook

One of the most notable features of the J5 is the 360-degree hinge that allows it to be used as a traditional laptop with full keyboard or be rotated to different modes such as display (keyboard folded under with screen facing forward), tent, or tablet. The display and tent modes are ideal for presentation use with multi-touch gesture touchscreen capabilities. When folded flat, the J5 can function as a tablet that responds to your finger or a stylus. PC Magazine noted the quality of this feature and commended the J5 for its excellent viewing angles and sturdy hinges that stabilize the screen in all four modes, even when users tap on the touchscreen.

Stay Cord-free and Mobile Longer with CTL’s J5 Chromebooks

Staying both mobile and untethered from cords have become a necessity in an increasingly wireless world. This means a long-lasting battery is a growing consumer demand. The J5 allows impressive amounts of time between charges, which is great for on-the-go students or staff who go from class to class or meeting to meeting. PC Magazine included this in their review of CTL’s J5 Chromebook when they tested the battery to last 12 hours and 21 minutes. They called the battery life “phenomenal”, pointing out the ability of the J5 to last all day at school and through homework time later in the day.

Don’t Wait When Faster is Better

The CTL J5 Chromebook comes loaded with an Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor with built-in Intel HD Graphics. Content-rich webpages load quickly with impressive video playback, while maintaining the ability to multitask smoothly. PC Magazine reported that the J5 performed well with half a dozen tabs open and stated that it was fast enough for academic work such as watching instructional videos.

Why Buy a Chromebook?

In the past few years, Chromebooks have taken over as the popular choice for K-12 educational devices. Schools, classrooms, and teachers have found Chromebooks to have everything needed to stay organized and monitor student progress. By using G-suite to manage student assignments and communications, Chromebooks make sense by offering an OS that performs quickly and updates easily with no extra costs. G-suite apps also offer the ability to run offline, allowing users without an internet connection to continue working without losing any changes.

CTL is proud to be one of PCMag’s top 10 Chromebooks of 2017 and we thank them for recognizing the J5 as an excellent laptop for school use. To see the 2017 list and link to the product review, visit: http://ctl.li/PCMag-J5-review.

CTL’s J2 Chromebook 15-Pack Offers an Affordable Alternative to Apple’s Bulk Offer

CTL’s J2 Chromebook 15-Pack Offers an Affordable Alternative to Apple’s Bulk Offer

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 is offering a special deal that provides 50 percent more product for less money. The 15-pack bulk option for its J2 Chromebooks is set at a reasonable price, which is competitive to Apple’s bulk iPad Mini offer.

Chromebooks for Education Makes Sense and Saves Cents!

Complete with Chrome Device Management Licenses and free shipping, CTL’s $2,400 price point is less expensive than Apple.The offer is simple. Purchasers buy one bulk box, within is 15 Chromebooks bundled with Google Chrome Management Console licenses.  

Chromebooks are the #1 selling device in US schools, outselling Apple products in the education market because they are versatile, affordable, and easy to manage. In addition, Chromebooks are designed to work with Google’s G Suite for Education, a suite of free productivity tools including Google Classroom. Chromebooks and the vast ecosystem of apps and content they support, foster a collaborative experience in and out of the classroom for teachers and students.

J2 Chromebooks are Tailor Made for Classrooms!

Unlike the iPad Mini, Apple’s current offering to the education sector, the J2 Chromebook is specialized for fast and easy school deployments with:

  • cloud-based file storage options,
  • built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers,
  • a built-in water-resistant keyboard,
  • powerful processor,
  • rugged design,
  • and up to 10 Hours of battery life.

In a recent review of the CTL J2 Chromebook, PC Magazine stated that it is the “best education-focused Chromebook we’ve seen.”

CTL’s J2 Chromebook is backed by a one year warranty and CTL’s enterprise level service and support. Each order ships all together in a CTL eco-friendly reusable bulk pack, reducing waste and saving IT departments time and money by streamlining deployment.

 

Act now to take advantage of this special offer!

Student-Proof Chromebooks for Education

Student-Proof Chromebooks for Education

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

Accidents happen, and we’ve all gone through those awkward childhood years which all but guarantee that if there is something to spill, it will spill; if there is something to drop, it will drop; and if there’s something to break, it will break. CTL understands this and has worked hard to create an ultra-rugged, student-proof Chromebook designed to stand up to spills, drops, and accidents.

Spill Proof Keyboards: No More Crying Over Spilled Milk on Your Chromebooks

Your students have a lot on their plates and hopefully they aren’t using their chromebooks as one. But in the event that liquids are spilled on the keyboard, CTL’s Chromebooks can handle that. Each CTL Chromebook for Education has a built-in membrane around the keyboard and touchpad that allows up to 11 oz. of liquid to be channeled away from important electronics. That’s almost a whole bottle of water! If a spill occurs, all the user needs to do is tip the Chromebook up and allow the water to drain off before wiping down.

Drop Resistant Design Helps Protect CTL Chromebooks

2.3 feet is about the average distance from desk to floor, hand to ground, and “whoops” to “crash”. Luckily, CTL Chromebooks have been drop tested to withstand a fall of this distance. Their sturdy design features a stronger, thicker rear cover frame around the screen, sides, and edges which helps absorb and reduces the risk of damage when dropped.

CTL’s J Series Chromebooks for education feature a textured cover which diminishes the appearance of scratches and dings and makes it easier to grip. The CTL NL61 Series Chromebooks come with a durable carrying handle. And all of CTL’s Chromebooks for Education can be purchased with CTL’s X-Protect (patent pending) cover, which can withstand pressure and heavy weight on top, reducing breaks by up to 90%.

Watch the video below to see a Do Not Try This at Home demonstration from our CTL Spain team!

There’s a Warranty for That

If your students do manage to break their Chromebooks, CTL has a free 1-year warranty on accidental damage to the J5 series and an affordable build-your-own warranty for all other CTL products. CTL also offers a variety of replacement parts to allow your IT teams to make onsite repairs. The majority of CTL replacement parts are housed in our Portland office, meaning you’ll receive your orders as quickly as possible.

Learn more about CTL Chromebooks for Education and current specials. Go to: http://ctl.net/education

CTL White Glove Service Rolls Out the Red Carpet

CTL White Glove Service Rolls Out the Red Carpet

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

Save Time and Ensure a Smooth Deployment with Our White Glove Chromebook Enrollment Services.

CTL knows that time is incredibly valuable to you and the operations of your organization. When you make the decision to adopt Chromebook technology, CTL is here to make that transition as smooth as possible. White Glove Provisioning ensures that you are able to quickly and efficiently deploy your new Chromebooks into daily workflow.

With the White Glove service add-on, the moment you receive your CTL Chromebooks, you can be assured that they have arrived with the most up-to-date Chrome OS and a fully charged battery. Each Chromebook is hand inspected for defects and errors by CTL experts.

With such a large investment towards your school or organization, device management and loss prevention are imperative to maintaining a successful Chromebook deployment. White Glove Chromebook Enrollment Service ensures that every single Chromebook device you receive will be logged into a secure database by its serial number. If you choose to manage your devices using individual asset tags, CTL will also tag and record each of your Chromebooks using the tagging system of your choice. CTL also stores your MAC address so Chromebooks are able to be tracked if a device is lost or stolen and offers custom digital logo printing on the cover of each of your devices on orders of over 100+ Chromebooks. Click to read more on pricing and details.

Chromebooks, whether for education or enterprise environments, operate on a cloud-based system of applications allowing all your devices to work together seamlessly. CTL’s White Glove Chromebook Enrollment Service means that each device is automatically enrolled and ready to use with your specified Wi-Fi network, Google Apps Domain, and G Suite account.

With CTL’s White Glove Chromebook Enrollment Service, the time it takes to set up a large quantity of Chromebooks on your network is taken off your hands and placed into the hands of CTL experts. This frees up IT departments and network administrators to focus on training and management of a successful Chromebook deployment.

FREE WHITE GLOVE PROVISIONING – A $10/UNIT VALUE!

Normally CTL White Glove Service costs $10/unit. For a limited time, service is being offered for free to qualifying education customers who purchase 100+ units of the CTL NL61, NL61T, NL61TX, or NL61TX with a Chrome Device Management License. Call 1-800-642-3087 to order 100+ NL6 units with a Chrome Device Management License and White Glove Enrollment Service.