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CTL Chromebooks & Securly Web Filtering Work Together to Make Schools Safer

CTL Chromebooks & Securly Web Filtering Work Together to Make Schools Safer

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

CIPA Compliance and Customizable Browsing for Optimal Student Engagement.

Finding the balance between student safety, teaching responsible online behavior, and CIPA compliance on the internet is made easy with Securly. As leaders in cloud-based web filtering software, Securly, allows administrators and educators the ability to customize online experiences for their students. When schools run Securly on CTL Chromebooks, they are supported for customizable browsing environments, whether students are using their devices in or out of classrooms.

Securly enhances CTL Chromebook Security on supported devices.

Securly filtering settings can restrict access to objectionable material and minimize in-class distractions by customizing which sites and apps students are allowed to access during classroom instruction.This customization ensures that CTL Chromebook security is optimized for a more powerful learning environment and falls under CIPA compliant policy provisions.

If your school decides to implement a 1:1 program, Securly filtering can be set to loosen browsing restrictions outside of class time. This aids in students maintaining an authentic online experience with access to their social media accounts, chat programs, and sites which are more appropriate for out of school viewing. Securly Cloud-Based Solutions also includes free reporting to parents on student online activity through weekly emails or the parental access portal.

By using cloud-based filtering you eliminate the need to set up each device individually. Instead, Securly filtering options are quickly and easily set up for all of your school’s Chromebook devices through a single cloud-based administration console, ensuring optimal Chromebook security settings.

Securly and CTL Chromebooks Partner in the Fight Against Cyberbullying

Across-the-board restriction of social media access for students no longer is the catch-all solution for educators and administrators when Chromebooks are being used in your school and curriculum. Restricting total access to social media can result in a missed learning opportunity to educate students on digital citizenship and prepare them for responsible participation online as adults in the workforce.

Recently, abuse of social media has resulted in major issues with cyberbullying. i-SAFE Foundation reports over half students, when surveyed, disclosed having been cyber bullied or had cyber bullied another student. Many students don’t consider that these negative posts can follow them later in life into adulthood. It’s vital that awareness of all the consequences of poor digital citizenship are addressed with students using the internet. Opening up these important discussions with students on cyberbullying facilitates a strong awareness of your school’s policies on bullying, harassment, and cyberbullying.

Students may often be hesitant to report cyberbullying to adults, making policy enforcement difficult. However, Securly on CTL Chromebooks means easy implementing and enforcing of cyberbullying policies. Securly is the first of it’s kind in creating successful web filtering by using cutting edge natural language processing algorithms which audit student’s social posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Securly’s ability to alert administrators and educators early when issues of bullying or self-harm arise is critical for preventing tragedies in schools and communities.

Contact CTL to discuss optimizing your Chromebook security and ensuring CIPA compliance with Securly.

CTL understands that Chromebook security is important and access to CIPA compliant safe technology is mandatory for students. Securly web-based filtering software makes this streamlined and easy for your administration. Contact CTL today to discuss how to improve student internet safety at school and home by running Securly on your CTL Chromebook devices.

Custom Digital Logo Printing Available for your CTL Chromebooks

Custom Digital Logo Printing Available for your CTL Chromebooks

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

Vibrant full color logo printing on your Chromebook allows for unique customization while aiding in theft-protection.

 

Bright, beautiful, long-lasting printed color logos and designs on your CTL Chromebooks go far beyond just making your devices look fantastic. They also show school spirit, function as visual marketing, and aid in theft-prevention and the recovery of lost devices. Having your school, agency, or organization’s logo printed on your CTL Chromebook covers means that your devices can be spotted at a glance.

 

CTL Chromebooks have been built to withstand the rigors of student and commuter use, and all of CTL’s Chromebooks are backed by enterprise-level service and support. Over the past three years, CTL has worked with Google to develop a line of Chromebooks designed specifically for K-12 Education. These rugged devices have proven to be a popular choice for government and business organizations as well. CTL offers a wide selection of Chromebooks including touchscreen and convertible tablet models. Custom logo printing is available for orders of 100 or more of any of CTL’s Chromebook models.

 

To arrange for custom printing, your school or organization simply needs to provide a high resolution vector art file. CTL works with a high-quality printing partner to make sure that your logo is displayed exactly as you want it. You can rest assured that your logo or design will be printed accurately, clearly, boldly, and consistently on each device. In order to ensure that your printed device comes out exactly as intended, CTL will work to make sure all work has your approval before printing on Chromebooks.

 

Pricing for logo printing on your order is dependant on the scope of work and quantity of devices ordered. To learn more about qualifications and pricing on your CTL Education Chromebooks, contact your sales rep today or visit ctl.info/printing.

 

YouTube Authoring for Teachers

YouTube Authoring for Teachers

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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Join CTL and presenter Katherine Livick for a Free Webinar
on YouTube Authoring for Teachers

Thursday, March 16 from 9 am – 10 am PDT.

REGISTER HERE: http://ctl.li/YouTube-Webinar

By Katherine Livick, Professional Development Manager for Digital Learning at ESD 112 in Vancouver, WA.

Most of us have used YouTube to search for and view videos, whether classroom related or not. But did you know you can also create your own content for YouTube? You don’t have to be a filmmaking expert or even a social media star – you can learn to use YouTube’s simple authoring and editing tools to enhance your teaching and student learning.

Why do I need YouTube?

You know that you can use YouTube to find educational videos to share with your class–but have you thought of it as a lesson presentation tool, or as a response mode for students to use? Using the built-in functions of YouTube, you can:

  • Flip (or semi-flip) your classroom by recording instructional videos and lessons for your students to preview at home
  • Record videos for supplemental instruction – for absent students, homework assistance, or enrichment
  • Share student work with an authentic audience (with parental permission, of course)
  • Connect and share with other teachers

Since YouTube is part of the G Suite family of tools, if you have access to Google Apps like Docs, Drive and Slides, you can easily incorporate YouTube into your classroom repertoire.

What can I do in YouTube?

Upload and edit videos: Using the Creator Studio, you can upload raw (unedited) video from your camera, phone, tablet or computer to YouTube, arrange clips in order to make a longer video, and add titles, photos and transitions. YouTube has a library of Creative Commons video clips you can use as part of your project, as well as hundreds of royalty-free audio clips so you can add music and sound effects to your video. You can make video and audio adjustments to your clips–brightness, contrast, clip speed, and simple audio equalization.

Caption videos: From the Creator Studio Dashboard, you can select the small triangle next to the Edit button by any of your videos. Select “Subtitles/CC” and your language, then one of the four captioning options. Captions help hearing impaired students access your videos, but they’re also great for other students – sometimes it helps with information retention to be able to see the words and hear them at the same time!

Set video privacy: Your videos on YouTube have three privacy options: Private, Unlisted, and Public. You can keep your videos unlisted to keep them out of search results on YouTube, or keep them Private and share directly with students from the “Info and Settings” tab.

Teach students to use it as a response mode: Why should teachers have all the fun? Students can upload, edit and share videos too. Your district’s Google administrator may impose restrictions on student use of YouTube, so be sure you know the limitations in your district before you assign a project requiring students to use it.

For More Information…

Check out YouTube’s Teacher channel for lots of ideas and inspiration about how to use YouTube in the classroom. There’s also an Education channel if you’re looking for pre-made videos to use. TedEd partners with YouTube to permit teachers to create interactive lessons from any videos on YouTube – even your own! Try it out – it’s a great tool.  If you’re still not convinced – check out Ednyco’s article about why you should use video in your lessons.

Katherine Livick is the Professional Development Manager for Digital Learning at ESD 112 in Vancouver, WA. She develops curriculum for teacher professional development around technology and acts as a technology coach and consultant, helping teachers to integrate technology in school districts around ESD 112’s region. She has quite a number of opinions about coffee, Star Trek and plants.

Ordering Chromebook Parts for Self-Repair Has Never Been Easier!

Ordering Chromebook Parts for Self-Repair Has Never Been Easier!

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

Schools approved for self-repair and under warranty will have their CTL Chromebook parts shipped to arrive at their location within two business days*.  

We’ve got great news for our education customers who are approved for Chromebook self-repair and under warranty! We’ve streamlined our process to get you the Chromebook parts you need in a matter of days. At CTL, we’re proud to offer self-repair for busy qualified education IT professionals, a convenience that isn’t made available by our competitors. If you’d like to self-repair, we’ll just need to confirm that you’re a qualified IT Professional. To get started, access this simple jot form here.

Here’s how schools approved for self-repair with Chromebooks under warranty can get started with self-repairs and acquiring Chromebook parts:

  • Visit support.ctl.net to get assistance with finding the parts you need.
  • A staff member dedicated to answering self-repair inquiries will assist you via Olark Chat
  • Should you need to purchase parts not under warranty, it’s fast and easy to order them from ctl.net
  • You can even include a PO in your web order!

However, any customers who are simply seeking Chromebook parts can also easily purchase them by going to ctl.net and clicking on the link, “Need Chromebook Parts?” at the top of the page. From there, you’ll be linked to our complete inventory of Chromebook parts including panels, covers, jacks, hinges, cables, adaptors, keyboards, and more. If you need assistance finding what you need, just type into the chat window that appears on this page and one of our team members dedicated to self-repair parts will be able to help you. We keep parts on hand in our warehouse, located in Beaverton, Oregon so you won’t be waiting for spare parts to come in from overseas.

At CTL, we take pride in our customer service. That’s why self-repairs won’t void your CTL warranty. Due to our recent improvements to the Chromebook parts ordering process, customers will now receive their parts within two business days. For schools on the east coast, this is a difference of five days earlier! If your school is approved for self-repair and under warranty, take advantage of our hassle-free process. Or, if you are a customer who wishes to purchase Chromebook parts, you’ve come to the right place. Our team is working together to make sure the ticket, order, parts, and shipping happens as quickly as possible.
*Exact shipping time is dependant on the time of day the order is placed.

Increasing Student Engagement and Improving Assessment with G Suite

Increasing Student Engagement and Improving Assessment with G Suite

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

Join CTL and Dani Kennis for a free webinar on how to get started with G Suite for student engagement and improved assessment on Wednesday February 22, at 9am PST.

REGISTER HERE: http://ctl.li/G-Suite-Assessment

By Dani Kennis (danikennis.com or @kennisdani on Twitter)

Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, is quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” When considering change as it affects education, today’s digital age means that we get to try many new and exciting tools in our classrooms. However, not all stakeholders in education are ready to jump in head first and readily embrace change. This blog post will serve as a slow dip in the shallow end of the Ed Tech pool and will introduce you to some of the ways educators can incorporate Google tools into their teaching repertoire to enhance engagement and assessment in the classroom. It is my hope that this blog post can be a jumping off point for a conversation, or even the implementation of new strategies and lessons in your classroom.

G Suite offers teachers many options for connecting, motivating, engaging, and assessing students. ‘What is G Suite?,’ you ask? It is Google’s free collection of cloud based technology apps, such as Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Draw, Google Forms, and Google Classroom. Allowing students to utilize these tools as an integral part of their learning experience enables rich and memorable learning opportunities that focus on important future ready skills such as creating, collaboration, and critical thinking. Below are five ways you can utilize G Suite tools to engage students and improve assessment in your classroom.

  • Flipped Instruction: In this model of teaching, the role of student and teacher are reversed. The ‘old school’ classroom model of lecture/note taking becomes work that is done at home so that class time can be used for questions, deeper learning, or group projects. While there are many different models of flipped instruction, I choose to pre-record videos (10 minutes or less in length) which serve as the direct instruction portion of a lesson. Then, the video is uploaded to my YouTube channel and students go home to watch and take notes. Independently, students fill out guided notes at home while following along with the lecture video. The final step is for students to complete a Google Form with questions on it, which is how I hold them accountable for doing the work. The next day in school, I review the answers on the Form to assess understanding and based on that information, we start by reviewing what students saw and heard in the video. Usually, this takes place in the form of a Post It where I have students write two things they learned and one question they still have on the material. Before digging deeper or doing a project, it is important to make sure to clarify misconceptions or misunderstandings that students may have. Eventually, when you’ve flipped a handful of lessons and students have gotten used to the new model, it becomes a seamless process whereby class time can more readily be used for various projects or other collaborative learning opportunities that foster deeper understanding and student driven learning.
  • Google Calendar: Many of my students struggle with organization and executive functioning. When I asked my freshmen how they keep track of assignments they reported that they ‘just remember’ or store it ‘in my head.’ They do not yet grasp the importance of using an agenda, calendar, or alternative tool to keep track of long and short term assignments or due dates. This is why I take time at the very beginning of the year to introduce Google Calendar and suggest that students download the app onto their phones, along with downloading Google Drive and Google Classroom. I explicitly teach my students how to enter assignments, due dates, reminders, and how to access all of the information independently and at home. I show them how to use Tasks and To Do lists, as well as discuss the importance of keeping track of both school and non-school related tasks, such as jobs, practices, or meetings. Focusing on these skills and teaching students to implement these tools early on in a student’s educational career stresses the importance of responsibility and organization, making them better and more effective students later on.
  • Google Forms: Another beginning of the year procedure I stand by is having students complete an interest and learning inventory questionnaire. I used to have this survey on paper but I found it took too long to collect and sort through the stack. Now, I use a survey I created on Google Forms and post it on Classroom for students to access. The purpose of this is twofold; it provides me with a lot of valuable information and data and also reinforces the many key, rudimentary skills that my students will need to be successful in our class – Taking their assigned Chromebook from the cart, logging in, accessing Google Classroom, typing, and putting their Chromebooks away in an orderly and timely fashion.
  • Google Draw: The information I collect from the above mentioned survey provides me with insight into students’ strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. I take the time at the beginning of the year to discuss learning styles with my students because I want them to understand that not everybody learns in the same way. We talk about the differences between being visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners and talk about how many people are a combination of many of those styles. For students who learn best by doing and creating, Google Draw is an invaluable tool. While I always provide written notes for my students, I will often assign them projects in which they have to interpret and prove that they understand the information. Many of them choose to do this using Google Draw either to create an illustrated summary of information or to create a graphic organizer. There are so many options for different projects students can do with Google Draw and, best of all, it’s simple to learn and easy to use for students.
  • Group Essays: While essay writing isn’t typically a skill that students look forward to, allowing them to collaborate and assigning specific roles makes the process much less daunting and more manageable for students. Using Google Docs, I have students work in groups to complete the different parts of an essay so that they are able to specifically hone in on certain skills and components of essay writing. I will assign one person to write an introduction, another to a body paragraph, another to a conclusion, and another to editing and proofreading. This also helps them to understand how much effort, time, and thought needs to go into writing an effective and strong essay.

 

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).

CTL® Announces that it is Exploring Collaboration with PortableCloud from TCEA

CTL® Announces that it is Exploring Collaboration with PortableCloud from TCEA

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

CTL teams up with PortableCloud to offer classroom servers that can be configured with the exact websites, learning resources, course materials, and tools needed for a particular subject or class, without connection to the Internet. Contact CTL for more information.

CTL has announced that it is exploring collaboration with PortableCloud from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin, TX. CTL will offer customers the PortableCloud platform and Cube servers which allow users to access curated files, web-content and web-apps over WiFi in any device with a browser, at blazing speeds, regardless of Internet connectivity.

PortableCloud Helps Schools Overcome Connectivity Limitations

The PortableCloud Cube micro-server empowers schools to ensure that educational content and apps are always available, even in areas without internet connectivity! The PortableCloud Cube server is connected to a Server applications marketplace where schools can download needed solutions, content, resources and tools to the PortableCloud and it will seamlessly connect to wireless devices on campus.

PortableCloud Gives Teachers the Right Resources in the Right Places

The PortableCloud solution gives schools control over the web pages and apps their students can access. PortableCloud Cube servers can be customized for each grade level so that students have access to resources appropriate to their curriculum. Common references such as Wikipedia, the Khan Academy, Gooru.org and other educational sites and apps will be readily accessible, while the distractions of the entire internet simply won’t be an option.

Benefits of PortableCloud for Schools

  • Ensure content and apps that matter the most are always available fast and appropriate for K-12 students
  • Integrate with your existing platforms, or make Portable Cloud the platform
  • Run best in-class open-source learning solutions, such the Khan Academy and other proven learning solutions
  • Deploy in-classroom or lecture-hall cloud e-learning solutions without requiring any external infrastructure
  • Connect multiple Cubes to expand local network capacity
  • Save bandwidth use on core content and learning activities
  • Provide parent education opportunities via mobile devices
  • Protect intellectual property with full security options
  • Keep networks online during power outages with battery options
  • Download new shared content from Portable Cloud Marketplace
  • Share top lesson plans on Portable Cloud Marketplace
  • Integrated hardware and software makes deployment easy