February 19, 2018

Squirrels Strengthens OETC Partnership at APDX and IPDX

The ingredients for a successful EdTech conference:

  1. A relevant theme
  2. Top EdTech speakers
  3. Fun, like-minded educators

AcceleratED (APDX) and IntegratED (IPDX) meet all three.

APDX and IPDX are annual events hosted by the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC) in Portland, Oregon that focus on administrators and EdTech leaders.

Related: How Schools Save on ClassHub: OETC Edition

Relevant theme

Technology integration is a hot topic in schools around the country, so it’s no surprise that this year’s conferences focus on technology integration strategies. As educators look to understand the pedagogy of technology, integration can often be a challenge.

Here’s a thought from “10 Big Ideas for Technology Integration by Tony Vincent to get you started: Technology is integrated well when instruction is modified to meet the needs of the digital-age learner.

Top EdTech speakers

EdTech speakers offer insight, expertise, tools, tips and even a laugh or two to inspire attendees to reach their goals. Their powerful messages propel attendees forward and show them a different way of thinking that empowers and excites the idea of change.

One speaker we’d like to highlight in particular is our friend Leslie Fisher. Leslie is the director of Fisher Technologies, Inc., and the creator and operator of lesliefisher.com. She’s a former K–12 systems engineer for Apple who now consults, trains and presents with educators around the world.

We’re lucky enough to co-present with her to spread the word about Squirrels and our classroom device management and monitoring technology. Find our session information below. 

Wednesday, February 21 – APDX
Device Management for Administrators
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cascade C

Thursday, February 22 – IPDX
How to Make Student Devices Teacher Friendly
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Cascade C

Like-minded educators

When you surround yourself with educators that inspire you, support you, challenge you and ultimately make you a better person/teacher, your conference experience becomes all the more rewarding.

APDX and IPDX are committed to offering a supportive community of educators who are all working together to improve education. Workshops are designed to be small, personalized environments where educators can teach and learn collaboratively.

Final thoughts

Whether you’re attending to see us co-present with Leslie, collaborate with your colleagues or hear industry leaders speak, we’d love to meet you! Although the Squirrels team won’t have a booth, we’ll be there to learn, connect and educate.

And remember…if you’re a member of OETC, you’re eligible for a discount on our classroom technology! Ask us more at one of our sessions or if you see us around!

February 13, 2018

Squirrels Team Connects with Local Educators at OETC

Squirrels has covered a lot of ground in the last month.  

FETC: ✔

TCEA: ✔

Up next…the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) in Columbus, Ohio. 

We're making the quick two-hour drive from our North Canton offices for our fifth OETC experience. OETC is one of our favorite conferences of the year because it gives us a chance to catch up with our local Alpha Squirrels, share our latest technology and meet tons of hard-working Ohio educators.

What to see at OETC

Our Reflector software will be on display as usual, but you may notice a few differences – like the ability to screen peek and screenshot connected devices. That’s because we recently launched an education-streamlined version of Reflector called Reflector Teacher.  

Reflector Teacher is specially optimized for teachers and students for fast and reliable screen-mirroring in the classroom. Teachers can wirelessly display student devices on the big screen for the whole class to see. 

ClassHub is a device management and monitoring solution that allows teachers to maximize every moment their students spend with technology. With a suite of easy-to-use tools that keep class on track and engaged, educators can accomplish their number one objective: prepare students for future success.

Attending OETC with your district admins? Bring them by our booth -- we're happy to show you how to put ClassHub to work in your school. Contact us for more information.

Who to see at OETC

No conference is complete without sessions from members of our team and from our certified Alpha Squirrels. Be sure to check out these OETC sessions:

Tuesday, February 13

Keven Rinaman
3D Printing in the classroom
3 – 4 p.m.
B240-241

Wednesday, February 14

Becky Shiring
Emily Carle Hafer
Pizza, Projects, People: Create a Startup Culture in Your School
8 – 9 a.m.
A215

You know the drill, educators. Visit booth 235 for all your student device mirroring, monitoring and managing needs! OH – IO!

February 9, 2018

#SquirrelsChat Recap: Creating Startup Culture in the Classroom

Ping pong tables in the lounge. Free sushi and Red Bull in the fridge. The latest toys and gadgets littering the office.

You’ve likely heard these nauseating clichés about tech startups more times than you can count.

While those amenities may appear in startup culture, it’s critical to understand that the success of your team, colleagues or students does not derive from pool tables and free snacks. A true startup culture embodies growth, innovation, openness, experimentation, positivity and most of all, collaboration.

The February #SquirrelsChat laid the groundwork for developing a startup culture. Participants brainstormed ways to apply that cultural framework to educational environments.

What elements of startup culture can be found in education?

Start by looking at the physical attributes of modern classrooms. You’ll notice the parallels between innovation and education. Teachers and schools are becoming more intentional about creating environments that are conducive to collaboration and creativity.

What does a people-first mentality look like in classrooms & schools?

Simply put: a people-first mentality is looking at people beyond data, requirements and to-do lists. Focus on building relationships with your colleagues, students, admins, parents, etc. because ultimately, people are the foundation of any organization or culture.

What are ways to encourage collaboration in your environment

When we place value on collaboration, we need to find a way to cultivate it and make it part of the active culture.  

What impact does a culture of innovation have on student learning & achievement?

The term “future-ready skills” can be found across education today. It is difficult, if not impossible, for students to acquire future-ready skills with an educational mindset stuck in the 20th century.

What can you do to shift towards a culture of innovation?

In the words of Sir Ken Robinson, change happens from the ground up. Movements do not occur because someone in charge says it should happen. We should all feel empowered to make change happen, regardless of where we are.

Join #SquirrelsChat for the best education tips, strategies and ideas
Join #SquirrelsChat every first and third Thursday of the month at 8 p.m ET. You can stay up to date on chat topics and moderators by following us on Twitter (@Squirrels). 

Don’t miss the next #SquirrelsChat on February 15: Student Engagement with host Billy Spicer.

February 6, 2018

What to expect from Squirrels at TCEA

The Squirrels team is headed to the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in the beautiful city of Austin! We’re ready to show Texas educators what we’ve been up to since they last saw us at ISTE 2017.

TCEA is an organization that’s devoted to the use of technology in education. We’re honored to share our solutions at its annual conference to show educators how to use technology to improve collaboration, save time and eliminate common inefficiencies caused by classroom devices. 

What to look for at TCEA?
Discover how to make your classroom devices an integral part of the learning experience with Reflector Teacher and ClassHub.

The all new Reflector Teacher is a leap forward from our classic Reflector technology. It's specially optimized for teachers and students for fast and reliable screen-mirroring in the classroom. Display devices on the big screen for everyone to see. 

Come see Reflector Teacher for yourself in booth 1257. Not going to TCEA? Learn more on our website

ClassHub is a device management and monitoring solution that opens amazing new possibilities for teachers and students in the classroom. It’s sure to jump to the top of your wish list once you see how ClassHub changes the way educators use classroom devices. Hint: you won't have to wonder how students are using devices ever again!

Attending TCEA with your district admins? Bring them by our booth -- we're happy to show you how ClassHub can be used by your entire school. Or, contact us for more information. 

Sessions to attend at TCEA

Squirrels director of professional development Becky Shiring and Alpha Squirrels program manager Emily Carle Hafer are bringing their “Pizza, Projects, People: Startup Culture in the Classroom” to TCEA! Don’t miss an in-depth discussion on taking risks, innovation and of course…the pizza wheel!

Plus, keep sessions by Alpha Squirrels Vanessa Perez and Cori-Coburn Shiflett in mind when building your session schedule! Information below.

Wednesday, February 7

Becky Shiring
It’s Gettin’ HOTT in Here: Promoting Higher Order Thinking with Technology
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Room 18A

Thursday, February 8

Vanessa Perez
Hands On: Sketchnoting for Students and Teachers
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Room 4AB

Emily Carle Hafer
Becky Shiring
Pizza, Projects, People: Startup Culture in Schools
3 – 5 p.m.
Ballroom G, Poster 8

Cori Coburn-Shiflett
Walking the Walk with Apps That Talk
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Room 9B

Find us in booth 1257 where you’ll see the latest and greatest in classroom technology from Squirrels! See you in Texas!

January 23, 2018

Squirrels Team Goes To FETC

Members of the Squirrels team are ditching the frigid Ohio winter to travel to the Sunshine State for the 38th National Future of Education Technology Conference. We can already feel the sun on our frostbitten skin!

What’s FETC?
FETC is one of the largest EdTech conferences where preK-12 educators connect and collaborate to learn how to leverage technology for student success. Educators from Florida and beyond gather for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues.

What to look for at FETC
Make sure booth 1545 – the Squirrels booth – is on your must-see list!

Reflector Teacher is making its first public appearance. It’s equipped with an all new user interface, and it’s now specially optimized for teachers and students using devices in the classroom.

Attendees also have an incredible opportunity to see ClassHub in person. ClassHub is a device management and monitoring solution that opens amazing new possibilities for teachers and students in the classroom. It’s sure to jump to the top of your wish list once you see what you can accomplish with ClassHub in the classroom.

Alpha Squirrel sessions at FETC
No conference is complete without Alpha Squirrel sessions. FETC has 52! If you want  details on the latest and greatest education trends, tips and practices, check out the sessions below. These are just a few of the many great FETC sessions hosted by Alpha Squirrels. 

Wednesday, January 24

Avital Aharon and Orly Rachamim
Tomorrow’s Teaching Toolkit: Using EdTech to Enhance Instruction
4 – 5 p.m. Booth 2405

Thursday, January 25

Monica Burns
Tasks Before Apps: Elevate and Energize Traditional Learning Experiences
10 – 11 a.m.
North 320AB

Bryan L. Miller
EdTech Brand Partnerships, Ambassadorships and Beyond!
4:20 – 5:00 p.m.
North 320H

Friday, January 26

Michael Meechin
Sixty in Sixty: 60 Instructional Technologies in 60 Minutes
10 – 11 a.m.
North 320AB

Other great FETC sessions

Check out these sessions hosted by Squirrels director of professional development Becky Shiring and Squirrels program manager Emily Carle Hafer.
 

Drowning in Devices? Learn to Manage the Digital Classroom
Thursday, January 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Bayhill 20 

Pizza, Projects, People: Create a Startup Culture in Your School
Friday, January 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Booth 2405

Also, catch our friend Leslie Fisher's session:

Tools You Can Use Tomorrow to Lead With Technology
Thursday, January 25, 1 – 1:40 p.m.
North 320AB

Don't forget...
Stop by booth 1545 at FETC to see the latest and greatest in classroom technology from Squirrels.

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Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!