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CTL Named to CRN’s 2017 Solution Provider 500 List

CTL Named to CRN’s 2017 Solution Provider 500 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

We are proud to announce that today CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named CTL to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.

The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. This year, for the first time since 2010, the complete list will be published on CRN.com, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with.

CRN has also released its 2017 Solution Provider 500: Newcomers list, recognizing 58 companies making their debut in the Solution Provider 500 ranking this year.

“We’re honored to be included in CRN’s Solution Provider 500 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.” – Erik Stromquist, President of CTL

“CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list spotlights the North American IT channel partner organizations that have earned the highest revenue over the past year, providing a valuable resource to vendors looking for top solution providers to partner with,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible, combined revenue of over $318 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands. We extend our sincerest congratulations to each of these top-performing solution providers and look forward to their future pursuits and successes.”

The complete 2017 Solution Provider 500 list will be available online at www.crn.com/sp500 and a sample from the list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine.

To learn more about CTL’s Solution options, whether for business or education, contact a CTL Sales Rep today!

CTL is Coming to You: This Summer’s Education Trade Show Line Up

CTL is Coming to You: This Summer’s Education Trade Show Line Up

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

Learn about CTL’s Latest Ed-Tech Offerings at a Trade Show Near you!

CTL is dedicated to maintaining face to face relationships with our customers whenever possible. Hearing your stories and feedback with Chromebook technology in your classroom is what keeps us dedicated to always improving. This summer come see us at a trade show or educational conference near you. We’ll always have the latest CTL models and even sneak peeks at upcoming devices that are perfect for your Ed-Tech and business solutions.

June 7thSCS Instructional IT Conference – Memphis, TN

Shelby County Schools Instructional Technology Summer Conference, is attended by 500+ participants, ranging from principals and other key decision making members of their instructional learning teams along with six surrounding districts. CTL will be there showing off the latest in Chromebook technology like touchscreen convertible Chromebooks, the new J5X & NL61TX with Extra Rugged X-Panel, Google for Education, and Ed-Tech Software offerings.

June 14th – InnEdCo – Keystone, Co

This statewide conference takes place in Keystone, CO each year with the mission to help teachers integrate technological tools into all content areas. This four-day, hands-on, conference will help teachers learn how to implement new technology into their classroom to aid in curriculum and engagement. With 100+ different workshops, keynote speakers, and roundtable discussions with over 150 presenters and co-presenters who are primarily classroom teachers. Come see us at InnEdCo!

June 20th – NCESD Google Summit by DigitalBug – Wenatchee, WA

In the Wenatchee, WA area and curious about how to begin or better use Google products in your classroom? This Google for Education focused summit offers a day of learning and sharing tips and tricks on how to implement Google for Education and G Suite apps into the classroom. Come learn from a variety of certified and skilled presenters and discuss how to get the most from Google’s free products at NCESD’s DigitalBug Google Summit.  

June 25th-26th – SETDA’s Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum – San Antonio, TX

Join us for a weekend intensive in San Antonio, TX to engage in meaningful dialogue about topics of importance in digital learning across the nation. CTL will be showcasing our great selection of Chromebooks for education. SETDA members from state departments of education will also be there highlighting their major state initiatives and priorities.

June 28th-July 1 – ISTE 2017 – San Antonio, TX

ISTE is the place to be for educators and technology leaders. This weekend long conference highlights some of the most innovative leaders in technology and education. This year the Keynote speakers are Jad Abumrad, host and creator of NPR’s “Radiolab”, Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and more. This event has an annual draw over 18,000 attendees and industry representatives, including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialist, teacher educators, and policymakers. ISTE Conference & Expo is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world.

Aug 9th – Digital Edge ESD112 Summit – Vancouver, WA

The Digital Edge ESD112 Summit takes place each year in Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver, WA. This summit focuses on Google Apps for education. From Chromebook deployment to G-Suite apps, educational partners, including CTL, share the latest in Ed-Tech.

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 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.

 

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.