March 2, 2017

Squirrels Joins Educators in North Carolina for NCTIES Conference

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The Squirrels team debuted its latest classroom technology at multiple EdTech conferences around the world in the first two months of 2017. What’s next on the list? The North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) Conference in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina.

NCTIES is North Carolina’s premier EdTech conference that gives attendees access to more than 150 sessions, informal meet and greet opportunities, keynote speakers and an exhibit hall. This conference aims to provide leadership in educational communications and technology by linking together everyone who holds a common interest in the use of educational technology and its application to the learning process.

We look forward to meeting all of the great educators of North Carolina! Attendees will see our latest classroom technology, ClassHub, in action at the Squirrels booth (#938). We’ll show educators and district IT administrators how to monitor and manage classroom devices directly from the teacher’s computer.

If you are going to NCTIES this week, be sure to check out these Alpha Squirrel sessions: 

Thursday, March 2

Megan McBain
Broadcasting Around the World
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Student Showcase

Friday, March 3

Melissa Lynch
More Technology Than You Can Handle
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Room 303

Hannah Jimenez
Front Row: Math + ELA Individualized for Learners
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Room 302 B

As an added bonus, a member of the Squirrels team will give a presentation featuring ClassHub.

Emily Carle Hafer – Alpha Squirrels Program Manager
How to Make Student Devices Teacher Friendly
9-9:45 a.m.
Room 303

Visit the Squirrels team at NCTIES at booth #938. See you there!

March 2, 2017

Reflector 2.7.1 for Windows is now available

A new Reflector 2 update is available for Windows users. You can update Reflector 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the Reflector 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the Reflector 2 download page.

Reflector 2.7.1 for Windows update notes:

  • Resolved an issue that could cause unnecessary CPU utilization with no devices mirroring
February 28, 2017

Introducing ClassHub: Advanced Student Device Management and Monitoring for K-12 Education

ClassHub-2.pngThe latest classroom technology from Squirrels LLC resolves a longstanding issue for educators, district administrators and EdTech professionals.

Technology such as Chromebooks, iPads, MacBooks and Windows devices are now commonplace in classrooms, but teachers are generally powerless when it comes to managing and monitoring those devices. 

Our global network of EdTech experts and countless conference attendees have expressed this frustration to us through the years. We listened to their feedback and created something that combines collaboration, device management and device monitoring capabilities into one tidy package. It’s called ClassHub. CH 1.png

What is ClassHub?

ClassHub aids instruction by giving educators a way to manage and monitor student devices from the ClassHub Classroom Manager that runs on a teacher’s Mac or Windows computer. Once teachers open ClassHub, they can:

  • See each and every student device screen in the classroom
  • Push content and messages to student devices
  • Lock student devices into a specific app… or lock devices entirely
  • Initiate teacher-to-student or student-to-teacher screen sharing
  • Install and remove apps across devices
  • Open webpages across devices
  • Send alert notifications to student devices

ClassHub is an important second step for any school or district that has acquired classroom devices. We made it easy to deploy, and we’re committed to providing the professional development needed to get districts started.

ClassHub for students

In addition to the ClassHub Classroom Manager for teacher computers, there is a companion application for student devices that connects each device to ClassHub. We understand the diverse technology environments in many schools today. That’s why we made the ClassHub companion application compatible with 97 percent of student devices, including:

  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Chromebook
  • Surface Pro and other Windows devices
  • MacBook

ClassHub for school IT administrators

In most cases, ClassHub will be deployed by your school or district IT administrator. Our ClassHub web portal gives IT professionals an easy way to manage or view status details for every iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, Mac and Windows device in a school or district.

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Student security and privacy

We get it. Student information security is a hot-button issue. ClassHub is FERPA and SOPIPA compliant, and we are committed to working with each district to ensure compliance with student data and privacy policies.

How to bring ClassHub to your school or district

We’ve partnered with the Clever student information system (SIS) integration service to make ClassHub setup and deployment as easy as possible. You can expect to have it up and running in a few weeks. We know you will have additional questions about ClassHub, student privacy, implementation and professional development opportunities for educators and staff. We’re happy to answer all of them.

Let's Talk  Learn More

 

February 28, 2017

Reflector 2.7 adds ClassHub Device Management and Monitoring Support

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Reflector 2.7 is now available for Mac and Windows. This release adds support for ClassHub, a new student device management and monitoring solution from Squirrels. 
 
Want to know more about ClassHub and how it can benefit your school or district? Let's Talk!
 
You can update Reflector 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the Reflector 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the Reflector 2 download page
 
Reflector 2.7 release notes: 
Mac:
  • Added support for our new classroom product, ClassHub, a student device management and monitoring system for teachers
  • Improved AirPlay audio streaming quality
  • Improved reliability of Google Cast connections
  • Resolved an issue that prevented a device name from updating after closing preferences
  • Numerous bug fixes and performance improvements
Windows
  • Added support for our new classroom product, ClassHub, a student device management and monitoring system for teachers
  • Improved AirPlay audio streaming quality
  • Improved reliability of Google Cast connections
  • Resolved an issue that could result in broken UI when snapping a Reflector device window
  • Resolved an issue that prevented a device name from updating after closing preferences
  • Numerous bug fixes and performance improvements
February 24, 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the 89th Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is an awards ceremony that recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry. Winners are voted on and chosen by more than 5,000 members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1,000 of which are actors.

The Oscars will be hosted by television host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel with performances by Justin Timberlake, Sting and John Legend. Nominations include Casey Affleck (Actor in a Leading Role), Emma Stone (Actress in a Leading Role) Hidden Figures (Best Picture), Moana (Best Animated Feature Film) and more.

Let the glitz and glam begin, but don’t forget that you don’t need a cable subscription to enjoy the ceremony. Here are three ways that you can stream the Oscars online.

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Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the top ways that cord cutters can stream live TV without a cable subscription. Subscribers who choose the Sling Orange package ($20/mo) have access to the Broadcast Extra bundle ($5/mo) to watch live local broadcast channels, including ABC. Only want to use this service to watch the Oscars? You can try it free for 7 days!

Note: You can only stream ABC Live through Sling TV in select markets around the country. These areas include Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. If you live in one of these areas, the ABC live stream will be accessible.

DirecTV NOW

One of the newest solutions for cord cutters is DIRECTV NOW by AT&T. This online streaming service offers you more than 60 TV channels, including ABC, for $35/mo without a contract (or you can try it free for seven days). You can use this service on most streaming devices, including computers and mobile devices.

Basic Antenna Option

Don’t forget the old-fashioned way! Since ABC is over-the-air (OTA) network broadcasting, it’s free to watch with a digital antenna if you live in range of an affiliate. Here’s how to choose the best antenna for you.  

Pro tip:

Finding ways to stream live TV is only half the battle for cord cutters. After all, nobody wants to Natalie Portman receive an award on a tiny computer screen. Download AirParrot 2 on your Mac or PC to wirelessly mirror that live broadcast from your computer directly to an Apple TV or Chromecast.

Use Sling TV app or DirecTV Now in the Chrome, Safari and Firefox browser to stream the event. Then open AirParrot and select your browser as the “From” option. Select your Apple TV or Chromecast as the “To” option. This will allow you to experience all the action on the big screen.

The image below was taken from the AirParrot menu and shows you how to do this. You simply select your browser or application. Then select where to send it. 

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89th Academy Awards
Sunday, February 26
8:30 p.m. ET
Host: Jimmy Kimmel
ABC

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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!