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From New Products to New Accolades: 2017 CTL's Year in Review

From New Products to New Accolades: 2017 CTL's Year in Review

The New Year is always a great time to sit back a moment and take stock of the past year. 2017 proved to be a very exciting year for us at CTL, from new products to new accolades and so much more. The hard work from the CTL team paid off!

CTL Chromebooks Continue in Popularity and CTL New Product Additions

CTL continued this past year with our award-winning line of Chromebooks for education, even being named as one of the top Chromebooks of the Year by PC Magazine, and winning the Best in Show Awards for ISTE 2017 from Tech and Learning Magazine. In addition to our Chromebooks, CTL rolled out a line of Chromebase All-In-Ones, four great set-ups designed with every need in mind. Changing the way users look at their home computer set-up CTL launched the Chromebox 2-in-1 and Chromebit 2-in-1, and for those looking to streamline digital signage and customer engagement in a kiosk environment, there is the Chromebox 2-in-1 Touchscreen, and the Chromebit 2-in-1 Touchscreen. This year, CTL launched a new Windows Laptop called the EP20PA Convertible Laptop which features 360-degree hinges and a stylus for optimal touchscreen utilization and note-taking ability. This unit is loaded with the new and improved Windows 10 operating system. It’s always exciting to release new products aimed at the unique needs of our customer base. Be on the lookout for more great new products from CTL in 2018.

2018 Accolades for CTL

This year, CTL caught the eye of several industry leaders. CTL was featured in Portland Business Journal’s list of the “Fast 100” and “Top Portland Tech Companies”. CRN also took note of CTL placing the company in the rankings for Solution Provider 500 and Top 50 of CRN’s 150 Fastest Growth Companies. Along with these accolades, CTL also found a place in Inc. Magazine’s INC 5000. The rapid growth of a company can often mean the human element is neglected, but not for CTL who remains dedicated to customer service and our awesome employees. Silicon Review recognized CTL as one of the Top 50 Places to Work.

1:1 Solutions Programs on the Rise

This past year also saw the NR21 program become law in the state of Nevada. We’re honored to have been given the opportunity to be a 1:1 solutions provider for this awesome program and the amazing educators, administrators, IT professionals, and students who we are grateful to serve. CTL also began work with implementing 1:1 solutions programs in our home state of Oregon, aside from being a part of 1:1 classroom programs all over the United States. We’re excited to continue this important work in securing digital literacy for every child, everywhere.

New Look and Ease for CTL’s Online Customers

CTL made major changes to update the look and ease of use of ctl.net. You can now find the CTL products you love more easily, streamlined with a zippy shopping cart flow and quick access to the latest blogs and resources from CTL. This past year, CTL also launched an Amazon store, with Chromebooks and more available via Amazon Prime.

Looking Ahead to a Great 2018

As we make our resolutions, set our intentions, and map out a great 2018, we’re always grateful to have our wonderful customers with us along for the ride. Stay tuned for exciting new product launches and technology designed with you in mind.

CTL’s Top 5 Professional Development Webinars of 2017

CTL’s Top 5 Professional Development Webinars of 2017

2017 has been a great year for us at CTL, and our Education Partners have only served to make it even better. One of our favorite things here at CTL is the connections and learning we derive from our Professional Development Webinars. Many of these webinars highlight awesome new Google for Education apps, educational software for students and classroom management, and all around awesome solutions for making your life as a teacher, IT professional, or educational administrator even easier.

We know that our education professionals have a busy schedule and finding the time to attend our webinars can be tricky, so we always make every past webinar available on our webinar site: http://ctl.info/webinars/.

As a little wrap-up for 2017, we’ve compiled the most popular webinars from the past year. You can watch these webinars at your leisure. Note that several of these webinars have an accompanying blog so we went ahead and listed those as well.

Top 5 Webinars of 2017

Increasing Student Engagement and Improving Assessment with G Suite 
Presented by Dani Kennis

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).

Watch this Webinar
Read the Blog

YouTube Authoring Tips & Tricks for Educators 
Presented by Katherine Livick

In this webinar, Katherine Livick of ESD 112 demonstrates how to use YouTube's Creator Studio and how you can apply its effects to your videos, captioning, and more!

Watch this Webinar
Read the Blog

Introduction to NetOp Vision 
Presented by Dean Johnson and Pam Judge of Netop

Netop Vision for Chromebooks helps you 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.

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Chromebook Tips and Classroom Management 
Presented by Katherine Livick

You’ve got a classroom full of Chromebooks…now what? Learn some basics and secrets of the Chromebook, as well as some tips for handling and managing the devices in your classroom.

Watch this Webinar
Read the Blog

Google Admin Best Practices & Insights 
Presented by Tom Woods with Amplified IT

Have you configured your G Suite Admin Console with educational best practices in mind? Guest presenter Tom Woods, authorized Google Education Trainer for Amplified IT (an education-focused Google for Education Consultancy), covers key best practice settings and approaches to G Suite Domain management.

Watch this Webinar

View Upcoming Professional Development Webinar

You can find all these and more at http://ctl.info/webinars/ where we routinely add webinars. So stay tuned to our Education Newsletter or check the site for updates.

Here you can also register for upcoming webinars:

  • NCLab Demo (Jan 24)engaging students in a fun way to learn coding, 3D modeling, and STEM
  • Kajeet Education Broadband (Feb 21)giving students safe mobile broadband at home or on the bus
  • DiSTRiBU-Q (Apr 11)the cloud-based solution to help manage 1-to-1 laptop deployment

We look forward to your participation in our 2018 webinars and would love to hear from you about any topics that you’d like to dive into for the new year. You can make suggestions via the form on the webinars page.