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CTL Joins the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CTL Joins the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

We’ve formed the perfect partnership.

Have you heard the news? CTL recently became a member of the Consortium for School Networking or CoSN, a well-respected professional association for technology leaders in school systems around the nation. Over 13 million students are represented by the organization which advocates for tools that promote growth as well as provides leaders that manage and build communities that influence K-12 education. The association achieves this by emphasizing the importance of digital equity which is something CTL stands behind.

The Tremendous Influence CoSN Has in Schools Throughout the Country

CoSN helps shape policies at the federal and state level. It performs good deeds in many ways which are highlighted below. The association has been around for 25 years and has made great strides in education because of its commitment to students.

Core beliefs shared by CoSN include technology personalizes learning experiences and helps prepare students for the “real world”. It’s important to make it accessible and equitable. Global connections transform the learning process and the main challenge in using technology is human.

Strong leaders and visionaries will continue to shape the technologically-driven learning environment in which we live in. That’s why CoSN does what it does. It knows the importance of giving students technological advantages, which is something CTL also does with its innovative computing products.

Our customers serve as CoSN members where they are able to weigh in on issues that matter most to them. The Beaverton School District, which is part of the CoSN board, is one customer we know well and have had the pleasure of working with for a while now. We’re passionate about what the consortium represents and are delighted to take part in the CoSN national conference in Portland spring of 2019.

The three-day event is scheduled to take place April 1-4 of next year at Hilton Portland & Executive Towers. We’ll be there to meet with new and current customers. We invite you to attend the conference and see how technology improves the learning environment of schools of all sizes in the United States.

The conference is personal and a fantastic opportunity to meet with peers to share ideas and network. Attending the event provides valuable opportunities to carry with you into your classroom or learning environment. You’ll get a lot of return on investment by attending the conference and getting to know CoSN and all that the consortium does for the school districts it works with.

You can learn more about the conference by visiting https://cosnconference.org/.

Why the Partnership Makes Sense

CTL offers the best Chromebooks for K-12 classrooms. Small but powerful pieces of technology transform learning environments in truly positive ways. It only makes sense for us to join with CoSN to form a truly powerful team of forward-minded thinkers who value technology and the way it shapes student educational experiences.

We’re excited for what the future brings. We continue to lead in the field of technology by making it affordable and accessible to students from elementary school through high school. Our LED monitors are energy-efficient and perfect for the classroom.

 

 

 

How to Minimize Classroom Disruptions

How to Minimize Classroom Disruptions

Make the most of every minute you spend teaching.

 

If you’ve been teaching a while, you know how frustrating disruptions can be. That’s why it’s important to plan for them in advance and to communicate expectations to your class on the very first day of school. That way students are well aware of the conduct they are to display while in the classroom. Using your CTL computer, you can create a classroom list that you display in a high traffic area where it can be seen and reviewed often. You can also type up a document containing the class rules, photocopy them, and pass them out to each student.

Here is how to minimize classroom disruptions:

  • Model the type of behavior you expect from your students. That way, they can do exactly as you want them to do. They’ll follow your example which minimizes disruptions and instills a sense of pride in them for a job well done.
  • Schedule breaks to go to the bathroom and get a drink as a class if you teach younger students. Make it so that everyone goes together to the restroom and water fountain. You’ll have fewer requests to go alone that way.
  • Stick to a routine as much as possible. Again, this is about expressing expectations. Students are able to do many things on their own when they’re familiar with a routine. They can be in their desks, ready to go by the time you’re prepared to share your lesson with them.
  • Rotate classroom obligations, so each student gets to do a specific task. Empower students by giving them responsibilities. It helps build skills and their self-esteem. When tasks are being taken care of by everyone, there is no room for jealousy or competition. Each student knows it will be their turn to do a certain task very soon.

It doesn’t matter what grade you teach, there will be interruptions to deal with. You can easily prevent them and disruptions from interfering with your lesson plans. By implementing the tips listed above, you’ll be able to focus more on the task at hand and less on the unexpected mishaps taking place in the classroom. You’ll be able to accomplish more in less time without putting forth a lot of extra effort.