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August 18 , 2015

Squirrels Joins Forces with Habitat for Humanity (Year 2)

Last Saturday, Squirrels teamed up with Habitat for Humanity, a world-wide organization that helps provide safe and affordable housing for families in need.Squirrels - August 8, 2015 - 2

Squirrels - August 8, 2015 - 3 Jonnie speaking to the group.

This particular house belonged to Jonnie, a father of two looking to make a new start for his family in a better area. We took the time to help Jonnie build his new home and to hear about his journey. He told us his background, his involvement with Habitat for Humanity and about the home owner program he is completing. Not only does Habitat for Humanity build and restore homes, it teaches potential owners how to be financially responsible and how to care for new homes.

Squirrels - August 8, 2015 - 4 Andrew working on siding.

We were tasked with siding one side of the house and finishing the front porch area: complete with soffit, facia and a railing. We think we did a pretty good job, and we can't wait to hear all about Jonnie having a glass of sweet tea on the front porch we helped him build!

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For more information on how you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in your area, visit their website to learn more about how to get involved. We'll be doing more with habitat later this year!

Squirrels - August 8, 2015 - 5 Jess was the saw operator for the day.

Squirrels - August 8, 2015 - 6 Extension ladders were a commodity. Sid is seen here stealing one for his own use.

 

August 7 , 2015

How Technology Yields Higher Student Engagement

The addition of technology in the modern classroom has opened up an incredible amount of opportunities to increase student engagement... although there are a few skeptics. In fact, some teachers might argue that technology and its many distractions are resulting in less student engagement. But don't count tech out just yet! By appropriately utilizing technology throughout the learning process, students can become more involved in their education than ever before.

Technology gives students more opportunities to work with their peers.

While group work and partner projects are a staple in most classrooms, that's where the collaboration stops. However, with technology, students don’t have to be in the same room to work together, let alone the same building. Tools like Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, forums and wikis let students work together, comment on each other's work and share ideas from anywhere they have internet access.

Technology provides (seemingly) unlimited visuals.

Visuals help clarify and solidify information. Instead of trying to paint a picture through imagery, technology allows students to see and experience ideas firsthand. Technology offers unlimited opportunities for students to put an image to content through image searching, PowerPoint, idea mapping and more.

Technology makes it easier to connect to the real world.

Students are no longer interested in only reading from textbooks, memorizing slides and remembering tedious tidbits of information. They want to be involved in the lesson and shown how the content they're learning makes real life connections in their world. With technology, students have videos, webcams and news resources to connect with the world around them. This makes it easier to apply class material to what is relevant in their lives.

Technology offers a variety of opportunities.

Giving students different ways to show understanding gives them more creativity, freedom and usually yields better results. Technology unleashes their potential by giving them a multitude of platforms to show off their skills. Whether they are blogging, making a video, creating a PowerPoint or designing virtual field trips, pairing technology with projects just makes sense.

The bottom line

Give your students something to remember! Think back to when you were in school; do you remember the information from the hundreds (maybe thousands) of notecards you flipped through, or do you remember the information from the labs and activities you were involved in? Utilize the technology in your environment to enhance student learning, get them moving and create meaningful memories!

Have any stories about technology increasing student engagement in your classroom? Share in the comments below!

July 22 , 2015

AirParrot 2.2.1 for Mac is Available

An update to AirParrot 2 for Mac is available!

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.

Mac 2.2.1 Release Notes:

  • Hardware acceleration now more intelligently defers to software encoding if performance would be better in software
  • Improved Cast mirroring and streaming support, especially on lossy networks
  • Added a preference to manually toggle between hardware and software encoding
  • Added better support for "Dark Mode" in OS X 10.10 and later
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements

 

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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!