MaxCases: Innovation, Customization, and Functionality

Have you recently purchased some new technology such as MacBooks, iPads, Chromebooks, or Laptops? If so let Educate-Me help you take the next step in protecting that technology! We are a registered reseller of MaxCases, which specialize in cases for Chromebooks, Apple devices (such as iPads and Macbooks), and so much more. We know how important protecting a technological investment can be and we understand how difficult it is to choose the right protection. We will help you pick from bags, shells, soft cases, bands, and/or sleeves and you can even take it a step further by customizing your products using logos and color choices (MOQ 300). Our protective case solutions can be set to align with your school’s name, mascot, or emblem using premium digital printing. MaxCases are perfect for circulating your school district’s ID both internally and on large scale. Why is protecting your equipment so important? Studies show that most damage to Laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads occur when students are traveling either from class to class or even from the bus to their front door. MAX Snap Shell and MAX Extreme Shell are two affordable case options that are a great investment for all students in order to protect your technology. These lightweight, easy to attach shells protect from scrapes and scratches and provide maximum protection to all vital area. Not only do MaxCases cut down on damages, but you can also battle potential overheating using a well-padded carrying bag such as the Explorer Bag, the Ranger, or Zip Sleeves. Sleeves such as these also keep Laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads clean by repelling dust and extending its useful lifespan. Click here for more information or to receive a quote.  

Chromebooks Are The Next Big Thing

Acer Chromebooks are the talk of the education realm.  Chromebooks take only seconds to start up and provide users with thousands of different apps, virus-protection, and a cloud to store and save data. According to Chris Smith, Director of Education Technology Communication Services Bath Central School District in New York, with the use of technology (such as chromebooks), “teacher’s roles [are shifting] to become supporters of learning and [helping] students understand what it means to be adaptable and collaborative” (Beyond Textbooks, p.3). Many schools are beginning to “flip” their learning by making students responsible for the independent study of material at home (that goes beyond more than just homework) while having teachers act as simply a guide in the classroom. With chromebooks, students are able to watch lectures or lessons while also having the opportunity to expand their learning horizons by participating in online tutorials… all from the comfort of their own homes, freeing up time in the classroom for more one-on-one learning experiences and interactive learning projects. Acer Chromebooks provide students with a new sense of independence. Now-a-days, students will need to possess a whole new set of skills in order to be successful in our technology-driven society. In the Bath Central School District, the IT department gained enough resources to connect their entire school district and are now able to focus their resources on curriculum and professional development, shifting the focus from the teacher to the student.Our future generations need to learn to become independent, collaborative, responsive students. Using Acer technology such as chromebooks, students can rely less on their teachers and more on themselves. Chromebooks and other technological sources allow students to apply what they’re learning to the real world using means such as video conferencing and blog sites. Review on one of the MANY Chromebooks available at Educate-Me.Net!acer chrome book 1 The Acer Chromebook CB5-311-T7NN has a 13.3 inch HD screen with 16 GB flash memory and amazing mobility. This chromebook can be slipped into your bag before school or work and you won’t have to worry about charging it all day- because its outstanding battery life is capable of holding a charge that will last you until you get home! The CB5-311-T7NN features the latest 802.11ac2wireless technology, for a smooth internet experience at connection speeds that are up to three times faster than that of previous-generation wireless technologies. The Acer Chromebook’s seamless touch1 functionality allows you to surf, organize, and edit with just a swipe of your finger. With this chromebook’s small stature, less than an inch thick, paired with its sports a fan-less1 design, you will experience whisper-quiet computing wherever you go!

Introducing Promethean ActivTable!

ActivTable3Although interactive boards and walls are the craze right now, why don’t you get your hands on an interactive table? With the Promethean ActivTable you can have up to six students working together or individually using educational activities, applications, and tools. Motivate students to work together to achieve a common goal or focus on one student’s personal efforts to complete educational games or problems. You will have access to view each student’s work, progress, time spent on work, collaboration tools used, and so much more! ActivTable   Promethen ActivTable offers a variety of interactive tools, including keyboards, musical instruments, math tools, and web browsers! All tools are customizable to fit your needs! With it’s HD LCD 46″ display, ActivTable provides ample room for collaboration. This mutli-touch table is wheelchair accessible facilitates peer learning while also allowing differentiation.     ActivTable2 The Promethean ActivTable is a multi-user interactive touch screen table designed for small group learning. Students will be encouraged to participate in project-based activities where students are able to interact and collaborate using individual tools, web browsers, resources and activities. Using the Promethean Activity Builder, a free, web-based application, educators can create additional activities for use on to complement lessons and teaching objectives.    

To learn more about the Promethean ActivTable visit us here.

Educate-me.net awarded OETC Contract

oetc Educate-me.net is pleased to announced that the OETC has awarded us under the furniture contract to represent LapCabby. Under this contract members of the OETC are able to purchase LapCabby’s complete line of charging carts and lockers are reduced prices.  Dock to Dock shipping is also included. If you are a member of the OETC and would like pricing please email sales@educate-me.net for a complete price sheet.  Orders must be placed at the OETC website but we encourage all schools to contact us and we would be happy to assist you in sourcing the right product for your needs. LapCabby: For twenty years LapCabby has been developing innovative products that our customers love. They manufacturer portable (and static) storage carts and charging solutions for laptops, tablets, e-readers, Chromebooks and netbooks. It’s the smart way to keep your tech safe, charged, and in one secure place. Developed over two decades with the help of customers and technology users, they have included some really ingenious features to ensure their products do everything you need them to – and a little more besides. Their carts are used everywhere, from schools, libraries and museums to restaurants and even laboratories, so wherever you are our IT storage solutions are sure to make a difference. OETC: The OETC is an incorporated non-profit formed by educational institutions throughout the U.S. They represent their members in educational technology procurement, and use their collective knowledge to help each other in integrating technology to improve education. The OETC represents over 900 educational institutions that serve over 750,000 students. From Portland State University, the largest public university in Oregon, to the Nome School District in Alaska, OETC represents education institutions, large and small. Educate-me.net: Educate-me.net is a leading multi-channel software/hardware marketer to the K-12 academic markets, which include faculty, staff, educational institutions and public school districts. Unlike SuperStores we offer a different kind of experience.  We work exclusively within our market and leverage our knowledge and experience to ensure that you not only receive the best possible price but the RIGHT product or solution the best fits your needs.  

Math Lesson #1

New Term, New Students, New Devices, New Online Risks….

Math Lesson #1

The summer vacation is a time for a relaxing break, however across the 7-week breather the web has done anything but relax. Based on an average day online, it’s thrown up a whole host of new threats. Here at Bloxx we set ourselves a little Math homework and our research has concluded that during the holidays the wonderful World Wide Web has produced:
  • 10,160,640 new Anonymous Proxies
  • Over 7 million hrs of new YouTube video
  • Over 232 billion pieces of Facebook content
  • Almost 3 billion Google searches
(And we can only speculate that a high % of this will be wildly inappropriate for your students, not to mention illegal) The staggering figures are another key example as to why data base filters are no longer fit for purpose to keep pace with the evolution of the web… And it really doesn’t take a Math genius to calculate that using a legacy (or database driven) method of filtering the web,  coupled with students spending growing amounts of time online, and consuming more and more content equates to increased risk.. Can you guarantee that your web filter ready to combat the 10,160,640 new Anonymous Proxy sites that have sprung up over the holiday period? And if not, where does leave you in regards to Compliance? Moreover, is your infrastructure and online security ready for all the new smartphones, watches and any other new, shiny connected devices students may be bringing with them this term? Here at Bloxx, we use patented Tru-View Technology (TVT) to safeguard learning and deliver zero second protection. Want to find out how our innovative technology works (oh and did we mention it currently helps secure 800 million devices across the globe?). Then watch our 2 minute video. Be sure to revisit our blog to follow the Bloxx series of back to school blogs… Up next “Placing Compliance under the microscope, do you have an up-to-date AUP? Are you compliant?” Learn how you can empower learning with BYOD with our free eBook Or want to find out more about how Bloxx can safeguard your students? Book A Demo with one of Educate-me.nets web security experts

Educate-me.net now offering Bloxx

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Educate-me.net is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Bloxx and will be selling and consulting on their full line of security products.

Why Bloxx?

Pioneering Tru-View Technology Technological innovation is what drives us. Whether it’s developing patented technologies or utilizing technological advances to better shape and deploy our solutions.bloxx_shield_full_trans The relentless and evolving online threat landscape, in which we all inhabit, is what underpins Bloxx’s earnest commitment to continuous Research & Development. A worthy commitment – given that our technology currently filters 800 million devices globally to deliver safe, collaborative and productive learning and working environments. Bloxx technology helps protect 800 million devices worldwide Bloxx Tru-View Technology (TVT), utilizes patented language analysis and intelligent identification techniques to perform real-time URL categorization to radically improve online protection and security.

Zero second protection

Bloxx TVT operates in real-time, 24/7 to deliver dynamic content analysis and categorization for ubiquitous web filtering.

Bloxx Products

Microsoft to end support for Windows Server 2003/R2

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On July 14, 2015 Microsoft will be ending all support on Windows Server 2003/R2.  With little time left please make sure you have a migration plan in place.  Not sure what to do, that is why we are here.  Give your sales consultant a call so we can help you transition you over. What do you need to do?
  1. Contact us, we are here to help
  2. Consider getting the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to help assess your needs
Remember once Server 2003/R2 is retired you will no longer;
  • have access to updates.
  • receive security updates, leaving your virtualized and physical environments vulnerable.
  • have a supported operating system.  This means you will not fully meet compliance policies and regulations.

Volume Licensing

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Volume licensing is a very complex process and every Educate-me.net sales consultant is trained on how to provide you with the maximum savings on your volume licensing. The way we do business is constantly evolving.  Some software is now being delivered on a cloud, you have software-as-a service (SoS) and complex and daunting task of ever changing maintenance plans are all contributing to very complex pricing plans. You need a partner that can navigate this world and ensure you are getting what you need without over spending.  Let us negotiate you next license price and make sure you are getting the maximum bang for your buck.
Why Us?
  • Licensing specialists assist in maximizing your technology budget
  • We take the hassle and head-ache out of understanding the complex process
  • Save time in navigating and understanding licensing programs
  • Volume discounts for as few as 5 copies
  • Faculty, staff and students can save on software for home-use

PARCC Headset Requirements

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Many of our schools has asked us if the PARCC requires headsets.  Here is an exerpt from the February 2014 PARCC update. TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES FOR PARCC ASSESSMENTS | VERSION 4.0 – February 2014 UPDATE Taken from page 11
  • Headphones/earphones/ear buds are only required for English Language Arts/Literacy testing sessions, not
    mathematics testing sessions (except for students who need them for accommodations such as text to
    speech).
  • Microphone Requirements
    • Microphones will be required in 2016-1017 for the Speaking and Listening testing session.
We have found the Cyber Acoustics AC-204 headset works well for this.  If you need headsets for your school please contact us as 877-791-4550 or sales@educate-me.net