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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
CTL Continues to Expand, Helping to Bring More Chromebooks to Classrooms Worldwide

CTL Continues to Expand, Helping to Bring More Chromebooks to Classrooms Worldwide

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 Chromebook sales increase in Europe after enormous success of Chromebooks in US K-12 Education

CTL’s European team just attended this year’s BETT education and technology trade show in London, England. Over the past year and a half, CTL has expanded into the European market with the opening of an office in Vigo, Spain in August of 2015. Chromebooks have rapidly skyrocketed here in the US, even outselling Macs for the first time in the US, according to a May 19, 2016 article in The Verge. Europe has taken note and teachers in Europe are learning from teachers experiences with technology here in the USA.

CTL Spain’s General Manager Hugo Ramallo has made the CTL J2 Chromebook one of the top selling Chromebooks in Spain. Additionally, the CTL J4+ with IPS panel and CTL J5 rugged convertible touchscreen Chromebook are now available in Europe. CTL is excited to announce the addition of a German office, that will be headed by Eric Masso. If you’re attending Didacta in Stuttgart February 14 – 18, look for Eric and the CTL team in Hall 4, booth number 4A60.

For more information on CTL Spain, contact Hugo Ramallo at hramallo@ctl.net. To contact CTL’s General Manager for Germany, Eric Masso, email emassso@ctl.net.

CTL® Announces from FETC the J5X Convertible Touch Chromebook with Extra Rugged Pressure-Resistant Cover

CTL® Announces from FETC the J5X Convertible Touch Chromebook with Extra Rugged Pressure-Resistant Cover

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

The CTL J5X Chromebook converts into a tablet and features a pressure-resistant cover that can withstand over 300 pounds of pressure from the top, reducing breaks by 90%

January 25, 2017 (Orlando, FL)–Today at the Future of Education Technology (FETC) conference in Orlando, Florida,  CTL® has announced the new CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education, an extra rugged convertible Chromebook and tablet in one. This convertible Chromebook is ideal for students, educators or mobile professionals who need a versatile, rugged device. With a 360-degree hinge, users can choose to type on the keyboard in laptop mode or fold the keyboard under and angle screen back for presentations. By rotating the screen all the way around, this extra rugged Chromebook can be converted into a tablet.

“The CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education is one of our most versatile and durable Chromebooks to date,” said CTL President, Erik Stromquist. “This extra rugged Chromebook has it all: durability, touch screen, tablet functionality and a competitive price point.”

The new CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education is available from CTL at a starting price of $289.00, which includes a free 1 year accidental damage warranty. Discounts are available to qualified education customers. Educators who wish to test drive a J5X may purchase a discounted unit through CTL’s “Buy and Try” program.

The CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education is durable enough for the rigors of student use and includes a splash-proof keyboard and drop-resistant design. The water-resistant keyboard has been tested to channel spills of up to 11.16 oz. away from the electronics. This extra rugged Chromebook has been drop tested up to 2.3 feet. Other features include reinforced ports, hinges and power plug as well as a frame around the screen, sides and corners to help absorb the shock of bumps when dropped.  

In addition to having a rugged design, the J5X has extra fortification from a pressure-resistant cover that doubles as a whiteboard. The patented CTL X-Protect Cover can withstand over 300 pounds of pressure from the top, reducing breaks by 90%. The whiteboard surface makes it fun for students to personalize their Chromebooks or take notes.

CTL J5X Convertible Chromebook for Education Features and Benefits

  • Pressure-resistant cover that doubles as a whiteboard
  • 11.6’’ HD (1366 x 768) 5 point touch 16:9 IPS Panel
  • 10-point capacitive touch screen
  • Intel Braswell N3060 processor (bursts to 2.48 GHz)
  • 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 32GB storage standard
  • Chrome OS
  • 1x combo audio jack
  • 3x USB 3.0 port
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Micro SD card
  • HD Web Camera
  • Up to 10 hours battery life
  • Serviceable battery

 

CTL Chromebooks Come with Enterprise Level Support and Services

All of CTL’s Chromebooks are available with a host of enterprise-level support and services. CTL provides IT solutions and classroom devices including CTL branded Chromebooks, Windows devices, and a host of enterprise level educational services such as professional development, custom logo painting, Pearson Education software and eTextbooks, asset tagging and much more.  To learn more about CTL’s professional development for educators, visit http://www.ctl.info/webinars. For more information on the CTL J5X Chromebook or other CTL products, contact CTL.

About CTL

Founded in 1989, CTL® designs and manufactures computer products including Chromebooks, desktop and mobile workstations, LED Monitors, and high performance servers. CTL® also manufactures specialty devices including ruggedized tablets, slates, and digital sign solutions. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in Asia and Europe, CTL® and their partners supply North American and European consumers, government agencies, and many of the most recognized corporate brands. For more information about CTL®, please visit www.ctl.net.

CTL on Tour! Catch us at these Trade Shows Around the Globe

CTL on Tour! Catch us at these Trade Shows Around the Globe

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

Come see us in booth 1155 at FETC in Orlando, Florida January 24-27!

CTL is on the move! We’ve got a busy trade show season ahead of us. All spring, we’ll be making stops all over the United States as well as in London, England, Stuttgart, Germany, Pontevedra Spain, and Taipei, Taiwan. We’ve listed our schedule for the next few months. If you’ll be attending any of these trade shows, be sure to look for CTL and stop by our booth. We’ll have demo units of our latest Chromebooks, information on our classroom solutions, and will be excited to learn more about your school and answer your questions.

January 2017

FETC – Orlando Florida USA
January 24-27

BETT- London England
January 25-28 2017

 

February 2017

TCEA – Austin Texas USA
February 6-10

Didacta – Stuttgart Germany
February 14-18 2017

Edugal – Pontevedra Spain
February 15-17

Ohio Education Technology Conference – Columbus, Ohio USA
February 14-16

Google Summit – Carson City Nevada USA
February 19

OETC Integrated –  Portland, Oregon USA
February 22-24

 

March 2017

Kentucky Society for Tech in EDU – Louisville, Kentucky USA
March 08-March 10

MACUL Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning – Detroit, Michigan USA
March 15-17

NCCE – Portland, Oregon USA
March 22-24

 

May 2017

ACPE Association for Computer Professionals in Education – Welches, OR
May 3-5

Computex – Taipei Taiwan
May 30- June 03

 

June 2017

ISTE – San Antonio Texas USA
June 25-28

CTL NL61X Chromebook Wins Tech & Learning’s  ISTE 2016 Best of Show Award

CTL NL61X Chromebook Wins Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2016 Best of Show Award

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 NL61X Praised for its Ability to Reduce Screen breaks by up to 90%

CTL is proud to announce that our NL61X Chromebook has been awarded Tech & Learning’s annual Best of Show Award for ISTE 2016. Products from this year’s ISTE event (June 26 – 29, 2016) were submitted and anonymously evaluated by Tech & Learning advisors. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, then met to decide on which technologies could have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show.

The CTL NL61X Chromebook is an extra rugged chromebook with a patent-pending X-ProtectTM panel. The X-Protect cover protects the top of the device, where most breaks happen. With reinforced corners and the ultra-protective cover that shields from pressure, CTL NL61X Chromebook is 90% less likely to break due to force from the top. This Chromebook has been tested to withstand 365 pounds of pressure, with no damage incurred. We know that kids are some of the most rigorous product testers around, which is why CTL has reinforced this education-specific device. In addition, the NL61X’s protective cover doubles as a whiteboard, making it fun for students or teachers to personalize their Chromebook.

The CTL NL61X Chromebook features a powerful Intel Braswell Quad Core N3160 Processor (2.24 GHz) with 2 MB Cache. Other specs and features include:

  • Up to 14 hours of battery life
  • 4GB DDRL 1600 RAM (20% faster than DDR1333)
  • 32GB eMMC and optional GoogleDrive cloud storage
  • Water-resistant keyboard
  • Retractable carry handle
  • Drop-resistant design
  • Non-slip texture
  • Reinforced ports, hinges and 4mm power plug
  • Anti-peel keys
  • 180-degree hinge to open flat
  • One free year of accidental damage warranty (we doubt you’ll need it!)

To learn more, check out this video on the CTL NL61TX Chromebook, which has the same specs plus a 10-point capacitive touch IPS screen! The CTL NL61X  and CTL NL61TX are available to purchase at ctl.net.

Congrats to all the winners of Tech & Learning’s Best of ISTE 2016 Awards. We look forward to bringing more of our innovative devices for education to next year’s ISTE event.

GAFE Project-Based Learning in the Chromebook Classroom

GAFE Project-Based Learning in the Chromebook Classroom

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

GAFE Student Projects Using Chromebooks Webinar Wednesday, July 13 

Join us for a webinar with Dani Kennis Wednesday, July 13 at 1pm PDT where she will demonstrate GAFE Student Projects Using Chromebooks in greater detail. Register here: http://ctl.re/GAFE-Chromebook-Projects. Here, Dani gives us an overview of what will be covered in Wednesday’s webinar. Can’t make the live presentation? No problem. We record all our webinars and post the links on ctl.info/webinars.

By Dani Kennis

What did school look and feel like when you were a child? For me, desks were in straight rows with an overhead projector at the front of the classroom. Students vigorously scrawled down what was on the screen without reflecting, understanding or applying information. I was never asked what I wanted to learn, I was simply expected to regurgitate information I was fed. Today, advancements in ed tech, such as Chromebooks, are changing the landscape of education and shifting the roles of teachers and students. Gone are the days of teachers acting as the sage on the stage. Instead, teachers are facilitators of knowledge who provide students with opportunities to explore inquiry, passion, and creativity through content.

Project Based Learning (PBL) is an inquiry driven model that focuses on real life application of knowledge and skills to solve relevant and interesting problems. It is an engaging, motivating and enjoyable way for students and teachers to embrace the cultural shift in the education landscape. This approach is made seamless through the use of Google Apps for Education. Below are some ideas for how to get started in creating a more learner-centered classroom by using GAFE in assigning student projects.

Google Slides

  • The ‘ABCs of History’ project is the first of the school year in which students define and visually represent a term, place, person or event for each letter of the alphabet. Providing students with an index card template in Slides, they create a set of flashcards that assist in gathering information and displaying understanding of key facts in history.
  • Create Your Own Adventure: This (created by the brilliant and talented Caren MacConnell) is the best step by step guide I have seen on creating a CYOA project. The beauty of these projects is in allowing students to think outside the box and ask those ‘What If’ questions, considering alternate endings in various historical situations.   
  • Comic strip: By manipulating clip art and playing with features such as speech bubbles, animation, arrangement and order, students can design scenes of events and characters to showcase their knowledge. Some of my more ambitious students even experimented with stop animation, creating Play Dough figurines and using their phones to take pictures then create a story using Google Slides.  

Google Docs:

  • Hero/Villain Project: Provide students with both ‘Man of the Year’ template and ‘Most Wanted: Dead or Alive’ poster templates. Students then utilize notes and research to analyze and decide whether their historical figure is a hero or villain. Students often choose to ‘beef up’ and manipulate or enhance the template provided to convince the audience (which often consists of my Twitter followers) to craft a poster and provide a written justification for their choice.
  • Using one of the many available Facebook templates in Google Search (here is one example), students create a Facebook profile to showcase important information about historical or literary characters. Many of my students’ favorite parts is creating a Facebook Wall dialogue between a character and his enemy!
  • A student favorite this year was the mock interview or reenactment of an event. Students start by collaborating on Docs to script out settings and specific lines for their scenes. Many students dressed up in costume, used accents, and even scouted out relevant scenery throughout the school to establish a sense of authenticity (and theatrics, of course!). After recording on their phones, students upload their footage to Google Drive then use YouTube to edit and publish a powerful piece of content that displays their work.

Google Sites

  • In my 12th grade Social Studies class, seniors create and pitch a business idea similar to Shark Tank. This year they used Google Sites to publish a business plan, embed a YouTube video of their elevator pitch, and display their investment strategy.
  • Establishing a positive online presence in today’s digital age is crucial. Teaching students to create ePortfolios is a powerful way to teach students both how to display their best work for the world to see and also teaches them important lessons in digital citizenship.
  • Rather than writing a traditional research paper, allow students to use Sites to create a more aesthetically and visually pleasing display of their research topic. Students can create new pages for subtopics, link to supplemental information, embed video, or host a discussion board. The complexity of these tasks lends itself to student reflection in metacognition, organization, and writing skills.

Google Draw

  • Students creatively display their understanding of a topic by doing a visual brain dump. Drawings may be as complex or simplistic as a student desires, but should represent their interpretation of content material. Students can save their images and share with their teacher or upload to Google Classroom, allowing teachers to view and correct misconceptions or misunderstanding by exploring the student’s thought process.
  • Draw a timeline to provide an overview of an important time period. Students can import clip art or create their own to illustrate major events and facts.  

Google Forms

  • Students create a review quiz for one another with various types of questions – Multiple choice, written response, check boxes, etc. Using Add Ons such as Flubaroo in Google Sheets (where the results are collected) allow students to automatically gather results data and grade each other’s work quickly. This enables students (and teachers) to provide valuable and timely feedback on specific topics where misunderstandings have occurred.

Google Maps

  • Using a Google Maps class account (Maps is not included in the GAFE suite), students create a map of a specific geographic area of study. Using tags, they provide written factual information on each specific place. Best of all – This map can be embedded into a Google Site!

Google Classroom

  • While PBL is great for students, Google Classroom makes the process easy and efficient for teachers. It is invaluable in assigning, collecting, returning and grading student work in an efficient and timely manner. Additionally, it assists teachers in remaining organized and maintaining accurate records in order to best guide students to success.

A PBL approach using GAFE tools for projects requires teachers to be flexible and focused, keeping in mind that lessons should always be learning-driven, rather than tool-driven. We must remember to provide students with voice and choice in guiding them through the process of choosing the right technology tool for the task at hand. Done right, PBL creates a tangible sense of student empowerment and motivation through creativity and producing for an authentic audience. Providing our students with these experience is what truly will allow us to redefine the meaning and feel of ‘school’ for each individual student in our classes.
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 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).