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"This is the first time in 20 years of education in Nevada where rural schools in Nevada were on an even playing field with larger schools and districts in the country," Principal Toby Melzer.
CARSON CITY, NV, July 25, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- First year results from CTL's partnership with Nevada Ready 21 (NR21) have been celebrated at the State Ed Tech Directors Association (SETDA) conference in San Antonio, and the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in Houston, TX. And the celebration didn't end there. CTL's J5 Convertible Chromebook was voted "ISTE 2017 Best of Show" by Tech & Learning Magazine.
Putting together a statewide 1:1 program gave CTL the economies of scale needed to bring the same comprehensive 1:1 solution to a frontier school with 19 students that it brought to middle schools with over 1,700 students.
According to Dr. Toby Melver, principal at Eleanor Lemaire Junior High School in Battle Mountain, "this is the first time in 20 years of education in Nevada where rural schools in Nevada were on an even playing field with larger schools and districts in the country. It gave us great hope to be able to put our best foot forward and be awarded this grant based on our merits and not the size of district."
The innovative Nevada Ready 21 program not only provides training and access to devices, it is also succeeding in increasing access to learning, especially for diverse students in rural communities. In one middle school, the Digital Learning Coach was able to show a teacher how to use Google translate to provide access to her lessons for a Spanish speaking student. This process was replicated twice in the next two weeks for simplified Chinese and Farsi speaking students.
One of the most challenging situations schools face is helping all students feel included in the learning community. According to Daphne DeLeon, Nevada Ready 21 Program Director, "the ability to differentiate learning on the same device for every student allows students in special populations to feel like they are a part of the student community. At one site visit, we heard that special education students loved getting on the bus with their Chromebook because they felt just like other students."
CTL was awarded the Nevada Ready 21 program contract in 2016. Since then, over 19,000 5th - 8th graders have a Chromebook to use in school and at home during the school year. All 23 NR21 schools have Wi-Fi access covering every instructional space on campus. A full report on the results shows remarkable progress.
Founded in 1989, CTL designs and manufactures computer products including Chromebooks, desktop and mobile workstations, LED Monitors, and high performance servers. CTL also manufactures specialty devices including ruggedized tablets, slates, and digital sign solutions. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in Asia and Europe, CTL and their partners supply North American consumers, government agencies, and many of the most recognized corporate brands. For more information about CTL , please visit www.ctl.net. To learn more about CTL's role in the Nevada Ready 21 Program, visit http://www.ctl.info/NR21.
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