CTL® Congratulates the FIRST Robotics Winning Alliance!

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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.
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FIRST Robotics Competition 2014Team 254, the “Cheesy Poofs,” one of the four Winning Alliance Teams competing in the
FIRST Robotics Competition Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Jeremy Tanlimco.
 

CTL® Sales Director Gary Welk attended the exciting FIRST Robotics Competition Championship in St. Louis, Missouri April 23-26. More than 12,000 students from around the globe traveled to St. Louis to put their engineering skills to the test at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome.

The three-day event came down to a heart-pounding conclusion Saturday night in front of a roaring crowd of 20,000 when four teams from San Jose, California; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; and Holland, Michigan won the coveted FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) Winning Alliance. In this year’s game, Aerial Assist, FRC® teams took to the field, where competing Alliances scored points by throwing balls over a truss, catching balls and putting as many balls in goals as possible.

CTL® and our 2go® PC brand has been a proud Gold-Level Sponsor of the FRC since 2009. For the past five years, we’ve been a resource to all the new teams for their 2go PCs, supplying CTL 2go PC E12V or 2go Classmate E14 student laptops to interface with and control their robots. For more information about authorized FIRST computers and accessories, contact Gary Welk at 800-642-3087, ext. 220 or email gwelk@ctl.net.

K-12 Educators Invited to the CTL® 1:1 e-Learning Solutions Open House

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.
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CTL K-12 Solutions Open House

REGISTER HERE: http://go.ctl.net/1kPndBi

Who: K-12 Educators, Administrators, Purchasers and IT Departments

What: An open house with catered lunch to introduce CTL®’s selection of Chromebooks and Windows PCs that are available at discounts to K-12 schools.

When: Thursday, April 3 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Where: CTL Headquarters, 9700 SW Harvest Court, Building 100, Beaverton, OR 97005

Why: We want as many schools as possible to benefit from the special prices we’re able to offer on 1:1 e-Learning Solutions

We’re so excited about our latest offerings for K-12 education, that we decided to hold an Open House event for Oregon and Washington K-12 Schools. Because CTL® is one of a limited amount of Microsoft direct OEMs, we’re now able to give qualifying schools deep discounts on Windows PCs and educational software through Microsoft’s “Shape the Future Program.” This is an excellent opportunity for your school to update your classroom technology and prepare for computerized testing such as Smarter Balanced Assessments.

CTL® has committed to the White House’s ConnectEd goals to connect U.S. schools to the digital age within five years by providing cost-efficient devices and services. In response to the President’s initiative, Microsoft has pledged to work with direct OEMs such as CTL® to offer K-12 schools PCs and software at the lowest cost possible.

Let us help you with your school’s technology needs and bring you up-to-date with the latest operating systems and software. We look forward to seeing you there.

Education Customers: Intel® Education Software Stack available with CTL® 2go® Classmate PCs

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.
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Classmate Software from CTL

Our education customers already know that CTL®’s 2go® Classmate PCs are designed for the classroom with their ruggedized features and student-friendly interface. But you might not know that CTL® can include the Intel® Education Software Stack at no extra cost to qualifying educational institutions. Intel® Education Software helps students develop their skills of collaboration, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and digital literacy. These rich, interactive applications empower educators with tools to manage the classroom and keep students on task. In addition, IT departments can keep students and technology safe and secure from malware and loss.

Below is a summary of individual Intel® Education software titles available as part of CTL®’s 1:1 e-learning solutions for K-12 schools. To learn more about CTL®’s 2go® PCs with Intel® Education software included, contact your sales representative or call 800-642-3087.

Classroom Management

Classroom Management has features to support interactivity and collaborative student work, provides teacher tools to organize lessons, administer assessments, control student activity while eliminating distractions, and enhances overall classroom productivity.

  • Administer formative assessments with quiz/poll functions
  • Administer high-stakes assessments in a safe and secure environment
  • Enables focused & engaged classrooms with full administration capabilities like shutting down applications, blanking screens, sharing screens and content
  • Distributes and collects homework and other content
  • Supports diverse learning styles with small group activities

MyScript Notes/MyScript Stylus

Summarizing and synthesizing information is a key 21st century skill supported by MyScript Notes. Students can use the tablet as a real notepad, drawing, inserting pictures, and taking notes with their own handwriting using a stylus or finger

MyScript Stylus Mobile is an interactive handwriting recognition application that enables students to write notes, draw symbols, and perform basic math with real-time text input on touch-screen devices such as Intel® Education tablets.

Together, MyScript Notes/MyScript Stylus:

  • Allow students to write with a pressure-sensitive, real hand-writing experience:
    • Take notes – write, draw, erase;
    • Import, rescale and annotate images
    • Organize notes by subject
    • Converts students’ handwritten input into digital text in real time in the active application
    • Enables students to choose among different writing modes for different writing styles
    • Lists alternative results in case the recognized word is not the expected one
    • Writing math concepts, equations and graphs
    • Drawing chemistry concepts and molecular compounds
    • Peer editing in language arts
    • Writing letters, numbers
    • Journaling or creating a digital notebook
    • Drawing/sketching in the Arts
    • Writing music

Intel® Education Theft Deterrent

Helps protect capital and operational investments. Tools include a Management Server that supports complex deployments, a Management Dashboard that monitors clients and implements policies, and Hardware Hardened client rendering stolen systems valueless. Easy for students to use with no student interactions and no login passwords required.

McAfee AntiVirus Plus/Mobile Security

Provides five years complete virus protection and Internet Security so students have a safe and secure digital classroom. Comprehensive PC security, trusted security vendor, web and e-mail protection, and a clear user interface with optimized performance for a better user experience.

Intel® Education Lab Camera

Intel® Education Lab Camera application by Intellisence helps to promote scientific inquiry, helps make abstract concepts tangible for students and is an excellent complement to your STEM curriculum. Teachers can ignite imaginations and reveal the natural sciences using the Lab Camera application and the device’s built-in camera.

This hands-on set of tools for investigating the natural world helps make abstract concepts tangible, because students see them with their own eyes and experience them with their own hands.

The Lab Camera application includes 6 modules:

  1. Time-lapse camera allows students and teachers to record nature’s slow process and stitch it together into a short video
  2. Microscope function carries out the basic functions of traditional microscope
  3. Pathfinder creates a 3D map of the natural patterns that occur in nature
  4. Universal logger allows students and teachers to digitize analog science equipment
  5. Kinematics feature that allows tracking of horizontal and vertical movement
  6. Motion cam is makes a recording when it detects movement

Because the solution uses the camera built into the device and other readily available materials, it is a cost-effective way to complement STEM curriculum and engage students.

Value for Schools:

  • STEM project-based learning is enhanced, making this an ideal solution to add to your STEM curriculum and engage students in the wonders of the world
  • Schools can offer sophisticated grade-leveled STEM tools, reducing the need for expensive lab equipment and enhancing STEM curriculum
  • Engages students in a number of science disciplines, such as Biology, Life Science, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Supports anytime anywhere learning with science tools built into the laptop utilizing the web cam

Value for Students:

• Fosters deep understanding about scientific principles and phenomena’s with modern digital tools

• Develops 21st Century skills with hands-on experiments and analysis

• Anytime anywhere learning with science tools built into the laptop, utilizing the web cam

Value for Teachers:

• Six tools built into one software application so teachers don’t have to manage and distribute peripherals during valuable class time or trying to teach with antiquated equipment

  • Develops higher-order skills such as investigation, drawing conclusions, collaboration, analysis, problem solving, deductive reasoning

• Makes doing homework fun, helping students stay motivated and engaged

Lab Camera – 6 modules

  1. Time-Lapse Cam: This module enables students to see quickly what normally happens slowly, over a long period of time. For example, while it takes weeks for an apple to decompose, a time-lapse video shows a student the complete decomposition process compressed into just a few seconds. Other examples: ice melting, cloud formations, the growth of plants.  The module allows the selection of specified interval shots and then stitches these images into a coherent stream of video.
  2. Kinematics: Kinematics is the study of the motion of bodies, and is an essential component of any physical science curricula. The Kinematics module enables students to track objects and graph the horizontal and vertical movement characteristics (displacement, velocity, and acceleration) in real time. After an initial calibration, the measurement units can be set as well; can capture a maximum of three selected objects at the same time, allowing complex kinematic experiments.  Students have traditionally learned about kinematics by reading textbooks.
  3. Motion Cam: Enables students to record events without recording the hours of meaningless footage surrounding the event. For example, students can capture a bee pollinating a flower, or the nighttime feeding habits of a classroom pet. Makes a recording when it detects movement in front of the camera, allowing you to capture rare situations in nature; works like a motion-sensor camera.
  4. Microscope: Traditional light microscopes are expensive and immobile. However, microscopy is an important part of life sciences curricula. With the Microscope module, students can turn their computer into a microscope.
  5. Pathfinder: The Pathfinder module enables students to detect patterns of movement and frequency of motion in video. The motion data is visualized in the form of a density map using color saturation to show levels of activity. For example, students observe the behavior of termites as they follow an invisible pheromone trail. While unnoticeable to the naked eye, the pattern becomes obvious after just a few minutes of recording.  Other examples: pedestrian and traffic patterns.
  6. Universal Logger: Many schools don’t have the funds to purchase new probes and other classroom technologies. However, data collection and analysis is an important part of math and science curricula, and is an essential 21st Century skill.  The Universal Logger module uses object recognition to convert the readout of traditional analog measurement devices to digital data that can be graphed in real time.

SPARKvue

SPARKvue, is a data analysis application used to study science and math concepts.  It is applicable across subject areas and grade ranges.  It teaches inquiry skills – students conduct pre-configured experiments or create their own lines of exploration. Data can be visually inspected and analyzed with statistical tools.  Sensors, internal or external, collect data and display it in real-time in a graph, or table.

 

Sensor-based Data examples:

–           Acceleration (G-sensor): Record acceleration while riding a bike

–           Sound: Examine sound levels and how they relate to noise pollution

–           Camera: Capture images as part of an experiment or Record microscope images and annotate

–           Light: Measure relative light intensities in daylight

–           Magnetometer: Study the field strength of bar magnets

–           Temperature: Measure the temperature of water as ice cubes melt or examine the insulating properties of different types of fabrics to design new clothing

ArtRage

ArtRage, part of Intel® Education, enables students to easily create digital artwork on their computer.  Students can simulate a range of artistic effects: watercolor, ink pen, flood fill, gloop pen, sticker spray, text tool, and more. Students can use the program to provide illustrations to stories and reports.  Because it’s so intuitive to use, they can spend more time nurturing their inner Picasso than laboring to learn a complex program.

  • Sophisticated functionality simulates real-world art tools
  • Easy to use and intuitive interface
  • Powerful tools unlock students’ creativity
  • Useful at all grade levels: students can start at the finger-painting level and build sophistication.
  • Inexpensive: with no recurring supply costs, teachers can afford to engage and encourage students’ artistic endeavors
  • Students can use the tool to illustrate their writing or draw diagrams for reports
  • Requires zero set-up and clean-up time

Intel® Education Access Management

The Intel Education Access Management application provides a safer and more secure Internet and application environment for students. It allows IT staff to set appropriate policies for students in a school and at home.  Key features include: policy management, web filtering, provisioning. Access management will allow IT staff to ensure student devices meet the requirements of the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), therefore meeting eRate compliance.

Intel® Education Media Camera

Multimedia creation and editing for project-based learning. The media camera helps students express themselves visually and communicate information with tools to record, edit, and present. The Media Camera application is an interactive multimedia tool for video and photo editing. It enables students to capture and edit pictures and video and to make annotations to create their own multimedia outcomes for project-based learning.

  • Recorder: Lets students take pictures or record video and perform basic media editing
  • Presenter: Lets students load media captured by Lab Camera, Media Camera Recorder or another application, and use advanced media editing tools such as annotation, rotation and resizing tools to create their own report or eBook

The CTL 2go E14 for Healthcare Professionals is Now Available

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.
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CTL 2go E14 for Healthcare Professionals

Mobility, Performance and Durability

We’ve got good news for medical professionals seeking a lightweight and powerful mobile solution. Our latest 2go® E14 Classmate PC is here! This ruggedized ultra-mobile PC is a great choice for healthcare workers on the go — it weighs only 3.5 lbs but is powerful enough for professional use.

With a 1366 x 768 LED screen, the 2go® E14 is equipped to run Windows 8.1. This latest OS from Microsoft makes it easy to multi-task between programs and receive live updates on your email and other communications so you can stay connected to the information you need. Windows 8.1 gives you access to the latest apps and supports much of today’s medical software.

This model is an upgrade to the 2go E12. It’s kept all the great features and added some more performance and battery life. It comes with a Celeron 847 dual core processor and up to 4GB DDR3 memory and 25% more battery life than the E12. The E14 is also customizable—choose from a variety of hard drives, wireless networking options and even get Microsoft Office 2013 pre-installed.

Enter and access patient information on the go with built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity. The integrated webcam can make video consults and transferring visual information easy. Emergency response teams can transmit patient electronically en route to the hospital, speeding the process of handing off medical care and registering the patient.

Medical professionals generally require sturdier mobile solutions than your average businessperson. The E14 is built for a fast-paced, potentially unpredictable environment. Features include a shock mounted scratch- and water-resistant LCD screen, reinforced corners, and a sensor that shuts down the hard drive to prevent damage in the event of a fall. Other protective features include a spill resistant, anti-microbial keyboard and touchpad.

For more information on the CTL 2go E14 lightweight mobile PC for medical professionals, click HERE.

CTL® is Your Source for Computers, Components and Peripherals from the Biggest Names in the Industry

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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.
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CTL partners with the biggest names in the computer and electronic industry

If you’re just getting to know CTL®, there might be a few things you don’t know about us. Many people know us as a company that’s been around for over 20 years with production facilities in Beaverton, Oregon. Last year we gained some recognition for being chosen alongside Apple and HP to win the bid for one of the country’s biggest 1:1 e-Learning initiative, the MultiState Learning Technology Initiative. In addition, we’re often recognized for our partnership with Intel to bring you innovative computing solutions. And over the years, we’ve won numerous industry awards.

But what some people don’t know is that we’re also a reseller for the biggest names in computing and electronics. That’s right, whether you are looking for computers, printers, projectors, digital cameras, DVD players, audio equipment or just about any electronic device, you can find what you need at ctl.net/supplier-direct. We’ve teamed up with industry leaders such as Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Adobe, HP, Epson, Fujitsu, Sony, TDK, Toshiba, Panasonic, Xerox, LG, Samsung, Viewsonic and countless other companies so we can make ctl.net a one-stop shop for our customers.

We’ve been able to use our partnerships with other companies to offer “Lunch and Learn” opportunities that explain the products and services from our resellers. For example, we’ve co-hosted a “Solutions for Educators” event with Lenovo and a “Beating the Backup Blues” seminar with ExaGrid backup solutions provider. We’re planning these events quarterly, so stay tuned for information on our next Lunch and Learn here at CTL® headquarters in Beaverton.

CTL® is proud of our products and we stand behind our name. Yet, we know that no one company can be all things to all people. So we have expanded our products and services to meet a growing market. It’s a win-win for everyone. Enjoy personal customer service from an Oregon company and get the name brands you’re looking for. It can be exhausting searching the web or big box stores for the computer and electronic products you want, so just come straight to CTL® where you can get a live person on the phone or on our website chat. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you find exactly what you’re looking for! Give us a call at 800-642-3087 or chat on the web at ctl.net.

CTL® is Proud to Support Dean Kamen’s Program to Inspire Kids Pursuing Math and Science Careers

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.
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2go PC computers in FIRST competition

Students using CTL® 2go® PCs to power their robots
in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Celebrating Our 6th year of Sponsoring
the FIRST Robotics Competition

Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, was recently awarded the prestigious James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, joining previous honorees such as Bill Gates and Gordon Moore (Intel co-founder and creator of Moore’s Law). Not only has Kamen patented 500 inventions including a portable dialysis machine, an insulin pump for diabetics, a vascular stent, a motorized wheelchair that climbs stairs and a prosthetic arm for soldiers, he also founded a non-profit that awards millions of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of high school students across the globe.

And what does CTL® have to do with Dean Kamen? Since 2009, CTL® and our 2go® PC brand have proudly been sponsors of Kamen’s non-profit, FIRST (For Inspiration of Science and Technology). FIRST is an international, mentor-based program that builds science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, skills through a fun, team-building competition. Saturday, January 4 marked the kickoff to the 2014 season, where high school students across the globe design and build robots to compete against a field of competitors.

FIRST is a real chance to be a cultural change agent that will prevent this country from sliding from its leadership position held for 200 years… [That won’t continue] unless kids get into science and tech in a meaningful way and have as much passion for that as they have for sports and entertainment,” said Kamen in a recent interview with Business Insider.

Five years ago, CTL® worked with FIRST to equip FRC teams with 2go® Classmate PCs that students used to program and remotely control their robots. Since then, we have been a resource to many teams for their 2go® PCs, and will again be supplying CTL® 2go® PC E12 netbooks for the 2014 season. In this program for high school students, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” and use their teamwork skills to design and program a robot that will perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Professional mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.

This year’s challenge, titled “Aerial Assist,” will be played by two competing Alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two minute and 30-second match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their Alliance receives.

Nearly 70,000 high-school students on more than 2,700 teams in 92 cities around the globe are signed up to participate in this year’s competition. Fifty eight Regional competitions in the U.S., Canada, and Israel, plus 17 District competitions, one State Championship, and one Regional Championship will culminate at the 2014 FIRST Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri on April 23-26.

CTL® is proud to have our 2go® PC E12 powering some of the student-designed robots competing in this year’s FIRST challenge. Good luck to all the teams and watch this blog for more updates as the season progresses!