January 24 , 2017

Meet the Alpha Squirrels at FETC 2017!

Want a chance to meet our amazing group of Alpha Squirrels or see them present? Now’s your chance (you have 31 chances to be exact)!

Below is a complete list of all the FETC sessions that feature our Alpha Squirrels. You may even hear about/see a familiar classroom screen-mirroring solution in action!

FETC Alpha Squirrel Sessions:

Tuesday, January 24
8-10:30 a.m.
David Lockhart
W133: Apple Lovers Delight
@bigguyinabowtie

11-1:30 p.m.
Leslie Fisher
W062: Effective Photo and Video on Your Mobile Devices
@lesliefisher

11-1:30 p.m.
Katrina Keene
W038: Minecraft Education Edition: Building Blocks to Engage Your Students
@teachintechgal

11-1:30 p.m.
Marcia Kish
W026: Blended or On the Rocks: Mixing Up Your Own Blended Learning Environment
@dsdPD

5:00-7:30 p.m.
David Lockhart
W136: Becoming a Presentation Master: Apple Edition
@bigguyinabowtie

5-7:30 p.m.
Leslie Fisher
W064: iPad A to Z: It's ALL About the APPS
@lesliefisher

5-7:30 p.m.
Marcia Kish
W112: App Smashing: Tips and Tricks for IT Professionals Using Google Apps and Add-Ons to Achieve Personalized, Blended Learning
@dsdPD

Wednesday, January 25
8-10:30 a.m.
Katrina Keene
W077: BYODigital Leadership: Building a Grade-A Culture
@teachintechgal

8-10:30 a.m.
Marcia Kish
W089: Personalized Learning Playbook: Creating a Game Plan for Personalized Learning
@dsdPD

11-1:30 p.m.
Leslie Fisher
W114: Augment Your Reality
@lesliefisher

4-4:20 p.m.
Leslie Fisher
SB03: How to Set Up and Deploy Google Classroom
@lesliefisher

Thursday, January 26
8-10:30 a.m.
Kathy Schrock
W067: Visual Notetaking in the Classroom Workshop: iPad, Android, Windows Tablet, or Paper/Pencil
@kathyschrock

8:30-9:45 a.m.
Michael Meechin
General Session: STEM Excellence Awards & Keynote – A Wake-Up Call: Breaking Down Barriers to High-Impact Instruction
@mikemeechin

10-11 a.m.
Katrina Keene
C103: Top Tech Toys to Transform your Classroom
@teachintechgal

10-11 a.m.
Leslie Fisher
C120: Mobile Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
@lesliefisher

10-11 a.m.
Marcia Kish
C107: Secret Ingredients to Blended and Personalized Learning
@dsdPD

12-12:40 p.m.
Kathy Schrock
C203: Virtual Reality: Using and Creating in the Classroom
@kathyschrock

1-1:40 p.m.
Leslie Fisher
C319: The Group Smackdown: Best Teacher-Approved EdTech Tools for the Classroom
@lesliefisher

1-1:40 p.m.
Katrina Keene
C317: Don’t Be Afraid: Ed Tech Companies Won’t Byte!
@teachintechgal

2-2:40 p.m.
Jennifer Williams
Katrina Keene
Courtney Kofeldt
David Lockhart
Billy Spicer
C420: Crafting the Next-Generation Classroom: An Immersive Experience with Nearpod.
@JenWilliamsEdu
@teachintechgal
@CourtneyKofeldt
@bigguyinabowtie
@MrBillySpicer

2-2:40 p.m.
David Lockhart
C414: A Wearable World
@bigguyinabowtie

2-4:30 p.m.
Rob Zdrojewski
W141: The Art of Screencasting: “Teacher-On-Demand” is Now Possible!
@MrZtechTV

3:20-4:00 p.m.
Katrina Keene
C520: Exciting Digital Technology Tools
@teachintechgal

4:20-5:00 p.m.
Leslie Fisher
C619: Leftovers with Leslie: Technology Gadgets, Apps and Websites You Have Not Heard About Yet!
@lesliefisher

4:20-5:00 p.m.
Jennifer Williams
C615: Trending Topics in Early Literacy: Practices & Tools for the Early Childhood Classroom
@JenWilliamsEdu

5-7:30 p.m.
David Lockhart
W034: EdTech Mystery Skype! Have Your Questions Answered!
@bigguyinabowtie

Friday, January 27
8-10:30 a.m.
Rob Zdrojewski
W167: Unlimited Possibilities: Greenscreen Video Production Using iPads!
@MrZtechTV

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Kathy Schrock
Leslie Fisher
General Session: Tech Share Live
@kathyschrock
@lesliefisher

10-11 a.m.
Michael Meechin
C719: Sixty in Sixty: 60 Instructional Technologies in 60 Minutes
@mikemeechin

12-12:40 p.m.
Kathy Schrock
C803: Visual Notetaking in the Classroom
@kathyschrock

12-12:20 p.m.
Leslie Fisher
SB23: How to Use Adobe Spark Video and Spark Page
@lesliefisher

January 23 , 2017

Squirrels Presents Classroom Technology at Bett and FETC

Who run the world? Squirrels!

Thirteen members of the Squirrels team will travel a total of more than 9,400 miles by plane, cab, Uber and train to Orlando, Florida, and London to attend two of the world's premier EdTech conferences.

British Educational Training and Technology Show (Bett)
January 25-28
London, England

The Squirrels team is set to attend the Bett Show for the second time. We're eager to show more than 34,000 educators, administrators and EdTech professionals from over 138 countries how our products and services are used in the classroom.

This international EdTech conference is designed to create a better future by transforming education and bringing people, ideas, practices and technologies together so educators and learners can reach their full potential. Every educator can make a difference in education given the opportunity, which is what Bett aims to provide.

Featured conference keynotes include:

If you’re attending Bett feel free to stop by and say hello to the Squirrels team in booth E378! We would love the chance to meet and connect with our international customers and friends!

Future of Education Technology (FETC)
January 24-27
Orland, Florida

While four members of our team are busy in London, the other seven will be in Orlando exhibiting at the 37th National FETC conference. FETC is one of the largest EdTech conferences where preK-12 educators connect and collaborate to learn how to leverage technology for student success.

If you are attending FETC, make sure to catch these EdTech leaders at one of their sessions:

  • Blended Learning Coach, Marcia Kish
  • Director of Innovation and Co-Founder of Edventure Quests, Katrina Keene
  • Literacy Specialist at Calliope Global and Professor at Saint Leo University, Jennifer Williams
  • EdTech Specialist at Kennesaw State University, David Lockhart
  • Educational Technology Professional Development Trainer, Kathy Schrock
  • Principal at Poinciana High School, Michael Meechin
  • Instructional Coach, Billy Spicer
  • Educational Technology Coordinator at PA Leadership Charter School, Courtney Kofeldt
  • Director of Fisher Technologies Inc., Leslie Fisher
  • K-12 Director of Instructional Technology at Oakland-Alabama Central Schools and Adjunct Professor of Educational Technologies at Canisius College, Rob Zdrojewski

Squirrels co-founder Andrew Gould will give in-booth presentations featuring our new classroom technology on the following days:

Wednesday, January 25
3:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m.

Thursday, January 26
9:45 a.m.
2:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 27
9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.

Stop by booth #1945 to say hi to the Squirrels team, demo our products and learn about our newest EdTech solution!

Happy learning, all! To see where the Squirrels team will be this year, check out our 2017 conference schedule.

January 20 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the AFC and NFC Championship Games

It all comes down to this. After 16 regular season games played through the snow, wind, heat and rain, the NFL is in its final stretch to the Super Bowl.

We're here to make sure you don’t miss out on the heroics of Antonio Brown, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers because you don’t have a cable subscription. Here are a number of ways cord cutters can stream the NFL conference championship games online. 

Note: If you already have a cable subscription but still want to stream the games online, you can login with your respective cable provider and live stream on CBS Sports and Fox Sports Live. 

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 for $35/mo without a contract (or you can try it free for seven days). DirecTV NOW offers ESPN as well as FOX and NBC in select areas. You can use this service on most streaming devices including computers and mobile devices.

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the best ways for cord cutters to stream live TV without a cable subscription (as mentioned in our previous blog post: Cord Cutter's Guide: How to Stream the NFL Playoffs). Subscribers who choose the Sling Blue package ($25/mo) have access to a number of channels, including Fox. However, if you only want to watch one game, you can try Sling TV free for seven days!

Note: Fox live local feed in select markets, on-demand elsewhere.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access is a streaming service designed for viewers to watch CBS programming and NFL Playoff games. For $5.99/mo, users will be able to enjoy all the action of the NFL Playoffs in addition to more than 8,500 episodes of hit CBS shows on-demand. Try it free for seven days!

PlayStation Vue

Good news, PlayStation owners! You can watch your favorite team right from your gaming console. PlayStation Vue offers a large package of channels including Fox and CBS which is perfect for watching live NFL Playoff games. The package starts at $29.99/mo and does not require a contract. This service is compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Try it free!

Note: Channel availability, pricing and supported devices are subject to change and may vary by location.

Digital Antenna

All NFL games will be broadcasted on over-the-air channels and can be accessed through an antenna connected to your TV. As long as you are living in range of local stations, you can watch every pass and touchdown in your living room. 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 watch a game-winning touchdown pass with a roomful of people crowded around 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 your Sling TV, DirecTV NOW or CBS All Access account in the Chrome or 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.

Messages Image(591535406)

Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.

Sunday, January 22
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
3:05 p.m. EST
FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
6:40 p.m. EST
CBS

January 19 , 2017

Recorded With Reflector: Bubble Witch Saga 3

Our “Recorded with Reflector” video of the week is Bubble Witch 3 Saga, a new bubble-shooting puzzle game from the makers of Candy Crush Saga. Take on this magical mobile game alone or play with friends to see who can get the highest score. You can download Bubble Witch for free in the App Store or in the Google Play Store.

Note: Bubble Witch 3 Saga is completely free to play but some optional in-game items will require payment. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device settings.

How to record with Reflector 2:

  1. Wirelessly connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC.

Pro tip: You can also mirror and record Android gameplay by connecting to Reflector using the built-in Google Home Cast technology on your Android device.  

  1. There are two ways to record your mobile device once it’s wirelessly mirrored to the Reflector software on your computer. You may click the “Record” button on the top left of the mirrored device (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording from within the Reflector menu (the little orange icon at the top of the image below).

Record iPhone Zoom

  1. Once you are done recording your iOS device, press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the MP4 file on your Mac or PC.

Learn more about the Reflector 2 screen-mirroring app.

January 12 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the NFL Playoffs

It all comes down to this. After 16 regular season games played through the snow, wind, heat and rain, the NFL is in its final stretch to the Super Bowl.

We're here to make sure you don’t miss out on the heroics of Ezekiel Elliott, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers because you don’t have a cable subscription. Here are a number of ways cord cutters can stream the NFL playoffs online.

Note: If you already have a cable subscription but still want to stream the games online, you can login with your respective cable provider and live stream on CBS Sports, ESPN Sports, NBC Sports and Fox Sports Live.

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 for $35/mo without a contract (or you can try it free for seven days). DirecTV NOW offers ESPN as well as FOX and NBC in select areas. You can use this service on most streaming devices including computers and mobile devices.

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the best ways for cord cutters to stream live TV without a cable subscription (as mentioned in our previous blog posts: How Cord Cutter’s Can Stream Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the Golden Globes). Subscribers who choose the Sling Blue package ($25/mo) have access to a number of channels, including NBC and Fox. However, if you only want to watch one game, you can try Sling TV free for seven days!

Note: NBC live local feed in select markets, on-demand elsewhere.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access is a streaming service designed for viewers to watch CBS programming and NFL Playoff games. For $5.99/mo, users will be able to enjoy all the action of the NFL Playoffs in addition to more than 8,500 episodes of hit CBS shows on-demand. Try it free for seven days!

PlayStation Vue

Good news, PlayStation owners! You can watch your favorite team right from your gaming console. PlayStation Vue offers a large package of channels including Fox, CBS and NBC, which is perfect for watching live NFL Playoff games. The package starts at $29.99/mo and does not require a contract. This service is compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Try it free!

Note: Channel availability, pricing and supported devices are subject to change and may vary by location.

Digital Antenna

All NFL games will be broadcasted on over-the-air channels and can be accessed through an antenna connected to your TV. As long as you are living in range of local stations, you can watch every pass and touchdown in your living room. 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 watch a game-winning touchdown pass with a roomful of people crowded around 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 your Sling TV, DirecTV NOW or CBS All Access account in the Chrome or 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.

Messages Image(591535406)

Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.

About Us

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!