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August 15 , 2016

Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts Attend Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educators Institute in Berlin

Five of our Alpha Squirrel EdTech experts recently attended the Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) Institute in Berlin to collaborate, share and learn with educators from around the globe.

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Alpha Squirrels Kelly Croy (@wirededucator), Kyle Pearce (@mathletepearce), John Shoemaker (@shoewee), Marc Faulder (@marcwithersey) and Monica Burns (@classtechtips) were among 400 educators at the invitation-only event.

Croy was featured as an ADE Global presenter. He showed fellow educators how he uses Reflector and AirParrot to promote a more engaged student learning environment in his classroom. His recent contribution to the Global Education Institute blog explained how his students use these EdTech tools to share and record mobile device screens.

“Berlin was fantastic,” Croy said. “I couldn’t have made it there without the support of Squirrels.”

The Worldwide ADE Institute is just one of the many education technology conferences and speaking engagements Alpha Squirrels attend throughout the year.

Check out some of the social conversation around the Alpha Squirrels program during the event!

Thanks to all Alpha Squirrels for their relentless efforts to positively represent, endorse and validate our place in the education technology world.

Are you a teacher or EdTech professional interested in becoming a certified Alpha Squirrel? Contact Emily Carle Hafer at alpha@airsquirrels.com for information about our next class of Alpha Squirrels.

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August 3 , 2016

Why You Should Scout Hotel Screen-Sharing Capabilities Before Booking Your Next Business Meeting

Make sure the next hotel you book for a business meeting or corporate event is equipped with a screen-sharing solution that can accommodate the needs of you and your business partners.

Meeting organizers prioritize location, space and basic amenities such as food, refreshments and seating when selecting a hotel for business gatherings. These elements are essential, but any good meeting space in today’s tech-driven world must have screen-sharing capabilities.

Can you recall your last business meeting that was computer-less? Didn’t think so. When coordinating business meetings with Guest Services, request a conference room that’s equipped with the Ditto screen-sharing service.

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Ditto makes screen sharing in hotel conference rooms and meeting spaces easier than ever before. Anyone with a Mac or PC can immediately – and wirelessly – share their computer screen to the big screen in a Ditto-enabled room.

Screen sharing is often confusing, inconsistent and everything but intuitive. With Ditto, it’s easy.

How Ditto works
It’s simple. Ditto assigns a unique code to the hotel conference room. Any hotel guest can walk into the room and immediately share their Mac or PC screen simply by visiting connect.goditto.com and entering the room’s unique Ditto code.

Ditto can be used in any hotel room that has an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected display. The guest’s computer is the screen sender. The Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected display is the screen receiver.

After entering the code, Ditto runs a lightweight application on the user’s Mac or PC that automatically sends the computer screen to the appropriate TV or display. When the user is done sharing, he or she must simply close out of the application. The app is then wiped from the user’s computer. It’s that easy.

Unlimited screen sharing
Ditto brings completely unlimited screen sharing to any hotel meeting space and doesn’t require additional hardware, software or permissions for the meeting guests. No more wires. No more connection confusion.

Cross-platform connections
Mac users can wirelessly connect to Chromecast receivers, PC users can wirelessly connect to Apple TV receivers and vice versa.

Go Ditto
Be sure to request the Ditto screen-sharing service the next time your business uses a hotel as a corporate event venue.

If you would like to learn more about Ditto, visit www.goditto.com. Or, email our sales specialist Danielle Walker at dwalker@goditto.com.

July 27 , 2016

Ditto Screen-Sharing Service Receives Update

A new Ditto update is now live. The update includes:

Simple Room Codes - Ditto now includes the ability to use Simple Room Codes. When enabled, this will allow users to assign alphanumeric codes to new rooms instead of using groupings of common words.

Once enabled in the "Organization" section of the Ditto portal, all new rooms will be generated with the Simple Room Codes. If a user has an existing Ditto room they’d like to convert to a Simple Room Code, they just need to refresh the room code in "Rooms" with the refresh button after enabling it in "Organization."

Monthly Upgrade - Users can now upgrade from a monthly Ditto subscription plan to a yearly Ditto subscription plan.

July 27 , 2016

Screen Sharing For Every Huddle Space

Huddle Space Screen Sharing
The Ditto screen-sharing service promotes easy collaboration and connectivity among peers in company huddle spaces.

Huddle room meetings are meant to be personal, quick and effective. The technology in a huddle room must match those attributes. As companies continue to replace traditional conference rooms with a larger number of smaller, more intimate huddle rooms, they must manage the costs of outfitting these rooms with the needed resources.

Ditto adds a required feature of any modern-day meeting space at an unbeatable price.

For $149.99/year, Ditto brings easy-to-use and completely unlimited screen sharing to any huddle space. No wires. No additional hardware. No connection confusion for employees.

What is Ditto?
Ditto is a cloud-based screen-sharing service. It allows any employee, guest or presenter with a Mac or PC to immediately (and wirelessly) share their screen to a huddle room display.

Ditto can be used in any huddle room that has an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected display.

How does Ditto work?

When your company signs up for Ditto, each registered huddle space receives a unique Ditto code that is linked to the Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected device.

During a meeting, any attendee can instantly share their computer screen to the huddle room TV or display simply by visiting connect.goditto.com and entering the room’s Ditto code. Ditto immediately knows which receiver to connect a user’s screen to based on the code that is entered.

Cross-platform connections

Mac users can wirelessly connect to Chromecasts, and PC users can wirelessly connect to Apple TVs. And vice versa.

Full screen or app-specific screen-sharing

Ditto gives you the option to share your entire computer display or a single window or application. This helps remove distractions and ensures that peers in the huddle room are focused only on the most important content.

Why Ditto?

Ditto saves…big time
An annual Ditto subscription saves hundreds to thousands of dollars compared to alternative hardware- and software-based screen-sharing solutions.

Ditto is unlimited

Anyone who walks through the door of your business can join a meeting and share their computer screen to the correct display instantly without worrying about hardware incompatibilities or required software.

Ditto is ideal for huddle spaces

Huddle room meetings are meant to be streamlined and effective. Shouldn’t your company’s screen-sharing technology be the same?

To bring the Ditto screen-sharing service to your common room or shared meeting space, visit www.goditto.com. Feel free to leave any feedback or questions in the comment section below!

July 25 , 2016

How To Use Ditto Screen-Sharing Technology in 1:1 Surface Pro Classrooms

We recently asked our Reflector Twitter followers which mobile device is most often used in their classrooms. The choices included iPads, Chromebooks and Surface Pros.

Not surprisingly, iPads and Chromebooks outpaced Surface Pros. Here’s how the results broke down:

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Microsoft Surface Pros might not dominate classrooms like iPads and Chromebooks, but they are an incredibly valuable tool for students and teachers who use them daily. That’s why we made sure our latest screen-sharing service, Ditto, is compatible with Surface Pros.

How can a student or teacher present what’s happening on their Surface Pro screen to the entire class? Traditionally, the class would have to huddle around a desk to get a glimpse of the screen. If you wanted to wirelessly share that Surface Pro screen to a TV or external display, you were out of luck.

Introducing the Ditto screen-sharing service for 1:1 Surface Pro classrooms
Ditto brings wireless screen-sharing capabilities to each and every Surface Pro in classrooms that contain one of the following three AirPlay or Cast receivers:

How does Ditto work?

It’s simple. In order to wirelessly share a Surface Pro screen to one of the three receivers listed above, a user must simply go to connect.goditto.com and enter the classroom’s unique Ditto code.

How does my classroom get a Ditto code?

To get a Ditto code for your classroom, you must first sign up for Ditto and register the Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-enabled device in your classroom! Registering a classroom is simple with our Ditto Configuration Tool. You (or your school’s tech integrationist) can do that at www.goditto.com. The entire sign up and configuration process takes about 15 minutes.

After registering the AirPlay/Cast receiver (Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector 2), your classroom will be assigned a unique code.

Once a room has a Ditto subscription, an unlimited number of teachers, students and faculty can use that subscription because Ditto is priced per room rather than per individual. So you don’t have to worry about managing, updating and, most importantly, paying for individual student licenses for every Surface Pro.

How does Ditto know which receiver to send to?

Does your school have multiple Apple TVs, Chromecasts or Reflector-enabled devices? We’re assuming it does, and that’s not a problem. Ditto knows which Apple TV or Chromecast to connect the Surface Pro to the moment a teacher or student enters the room’s Ditto code at connect.goditto.com. So you don’t have to scroll through an endless list of AirPlay/Cast receivers and determine which one to select. Ditto does it for you.

Do I have to share my entire Surface Pro screen?

Upon connection, Ditto asks whether you want to share your entire Surface Pro display or a single window/app. This helps remove distractions and ensures that others in the class don’t see anything they shouldn’t.

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Go Ditto

Ditto is the newest, most practical way to bring collaboration and sharing to Surface Pro classrooms. Visit www.goditto.com to register today! As always, feel free to leave us a comment below.

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