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January 19, 2015

#TeamSquirrels takes on #FETC!

The Squirrels team will be in Orlando this week for #FETC15! Located in the Orange County Convention Center from January 20th to January 23rd, FETC (Florida Educational Technology Conference) is one of the largest conferences dedicated to EdTech. As such, Squirrels is going big and taking FETC by storm!

Apps to go nuts for

We will be at booth 656 with demos of the new-and-improved AirParrot 2 as well as a sneak peek of Reflector 2 (coming soon!). We will be giving a discount to booth visitors as well!

SWAG and prizes

We’ve loaded up a ton of Squirrels SWAG to give away! On top of that, we have SWAG prize packs to give away to five lucky Tweeters. Stop by our booth to learn how to join #TeamSquirrels and win! (Hint… it involves a giant cardboard Squirrel).

Session speakers

There are multiple speakers that are generously spreading the Squirrels love in their sessions! Check them out:

Tuesday: 12pm-3pm: S330H

Nuts and Bolts: Implementing a 1:1 iPad Program 

Fredy Padovan - Executive Director for Advancement and Technology, Immaculata-La Salle High School 

@EDjuvinator

Thursday: 10am-11am: S220F

I’m All About that App, ‘Bout that App, and Extension 

David Chan - Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School 

@chanatown

Thursday: 4pm-5pm: S320E

Preparing Teachers for 1:1 Implementation 

Jeff Chicki, Technology Integration Coach, Rensselaer Central School Corporation

@jeffchicki

Thursday: 4:20pm-5pm: S320G

iPads in the ELA Classroom 

Eva Harvell - Technology Integration Specialist, Pascagoula School District 

@techie_teach

Friday: 8am-10am: S330D

Becoming a Model Digital Educator 

Jeff Chicki, Technology integration coach, Rensselaer Central School Corporation

@jeffchicki

Friday: 10am-11am: S310GH  

60 in 60: 60 instructional technologies in 60 minutes  

Michael Meechin, Assistant Principal of Instruction, Poinciana High School

@mikemeechin

Friday: 1pm-1:40pm: S310EF

Technologies for Schoolwide Impact 

Michael Meechin, Assistant Principal of Instruction, Poinciana High School 

@mikemeechin

Friday: 2pm-4pm: S210A

iPad Tips, Tricks and Apps Everyone Should Know 

Sandi Mahl - SE Regional Coordinator, PATINS Project

We’ll see you there!

January 14, 2015

Squirrels School - Lesson #2: Mirror an iPad or iPhone to Fire TV

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have a number of features, and both are a great, inexpensive addition to any home theater. The devices include some mirroring via Miracast, but other devices are natively left out.

Enter: Reflector.

Mirroring your iPhone or iPad to a Fire TV is easy! Installing Reflector on a Fire TV or Fire TV stick allows you to mirror an iPad, iPod or iPhone to the device.

To get Reflector for Fire TV, head over to Fire TV search and search for Reflector. (We would give you a link, but the Fire TV doesn’t support linking to apps!) Purchase, download and install Reflector.

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To run Reflector, simply open the application like you would anything else. You’ll be prompted with the Reflector splash screen where you can change the AirPlay name and set or change a password.

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You can close this screen and Reflector will continue to run. This allows you to mirror and stream to your Fire TV at any time!

To mirror, simply open your AirPlay list, select the Fire TV and toggle the mirror switch! Need help turning on mirroring? We have you covered.

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January 5, 2015

Squirrels School - Lesson #1: How to Mirror your iOS Device to Chromecast

Our support team has gotten a number of inquiries since we released AirParrot Chromecast support; a lot of customers are wondering if we have a solution to mirror an entire iOS screen to Chromecast. Lucky for you, AirParrot 2 and Reflector make a great team! 

To begin, connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC using Reflector.

Next, open AirParrot 2. Select the display that the iPhone is being mirrored to, and then select the Chromecast device for mirroring.

Your desktop should be mirroring through Chromecast, Reflector included!

 

To mirror your iOS device only, open the AirParrot 2 menu. Scroll over “Applications” to change from your display to a specific application.

Click Reflector, and voila!

It’s as easy as that. Feel free to access our support knowledge base to troubleshoot any problems you have or to create a support ticket. Try AirParrot 2 and Reflector free for seven days or purchase here!

January 2, 2015

And the Squirrels 2014 Fantasy Football Winner is…..

Matt Elsey! He secured this year’s Fantasy Football victory by a single point! In second place is a bitter Kyle Gritzan with Sid Keith rounding out the top three.

Our 2013 winner, Dustin, reluctantly handed over the trophy with promises to reign again next year.

Congrats, Matt!

December 31, 2014

Happy New Year from #teamsquirrels!

While 2014 was a year full of excitement, hard work and growth, our team is anxious to jump into 2015 and continue that legacy. But, before we do, it’s time to look back on some of the our favorite memories of 2014!

“I would have to say my favorite Squirrels memory in 2014 is when Drew finally got fed up with this old crappy printer that never worked correctly, then decided to throw it out the window. It was very satisfying to see that printer pay for its transgressions against us.”

- Dustin

“My favorite memory was in BVI when a group of us set out to kayak to the island that was way too far away. One person kept capsizing their boat, and the other took on water and started sinking. Two fellow Squirrels came out to save the sinking kayak, and others switched kayaks to ensure everyone was safe. Character, teamwork and compassion were shown in that trip - summarizes the Squirrels well. “

- Jessica

“Nothing made me happier in 2014 than watching our team grow. Seeing new, excited faces and fresh enthusiasm and energy come to the team continues to inspire me.”

- Dave

“I have many fond memories, and one I think everyone will enjoy involves NERF guns. Andrew purchased a gun with a grenade launcher on it, and my first shot with the grenade went straight into Matt E’s face. Direct shot with no warning. He lived, but he wasn’t pleased.”

- Sid

“My favorite memory was the final week of the Slingshot push. We were all exhausted, frustrated and tired of being around each other by that time., but, we stayed focused, came together and really showed what this team is capable of doing.”

- Matt E.

“The Saturday we all came in and tested/worked on Slingshot during the April pre-launch push is my favorite memory.  Everyone came in at about 10am and hammered on Slingshot until sometime early in the evening, but a lot of us stayed later. That night, as things slowed down, everyone left was hanging out here in the development office telling stories and drinking beer—all very chill.  Definitely a cool day.

- Jon Z.

“My favorite memory was floating in the ocean in BVI with my cousin Andy, having a cousinly conversation.”

- Matt Y.

“One of my fondest memories of the last year would have to be traveling to Belgium with Dave and getting to work with a development team there. From being in a different work environment to just being in Belgium, it was a trip that I will remember for a long time.”

- Matt Bowen

“My favorite 2014 memory is when everyone from the company crammed into the conference room and toasted some really expensive champagne as we celebrated the successful launch of AirParrot 2. Best feeling ever.” 

- Cory

“I would have to say my favorite memory from 2014 would be the day we all sailed on the catamaran in BVI.  I really enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean and the great company of my co-workers.”

- Aaron

“My favorite memory is the sequence of events that inspired Squirrels Game Night.

July 14, 2014: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

15:00: Six men sit down at a RISK board armed with cigars, beer, and dreams of world domination.

19:30: A drunken World Congress is held during dinner. Pacts and Border agreements are made.

23:30: Three players have been eliminated. All pacts have been dissolved.

July 15, 2014

00:30: The map is split between two Super Powers: Stephen and Jon B.

01:20: Legions of tiny grey soldiers swarm the Western hemisphere. Jon B is victorious.

01:30: Jon B stumbles to Villa 2 to find everyone still awake and playing “Never Have I Ever”

01:31: Jon B’s life is complete.”

- Jon B.

“One of my favorite memories is the day we released AirParrot 2 and many of us were sitting in the conference room watching the page visits and the servers crashing. It felt great to see how well it was doing after all the hard work we put in.”

- Andy

“Oh, the memories of 2014 are full of laughs and great times. It’s hard to just sum it up in a few sentences. 

1. ISTE when multiple teachers came up to me and couldn’t believe I was real! With all of the back-and-forth emails I do everyday, it makes me feel good to meet the people I correspond with! 

2. One word: NERF

3. Our corporate retreat this year was full of great, fond memories. We all really had the time to bond as colleagues and friends. BVI is a trip I will never forget and always cherish.”

- Meghan

“Seeing our holiday party venue was one of my favorite moments of the year. All of the attention to detail made it an excellent night and already has me looking forward to next year!”

- Nate

“There are plenty of memories that stand out and the team has done some great things this year. My fondest memory though is more personal. Squirrels gave Kyle and I an opportunity to attend Agile Development Conference West, where I was able to learn from and collaborate with some great minds in software development. A number of those interactions were experiences that I’ll never forget. I expect that those memories will continue to motivate me well into the future.”

- Matt Becker

“Looking back at all the amazing things we have done and experienced together, one thing in particular sticks out in my head. After we got settled into our villas on our private beach in Virgin Gorda, I grabbed a paddleboard and hit the water. Slowly going over everything I could reach, hearing nothing but the wind, tiny splashes against the bottom of my board and the faint laughter of my co-workers was a surreal moment. It showed me what amazing things could be created when unique individuals come together to create an ecosystem to work, play and enjoy together.”

- Kyle

About Us

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!