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Student-Proof Chromebooks for Education

Student-Proof Chromebooks for Education

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

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

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

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

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

Drop Resistant Design Helps Protect CTL Chromebooks

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

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

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

There’s a Warranty for That

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

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

CTL Chromebooks & First Book: Closing the Education Equality Gap

CTL Chromebooks & First Book: Closing the Education Equality Gap

Laura Helms

Laura Helms

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

CTL is Proud to Offer Chromebooks on the First Book Marketplace

CTL is proud to offer CTL Chromebooks for Education on the First Book Marketplace. First Book is a national charity working to close the educational equality gap by providing books and resources to low-income schools and programs across the United States.

Educational Inequality Facts: Did You Know?

  • More than half of U.S. public school students live in low income households.
  • In some of the lowest income neighborhoods, there is just one book for every 300 children.
  • Two-thirds of children from low-income families lack access to books.
  • 79 percent of fourth graders from low-income households do not read proficiently—a key predictor of a child’s future educational and economic success.
  • Poor educational outcomes are tied to poverty, unemployment, illness, dependence on welfare, social exclusion and crime.

Source: https://www.firstbook.org/about-first-book/understand-the-need

CTL and First Book Work to Even the Playing Field for Students

CTL and First Book both understand closing the educational equality gap by working to provide important tools and resources to schools and programs. CTL works on 1-to-1 Chromebook initiatives and supports organizations that provide those in need with educational technology tools. For First Book, it’s working to increase interest in reading, to raise reading proficiency levels, and to relieve stress on teachers by expanding access to tools and resources for their students. The impact of First Books reaches far beyond the classroom walls to maximize greater success for students later in life. That is something everyone can get behind.

First Book Makes History One Story at a Time

In 1992, First Book started as a small group of volunteers in a few communities who were dedicated to providing an ongoing supply of books to schools and programs working with children from low-income families. This group of volunteers quickly grew and spread across the U.S. In 1995, First Book became a full-time operation and in 1998, they launched their National Book Bank. The operation was a first of its kind, a centralized distribution system providing large-scale donations from publishers of children’s books to schools and programs. The First National Book Bank now distributes over 8 million books annually.
First Book delivers critical tools to over 150,000 educators and program leaders, partnering with schools, libraries and museums, military families, early childhood programs, shelters and clinics, and afterschool programs. Their steadfast work has earned them a superior four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity watchdog organization. Even former President Obama and former First-Lady Michelle Obama have begun a partnership through Random House Publishing with First Book.

CTL Chromebooks on the First Book Marketplace

The First Book Marketplace, established in 2008, is an online store for registered programs offering high-quality children’s books listed at a greatly discounted rate. Now included in this marketplace, as the sole provider of laptop devices, you will find CTL models J2, J4+, NL61, and the J5 Rugged Convertible Chromebooks with 2-year warranties included. To learn more about First Book and to visit their online marketplace, visit firstbook.org

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.

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!