May 23, 2016

AirParrot 2.5.1 for Mac and Windows is Now Available

An update to AirParrot 2 is available! This update resolves an issue when connecting to a Chromecast running the latest Chromecast software update.

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

May 17, 2016

Attend the Wild Side of Blended Learning Conference at the Columbus Zoo

The second-annual Wild Side of Blended Learning Conference is set to take place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on June 15. Organized by Blended Learning Expert and Alpha Squirrel Marcia Kish (@dsdPD), attendees will learn how to implement and improve blended learning practices in the classroom.

Blended learning experts will be on hand to share their epic “FAILs” (First Attempts In Learning), as well as key aspects of a successful blended learning environment.

“This is not your typical conference platform,” Kish said. “As a participant, you will be creating, collaborating, communicating and using critical thinking skills as you expand upon your blended learning pedagogy while overlooking African savanna at the Columbus Zoo. You will get to learn from educators, administrators and coaches that have implemented blended learning into their classrooms and schools.”

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Wild Side of Blended Learning sessions include:

  • Examining the three stages of blended learning
  • Using data to drive the classroom
  • Tools and techniques to create collaboration and creativity within the blended learning environment
  • Design and classroom ideas for the blended learning environment
  • How to use mobile device technology to engage students

“If you are starting to think about implementing blended learning into your classroom, or if you have already started the blended learning journey, then you don’t want to miss this conference,” Kish said. “The Wild Side of Blended Learning Conference only happens once a year!”

If you’re interested in attending the Wild Side of Blended Learning Conference, visit http://blendedlearningbootcamp.weebly.com/register.html to register!

May 3, 2016

The Squirrels Monthly Roundup – April 2016

Squirrels April Edcamps

April was a busy month here at the Squirrels HQ. We prepared donations, coupons, prize packs and lanyards for nearly 1,000 Edcamps attendees in three different states and two countries!

Two of our very own Alpha Squirrels, Travis Lape and Kyle Pearce, coordinated Edcamp South Dakota and EdcampSWO (Southwest Ontario). With these two events in different areas of the country, we saw great insight on the challenges educators face in their classrooms, organic or technology driven.

Edcamp Ashland and EdcampNEO (Northeast Ohio) were next, and a little closer to home. We loved the opportunity to work with these local schools to learn how they incorporate technology into their classroom environment.

We didn’t stop there! We ended our month-long Edcamp journey on a high note with EdcampGroveCity and EdcampOhio. Although we could not attend either of these two events,  the attendees had a great day of conversation and problem solving.

Attendees were able to discover some powerful solutions to implement in their own classroom setting to create a fun and efficient place to learn. We’re proud of all the hard work accomplished by these schools and educators.

We want to give a shoutout to our Alpha Squirrels, Laurie Green, Kelly Croy and Zee Poerio, who attended some of these Edcamps to collaborate with fellow educators and tell others how they use our Reflector 2 desktop screen-mirroring software.

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If you weren’t able to attend any of these Edcamps this month, here are some of the popular discussion topics:

  • Twitter 101
  • Tools for the classroom
  • Technology integration tools
  • Video creation tools
  • Formative assessment
  • Flipped classroom
  • Twitter chats
  • Classroom management\

If you are hosting your own Edcamp and are interested in a Squirrels sponsorship, fill out our Edcamp Sign Up Form. Sponsorship may include monetary or swag donations, discounts on our products and more!

May 2, 2016

Squirrels Giveaway For Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week is one of our favorite weeks of the year. An entire week dedicated to the young mind molders and avid users of our classroom mirroring solutions? Sounds good to us!

Teaching is often a thankless profession. That’s why this week, the Squirrels team put together a few surprises for teachers around the world as a small way to show our thanks.

Monday, May 2
We’re taking 30% off our AirParrot 2 Mac/PC mirroring software until midnight when you use promo code “APteacherAP2016” at checkout in our online store.

AirParrot 2 allows you to wirelessly mirror a real-time view of Mac or PC screens and stream content to Apple TV, Chromecast and Reflector-enabled devices. Classrooms using Microsoft Surface Pro tablets find AirParrot 2 useful since Surface Pros do not have a built-in mirroring technology like iPads (AirPlay), Chromebooks and Android Devices (Cast). AirParrot 2 adds that capability to Surface Pros so students can wirelessly display the tablets to an Apple TV, Chromecast or any teacher computer running Reflector 2.

Wednesday, May 4
We’re having a another special, one-day sale on Wednesday. We can’t say what it is quite yet! Stay tuned to our Squirrels, Reflector and AirParrot Twitter accounts to find out Wednesday morning!

Prize Basket
A lot of prize baskets are filled with items you never use. That’s not the case with our Teacher Appreciation Week prize basket. We’ll send one lucky educator a gift basket full of all the items listed below. SPOILER: It includes coffee. We know teachers love coffee.

What do you have to do to enter? NOTHING! Well, almost nothing. We just need you to sign up for the Teacher Appreciation Week giveaway below so we can contact you if you win! The entry form will be available all week. We will randomly select a winner on Friday afternoon. We will contact the winner individually before announcing it on our social media outlets. That’s it! It’s really that easy.

Our Teacher Appreciation Week prize basket contains:

  • $50 American express gift card
  • A bag of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee
  • A Color Cube of Post-it notes
  • Ruled index cards and an index card box
  • Expo dry erase markers and a U Brand eraser
  • Assorted binder clips and paper clips
  • A mini globe map
  • A white board
  • A weekly calendar agenda
  • A desktop flip calendar
  • File folders

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Again, thank you to all the educators out there who have supported us and enjoyed our products through the years. Education is a huge part of our focus here at Squirrels. We love meeting you at EdTech conferences and edcamps around the world. Your passion and enthusiasm always instills our team with vigor and excitement for what we do here at Squirrels.

Have a great week, teacher friends! We’ll catch up soon at a conference near you.

This giveaway has ended.

OFFICIAL RULES: Giveaway is open to readers 18 years or older within U.S., unless otherwise stated. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

To enter, fill out the form above. One entry per person. Multiple entries do not increase the odds of winning. The use of any automated launching or entry software or any other mechanical or electronic means that permits the participant to automatically register and/or enter repeatedly is prohibited and all such entries will be disqualified.

Sweepstakes begins on May 2, 2016 at 12:00am EST and ends on May 6, 2016 at 3:00pm EST.

Entrants will be added to a database. One winner will be selected via random number generator and notified by email within 5 days after the entry deadline date. The winning entrant must respond within 36 hours or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.

The winner will receive a Squirrels Teacher Appreciation Prize Pack. The approximate value is $150.

As a condition of entry into the Giveaway, except where prohibited by law, each entrant and Winner/Winners by accepting a prize grants to Squirrels LLC and respective affiliates, legal representatives, assigns and licensees, an unrestricted right and license to publicize, broadcast, display and/or otherwise use all information submitted as part of the entry, including use the Giveaway entrant’s name, city, state, biographical material, and any other material submitted as part of the entry in any form or media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity for marketing, advertising, and publicity purposes, without additional review, compensation, permission or approval of the Winner/Winners.

April 29, 2016

Introducing the newest class of Alpha Squirrels EdTech Experts

Become an Alpha Squirrel at alpha.airsquirrels.com!

We’re excited to announce that we have selected our second class of Alpha Squirrels EdTech Experts!

This class of thought leaders and Squirrels advocates is made up of 19 teachers, principals, EdTech specialists, instructional designers, digital learning specialists and tech resource coordinators. They come from all over the United States, including Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. We also added our second Alpha Squirrel based in the United Kingdom!

Check out our full list of Alpha Squirrels team members!

These individuals are experts and advocates for the global EdTech community. Alpha Squirrels attend and speak at industry conferences around the world to introduce fellow educators to the Squirrels suite of classroom screen-mirroring solutions. You can catch some of them presenting at ISTE in Denver and many other edcamps and conferences around the world in 2016.

Don’t worry – they talk about much more than our products. Alpha Squirrels might use or mention our apps during a presentation, but sometimes they aren’t included in the presentations at all! We want our Alpha Squirrels to be well-rounded EdTech thought leaders. Our goal is to assist them in their professional development journey and provide them with resources to help other educators improve the student learning experience.

In addition to Squirrels-sponsored conference attendance and speaking engagements, Alpha Squirrels receive:

  • Access to unreleased Squirrels products
  • Squirrels welcome package – T-Shirt, coffee mug/tumbler, sticky notes, water bottle, headphones, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Video interview opportunities
  • Free AirParrot 2 and Reflector 2 licenses
  • An Alpha Squirrels member certificate
  • “Alpha Squirrel” signature badges for Twitter, Facebook and email
  • Product training, press kits and talking points
  • A chance to visit Squirrels Headquarters
  • On-demand interaction with Squirrels product designers and managers

Congrats to all of our new Alpha Squirrels! We’re proud to have you represent us in the EdTech community.

Are you a teacher or EdTech professional interested in becoming a certified Alpha Squirrel? Contact Emily Carle Hafer at alpha@airsquirrels.com for information about our next class of Alpha Squirrels.