CTL Congratulates the School Districts and Middle Schools Awarded Grants in the Nevada Ready 21 Digital Learning Program!

CARSON CITY, Nev., March 2, 2016 — Twenty Nevada schools will receive $14.1 million from the Nevada Ready 21 (NR21) digital learning initiative announced today by the Nevada Department of Education. CTL, a manufacturer of 1:1 solutions for education, will provide Chromebooks, networking wireless infrastructure, a rich suite of apps and online tools and a robust package of service and support for this program.

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Empowering Nevada Students and Teachers with Innovative Technology Solutions

CTL understands the vision behind Nevada Ready 21 and has provided a robust and comprehensive solution designed to deliver on that vision.

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Delivering a Technically Skilled 21st Century Workforce

Nevada Ready 21 is an innovative program designed to provide students with an engaging, technology-rich education to include 1:1 computing.

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The Five Key Elements of The CTL Nevada Ready 21 Solution

The CTL Nevada Ready 21 solution is a comprehensive package consisting of:
1 - RUGGED CHROMEBOOKS
The CTL Education Chromebook NL6 is designed and purpose built specifically for use in demanding K-12 environments. Its rugged design is drop and water resistant and includes education-friendly features such as a retractable carry handle, keyboard keys that are resistant to removal and a quiet fan-less design that keeps dust away from electronics. [LEARN MORE]
2 - WIRELESS NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE
A solution for installation, integration and ongoing maintenance in participating schools using Cisco enterprise grade hardware. CTL has teamed up with two of Ciscos top Nevada partners, Dyntek and Vision Technologies for installation, maintenance and support. [LEARN MORE]
3 - POWERFUL LEARNING APPS
A rich suite of apps and online tools to enable teaching to learning outcomes consistent with Nevada state standards. The software applications in CTL’s solution promote learning through exploration and interpretation. The learning environment is supported by tools to help teachers facilitate learning and IT protect students and manage technology. [LEARN MORE]
4 - TOOLS and PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR EDUCATORS
A comprehensive program to provide initial and ongoing education, leadership and technical professional development to every educator in the state through regular in-person and online workshops. [LEARN MORE]
5 - FLEXIBLE AND RESPONSIVE SERVICE AND SUPPORT
100% USA based support for students, teachers, administrators, and technical coordinators – provided in a variety of ways to best meet the needs of the user and to best resolve the incident. CTL provides a 2% buffer pool of spare devices to participating schools to ensure that there are always devices on-hand for students and teachers, even if their originally issued device is sent for repair.

Participating Nevada Schools

Chromebooks for Nevada Schools

Million Dollars in Grant Awards to Nevada Schools

The Nevada Ready 21 Chromebook: The Rugged CTL Education Chromebook NL6

Rugged, meet simple. Simple, meet rugged.

The CTL Education Chromebook is a new type of computer.

It updates automatically so it doesn’t slow down over time. Its design allows it to wake from sleep quickly and have a battery life of up to 9.5 hours. Students, teachers and professionals can quickly get to work because the CTL Education Chromebook starts in seconds. The anti-reflective screen minimizes glare and built-in virus protection makes it secure and easy to manage.

The CTL Education Chromebook is a fast, secure and simple solution with everything built in.

This Hassle-free laptop is ready to go out of the box with no software to install. Its rugged design is great for students and people on the go. The CTL Education Chromebook features a fan-less design. Users can expect an average of up to 9.5 hours of battery life. Built for the classroom, and great for business or home use, files and settings are stored in the cloud so they can easily be shared and accessed from any device. Teachers can have the ability to control student Chrome browsers, access all students work, oversee student communications and monitor real-time student activity feeds. Built-in virus protection, multiple layers of security and verified boot ensures safety and privacy.

Rugged Design for Students.

When dropped on a side or corner, the plastic bumper hits the ground first, protecting the LED Screen. Reinforced ports, water-resistant keyboard, a non-slip texture and low-profile carry handle make this the ideal laptop for children and commuters. Other features include an anti-reflective screen minimizes glare under fluorescent lights and near windows, and ergonomic keyboard with anti-peel keys and an easy-to-use interface.

Learning Applications Included in the CTL Nevada Ready 21 Solution

NcLab® - A Powerful and Fun way to Learn to Program.
NcLab® courses help students develop critical thinking, problem solving skills and perseverance by teaching computer programming and 3D modeling - essential 21st century STEM job skills. NcLab courses are fully self-paced and self-graded, allowing students to learn efficiently and freeing teachers to focus on their curriculum. Basic modules include several programming languages (Karel, Python, Javascript), a 3D modeling module, and computer simulations in math, physics and chemistry. Advanced modules include GNU Octave (computing language compatible with Matlab), CUDA (GPU programming), R (computational language for statistics), Scipy (computational library based on Python), LaTeX (markup language for scientific publishing), and more.
Google Apps for Education - easily create, share and edit files in real time.
Google® Apps for Education is a suite of productivity tools for Classroom Collaboration. Google Apps for Education allows teachers and students to create, share and edit files in real time. Google Apps for Education core services include Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts and Drive. Educators and students can use Google Apps for Education from any computer, tablet or phone, allowing them to work anywhere and anytime they want to.
Desmos Graphing Calculator - a fun and easy way to learn mathematical concepts.
Desmos Graphing Calculator is an online graphing calculator for elementary through high school math. With a full collection of video tutorials and the Desmos Bingo graphing challenge game, Desmos provides a fun and easy way to learn mathematical concepts. Features include Derivatives, Functions, Graph Settings, Inequalities, Lists, Parametric Equations, Points, Polar Graphing, Regressions, Statistics, Tables, Trigonometry and more!
WeVideo - easily create and share great-looking videos.

WeVideo® is a unique cloud-based collaborative video editing service that helps people from all over the world simply create and share great-looking videos. The WeVideo editor is easy enough for first-time editors, and sophisticated enough to help students create a professional-looking video. Students and teachers can work together on the same video project, make changes, provide feedback, and explain their visual thinking during the creation process. Students have the ability to make creative decisions demonstrating understanding and mastery of concepts. Start with the simplified Storyboard editor and work up to the more advanced Timeline editor with video tutorials to guide you along the way.

The WeVideo licence included in the CTL Nevada Ready 21 solution is a 'WeVideo for Education' subscription.  This product is specifically developed for use by teachers and students in an educational setting. WeVideo for Education allows for student collaboration, teacher management of classes and projects, GAFE domain integration, and higher levels of security and privacy (a walled garden) than other WeVideo personal and business plans. You can learn more about WeVideo for Education here: https://www.wevideo.com/schools.

 

LabCamera® - Conduct physics, biology and chemistry experiments
LabCamera® by Intellisense allows students and teachers to conduct physics, biology and chemistry experiments by using the CTL NL6 Chromebook integrated camera and the LabCamera App. The 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. Six modules are included: Time-Lapse Camera, Microscope, Pathfinder, Universal Logger, Kenematics and Motion Cam.
Noteflight® - create, read and print music notation.
Noteflight® is an online music writing application that lets students create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality, right on their CTL NL6 Chromebook. Noteflight provides secondary educators and students with a private, secure online community. It’s perfect for group composition, repertoire sharing, and more. Noteflight is an entirely cloud-based notation software platform. You can view, edit, and comment on your students’ scores in an online environment. Create and save unlimited scores, compose directly from any MIDI device, and choose from 50+ high quality instrumental sounds.

PocketLab® - a science lab that fits in your pocket.
PocketLab® is a science lab that connects to the CTL NL6 Chromebook and fits in a pocket. PocketLab allows students to explore the world and build science experiments using integrated sensors including: Accelerometer; Gyroscope; Magnetometer: Pressure and Temperature. PocketLab has many of the same features as lab equipment that costs thousands of dollars but is simple to use, deploy and manage and is included with the CTL NL6 Education Chromebook as part of CTL’s solution for NR21.
Autodesk Pixlr® - a powerful, easy-to-use photo editing cloud-based app.
Autodesk Pixlr® is a powerful, easy-to-use photo editing cloud-based app. Apply a quick fix and fine-tune any picture or add your personal touch with effects, overlays and borders. With over 100 effects, 340 overlays, and 200 borders, users can adjust the transparency, resize and rotate each element for unlimited photo creativity. Effects like crosshatch, halftone, and dapple can turn photos into a work of art with a single click.
Intel® Seeing Reason Tool - create visual maps of the factors and relationships in a cause-and-effect investigation.
Intel® Seeing Reason Tool Analyzing cause-and-effect relationships is important to understanding complex systems. With the Seeing Reason Tool students create visual maps of the factors and relationships in a cause-and-effect investigation. These maps make thinking visible and promote collaboration as students work together to refine their understanding.
Intel® Showing Evidence Tool - learn how to construct well-reasoned arguments and prove a case with credible evidence.
Intel® Showing Evidence Tool The Showing Evidence Tool helps students learn how to construct well-reasoned arguments and prove their case with credible evidence. The tool provides a visual framework to make claims, identify evidence, evaluate the quality of that evidence, explain how the evidence supports or weakens claims, and reach conclusions based on the evidence. This thinking tool supports activities where students debate differences, make and defend decisions, and analyze conflicting information.
Learning in Context: Population Statistics - collect data, visualize statistical distributions and draw comparative inferences.
Learning in Context: Population Statistics Learning in Context: Population Statistics is an engaging way to introduce students to statistics. This app for K-12 guides students through collecting data about two statistical populations, visualizing statistical distributions, and drawing comparative inferences. Designed for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, this app was created by Clarity Innovations with support from the Intel Corporation. Includes lesson plans and project ideas.
Learning in Context: Science Journal - a powerful science experiment and observation tool.
Learning in Context: Science Journal Learning in Context: Science Journal is a science experiment and observation tool to increase student understanding. Science Journal makes the process of data collection, supposition and reflection both intuitive and convenient. It allows for systematic observation and measurement in most any setting: helping observers capture and organize data on their laptop or mobile device in real time.
Learning in Context: Concept Mapping - allows students to easily create mind maps, flowcharts, and concept maps.

Learning in Context: Concept Mapping Learning in Context: Concept Mapping allows students to easily create mind maps, flow charts, and concept maps. You can use it to create visual representations of ideas to help in brainstorming or as a visual aid for peers and teachers. It's simple to use interface lets you draw shapes, add text and connectors, and share with others. 

Learning in Context: Reading Comprehension - aids students in learning how to read text passages for comprehension.

Learning in Context: Reading Comprehension - Learning in Context: Reading Comprehension aids students in learning how to read text passages for comprehension. Students will collect and review vocabulary words, and will complete short exercises to check their understanding. This app was created by Clarity Innovations with support from the Intel Corporation. 

ArcGIS® Online - a complete, cloud-based mapping platform.
ArcGIS® Online is a complete, cloud-based mapping platform. Make and share beautiful maps and do everything in between. ArcGIS Online is a scalable and secure software-as-a-service hosted by Esri. It’s designed for anyone, at anytime, on any device. Maps, apps, analytics, and collaboration are all part of ArcGIS Online’s sophisticated features. A suite of base maps, high-resolution imagery and the highest rated demographic data is included. Make 2D and 3D maps with the built-in map viewer and scene viewer.

Management Applications Included in the CTL Nevada Ready 21 Solution

Google® Classroom - helps teachers create and organize assignments.
Google® Classroom Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organize their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers. Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class. Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student.
Google® Chrome Management Console - makes it easy for school IT administrators to deploy and manage users, devices and apps.
Google® Chrome Management Console makes it easy for school IT administrators to deploy and manage users, devices and apps across a fleet of thousands of Chromebooks. Manage 10s, 100s and even 1000s of Chromebooks with ease. Assign devices to users and get configuration and usage reports, pre-install and block apps and apply policies, apps and settings to different sets of users. Google Chrome Management Console makes it easy for users to get up and running while ensuring they’re protected by web filters and firewalls.
Securly® - provides a safe and productive environment for student internet use.
Securly® Provides a safe and productive environment for student internet use. Simple Cloud Based Web Filtering with Granular K-12 Policy Management Delivered through the cloud, Securly provides both in-school and take-home filtering through the same admin console. Zero-touch filtering of 1:1 take home Chromebooks using a Chrome extension that takes seconds to deploy with no proxying and no SSL certificates. Securly is the first product to audit student posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Securly also employs cutting edge natural language processing algorithms to flag activity on these networks that might be indicative of cyber-bullying or self-harm.