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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.

NETOP VISION CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT GRABS THE ATTENTION OF CHROME UNBOXED

NETOP VISION CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT GRABS THE ATTENTION OF CHROME UNBOXED

Chrome Unboxed has been at the forefront of all the latest news and updates in the world of Chrome. They’ve even featured CTL Chromebooks on their site. It’s no surprise that when they discovered Netop Vision Classroom Management software that Chrome Unboxed decided to review it on their website.

CTL has been a partner of Netop for some time, featuring the software in our 1:1 solutions program and making it available for general education customers. The Chrome Unboxed review points out that technology like Chromebooks for education is;

 “a powerful tool but only when used correctly and leveraged in a manner that creates, not destroys productivity. Giving teachers the ability to keep students on task with real-time monitoring can assist in maximizing precious minutes in the classroom.”

CTL understands this need and we want to make sure that Chromebooks are utilized in the classroom to their fullest potential for students. This is why we chose to add Netop as our go-to tool for real-time classroom management solutions.

Netop allows teachers to monitor each individual student’s screen, push specific URLs to the entire class, limit access to URLs that aren’t a part of the lesson plan, and lock screens to ensure all eyes are focused on the teacher. With Netop Vision, teachers using Chromebooks in their classrooms can focus on teaching and with a push of a button have the power to stop digital distractions in their tracks.

At CTL, we admire the streamlined and clean interface that allows teachers to easily keep their students on track and monitor everything happening on their Chromebooks during class time. Gabriel Brangers from Chrome Unboxed took note of this same thing saying,

“After some research, I have found there are a number of companies that produce software similar to Vision but few do it in such a clean, simple and powerful manner.”

You can watch the video which was created by Netop and featured in Chrome Unboxed’s review which demonstrates the fabulous features of the Vision software:

Vision for Chromebooks from Netop on Vimeo.

 

YouTube Authoring for Teachers

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 […]