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CTL J5 Convertible Chromebook is an “ISTE 2017 Best of Show”

CTL J5 Convertible Chromebook is an “ISTE 2017 Best of Show”

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

Content Manager at CTL
Laura Helms holds a BA in Applied Linguistics and has been working in content and social media management for 4+ years. Native to the Pacific Northwest when she isn't in front of a computer screen you can find her teaching yoga or creating large scale mosaic murals.
Laura Helms

The CTL team recently returned from our yearly trip to ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education conference and tradeshow. This year was exceptionally special as a record number of over 20,000 attendees and exhibitors from all 50 states and 72 different countries flocked to see the latest in ed-tech solutions. CTL brought our fleet of ruggedized Chromebooks for education. Though we’re proud to say that the CTL J5 Rugged Convertible Touch Chromebook stole the show and was voted “ISTE 2017 Best of Show” by Tech & Learning Magazine.

Each year after the ISTE conference, Tech & Learning releases its list of winners of the “ISTE Best of Show” Awards. Tech & Learning’s team of advisors dedicate their time at the conference to explore all 572 exhibiting companies. These anonymous judges review each product based on a sliding scale, evaluating areas of ease of use, quality, innovative application of technology, and effectiveness. They then meet to discuss and name “Best of Show” products which will have the most impact in classrooms. Last year, T&L took note of the CTL NL61X Chromebook for Education and awarded the device “Best of Show.”

J5 Remains a Best Selling Chromebook for Educaiton

This year, CTL’s J5 Chromebook for education caught their eye. One of our best-selling products, the J5 Chromebook stands up to daily use from students, converts to display and tablet mode, and features a drop resistant design, spill-proof keyboard, and a battery that lasts up to 10 hours. The J5’s ten point capacitive touch screen allows the user to scroll, navigate, and interact with the Chromebook with ease.

We, at CTL, always value the time we get to spend with new and old friends attending ISTE and many other tradeshows. This year was no exception. From our Educator Appreciation Reception at the Hard Rock Cafe to our talks with our attendees about digital equity, 1:1 solutions, and ed-tech innovation, we remain excited to celebrate technology in education each year at ISTE.

Were You in Attendance at ISTE 2017?

Were you at ISTE this year? Did you have a chance to stop by the CTL booth and chat with our team? Did you come away with any questions about CTL or our products? We’d love to talk more with you about our 1:1 solutions, Chromebooks for education, and educational offerings. Feel free to email or call us anytime to chat.

Thanks again to everyone who made ISTE 2017 so special. We look forward to next year’s tradeshow and hope to catch up with everyone again!

CTL named one of Oregon’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies

CTL named one of Oregon’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies

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 excited to announce that the Portland Business Journal has once again named CTL as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon. This is now the fourth consecutive year in a row that CTL has been featured in this annual ranking.

CTL Knows Ed-Tech Solutions

As CTL maintains dedication to smart sustainable growth as a company, there is no doubt in the company’s upward trajectory of providing excellence in ed-tech solutions. CTL has remained committed to supplying the education sector with the latest innovations in Chromebooks and device management solutions. We also continue our resolve in providing superior customer service and affordability for our customers and education partners at every stage of the company’s growth.

CTL Knows Community

With our headquarters based in Oregon, CTL is proud to be a member of our community. Our mission to sponsor and fund grants and organizations, in our area and beyond, allows us to give back to those around us. This is why being recognized by the Portland Business Journal is such an honor for the company. As CTL continues to grow, we also aim to maintain focus on remaining a dedicated member of our local community

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon four years in a row. As our comprehensive 1:1 programs continue to provide the best in ed-tech solutions, we look forward to serving the education sector with excellent customer service and product innovation.” Erik Stromquist, CTL President

You can read more about the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies at this link:

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/05/16/meet-oregons-100-fastest-growing-private-companies.htm

Check out all our ed-tech solutions and products and learn more about the company and our work in the community 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.

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: Summer Trade Show Line Up

CTL is Coming to You: Summer 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.
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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.