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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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

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.

Learn more about NCLab at: https://nclab.com

Google G-Suite for Education - easily create, share and edit files in real time.

G Suite

Google® G-Suite 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.

Learn more about G-Suite for Education at: https://goo.gl/qtZWvF

Desmos Graphing Calculator - a fun and easy way to learn mathematical concepts.

Desmos

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!

Learn more about Desmos at: https://www.desmos.com/

WeVideo - easily create and share great-looking videos.

Wevideo

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.

Learn more about WeVideo for Education at: https://www.wevideo.com/education/

LabCamera® - Conduct physics, biology and chemistry experiments

LabCamera

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.

Learn more about LabCamera at: https://goo.gl/UHdg8G

Noteflight® - create, read and print music notation.

noteflight

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.

CTL's NR21 solution includes 'Noteflight Learn', a private website designed specifically for music education where all users have Noteflight Premium features, including recording, performance and assessment tools. Every user can access their Noteflight account from their Chromebook. All digital scores are interactive, customizable, and easily accessible, and sharing and collaboration are built directly into every aspect of Noteflight Learn.

Learn more about 'Noteflight Learn' at: https://www.noteflight.com/learn

PocketLab® - a science lab that fits in your pocket.

PocketLab

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.

Learn more about PocketLab at: http://www.thepocketlab.com/

Autodesk Pixlr® - a powerful, easy-to-use photo editing cloud-based app.

AutodeskPixlr

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.

Learn more about Pixlr at: https://pixlr.com

ArcGIS® Online - a complete, cloud-based mapping platform.

ArcGISOnline

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.

Learn more about ArcGIS Online at: http://www.esri.com/connected

Management Applications Included in the CTL Nevada Ready 21 Solution

Google® Chrome Education - makes it easy for school IT administrators to deploy and manage users, devices and apps.

Chrome For Education

Google® Chrome Education (formerly 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 Education makes it easy for users to get up and running while ensuring they’re protected by web filters and firewalls.

Google® Classroom - helps teachers create and organize assignments.

Google Classroom

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.

Learn more about Google Classroom at: http://google.com/edu/classroom

Netop® Vision - helps teachers manage the digital classroom

Netop Vision

Netop® VisionHelps teachers: monitor and redirect student use of technology; maximize instructional time; improve focus and comprehension. Helps IT staff: spend less time on teacher support; improve teacher and student use of technology; Google Classroom integration makes setup simple. Helps administrators: support effective instruction in 1:1 classrooms; ensure student safety; promote integration of technology into curriculum.

Learn more about Netop Vision at: https://goo.gl/S2hgHR

Securly® - provides a safe and productive environment for student internet use.

Securly

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.

Learn more about Securly at: https://goo.gl/x2ExcN

Distribu-Q® - cloud based asset management software for 1:1 successful technology initiatives

Distribu-Q

Distribu-Q® When it comes to school-wide initiatives, educators spend a lot of time discussing the process and what to prepare in order to make the deployment of technology in schools as smooth as possible. A 1-to-1 laptop program deployment (also know as 1:1 initiative) is no different from others that schools are tackling recently. While it is a noble endeavor to pursue the smoothest laptop program deployment possible, our team at Administrative Software Solutions works very hard to lessen the burdens of the implementation. Our aim in doing so is to allow educators to spend more time doing what they do best, teach students on the proper use of the technology tools. Our research lead to the creation of a cloud-based software solution that takes away the burden of the distribution, repair tracking, communication to all stakeholders about the devices selected for the one-to-one laptop initiative, and dealing with disciplinary issues related to device mishandling and misuse.

Learn more about Distribu-Q at: http://distribu-q.com/

BrightBytes® Clarity - The Leading K-12 Platform For Data Analysis, Exploration, Discovery, And Action

Bright Bytes Clarity

BrightBytes® Clarity BrightBytes Clarity is an online platform that helps schools determine the impact of their technologies on student learning. Clarity is a comprehensive tool for collecting data on many aspects of technology use by students, teachers and parents. Clarity allows schools to:

  • Quickly and easily gather data about technology use
  • Analyze that data in a research-based framework
  • Deliver customized plans to each school that improve outcomes
  • More easily implement those plans and measure the result

Learn more about BrightBytes Clarity at: http://www.brightbytes.net/clarity-approach/

BrightBytes® Learning Outcomes - Helps Educators Evaluate and Improve Program Impact

Bright Bytes Learning Outcomes

BrightBytes® Learning Outcomes BrightBytes Learning Outcomes is available to schools and districts participating in the NR21 program. Learning outcomes helps educators to confidently determine the most valuable methods to integrate technology. The Learning Outcomes module allows educators to discover which programs have the most impact, so conditions can be established, scaled, or adjusted, and resources can be allocated accordingly.

  • Determine the ROI of each technology product to inform resource allocation
  • Identify technology program trends across data to replicate success
  • Advocate for effective programming in areas of need
  • Improve technology learning experiences with insight into engagement, usage, and impact
  • Replicate successful technology programs and adjust as necessary

More information about BrightBytes Learning outcomes is available at: http://www.brightbytes.net/learning-outcomes

GoGuardian® Admin - Granular control and analytics for 1:1 mobile devices (Available July, 2018)

GoGuardian Admin

GoGuardian® Admin provides district officials with the granular control and analytics they need to keep the internet as open as possible - but as safe as needed - to aid learning and keep students on-task without inhibiting exploration.

  • On and Off-Campus Filter
  • Intelligent Monitoring
  • Theft Recovery
  • Granular Filter Control
  • Automated Actions

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GoGuardian® Teacher- Helps teachers manage classroom technology (Available July, 2018)

Go Guardian Teacher

GoGuardian® Teacher provides educators with the tools they need to manage classroom technology, guide their students towards the right information (at the right time), and encourage them along the way.

  • Screen View + Snapshots
  • Browser Control
  • Teacher/Student Chat
  • Works Anywhere
  • Custom Learning Scenes

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