Google Extends AUE Support on Several CTL Models

ILTPP has recently renewed its direct contract with Computer Technology Link (CTL). A US based company, CTL is a technology solutions provider, that has been supplying technology solutions, including CTL Laptops, PCs, LCD Monitors, Servers and Chromebooks to education customers throughout the United States for over 28 years.

CTL’s comprehensive chrome solutions include industry-recognized education-specific Chromebooks, value-added software titles, deployment assistance, and professional development offerings.

Since 2013, CTL has assisted with education partners of all sizes on their chrome deployments. Ranging from total 1:1 deployments to smaller, more intimate classroom deployments, CTL has helped schools across the United States implement chrome solutions that best fit the unique needs of each district.

Google has extended AUE support on the below several CTL models.

CTL Chromebook NL6September 2021 + 15 months additional
CTL Chromebook NL61/TJune 2022 + 1 year additional
CTL Chromebook J5June 2022 + 1 year additional
CTL Chromebook NL7/NL7T/NL7TW/J41June 2024 + 7 months additional
CTL Chromebox CBx1-X/CTL CBx1-7 and CBx1 for Hangouts MeetJune 2025 + 1 year additional

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Aaron Pearson
Senior National Account Manager

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How to Use the Vaping and Juuling Trend to Teach Media Literacy

Help students recognize and analyze age-old advertising tricks.

It’s estimated that 3 million students vape, a shocking stat to many but not to teachers, who have seen it take over school campuses firsthand. Many of these young people use one e-cigarette or vaping product in particular: Juul. These devices, which mimic the design of USB flash drives, have secured 75% of a rapidly growing market. Juul, like other vaping products, has been marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco, lacking smoke and tar. And while vaping is less harmful, we don’t yet know all of its impacts. We do know, however, that many vaping products are jam-packed with nicotine and are highly addictive

So how did Juul and other e-cig products get to the point where 20.9% of high school seniors and 10.9% of eighth-graders report they’ve vaped in the last year? Some point to the clever, social media-friendly ad campaigns and marketing efforts of Juul in the early 2010s. These ads made Juul seem like a hip, innovative wellness and lifestyle brand. As Robert Jackler points out, these ads reworked and updated versions of tried-and-true — and since banned — techniques used by old-school cigarette companies.

While Juul has since abandoned these campaigns, the Juul ads, along with the cigarette ads before them, provide a great case study of the persuasive tricks and deeper meaning of advertisements and commercials. The following video, discussion guide, and activity are designed to help students build these key media-literacy skills.

Juul ads, along with the cigarette ads before them, provide a great case study on the persuasive tricks and deeper meaning of advertisements and commercials.

Recommended for:

Grades: 6-12
Subjects: ELA, social studies, digital citizenship, advertising/marketing, business

Prep for teachers

In the classroom

Hook (seven minutes):

  • Before screening the video, ask students to take notes while they watch.
  • Provide them with an essential question to focus their viewing — e.g., “What contributed to the rise of e-cigarettes and vaping?” 
  • Show the Vox video “How Juul made nicotine go viral.”

Whole-class discussion activity (10 minutes):

Use these questions, as needed, to guide discussion. Help students tease out the various ways products get sold to us and the specific strategies that get used.

  • Juul has stopped using the ads featured in this video. So why do you think vaping and Juul remain so popular?
  • What other ways does interest in vaping, Juul, or other e-cigarette products spread now? 
  • (If students mention memes): Do you think of memes people create and share as advertisements? Do you think Juul’s ad campaigns had any influence on these memes? What else influences the content of memes?
  • (If students mention YouTube videos and Twitch streams, etc.): Are some of these things ads themselves? How can you tell? Does it even matter whether something is paid for by an e-cigarette or vaping company or not? 
  • What do you think is the appeal of vaping products like Juul versus cigarettes? How do ads or other forms of marketing lean into that appeal or not?
  • Many of these advertising and marketing techniques can’t be used by cigarette companies. Why do you think that is? Do you think the same government crackdown and regulation will happen to e-cigarettes?

Student handout (can be done in class or at home depending on time and resources): 

Note: There are two implementation options below specific to Juul and cigarette ads, but the handout can also be used to analyze any kind of advertisement on any topic.

Low-tech or more scaffolding option:

High-tech option or more challenging option

  • Share a link to the Smithsonian’s Marilyn E. Jackler Memorial Collection of Tobacco Advertisements with students, along with the handout and this Juul ad
  • Demonstrate to students how to browse the Smithsonian’s library of ads on the left. Show them how to look for the blue box to locate digitized materials and then how to open a PDF of an ad.
  • Instruct students to find an ad in the Smithsonian collection that has a theme and/or uses an advertising technique similar to the provided Juul ad.
  • Instruct students to analyze the two ads and complete the questions on the handout.

Possible follow-ups

Top photo credit: Georgia Geen for VCU Capital News Service and licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Editor’s note: This resource is part of a monthly series that helps teachers facilitate classroom discussions about trending and timely issues in the news and media. For more, browse our library of news and media literacy articles.

International Education Week 2019

International Education Week (IEW), November 18-22, 2019, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education both encourage the participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities, including schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses, associations, and community organizations. Individuals and institutions tend to hold IEW events as it is convenient for them in their local communities. Celebrate as much and as often as you like! To that end, promotional materials are provided that allow you the flexibility to promote events whenever they may be planned!

To connect with and host international exchange participants living in your own community, contact the Global Ties office near you.


Interested in sharing with your followers? Use one of these images when sharing with the hashtag, #IEW2019!

Call for Advisory Council Nominations

Join the collective voice of the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) to influence edtech in Illinois. ILTPP is extending the cooperative’s reach to allow you to nominate an edtech leader for this year’s Advisory Council openings. The call for nominations begins tomorrow, November 1, 2019! ILTPP members will have the chance to vote two individuals into the Advisory Council. These two seats will be awarded to those considered most qualified and impactful by ILTPP members. This opportunity is available to all ILTPP registered members.

Who is the Advisory Council?

The Council supports ILTPP by providing insight from schools, vendors, and other Illinois organizations regarding educational technology products, services, and purchasing best ­practices. The Council members are leaders in the educational technology and purchasing/procurement fields, serving as Superintendents, Principals, Technology Directors, School Business Officers or Managers, and liaisons to other Illinois organizations.

If nominees are advanced to then voting ballot, the letter of interest, headshot, and bio will be displayed in the online ballot for member-wide voting.

Council seats are open to representatives from every institution and time commitments are flexible. ILTPP members are encouraged to apply if they are interested in volunteering or assisting with program activities.

Global Maker Day – October 29, 2019

The Global Maker Day Committee is made up of volunteer educators that are passionate about all students having the opportunity to create and collaborate with a global audience. Their hope is to start a global flame to build innovative students who solve problems, push boundaries, and MAKE! Explore the maker in you and share your inner genius with the world. Coming to classrooms October 29, 2019. #GlobalMakerDay

This committee also features LTC’s independent author, speaker, and consultant, Jaime Donally!

Global Maker Day Opportunities


Connect virtually and watch makers discuss live (YouTube Live) about different projects, learning spaces, creations, coding, 3D designs, art lessons, etc. There will be a session each half hour and they each will have a connected challenge.  When you arrive to the landing page, you can view the schedule, challenges and watch the live presentations.  


We will spotlight those that have amazing things to share.  Don’t forget to post your pictures and videos of student creations using #GlobalMakerDay on Twitter during and after the event! 


One part of the event is participating in challenges with opportunity for your class to solve problems, be creative and PLAY. Challenges will be posted on the landing page and given in the sessions during the day of the event.

Pitsco Education Global Maker Day Giveaway

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Let’s MAKE Arduino Education a part of your classroom. In recognition of Global Maker Day, enter to win one of FIVE Arduino Starter Kit Classroom Packs! Winner announced on October 30, 2019.

Make it, then make it yours. Looking for inspiration?
Check out what these Pitsco Education staffers made using Arduino Education kits, supplies, or technology.

Easy Ways to Bring Assistive Technology Into Your Classroom

By Jennifer Sullivan
May 28, 2019

Free or low-cost tools can help all students—with and without learning differences—better access course content.

Teachers put a lot of time and effort into designing classroom activities that encourage students to read, write, communicate, play, move, and socialize. They strive to ensure that all students have opportunities to grow and learn, but children with disabilities can face barriers to their participation in classroom activities. To lower those barriers, teachers can access a set of tools—collectively called assistive technology—that have been designed to help these students participate fully and naturally in inclusive learning environments.

Assistive technology (AT) is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” AT includes a wide variety of no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech tools. Some assistive technology tools cost nothing, and others can be fairly inexpensive. Many teachers are using some tools that function as AT—even if they don’t think of them that way.

Simple Ways to Incorporate Assistive Technology

Closed-captioning in videos: Adding or turning on closed-captioning in all videos, including YouTube and GoNoodle, assists students in making connections between text and audio representations of language. Captioning is an assistive technology tool that is free and easy to use: simply push the CC button underneath a video.

Closed-captioning provides missing information for individuals who have difficulty processing speech and auditory components of visual media. It is crucial for students who are hard of hearing and can support students’ reading skills.

Graphic organizers: Graphic organizers are a no-tech AT tool that offers a simple, effective way to provide writing support to elementary, middle, and high school students who have dysgraphia, executive function challenges, and other learning challenges.

Students with executive function challenges who struggle with organization, for example, can benefit from the visual organization of their thoughts and ideas, and graphic organizers “clarify implicit relationships contained in the text in a way that text alone may not.” Likewise, students with dysgraphia—which affects handwriting and fine motor skills, word spacing, and the general ability to put ideas and thoughts onto paper—can benefit from graphic organizers.

This tool can help struggling writers show what they know and organize their thoughts before they start to write, which can make writing less intimidating. Having printed graphic organizers available in your classroom for all students is an easy way to provide an assistive technology tool to struggling writers of all ages.

Classroom seating: To help students focus their attention in order to learn, it’s helpful if teachers are able to provide a variety of seating options in the classroom. Examples of supported seating include beanbag chairs, yoga balls, wobble stools, carpet squares, and wedges for active sitting, which is “seating that naturally encourages us to stay in motion, rather than passively relaxing into a slouch or attempting to rigidly hold a ‘correct’ pose.”

My daughter’s fifth-grade classroom has a variety of seating options, and one of her favorite seats looks like an old wooden train bench with pillows. Her third-grade classroom had a reading corner with beach chairs. Metal chairs arranged in rows don’t need to be the only seating choice in our classrooms, and involving students in the seating design process—by having them help arrange the room or develop the norms for using the options, for example—can create excitement and engagement.

Visual timers: Time can be abstract for students with executive function challenges or autism. Students may become anxious when a teacher says, “You have 10 minutes left to work on this test.” Using a visual timer—a device that makes the concept of time easier to understand and monitor by providing a clear indication of the time remaining and elapsed for tasks—can help students prepare for transitions and ease test anxiety as they are able to see at a glance how much time is left.

Teachers can place a physical visual timer on their desk or elsewhere at the front of the classroom, or project one on their interactive whiteboard during timed class activities, projects, or tests.

Speech-to-text software: Students with print disabilities such as dyslexia can struggle when producing written assignments. However, if your classroom uses Google Docs, all of your students—those with and without disabilities—have access to an important free tool called voice typing, which is found under the Tools tab. (Dragon Dictation and VoiceNote are similar tools that are also worth trying.)

Speech-to-text is a form of assistive technology that allows students—and teachers—to dictate into their computer and watch their words appear as text on the computer screen, without typing. I’ve found that students with and without disabilities like using this tool.

Teachers may want to create a space for voice typing in a corner of the classroom, where classroom sounds won’t be picked up by the computer microphone. If all students have the opportunity to rotate through this area, voice typing should not carry any stigma.

Read Original Article

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991, the foundation takes a strategic approach to improving K-12 education through two distinct areas of focus: Edutopia and Lucas Education Research.

Pitsco Education – Get 2% Discount & FREE Shipping on ALL Orders Over $100

Pitsco Education is excited to be partnered with ILTPP to assist students and teachers alike with their STEM needs.

Pitsco Education is the leading provider of hands-on K-12 STEM solutions. Career-based STEM education prepares learners for the future through the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts using relevant hands-on applications to connect school, community, and work. The company’s various products, activities, curriculum, and solutions promote relevant learning experiences and development of 21st-century soft skills.

Recently, Pitsco has released its brand-new Coding and Robotics catalog, that showcases the company’s diverse and robust K-12 coding and robotics continuum. In addition, Pitsco prides itself on strong customer support and fast, friendly service.

Reach out to your ILTPP Account Manager, Preston Frazier at for any questions or projects you may be working on.

Be sure to reference code AEPA22 on ALL orders and purchase orders for a 2% discount and free shipping on all orders over $100.


Pitsco pulled together all its ready-made resources, samples, examples, and publications, and catalogs with thousands of hands-on products for your classroom.

Funding & Grants

Pitsco believes engaging the whole student through hands-on, minds-on learning initiatives is central to growth and success, both in the classroom now and later in life. Pitsco is a great resource if you are looking for a way to fund those types of opportunities for your students.

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Pitsco’s blog shares everything from new products and funding opportunities, to techie tips and inspiration.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

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#DigCitWeek: Be Internet Awesome Curriculum by Google

Digital Citizenship Week runs from October 14-18, 2019. This week is an annual event that teachers, schools, and districts can leverage to increase awareness of digital citizenship education. Some schools use the week to celebrate the digital citizenship program they already have in place. Others, use it as a time to kick-off an initiative.

Be Internet Awesome Curriculum has been created jointly by Google, The Net Safety Collaborative, and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition.

This program is designed solely to educate today’s students on the skills they need to ensure digital safety. The curriculum of the program allows educators to access the latest tools and lessons necessary to keep students updated on digital safety and citizenship fundamentals in the classroom.

As of this year, the curriculum contains six new media literacy activities that bring the most critical teachings to the surface. The curriculum is separated into five fundamental topics of digital citizenship and safety to form the Internet Code of Awesome.

  • Share with Care (Be Internet Smart)
  • Don’t Fall for Fake (Be Internet Alert)
  • Secure Your Secrets (Be Internet Strong)
  • It’s Cool to Be Kind (Be Internet Kind)
  • When in Doubt, Talk It Out (Be Internet Brave)

Make learning fun for your 2nd through 6th grade students with key vocabulary, class discussions, and gameplay. Experimenting with your learners is encouraged!

The International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) completed an independent audit of Be Internet Awesome. The curriculum has been recognized as a resource that prepares young learners to meet the 2019 ISTE Standards for Students. Additionally, ISTE has awarded Be Internet Awesome with the Seal of Alignment for Readiness!

SPS-K12 – 25% Off Onboarding

Student Provisioning Services (SPS-K12) is offering ILTPP members 25% off onboarding with all implementations by 12/31/19. SPS offers a cloud-based data integration system for managing student accounts that is fully automated, cost-effective, customizable, and scalable to meet the needs of future growth.


Prior to implementing Student Provisioning Services (SPS) Mahomet-Seymour Community School District was managing student account creation, deletion, grade level promotion, and suspension manually. Accounts were not being created with a standard format which caused many problems. They often forgot to deactivate student accounts upon graduation or other exit events. Staff did not know who to reach out to for account creation because several people “took care” of it. Staff and students were very frustrated with the time it took to get changes through the system, impacting learning time in and out of the classroom, wasting precious time and man hours that should have been focused elsewhere.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Joe Kubina

Learn More About SPS-K12

School Specialty – Additional Savings Through 11/30/2019

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This offer ends 11/30/2019.

School Specialty is much more than product brands you know well, like Sax, Childcraft, Frey, Sportime, Abilitations, and EPS. The company is your partner in problem- solving. Working with you, collaboratively, they look at the long game, integrating all brands and their products, services, and solutions to help you engage your students and make an impact with them. They have spent years focused on this, and this alone, to be your ultimate education partner. Only School Specialty combines an unmatched depth of knowledge plus this unequaled range of offering to create places where students can thrive.

ILTPP and School Specialty have a competitive contract via the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA). AEPA is a multi-state non-profit organization made up of Educational Service Agencies / political subdivisions organized through a Memorandum of Understanding between all participating states. ILTPP is the Illinois representative of AEPA.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Belkys Quintana
Director of Business Development

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