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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.

J2 Chromebook Bundled with Chrome Device Management Console for $159.99

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

This special offer is good for qualified education customers. Ask your sales representative for more information or contact CTL.

CTL is excited to announce a special deal on our J2 Chromebook for Education! Order 100 or more units and cash in on this deal that includes each J2 Chromebook bundled with the Chrome Device Management Console for $159.99.

The CTL J2 Chromebook was recently listed in PC Magazine’s “Best Chromebooks of 2017” article and recommended as a very good laptop for classrooms. PC Magazine commended the J2 for its “zippy” performance, “sleek, stylish design,” and long battery life. With a Rockchip RK3288-C processor with 1.8 GHz, the J2 offers 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. This lightweight Chromebook weighs in at only 2.46 lbs.

In addition, the J2 was named one of the best Chromebooks for teens by watchdogreviews.com.  Citing the J2’s affordability, powerful processor, high-resolution display, and lightweight design, the article recommends the J2 for teens.The watchdogreviews.com article called the CTL J2 Chromebook an “incredibly cost effective option for teens,” and mentions that the J2 boasts a “powerful processor” and has up to 9 hours of battery life.

 

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

2-Year Warranty and White Glove Configuration Service  Special Offer for NL61 and NL61T

2-Year Warranty and White Glove Configuration Service Special Offer for NL61 and NL61T

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’s Latest NL61 and NL61T Chromebooks are Designed for Education with a Rugged Design and Up to 14 Hours Battery Life

CTL has extended a special offer for orders of 100 or more units of CTL NL61 and NL61T (touch screen) Chromebooks.Order now and upgrade the warranty from 1 to 2 years at no extra charge. This special will provides a savings of $38.00 per unit. Additionally, free White Glove Configuration Service (a $10 per unit value) will be offered for orders of more than 100 NL61 or NL61T Chromebooks. White Glove Configuration Service includes:

  • Enrolling Chromebooks to your school’s Google Apps Domain
  • Validating device policies
  • Applying Chrome OS update
  • Applying customer asset tags on request
  • Providing school with data capture of serial numbers and asset tag numbers
  • Capture MAC address so the Chromebooks can be tracked if lost or stolen

Be sure to place your order before March 31, 2017 to take advantage of these special offers. The CTL NL61 Chromebook is the latest update to CTL’s popular NL6 Education Chromebook. The NL61 features a faster processor, the Intel Braswell Quad Core N3160 (2.24GHz), which powers battery life for up to 14 hours.

The CTL NL61T Chromebook has the same specs as the NL61 and feature a 10-point capacitive touch screen for the many touch-enabled Chrome™ and Android™ (Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.) applications. At Google I/O this year, Google announced that Android App support will be coming to Chrome OS. With education-specific features such as a carry handle, rotating camera and rugged design, the NL61T also includes 4GB DDRL 1600 RAM (20% faster than DDR1333). At just 2.76 lbs, the NL61T is easy for students to transport and meets the need for touchscreen Chromebooks utilized in standardized testing such as Smarter Balanced.

Other features include:

  • Drop resistant – tested up to 70 cm
  • Non-slip texture
  • Reinforced ports, hinges and power plug
  • Stronger, thicker rear cover plus a frame around the screen, sides and corners help absorb shock
  • Anti-peel keys + water resistant keyboard
  • Convenient carry handle (hangs in a locker)
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • 2-in-1 card reader
  • Kensington Security lock slot
  • HDMI (1920 x 1080)
  • Intel Dual Band WL/BT 802.11 AC 3265
  • Rugged 4mm DC-in Cable

 

CTL Offers Free Monthly Webinars to Educators on Topics Relevant to K-12 Ed Tech

CTL Offers Free Monthly Webinars to Educators on Topics Relevant to K-12 Ed Tech

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

Educators: You’re Invited to CTL Professional Development Webinars

CTL is proud to present our monthly professional development webinar series for educators. Each month, we host webinars on a wide range of topics relevant to K-12 Ed Tech including the latest in educational apps, 1:1 implementation, Chromebooks, G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) and much more. Our presenters are experienced educators holding certifications such as Google Certified Educator, Google Certified Administrator and Google Certified Trainer.

All webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live event. We will post the recordings as well as list upcoming webinars at ctl.info/webinars. Mark your calendars for the following webinars in the coming months:

Introduction to Netop Vision Classroom Management Software
Wednesday, February 15, 2017  1:00 – 1:45pm PST
Guest Presenter: Pam Judge of Netop

REGISTER: http://ctl.li/Netop-Vision-Classroom-Management-Webinar

Netop Vision for Chromebooks helps to manage the digital classroom – providing visibility into all student activities, right from the teacher’s desktop. Learn why Netop Vision is the worldwide leader in classroom management software – connecting more than six million teachers and students in 105 countries.

 

Effective Assessment with Google Apps
Wednesday, February 22, 2017  9:00 – 10:00 am PST
Guest Presenter: Dani Kennis, Teacher and Technology Coach

REGISTER: http://ctl.li/Assessment-with-Google-Apps-Webinar

How can Google Apps be used to assess learning? In this one-hour webinar, educators will learn how to use Google Sites, Google Forms, and Google Docs/Presentations for diagnostic assessment (before learning), formative assessment (during learning), and summative assessment (after learning).

YouTube Authoring Tips and Tricks
Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:00 – 10:00am, PDT
Guest Presenter: Katherine Livick of ESD 112

REGISTER: http://ctl.li/YouTube-Authoring-Webinar

In this webinar, Katherine Livick of ESD 12 will demonstrate how to use YouTube’s Creator Studio, effects you can apply to your videos, captioning, and more!

 

Google Admin Best Practices and Insights
Wednesday, March 29, 2017  11am – 12:00pm PDT
Guest Presenter: Peter Henrie of Amplified IT

REGISTER: http://ctl.li/Google-Admin-Best-Practices-Webinar

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

The NEW Google Sites: Pros and Pitfalls

The NEW Google Sites: Pros and Pitfalls

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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Join CTL for a Free Webinar
on the New Google Sites for Educators
Wednesday, January 18 at 9:00am PST.

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2j2lACu

If you’ve used Google Sites in the past, you probably know that it’s a convenient way to create a website and integrate items from your Google Drive without having to worry about hosting or paying for external services. You’ve probably also noticed that it was well past time for an overhaul of its complicated interface and not-exactly-modern design options. Google noticed too, and they’ve created a seriously updated Sites tool to phase in over the next year or so–but is it worth switching now?

Where is this new tool?

First of all, your Google administrator has to enable the new Sites tool. They’ve probably done this already, but if you don’t see the new Sites tool in either of the places I describe here, you might want to ask them about it. The new Sites is integrated into Drive, so you don’t have to go to a separate page to start it up. From your Drive, click the New button and hover over “More”. You should see some additional Google apps in that section, including Google Sites. Click on it it and it will create a new site for you right away. The site will be stored in your Drive, just like your other Google Apps files. You can also type in (and bookmark) the new Sites homepage, which you can find at sites.google.com/new. That link will take you to a page listing all sites you’ve created in the new sites tool. The interface for that page looks a lot like the Docs or Slides homepages you may be familiar with, and you’ll be able to create a brand new site by clicking the plus sign in the bottom right corner. Alternatively, if you’re already looking at the old Sites tool (sites.google.com), look for the “New Google Sites” link beneath “Browse Sites” in the left sidebar.

New Interface, New Features

You’ll notice immediately that the Sites creation tool is much different from your old Sites. The interface is clean, simple, and allows some drag and drop functions. On the right side of the screen, there’s a sidebar that allows you to insert content and placeholders, add and re-organize pages, and apply new themes to your site. You can click on any text you see (like the placeholder for “Your page title” in the header) and edit it directly. Want more text? Just click the “text box” tool from the Insert menu in the right sidebar and it will appear on your page. Add images, links, or Google files from the right sidebar to populate your page. Once you have a few elements on your page, you can drag them around to re-order them. Google will keep things neat and tidy for you. If you want to change the look of your text, click on it and a pop-up menu will allow you to adjust alignment and give you a few options for size. The paint palette at the left will allow you to select from a limited number of styles, including choosing a photo to place behind your text (Google will adjust the contrast for readability automatically), and the trash icon will delete the text box.  Add pages and adjust the theme or design of your site with the other options in the right sidebar.

When you’re ready to share your site, click the PUBLISH button at top right. Depending upon your domain’s settings, you’ll have the option to publish your site to the world, or just to your district. Your site will be created with “responsive design”, which means it should change to accommodate any screen it’s viewed on – mobile or desktop. You can preview how your site will look by clicking the eye icon at the top of the page.

What’s missing

The new Sites tool is still in its “early release” phase, and while some functions are much more advanced than the old tool, there are still a few missing features. Themes, fonts, layout, and colors are not yet fully customizable. Many scripting, API and site-level features that were available in the old tool are still missing from the new version. Gadgets, sidebars, and iFrame embedding are missing too. Steegle.com has created a side-by-side comparison table of the features of both tools that is very handy. Many early users have noted these missing features and reported them to Google, so it’s likely that many of them will be added back – a few have already been changed since the first release of the tool, so stay tuned for further updates.

Making The Choice
If you’ve already got heavily used, functional sites made with the old tool, you may find that the missing features are a deal-breaker for switching to the new sites at this time. Google has stated that the old Sites will be around for a while, until at least 2018, and that migration options to move classic Sites to the new Sites will be released this year. This gives you a lot of time to play with the new Sites tool and familiarize yourself with the options. Go create a site, and don’t forget to have fun!

 

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.