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June 15 , 2016

Using Ditto to Screen Share from Mac and PC to Chromecast

Ditto with Chromecast

Most conference rooms and environments where you may want to share a screen are equipped with a cable. VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI; the list goes on. In a better scenario, TVs and projectors are attached to an Apple TV or a Chromecast.

Chromecast is popular. Super popular. In just a few years, Google has sold more than 15 million units. It’s an inexpensive device that’s great for sharing content like movies, music, pictures and home videos to the big screen. It’s made for sharing existing static content, but unfortunately sharing computer screens has not been a focus. Of course there’s a beta Chrome browser extension that allows this, but that’s tricky, and it’s not easy for beginners or anyone who doesn’t “get” technology.

Ditto, our latest product offering, brings active screen sharing to Chromecast into the spotlight.

Technology is hard. That’s why we made Ditto super simple. It works with Chromecast (and Apple TV), and it gives businesses, schools and institutions all over the world access to an easy and instant screen-sharing service.  Ditto allows anyone with a computer and an internet connection to automatically connect to the appropriate Chromecast and share their computer screen.

We created Ditto as a solution to the stubborn and unreliable ways of screen sharing. Ditto is a wireless screen-sharing product that doesn’t require individual user licenses, and it’s preconfigured, so it already knows which Chromecast to connect to. There’s no searching through a list of “available” receivers. Ditto doesn’t even need to be installed on the computer to share the screen.

Sharing to a Chromecast is as simple as entering a unique Ditto code at www.goditto.com. Anyone can do it—Mac or PC, employee or guest.

Want to know more? We’re here to answer your questions!

June 9 , 2016

How to Configure Ditto Screen-Sharing Service With The Configuration Utility

Before you and others at your organization can enjoy our easy-to-use screen-sharing service, Ditto, you will need to add your conference room display to a Ditto account.

Don’t worry! We made the process easy. You’ll be up and running in minutes.

Ditto Config Icon

Using the Ditto Configuration Utility

The Ditto Configuration Utility works on Mac and Windows. It’s designed to allow quick and effortless addition of rooms to a Ditto account. Once you add the rooms, anyone can share their Mac or PC screen to a room's Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected TV or display.

Before we begin, make sure your receivers (Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector) are powered on and your computer is on the same network as the devices.

  1. Download the configuration app

To obtain the Ditto setup tool, log in to the Ditto administration portal. You’ll find a link to the tool under Step 2 of the Getting Started section.

  1. Login

To use the configuration tool and add rooms to your Ditto account, you’ll need to log in.

1 - Config Login

  1. Get Started

Welcome! Click “Get Started” to scan your network for available receivers.

2 - Config Welcome

  1. Search the Network

The tool will automatically search your network for available devices. Be sure you’ve powered the devices on and that you’re on the same network.

3 - Config Searching

  1. Select Devices

After a few seconds, you’ll see available devices. Choose the devices you would like to add to Ditto. If your devices don’t appear here, they may not be powered on, or you may not be on the same network. To add devices that don’t appear, visit your account portal.

4 - Config Found Devices

  1. Configure Devices

This tool already knows the network information required to connect your devices. All you need to do is enter an identifying room name.

5 - Config Config Device

  1. Finish

That’s it! Adding new devices to Ditto is that simple.

6 - Config Finished

Don’t want to use our super simple setup tool? You can also add devices via the Ditto account portal.  Need help? Contact us via help.airsquirrels.com!

June 2 , 2016

Reflector 2.5.1 for Mac and Windows Is Now Available

Reflector 2.5.1 for Mac and Windows is now available. The update brings better compatibility with our latest product, Ditto.

What is Ditto?

Ditto is a simple yet powerful screen-mirroring service for any meeting space or conference room. It’s designed to be as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. Ditto is a cloud-based screen-sharing service that allows an unlimited number of employees and visitors to securely share any computer screen to Apple TV or Chromecast without installing new software or plugging in cables.

No cords or wires. No tedious license management. No software installations. Ditto makes screen sharing easy. Really easy. Try it today!

Ditto - Easy Meetings

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.

April 12 , 2016

Six Secrets to Becoming a Master Presenter by EdTech Guru David Lockhart

This article is a guest post by EdTech guru David Lockhart. He tells the story of his journey from novice to master presenter at education conferences all across the United States. 

David is a member of our inaugural class of Alpha Squirrels EdTech experts. Alpha Squirrels are a major part of the Squirrels family. While they don’t work directly with us every day, we encourage advancement in their careers and enjoy hearing about their successes. Alpha Squirrels are deeply involved in educational technology. They provide feedback to us directly from the classroom and help us make decisions that impact student learning all over the globe.

David Lockhart Alpha Squirrel

“How do you do it?”

I get that question a bunch when I present multiple sessions in a row at a conference, and hopefully I can let you in on a few secrets with this post. I recently had the opportunity (thanks to my friends at Squirrels) to present eight sessions at the KYSTE conference in Louisville, Kentucky. KYSTE is Kentucky’s state conference and an ISTE affiliate that is attended by about 2,000 people annually. I have been to many of the state conferences across the Southeast, and it definitely ranks up there among my favorites. I like the venue for the conference (the Galt House Hotel) and the city of Louisville. The conference itself has some great local presenters and the organizers usually bring in one great national presenter. This year it was Steven Anderson, a prominent educator, speaker and blogger.

  1. Apply Everywhere

I guess the question to start with is, “How did you get to do eight presentations at a single conference?” My first conference was the Georgia Education Technology Conference in 2012. At that conference, I presented my “60 Apps in 60 Minutes” presentation and I realized I had a real knack for presenting. From there, I actually asked conference presenter extraordinaire Leslie Fisher how to get in the presentation game.

Her advice to me was incredibly simple: “Present everywhere you can.”

I thought, “Well if Georgia has a state conference, I’m sure other states do as well.” So I started applying other places. My first conference outside of Georgia was in Alabama, and I continued to expand from there.

  1. Diversify your presentations

I was applying to these other state conferences with my “60 Apps in 60 Minutes” presentation, but it was only getting me into a few places. I realized I needed to diversify. Much like a reporter would, I started asking myself what new angle I could take to present relevant and timely content to my audience.

I started by expanding my 60-in-60 presentation to do separate presentations—one that was all Apple, one that was apps you would not know and one that was gadgets. I didn’t want to stop there though, so I also added topic- and tool-based presentations as well as just expanding into the world of posters and workshops. Find something you are passionate about and then diversify from there. Finding new angles will intrigue your audience and conference organizers.

  1. Add some flare to the application

Step three actually gets down to the application process. First, apply wherever you can. State conferences are usually much easier to get into the national conferences like ISTE, FETC and iNACOL.

Once you have really figured out where you want to go, the application process is usually very similar with few exceptions. Most conferences will want a title and a description. The key to this is making it catchy. Takes off of song titles usually work well. In the description, I start many of them with a question because that’s what attendees look at when they are deciding which sessions to attend. If you pose it as a question, it can be read as you personally asking them. It gives them something to ponder.

Many conferences ask for an outline. To get this, just think through how you are going to organize your presentation into sessions. Some also ask for a biography and previous experience, and really with those you just have to put your best foot forward. Now, the key to quickly applying to multiple presentations is to save all of the standard conference info in a Google Doc. This allows you to just copy and paste as new conferences come up! I would show you mine, but I don’t want to give away my secret sauce.

  1. Wait — Patience is key

Now it’s time to wait on what’s accepted. In reality, your first year will probably only get you one or two. I actually presented at KYSTE in 2015, and I only got one session in. I then stepped up in place of other presenters as needed in order to fill in for people who had to cancel because of a snowstorm. I think doing that helped push me to eight sessions this year. Conference organizers need time to build that trust, so if you find one you like, keep going to it!

  1. Make it compelling

Once you get to the conference, it’s all uphill from there. The key to doing so many sessions is not to take yourself too seriously. Have Fun! We have all been in PD’s where the presenter was so serious and it was just boring. Joke around, but also provide good content. Attendees love that. I think it’s also great to pepper videos into your presentations in order to give yourself a tiny break as you are going. This breaks up the presentation a bit, and it gives you a chance for a drink to help keep your voice going.

  1. Assess

How do you tell if things went well? I think the easiest way is to see familiar faces. If you have folks coming back to hear you again, it means they liked you! Thankfully, that was the case in Kentucky. I actually had one individual who I think spent most of her conference with me!

To close, I’d like to say thanks to that nutty Squirrels team for helping me get there. They make a great product that allows educators to be mobile in their classroom, and that’s the key to behavior management!

David Lockhart Presenting

If you would like to apply to become an Alpha Squirrel, visit http://alpha.airsquirrels.com. Or, learn more about Squirrels’ classroom screen-mirroring app, Reflector 2.

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