Category: In the News

ILTPP 2019 Showcase Recap

This year’s showcase was a full-day series hosted in Rock Falls, Mahomet, Jacksonville, and Vandalia. The series ran from March 18th-21st and featured overviews on many of the latest products from top education manufacturers for your 1:1 device initiatives and interactive classroom tools.

The morning session was presented by Chris Elkendier with Technology Resource Advisors (TRA). Chris compared nearly 50 different devices including Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo during the TRA Chromebook device 2019 Overview. The afternoon session focused on the Interactive Flat Panel Offerings from the ILTPP RFP agreement with vendor partner Troxell Communications. Manufacturer representatives from BenQ, Boxlight, Newline, Promethean, and ViewSonic highlighted the latest technology features available in helping simplify lesson prep for teachers to engage and collaborate with students.

This free event allowed for technology decision-makers to truly interact with the latest technology being implemented in Illinois K-12 schools. The presenters adapted to each of the four environments while remaining pleasant and captivating. Attendees were equally engaged.

After doubling our previous years attendee numbers, ILTPP is pleased to announce that we are already working toward plans for a 2020 Showcase!

A few exciting stats:

96% of surveyed attendees were satisfied with the event.

100% found at least one of the two sessions (46% both) to be useful and informative.

88% of those surveyed are likely to make a tech purchase based on the information shared.

88% are likely to attend the 2020 Showcase.

Free Google Support with Chromebook Purchase

As a US K-12 district or independent school interested in buying Chromebooks and Chrome Education licenses in 2019, you may be eligible to receive free services along with your purchase.

You may choose from one of three available service offerings: IT / Deployment Support, Professional Development, or Transformation Services.

Follow these three simple steps to get started:

  1. Complete your Chromebook & Chrome Education license purchase.
  2. Confirm your purchase by filling out this form and select the service that’s best for your organization.
  3. Work with your partner of choice!

To learn more about this incredible offer, check out Google for Education’s informative flyer here.

Chromebooks, Classrooms, & Connectivity: The Age of Chromebooks

Schools across the nation have deployed (and continue to deploy) mobile learning initiatives. One device that is frequently mentioned for 1:1 programs or use in the classroom is the Chromebook.

To uncover more about this popular student device, Kajeet surveyed 908 K-12 professionals across the United States to learn about Chromebook usage in their schools and school districts.

To learn more, click here.

Our Newest Addition: Boxlight Contract Partnership with Troxell

Troxell has been a national leader in education technology and collaboration solutions for over 60 years. ILTPP has chosen Troxell as the preferred provider for Interactive Touch Screen Displays, in partnership with Boxlight and its ProColor 65-inch and 75-inch panels. Boxlight Corporation is a leading provider of technology and STEM solutions for the global education market. Under this new contract, ILTPP has granted Boxlight exclusive pricing for all Illinois K-12 educational entities through Troxell. The goal? Provide classrooms with transformative, innovative technology solutions. Click here to learn more about our newest Troxell and Boxlight contract, effective January 1st  – December 31st, 2019.



Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Troxell
Jon Rendine, Account Executive
847-626-5576
jon.rendine@trox.com

Adobe Device Licensing & Creative Cloud 2019

Migration Update for Value Incentive Plan (VIP)

On October 15, 2018, Adobe announced updates to Creative Cloud, called the Creative Cloud 2019 release. These updates provide access to the latest features and services available within the Creative Cloud. Customers with named-user license entitlements can update today.

Creative Cloud 2019 is not available on device-based licenses, so device license customers should not attempt an update at this time. If you or your device license users have already tried to update, the Creative Cloud 2019 apps installed on the machine will run in trial mode. To convert the device back to Creative Cloud 2018, you will need to deactivate the device in the admin console, uninstall all Adobe products and create a new package with the Creative Cloud 2018 applications using the Creative Cloud Packager.

Adobe has been working to provide a new shared device license to our education customers who use Creative Cloud in shared environments, such as labs and classrooms. This will ensure access to new cloud-based apps, as well as Creative Cloud services such as cloud storage, Adobe Fonts, and Portfolio. This new shared device license will be available in Q1 2019, at which point we recommend you update to the latest version of Creative Cloud.

For more information, please review Adobe Lab Licensing migration assets to help IT staff and administrators plan, resource and execute the migration to shared device licensing.

Adobe Device Licensing Migration Workshop recording for K-12 and higher education recording.

 

Learn more by checking our Member Center resources or contact one of our Adobe Authorized Resellers.

CTL Announces Software Partnership and Integration with Squid Premium

CTL Announces Software Partnership and Integration with Squid Premium edition of note-taking software included with every CTLNL7TW-360 Chromebook through June 30, 2019

CTL and Steadfast Innovation are excited to announce a new partnership that unlocks Squid Premium through June 30, 2019, for all CTL NL7TW-360 Chromebooks.  Both companies are excited to add on to the tremendous capabilities of the CTL NL7TW-360 Chromebook with high-level note-taking and handwriting. With Squid, you can write as naturally as you would with a traditional pen and paper using low-latency ink plus easy erasing and modifying with the swipe of a finger or the eraser end of the pen. Pen strokes become highly personalized with pressure sensitivity and variable sizing using the tool or options within the software.

The NL7TW-360 Chromebooks will include a free Squid Premium license to take advantage of the software’s most powerful features including PDF Import (from Google Classroom, Drive or your own downloads), numerous paper backgrounds (lined, grid, music staffs, sports templates and more), and Squid’s Tool Pack (unlocks true eraser, highlighter, shapes, text tool).

Squid Premium empowers the NL7TW-360 for natural handwriting in everyday classroom situations including math problems, grading papers, document signing, or presentations. Any of these documents can be exported via PDF and sent anywhere directly from the Chromebook.

The free Squid Premium license is available through June 30, 2019, on all CTL NL7TW-360 Chromebook devices via download. After that, education users will be given an option to purchase a license at a discounted rate. 

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

CTL
Aaron Pearson, Senior National Account Manager
937-405-6486
apearson@ctl.net

Impero Software partners with Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program to Provide Schools with Student Safety and MDM Software

Austin, TX, Sept. 6, 2018 – Impero Software, global specialists in remote monitoring and management software for education has partnered with the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program, a statewide cooperative of Illinois K-12 educational entities, to provide Illinois schools with student safety software and mobile device management solutions.

The partnership offers Illinois K-12 schools exclusive pricing for Impero’s flagship classroom management, network admin and student safety solution, Impero Education Pro, and its education-specific mobile device management solution, Impero EdLink.

Impero Education Pro is a cross-platform solution consolidating classroom management, network management, and student safety. It is compatible across Chromebooks, Windows, Mac OSX and iOS. The software provides real-time monitoring of student devices and keyword detection to help schools and districts identify potentially harmful or inappropriate content and activity. Impero has developed its keyword libraries by working with leading charities and specialist organizations, including Mental Health America (MHA), the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), SafeBAE and Hey U.G.L.Y.

When the software detects a keyword or phrase that may indicate risk, it captures the activity as a screenshot or video clip to provide contextual insight. School staff are able to respond to these incidents appropriately with counter-narratives and support. Schools can also use this insight to identify localized trends and issues in order to support teaching digital citizenship to Illinois students. The software also provides teachers with a suite of easy-to-use classroom control tools and enables school technical teams to streamline the management of a school network, including over multiple sites.

Impero’s mobile device management solution, Impero EdLink, is compatible with iOS, ChromeOS and Android. It supports geo-location and offsite filtering and is fully integrated with Impero Education Pro to enable schools and districts to manage mobile devices effectively. Richard Fuller, CEO of Impero Software, comments, “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program to help provide K-12 schools in Illinois with the tools to facilitate digital learning and help protect students.” Hope Hardin-Borbely, the Marketing Manager for ILTPP, adds “The relationship with Impero represents a powerful opportunity for ILTPP to significantly expand our presence in K-12 Illinois schools, a vibrant and very important market. Impero applies cross-platform solutions and expertise for real-time classroom monitoring. We’re excited to partner with Impero as we focus our combined energies toward serving a broader range of schools by providing industry-leading mobile device management solutions.”

Contact:

For further information or to schedule interview opportunities, contact:
Jessica Axt – KEH Communications
Jessica@kehcomm.com
410-975-9638

 

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by more than 1,400 UK high schools and in more than 500 U.S. districts. Impero’s cutting-edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online. For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com.

Leading Chromebooks Reseller for Schools ITsavvy Awarded Major ILTPP Contract

ITsavvy, one of the fastest growing Chromebook resellers, was awarded a Vendor Partner contract by the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP).

ADDISON, ILL., U.S., April 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — ITsavvy, one of the fastest growing Chromebook resellers, was just awarded a Vendor Partner contract by the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP), a statewide cooperative of Illinois K-12 educational organizations.
Through ILTPP Contract 20180302, ITsavvy is authorized to provide Acer, Dell and ASUS Chromebooks. The contract runs through the end of Feb. 2019 with three one-year renewal options.
ITsavvy President and CEO Mike Theriault said, “ITsavvy has always been dedicated to serving the technology needs of Illinois educators. I attribute the success of our business, in part, to the high-quality education that many of our valuable employees received in Illinois schools. This contract will be a way for us to build the future of education in Illinois.”

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) aggregates buying power and expertise to procure technology products and services at better prices than would otherwise be available to individual institutions. The organization was jointly developed in 1998 by the Learning Technology Centers, the Regional Offices of Education, and the Intermediate Service Centers in response to needs assessment information provided by district personnel from around the state. All suppliers that participate in the program have been referred by education personnel and have not been solicited from the general public.

ITsavvy Senior Director, Public Sector Brian Fields said, “We are honored to have been selected as a Vendor Partner for the ILTPP educational community. Our dedicated client support and white glove services will streamline procurement and ensure that quality learning products are classroom-ready.”

ILTPP Vendor Partners have demonstrated exceptional service along with delivery of high-quality products, at best available prices that enhance computer-related curricula. The reliability of each company is further researched by contacting three educational facilities that have purchased their products within the last year. Pricing and products are evaluated by an advisory committee.

“ILTPP is excited to add ITsavvy as a vendor partner,” an ILTPP spokesperson said. ”They come highly recommended and we know they will provide great value for all our consortia members. ILTPP is looking forward to building a great partnership with ITsavvy.”

ITsavvy offers government agencies unparalleled product selection and fast shipping access to more than 1,000,000 products across 46 distribution centers. Current public sector clients include multiple school districts and educational institutions, the U.S. Air Force, and Navy, and USDA. In addition to numerous contracts in process, current contracts/agreements include TIPS/TAPS, MEEC, and CMAS.
ITsavvy is a leader in tailored, end-to-end IT product and service solutions. ITsavvy built its reputation as a value-added reseller with industry-leading product availability, design and implementation, client support and delivery speed through 46 distribution centers across the U.S. ITsavvy also has data center locations in Cedar Knolls, N.J. and Oak Brook, Ill. The company’s user-friendly website provides concise, leading-edge IT decision-making resources, including an e-commerce site with real-time pricing and availability. ITsavvy is headquartered in Addison, Ill., with offices in Chicago’s Loop; Hauppauge, N.Y.; New York, N.Y.; Naples, Fla.; Miami; Indianapolis; Warren, N.J.; Davenport, Iowa; Hayward, Calif.; and Beavercreek, Ohio. Call 855.ITsavvy (855.487.2889), email info@ITsavvy.com, visit www.ITsavvy.com.
Full release at: https://www.itsavvy.com/leading-chromebooks-reseller-schools-itsavvy-awarded-major-iltpp-contract/

An all-in-one productivity tool for teaching & learning. Otus

Chicago-based Otus, a student performance platform designed specifically for K-12, has released several product enhancements to support school organizations initiatives with standards.  The system now provides options to associate assessments built on the system with state, common core, NGSS, or custom standards, providing real-time analytics on student’s proficiency and growth toward mastery.  Chris Hull, co-founder and Chief Product Officer, cites the nation-wide movement toward standards-based grading as the key to prioritizing this development.  “The ability to easily collect, analyze, and act on student data measuring the proficiency of standards is a common issue many schools face.  With these updates, we’re making it easier than ever to see where students are on targeted standards in real time so educators can identify needs and respond accordingly.”  With over a dozen school districts in Illinois adopting the platform in the last year, Otus’ integrated learning, assessment, and data management tools are helping schools create a data-rich 21st-century learning environment for teachers, administrators, students, and parents.  To learn more, visit www.otus.com. Make sure you check out the ILTPP contract details to save on your next purchase.

 

Lightspeed Systems Releases Game-Changing Feature for Safe YouTube and Vimeo Streaming in Schools

Smart Play, new to the company’s content filtering solutions for schools, leverages machine learning to make appropriate online video access possible for K-12 students.

SAN ANTONIO, TX. — August 1, 2017, at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems unveiled Smart Play, an innovative new tool to ease safe video streaming in K-12 schools. Backed by a video database of 26 million videos and counting, this groundbreaking feature opens educationally valuable videos to students while protecting them from explicit and graphic content.
Ensuring students have access to appropriate online video content is one of the top IT challenges K-12 schools face today. Giving students unrestricted access to sites like YouTube and Vimeo makes unsafe content available, violating Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) standards; however, blocking all access to these sites limits valuable educational opportunities. While solutions for this issue exist, they have been difficult and time-consuming for schools to implement.

Smart Play — available within Lightspeed Systems’ Web Filter and Chromebook filtering/monitoring solution Relay for Chrome — utilizes machine-learning technology to analyze video content and make an unrivaled selection of educational videos available to students. At the time of launch, Smart Play’s database included more than 26 million videos, and hundreds of thousands of videos will be added to this total each day. IT administrators using Web Filter or Relay for Chrome can enable this revolutionary new tool with just one click in the solution’s interface.

“When we speak to school IT professionals around the world, they almost always ask us what they can do to make YouTube content safe and available to students,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “Until recently, all the options at their disposal gave students too much access or not enough. With Smart Play, IT departments can expose their students to millions of learning opportunities at the click of a button while blocking videos that don’t belong in schools.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Web Filter and Lightspeed Systems Relay for Chrome, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

About Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Web Filter, Mobile Manager, Management Bundle for Windows, and Relay for Chrome. To learn more, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

 

For more information and how to access the ILTPP contract CLICK HERE.