FireFly and Trinity3 are Now Trafera!

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Last October, Trinity3 Technology and FireFly Computers, two long-time competitors in the education and government technology market, announced they were merging to become one of the largest education-focused technology vendors in the US. Today, Trinity3 Technology and FireFly Computers are formally launching a new identity as Trafera (www.trafera.com).

At the time of the merger, Trinity3 Technology and FireFly Computers were in the midst of their highest-growth years on record. “This merger was not a takeover or acquisition,” said Scott Gill, former CEO of Trinity3 Technology and new CEO of Trafera. “This was about recognizing the incredibly strong synergies these two companies would have together and knowing what a positive impact it would create for the thousands of schools that rely on us for their technology.”

In 2020, schools experienced significant challenges in shifting quickly to hybrid and distance learning models in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology was a critical part of that transformation, and finding reputable, experienced companies who could guide them towards accomplishing their distance learning goals became a crucial need in education.

“When choosing a vendor, it was important for us to find a true partner, a company who took the time to understand our problems and time constraints and make it their problem as well.” explained Eric Wells, Chief Operating and Technology Officer of Muskogee Public Schools in Oklahoma and a long-time Trinity3 customer.

“Trafera not only represents Trinity3 and FireFly coming together as a new company,” continued Scott Gill. “The name also represents us guiding people into a new transformational era of computing, where 1-to-1 classroom technologies are essential and there are a host of ways technology done the right way can help improve educational outcomes.”

Based on 2020 combined sales data from Trinity3 and FireFly, Trafera is now one of the top three suppliers of Google® Chromebooks™ to schools nationwide and will also be a major supplier of Windows® computers for education. Additionally, Trafera will continue to offer the unique comprehensive warranty plans that were a hallmark of Trinity3 Technology and the easy setup and support options familiar to customers of FireFly Computers.

“Our goal with Trafera is to take everything that was great about both companies and add to it,” reported CEO Scott Gill. “None of the core services, values, or even team members from either company are going away, and Trafera is committed to delivering the same high levels of trust and integrity our previous FireFly and Trinity3 customers have known us for.”

Trafera’s headquarters will remain in St. Paul, MN at the former Trinity3 main office location on University Avenue. For more information, please visit www.trafera.com.

What does this mean for ILTPP members?

ILTPP is in communication with Trafera on what this means for the current FireFly Computers RFP Chromebook contract. Please stay tuned for more updates!


Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Marissa Kolmer
Senior Account Manager
612-808-9144
mkolmer@fireflycomputers.com

Complete Book & Media: An Additional 10% Off ILTPP Pricing

Complete Book and Media Supply is now offering ILTPP members an additional 10% off first orders in 2021 to welcome us all into the new year! The company is looking forward to continuing to be your go-to supplier for all things books and subscriptions! As an ILTPP member, you automatically access FREE SHIPPING as well!

Complete Book & Media Supply is a small, minority-owned business and is a single-source, wholesale distributor of books and subscriptions. Complete Book is dedicated to providing Illinois districts with the most extensive selection of publications as well as the very best in customer service. The company’s comprehensive selection includes both books and subscriptions in all fields, available in electronic or print format.

To access the additional savings, be sure to mention ILTPP or contract number AEPA-IFB020-C and utilize promo code “YAY2021” anytime throughout this year.


Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Kendall Montiegel
Sales Processing Manager
800-986-1775  x105
kendall@completebook.com

Grab An Extra 25% Off Student Account Automation

Automating your student provisioning/AD Sync means accurate student accounts, resulting in an unburdened IT Department, happy teachers, and engaged students.

Student Provisioning Services, also known as SPS, provides the following to assist with developing a pristine directory in AD and Google that always matches your SIS:

  • Accounts created in AD/eDir and Google as frequently as we can get fresh data.
  • Sync your local directory G-Suite so they are immediately created in Google.
  • Automate groups based on grade and building.
  • Automatically disable accounts for students that are no longer enrolled and restore accounts if students return.
  • Automatically apply the district’s naming standard and handle tie-breakers.
  • A portal for teachers/staff to reset a student’s password without any involvement from the Technology department.

Now through February 28, 2021, ILTPP members will receive an additional 25% off onboarding SPS services. Be sure to mention ILTPP when speaking with your dedicated Account Manager!


Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Joe Kubina
614-374-4398
jkubina@sps-k12.com

Learn More About SPS-K12

Impero Acquires Netop to Keep Students Safe

Original Article by Impero

On January 5, 2021, Impero Software announced the acquisition of Netop, a leading classroom management and secure remote access tool used by corporate and educational establishments all over the world.

Since 2002, the Impero team has been working closely with its customers to develop world-leading products and services that help keep students safe and improve their chances of success. Similarly, Netop has been working since 1981 to make digital teaching easier and improve learning outcomes. Impero’s acquisition of Netop comes at a time when students around the world need this kind of technology most and will accelerate Impero’s ability to deliver innovative, market-leading solutions for ILTPP members.

Your customer experience won’t change through this transition and Impero looks forward to offering you a broader product portfolio soon. ILTPP and Impero’s commitment to and transparency with ILTPP members remains our first priority, so we’ll be in touch with more information on contract offerings as it becomes available. Until then, it’s business as usual.


Contact your dedicated Account Manager

Zoe Lamb
Business Development Manager
(512)-599-9976
zlamb@imperosoftware.com

Kick Off the New Year with LTC!

To kick off the 2021 New Year, the Learning Technology Center of Illinois has partnered with a number of vendors, services, and the Illinois State Board of Education to offer Illinois K-12 educators, technology staff, and administrators some key professional development opportunities.

SecurED Schools: January 13 & 14

SecurED Schools is a two-day professional development conference focused on data privacy and cybersecurity for K-12 Administrators, Technology Leaders, and IT Staff.

Technology and education leaders will learn about data privacy with an emphasis on SOPPA and cybersecurity requirements, policies, and best-practice strategies during engaging presentations and hands-on activities. Sessions focus on two main strands: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity.

Remote Learning Conference: January 14 & 15

The Remote Learning Conference is hosted by the LTC and the Illinois State Board of Education. It will showcase the best practices, pedagogy, apps, and tools for leveraging remote and hybrid learning, based upon the lived experiences of Illinois’ K-12 educators. This big event will spotlight Illinois educational pioneers as well as welcome three featured speakers from the national edtech community:

  • Educator and trainer Dr. Monica Burns (Host of Easy EdTech, creator of classtechtips.com)
  • Trainer and speaker Dr. Caitlin Tucker (author of Blended Learning in Action and Balance with Blended Learning)
  • Speaker and digital innovator Shelly Sanchez Terrell (author of Hacking Digital Learning Strategies and Learning to Go)

Now’s the time to reserve your digital seat at these exciting conferences. At only $25 for each event, you’re sure to walk away from these professional learning experiences with an abundance of ideas for elevating your craft or skill.


The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) is an initiative of the Learning Technology Center (LTC) and contributes to the LTC’s mission of building statewide capacity for educational change through technology-related professional learning, programs, initiatives, and support.

ILTPP is an Illinois Chief Procurement Office Approved Cooperative/Consortium.

Return to School Safety Solutions from NBF

National Business Furniture is excited to be partnered with the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) representing AEPA Furniture Contract 018-D. NBF offers options to reduce the risk of cross-contamination by offering personal protection products such as sanitizer dispensers, sneeze guards, and space dividers – just to name a few. These products will be essential to ensure the comfort, safety, and health of each student upon their return to the classroom.

Implementing Safety Practices for a Healthier Classroom 

ON THE WEB

Visit NBF’s website to see everything offered, including the all-new health and safety products continuously being added.

LOCAL SALES REP

NBF’s nationwide network of sales representatives are here to help you find the right solution for project large, small, and anywhere in between.

SHOP THE CATALOG

Explore the pages of NBF’s catalog to gain inspiration and find solutions that can help your students succeed and grow.

Contact your National Business Furniture dedicated Account Manager today for free design services, catalogs, quotes, or orders. Don’t forget to mention Contract Number AEPA-018-D.


Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Joanna Terry
Director of Education Sales
414-615-3684
joannat@nbf.com

Learn More About National Business Furniture

Digital Curriculum, Assessments, & Educational Consulting

Edmentum and the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) have teamed up to provide ILTPP members with a trusted partner in education, creating successful outcomes everywhere learning occurs.

Edmentum offers support in a variety of areas:

  • Digital Curriculum: rigorously aligned to state standards and flexible for use in any learning environment
  • Proven Assessments: benchmark learning needs, formatively assess learning, and support classroom practice
  • Educational Consulting: professional learning, technical services, and support to power successful implementations
  • Educational Services: support student-centered virtual learning including mentoring, grading, diploma-granting instruction, and more

Exact Path

Edmentum Exact Path utilizes adaptive diagnostic assessments paired with individualized learning paths to promote academic growth in K-12 reading, language arts, and math. Exact Path is focused on understanding where your students are acacademically and then taking that data a step further to provide just-in-time instruction aligned to your goals.

Courseware

Edmentum Courseware offers best-in-class, customizable online curricula for sixth grade through adult learners. Courseware is rigorous, relevant, and aligned to Illinois standards with over 400 courses covering core, elective, CTE, world language, and advanced subjects.

Study Island

Study Island offers customizable K-12 practice and preparation to support your formative assessment strategies. This Illinois standards-based program gives you the tools needed to ensure success on the state assessments and beyond.

Calvert Learning

Calvert Learning helps schools succeed with K-5 virtual and blended learning. Calvert focuses on building creative problem-solving and other lifelong skills students need to thrive in a fast-changing world. Edmentum provides the curriculum, tools, and services to make it happen, with a flexible approach based on your unique needs.

Edmentum is committed to ensuring success for Illinois educators and their students in any learning environment – brick and mortar, hybrid, and fully virtual.

Check out Edmentum’s 2020-2021 Planning and Success Toolkit for free guides, blogs, and worksheets to build a school around your students!


Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Jason Eggert
Illinois Partnership Manager
(214) 293-9759
c: (815) 529-0885
jason.eggert@edmentum.com

Learn More About Edmentum

Newline Flex Gen is Leading the Next Gen of Desktop Collaboration

Need a better way to collaborate with your teachers or students? Newline Interactive has now launched the Newline FLEX to accomplish just that.

The Newline Flex is a versatile all-in-one touch monitor designed for desktop collaboration. Phones, tablets, and many other smart devices are intuitively touch and collaborative, it’s time for the desktop to join the party. Use the Newline FLEX to eliminate desk clutter from cables and peripheral devices, by plugging up to your laptop and getting to work. Increase productivity, join video calls, and host collaboration sessions with the Newline FLEX.

World Class Touch and Writing Experience: Newline FLEX has been developed with to emphasize the natural feeling of writing. Simply annotate over any document, using any software, and save your notes for future reference. The FLEX pen is also compatible with Windows Ink.

Tilt to Fit: Easily tilt the FLEX into a comfortable position for a video meeting or writing. Palm rejection allows you to use the pen in a natural writing position.

Control at Your Fingertips: Not all videoconferencing software makes it easy to control your audio and video.

You may often find yourself looking for the icons to mute/unmute or to reveal your video. FLEX ensures these functions are always within reach with cam & mic control, no matter how the software may have moved the control menu.

A Flexible Camera That Recognizes You: Tilt the 4K camera to the perfect angle for you. With Windows Hello support, you can unlock your laptop and access all your content in seconds.

Paper-like Writing: Magnetically attached to the side of the FLEX for easy storage, the active pen provides a natural handwriting experience with high precision and low latency. There are two built-in hotkeys that let you quickly switch to eraser or access “right-click”.

Plug & Play: Simply plug in your laptop and instantly upgrade to a world-class touch, writing, and videoconferencing experience. Easily power your device with the powered USB-C connection.

No need for a learning curve, just use your existing desktop device. Want to remove all the clutter and cables from your desktop? Plug in an SDM for fully integrated computing power.

Bringing Video Calls to Life: Capture your voice without background interference. Experience clear visuals with the 4K camera. Enjoy a better sound experience through high-end speakers with a subwoofer.

FLEX ensures a better videoconferencing experience for you—as if your students are in the room with you!


Newline Interactive is available for discounted purchase via the ILTPP-Howard full catalog contract.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Joe Leppert
Senior Field Sales Representative
(312) 448-1314
jleppert@howard.com

Erin Miller
Inside Sales Manager, K-12 Education
(601) 399-5720
elmiller@howard.com

Learn More About Howard Technology Solutions

Managing SOPPA and Maintaining Innovative Practices

A webinar for ILTPP members and Illinois K-12 Technology Staff.

As we all near the end of 2020, it’s time to think about what lies ahead for 2021. The Illinois student data privacy law known as SOPPA will be going into effect on July 1, 2021. Many districts are already beginning to prepare!

Join LearnPlatform for an interactive session to hear from Illinois edtech expert, Rob Residori on:

  • What you need to know about SOPPA.
  • How your district can prepare for July 1, 2021.
  • Real-life examples of Illinois districts excelling with data privacy compliance.
  • Examples of Illinois districts currently using LearnPlatform to promote data privacy compliance and communicate safety easily.

SPEAKER Rob Residori, Director of Regional Partnerships
rob.residori@learnplatform.com


ILTPP has recently signed a new contract with LearnPlatform, providing ILTPP members discounted pricing on a top software-as-a-service and research-based solution.


Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Districts >5,000 Students
Rob Residori
Director of Partnerships
(773) 273-9419
rob@learnplatform.com

Districts <5,000 Students
Hillary Simons
District Analyst
(860) 933-4091
hillary.simons@learnplatform.com

Learn More About LearnPlatform

Google Delays Chrome Education Upgrade Price Increase

Google is delaying the Chrome Education Upgrade price increase from January 12, 2021, to March 9, 2021.

In January 2020, Google announced an increase in the price of Chrome Education from $30 to $38 USD per device license starting January 12, 2021. Given the increased demand for devices as many continue to work and learn from home, Google is delaying the price increase to a time when devices will be more readily available and to alleviate any potential pressure on school districts.

The new scheduled date for the price increase is March 9, 2021.

What Do You Need to Know?

This price increase reflects the continued innovation and value that Google added to Chrome OS over the past several years, as well as the hundreds of new policies that are on their way. The upgrade also includes 24/7 support that is provided through the Chrome OS Automatic Update Expiration (AUE) policy, which was extended in the fall of 2019 to offer more years of support.

Google is planning to re-evaluate pricing annually in January, based on exchange rates and relevant product enhancements.

What Do You Need to Do?

If you plan to purchase the new Chrome Education Upgrade licenses on or after March 9, 2021, the new rate at $38 USD will apply. If you’re not planning to purchase new the new Chrome Education Upgrade licenses, no action is required. If you had previously purchased a Chrome Education Upgrade license at $30 USD prior to March 9, 2021, no billing adjustments will be made.

How Can You Get Help?

If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact your dedicated Account Manager below.


Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

CDW•G
John Buttita
Sales Manager
877-325-3380
johnbut@cdw.com

Learn More About CDW•G

SHI
Kyle Thomas
SM SLED Manager
732-564-8526
Kyle_Thomas@shi.com

Learn More About SHI

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