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CTL Advancing Up Portland Business Journal’s List of Top Portland Tech Companies

CTL Advancing Up Portland Business Journal’s List of Top Portland Tech Companies

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 is proud to ranked #14 on the Portland Business Journal’s list of Metro-Area Hardware Technology companies for 2017. This ranking is up one spot from last year and is the latest in a long history of recognition by the Portland Business Journal.

In 2015, CTL was recognized as one of the top 20 most innovative companies of similar size in Portland and received the Small Business Innovation Award. In 2014, CTL ranked #34 in top technology companies by the Portland Business Journal and by 2015 had moved up to #15. This year, CTL continues the steady climb up this list.

CTL, a Beaverton, Oregon based company, has been developing and manufacturing computer products since 1989. CTL’s product line includes rugged Chromebooks and Windows laptops, desktop and mobile workstations, LED Monitors and high performance servers. CTL takes pride in the fact that we’ve always housed our production facilities in the Portland, Oregon area which not only creates local jobs but also enables us to provide top-notch customer service.
Check out our website at ctl.net or give us a call at 800-642-3087 to learn more. If you’re in the Portland Metro area, you can find the CTL headquarters at 9700 SW Harvest Court, Beaverton, OR 97005.

Come See CTL at the Following Trade Shows  in March 2017!

Come See CTL at the Following Trade Shows in March 2017!

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 will be at several trade shows this month. If you plan to attend any of these events, please stop by our booth and learn more about our EdTech solutions that combine our K-12 specific Chromebooks with enterprise level service and support. Get your hands on our demo Chromebooks and meet CTL team members.

March 8 – 10
Kentucky Society for Tech in EDU (KySTE) Spring Conference
Booth 1014
Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky’s premier education technology conference promotes the use of technology in Kentucky schools. The mission of KYSTE 2017 is to bring educators, administrators, technology professionals, college faculty and staff, public and academic librarians, business and industry trainers, industry representatives and policy makers together to think, discuss, listen and learn the best strategies to plan for, implement, and use education technology in our schools. This year’s “theme” will be a “Tech Super-Hero” theme.

 

March 15 -17
Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference
Booth 237
Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan

The annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference is March 15-17, 2017 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI. It is one of the Midwest’s largest educational technology conferences with 5000+ educators from across Michigan, the region, and Canada.

 

March 22 – 24
Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE)
Booth 817
Oregon Convention Center, Portland Oregon

NCCE partners with educators, educational leaders, affiliates and corporations to enhance teaching and learning through our conference, professional development and resources. An affiliate organization of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), NCCE has a membership base from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The NCCE 2017 event will include speakers, workshops, continuing education, and more!

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.

Professional Development Webinars for Educators in March from CTL

Professional Development Webinars for Educators in March 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

Join CTL for two Professional Development Webinars for Educators in March – No Cost to Attend!

As part of our commitment to Education, CTL is offering free Professional Development webinars for our Education Customers. These webinars will include a variety of topics relevant to K-12 EdTech but will have a big focus on Google Apps for Edcuation and Chromebooks in the Classroom. Here is the listing of our March webinars. To see scheduled webinars for April and beyond, please visit http://ctl.info/webinars/. You can also access recordings of all our previous webinars on this site.

YouTube Authoring Tips and Tricks

Thu, Mar 16, 2017 9:00AM – 10:00AM PST– In this hourlong webinar, Katherine Livick of ESD 112 will demonstrate how to use YouTube’s Creator Studio, effects you can apply to your videos, captioning, and more!

  • Creating a YouTube Channel
  • Using the Creator Studio
  • Video Effects
  • Keywording
  • Captioning
  • Q & A session
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:00 AM – 12:00PM PST
 

Have you configured your G Suite Admin Console with educational best practices in mind? Guest presenter Peter Henrie, authorized Google Education Trainer and co-founder of Amplified IT, an education-focused Google for Education Consultancy, will cover key best practice settings and approaches to G Suite Domain management. Learn the importance of conducting an in-depth review of your G Suite domain  in the following key areas:

  • Operations & Management
  • Services & Configuration
  • Security & Compliance
  • Adoption & Usage

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

 

 

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