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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.
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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.

CTL Advancing Up Portland Business Journal’s List of Top Portland Tech Companies

CTL Advancing Up Portland Business Journal’s List of Top Portland Tech Companies

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 is proud to ranked #14 on the Portland Business Journal’s list of Metro-Area Hardware Technology companies for 2017. This ranking is up one spot from last year and is the latest in a long history of recognition by the Portland Business Journal.

In 2015, CTL was recognized as one of the top 20 most innovative companies of similar size in Portland and received the Small Business Innovation Award. In 2014, CTL ranked #34 in top technology companies by the Portland Business Journal and by 2015 had moved up to #15. This year, CTL continues the steady climb up this list.

CTL, a Beaverton, Oregon based company, has been developing and manufacturing computer products since 1989. CTL’s product line includes rugged Chromebooks and Windows laptops, desktop and mobile workstations, LED Monitors and high performance servers. CTL takes pride in the fact that we’ve always housed our production facilities in the Portland, Oregon area which not only creates local jobs but also enables us to provide top-notch customer service.
Check out our website 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.

Ordering Chromebook Parts for Self-Repair Has Never Been Easier!

Ordering Chromebook Parts for Self-Repair Has Never Been Easier!

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

Schools approved for self-repair and under warranty will have their CTL Chromebook parts shipped to arrive at their location within two business days*.  

We’ve got great news for our education customers who are approved for Chromebook self-repair and under warranty! We’ve streamlined our process to get you the Chromebook parts you need in a matter of days. At CTL, we’re proud to offer self-repair for busy qualified education IT professionals, a convenience that isn’t made available by our competitors. If you’d like to self-repair, we’ll just need to confirm that you’re a qualified IT Professional. To get started, access this simple jot form here.

Here’s how schools approved for self-repair with Chromebooks under warranty can get started with self-repairs and acquiring Chromebook parts:

  • Visit support.ctl.net to get assistance with finding the parts you need.
  • A staff member dedicated to answering self-repair inquiries will assist you via Olark Chat
  • Should you need to purchase parts not under warranty, it’s fast and easy to order them from ctl.net
  • You can even include a PO in your web order!

However, any customers who are simply seeking Chromebook parts can also easily purchase them by going to ctl.net and clicking on the link, “Need Chromebook Parts?” at the top of the page. From there, you’ll be linked to our complete inventory of Chromebook parts including panels, covers, jacks, hinges, cables, adaptors, keyboards, and more. If you need assistance finding what you need, just type into the chat window that appears on this page and one of our team members dedicated to self-repair parts will be able to help you. We keep parts on hand in our warehouse, located in Beaverton, Oregon so you won’t be waiting for spare parts to come in from overseas.

At CTL, we take pride in our customer service. That’s why self-repairs won’t void your CTL warranty. Due to our recent improvements to the Chromebook parts ordering process, customers will now receive their parts within two business days. For schools on the east coast, this is a difference of five days earlier! If your school is approved for self-repair and under warranty, take advantage of our hassle-free process. Or, if you are a customer who wishes to purchase Chromebook parts, you’ve come to the right place. Our team is working together to make sure the ticket, order, parts, and shipping happens as quickly as possible.
*Exact shipping time is dependant on the time of day the order is placed.

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.

CNET Previews the CTL J5X Extra Rugged Convertible Touchscreen Chromebook

CNET Previews the CTL J5X Extra Rugged Convertible Touchscreen Chromebook

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 was recently featured in a January 29, 2017 article by CNET Senior Editor, Lori Grunin. This rugged Chromebook was showcased with CTL’s impressive line-up of education-specific Chromebooks at FETC.

The CNET article called the CTL J5X “A Chromebook convertible you can stand on, scribble on, and splash.” In the article, Grunin details the J5X features and benefits: “ It’s a rugged convertible — it has a 360-degree hinge so it can function as a tablet, presentation panel or plain-old touchscreen Chromebook — with a cover that can withstand up to 300 pounds of pressure and a write-on wipe-off skin. It’s rated for drops up to almost 2.5 ft/76 cm and keyboard flooding to up to about 11.2 oz/331 ml. And if you do successfully manage to damage it, it’s covered by a 1-year accidental damage warranty.”

Other J5X Specs include:

  • 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768-pixel 16:9 IPS display with 5 touch points
  • Intel Braswell N3060 processor (bursts to 2.48 GHz)
  • 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 32GB storage standard
  • Chrome OS
  • Combo audio jack
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI connector
  • microSD slot
  • HD webcam
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Serviceable battery

Qualified education customers can buy a discounted unit to try out through CTL’s “buy and try” program. In addition to the J5X, CTL has an extensive line up of Chromebooks including touchscreen and extra rugged models. CTL provides complete education solutions. In addition to Chromebooks, CTL offers Chrome Device Management Licenses, White Glove enrollment services, Chromebook carts, free professional development webinars for educators, and more.

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.