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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!

April 8 , 2016

Squirrels to Attend South Dakota Technology and Innovation in Education Conference

TIE SD Logo

The Squirrels team is excited to be part of the 30th annual TIE SD conference next week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where we have the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase our products.

This will also be a beneficial time to gain a better understanding of how teachers in this area of the country are integrating technology into their classrooms.

We’re excited to make the cross-country trip to South Dakota to expand our physical footprint in the EdTech community and share this professional development opportunity with teachers, network administrators and educational administrators. Plus, it’s always fun to travel and experience new parts of the country!

The TIE SD EdTech conference strives to make a difference in the educational environment by providing quality resources and staying up to date with industry-leading technology. Attendees are provided with the opportunity to hear prominent speakers as well as an exhibit hall filled with vendors from all over the country, providing them with tools to help make learning more fun for teachers and students.

If you want to learn more about our products, be sure to stop by booth 101 or one of these sessions:

  • “Digital Dumpster Diving” presented by Kelly Rexine (@kellyrexine) on Monday at 10:55 a.m.
  • “Secrets to Saving your District Money and Time Using Technology” co-presented by Eli Harden and Jordan Braa (@jorbaa) on Monday at 2:25 p.m.

Also, catch active member of the EdTech community and Alpha Squirrel, Travis Lape (@travislape), presenting on “Student Driven Digital Portfolios – SeeSaw,” on Monday at 10:55 a.m.

If you’re in the area next week, be sure to stop by and say hello at booth 101!

March 31 , 2016

The Squirrels Monthly Edcamp Roundup – March 2016

The Squirrels team proudly sponsored over 200 attendees this month at EdcampAccessNJ in Morristown, New Jersey. This was the only Edcamp we sponsored in March, as we decided to dedicate most of the month to purchasing some fun, new swag for future Edcamps! Edcamp organizers and attendees, you’re in for a treat!

New Jersey is a little too far for us to travel from our cozy Northeast Ohio office, but we were there in spirit and cheered them on from our social media accounts!

Our Edcamp contributions help educators explore innovative ideas that make learning more engaging for both the teacher and the student. We’re happy to know that our efforts directly enhance the student learning experience.

If you also weren’t able to attend EdcampAccessNJ, here are just a few of the popular discussion topics:

  • Using technology to engage students with learning disabilities
  • Free technology for the classroom
  • Twitter, Voxer, Blab
  • Mashing it up with Chrome
  • Formative assessment
  • Engage with robots
  • Inclusive tech solutions with robotics and “pingable” technology

EdCamp Access NJ Board

We hope all of the EdcampAccessNJ organizers and educators had a positive and rewarding experience!

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!

March 3 , 2016

Squirrels Named North Canton Business of the Year

Squirrels Business of the Year 2016

We are proud to announce that Squirrels LLC has been named Business of the Year by the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber overwhelmingly voted in favor of Squirrels and recognized the company at an Annual Awards Dinner on March 2. Squirrels also received letters of recognition from several state representatives, including Ohio Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; Ohio Reps. Jim Renacci and Bob Gibbs; and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Previous recipients of this award include Giant Eagle, Akron-Canton Airport, Harry London’s Candies, Inc. and The Hoover Company.

Nine members of the Squirrels team attended the event and watched as Squirrels co-founder Andrew Gould gave a speech accepting the honor for the company.

Gould reflected, “It’s awesome and honestly a little bit funny to receive this award almost eight years after starting the company. After eight years and 35 employees, we are deeply tied to our community and take great pride in receiving this award amongst other successful businesses.”

Squirrels wasn’t the only winner of the night. Linda Cavella, A Time to Dance owner, received the Community Arts Award; TD’s Tailgate Grill/Twisted Citrus received the Community Investment Award; Elec Simon, world-renowned percussionist, received the Community Contribution Award; Altercare of Ohio received the Chamber Appreciation Award; Norma Capocci, of the North Canton Playhouse, received the Ellen Gray Volunteer of the Year Award; and finally Koala Kruizers, a local transportation system, received the North Canton Business of Character Award.

Following the awards ceremony, Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler presented a political report on Ohio’s role in the upcoming presidential election. Karen is a regular reporter on local radio station 89.7 WKSU and hosts the State of Ohio television program.

This honor comes after Fortune Magazine recently named Squirrels the third Best Workplace in Technology in the nation and one of the 50 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie.

Squirrels Recognition 2016

March 1 , 2016

The Squirrels Monthly Edcamp Roundup – February 2016

 

The Squirrels team had a busy February coordinating Edcamp sponsorships around the country. South Dakota was first on our list in February followed by Edcamp Phoenix and Edcamp T-County.

@edcampPHX in discussion and taking charge of their learning. @edcampPHX in discussion and taking charge of their learning.

Nearly 300 educators, administrators, tech coordinators and more attended these Edcamps to discuss the latest industry trends, as well as challenges that are faced in the classroom.

Alpha Squirrel Travis Lape Alpha Squirrel Travis Lape

One of our Alpha Squirrels, Travis Lape, organized Edcamp South Dakota! We’re lucky to have ambassadors from all over the globe in the EdTech community representing our company and our products. Travis is also organizing another Edcamp in South Dakota for April.

Edcamp T-County was in our neck of the woods— Northeast Ohio. We had two members of the Squirrels team attend and soak up how teachers are (or are not) using technology in their classroom.

Although we were not able to attend Edcamp Phoenix, we were able to follow their Twitter feed throughout the day to see how everyone collaborated together.

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

  • Foldables in the classroom
  • SeeSaw
  • Google classroom
  • High school technology training in the classroom
  • One-to-one tech strategies
  • Chrome extensions and google add-ons
  • Hyperdocs
  • Technology integration
  • Social media in the classroom
  • Flipped classroom

We hope that all the Edcamps we sponsored this month provided each attendee with a positive experience full of learning and professional development!

Edcamp T-County Edcamp T-County was just a short drive from the Squirrels office!

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!

As always, let us know if you have any questions, comments or feedback in the comments below!

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Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. Our excitement and passion lies in creating high-qualty, budget-friendly software that can be used to enhance the devices already found in today's home and work environments. Follow our blog for all the latest product releases, #TeamSquirrels news and industry insight!