February 3, 2014

Show touches with NRTouchPoints

If you’re an iOS developer, you may be looking for a way to show touch points through Reflector. This is a great added bonus to recording your application. Creating demo videos is now easy and painless—requiring less post production.

Check out NRTouchPoints on GitHub.

NRTouchPoints is a UIWindow subclass that simulates user touches on screen. Once included in your application, user taps will be shown through Reflector. 

January 22, 2014

Gaming with Reflector

If you’ve ever played a game on your iPhone or iPad, you know that showing others your success, or even playing with friends was troublesome. A group of friends gazing over your shoulder was the only way to demonstrate what you were doing. 

Enter: Reflector.

The days of gaming on a tiny screen are gone. iOS gaming can be done on any size screen with Reflector. Just connect your iPhone or iPad to Reflector and everyone can see what you’re doing! Playing with friends is even easier. Connect multiple devices and play against opponents in real time—on a bigger screen!

Reflector installs on a Mac or a PC and streams your iPhone, iPod or iPad screen in real time. You can chose to mirror with a device frame for a realistic feel, or you can go full screen to get the biggest picture.

Download the Reflector trial to start gaming on the big screen!

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To demonstrate the power of Reflector while gaming, we’ve partnered with Kiip for the 2014 Mobile Gaming Championship. Gamers will be using Reflector to connect their iOS devices to their computer. You can watch the championships live on Twitch.tv January 24th, 25th, and 26th. 

December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale

Take 30% off of anything in our store! No promo codes needed. The prices have already been adjusted for excellent savings!

Today only, AirParrot is available for $6.99 and Reflector is available for $9.09! We’re even discounting our physical merchandise. Grab a T-shirt for $10.50 or a water bottle for $5.94.

Shop now to get these deals! 

The legal stuff:

30% off your entire online purchase prior to tax and shipping. Offer valid on online purchases of in-stock items only. Offer not valid for purchase orders or bulk sales. To redeem this online offer, add any item to shopping cart and order total will be adjusted on qualifying orders. This promotion is not valid with any other offer that requires you to enter a promotional code at checkout. If a code is entered at checkout, this offer will be void. At this time we are unable to ship to U.S Territories or international locations. Not valid on previous purchases and may not be applied to future purchases. Offer ends 12/02/2013 @ 11:59 PM EST. No cash value. Void where prohibited by law.

November 15, 2013

Reflector for Mac 1.6.2

Reflector for Mac version 1.6.2 adds iPad Mini with Retina support. This version also fixes a crash related to audio mirroring on certain hardware.

Release notes for version 1.6.2 can be found here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/release-notes/?os=Mac

You can download this update by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Reflector menu. The new version of Reflector can also be downloaded from here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/download/

November 15, 2013

Reflector and AirPlay in the Classroom

Reflector has many uses, but in the classroom, we find an AirPlay receiver to be an effective and almost indispensable tool. Displaying an iPad to a classroom or group of students  can be done by mirroring to a computer connected to a projector. Most classrooms already have the equipment needed to do this.

An AirPlay receiver as a document camera

Reflector gives teachers the ability to move around the classroom while teaching. Instead of being tied to a desk, educators can interact and engage directly with students. Many teachers find Reflector to be an effective mobile document camera.

When a teacher is interacting with students and recognizes work that could benefit the class, Reflector allows the teacher to stop and show the class what that student is doing. This can be particularly helpful when showing steps to solve a math problem.

Brian Meehan, Director of IT at Allendale Columbia School, described the use of Reflector in Geometry.

Students studying geometry take pictures of objects in their lives. Then we launch 2 or 3 windows of Reflector on the teacher laptop (connected to a smartboard) and students use the SMART tools to measure angles and congruency.

Below, @MrMiahScience demonstrates Reflector on a white board.

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Using an AirPlay receiver to flip the classroom.

Reflector puts students in charge of the classroom. Students can create work that  can be shown to an entire classroom without complicated setups.

Sharan Shah, Head of Grade Seven, Avenues: The World School explained.

With Reflector, I’m not always the one in charge of what is being shared on the screen. It’s another way of moving into a student-centered classroom.

Reflector makes handing off a lesson to students easy, and it’s more engaging than traditional learning. Students have the ability to project directly from their seats.

Giving students the power to teach the class is engaging and challenges traditional teaching methods. Instead of paper flash cards, students can go head-to-head isolating word problems. Students can explain geographical areas with interactive maps, or they can browse through timelines explaining certain points they chose. Reports exploring the animal kingdom or ancient Rome can be shared with the entire class by any student.

Using Reflector to monitor students

Amy Burns, a music educator in Far Hills, NJ, explains her use of Reflector in the class room at her blog. She’s using Reflector to keep track of her students’ progress on projects by projecting their iPads to a SMART board. For more privacy, she can turn the board off and monitor directly from her laptop screen.

An Apple TV AirPlay receiver alternative

At $99, the Apple TV may be too expensive for some education environments. Reflector works on almost any computer, and if a classroom is equipped with a projector and computer, Reflector can engage every student at the same time.

Reflector is an inexpensive AirPlay receiver available for $12.99. Educational and bulk rates are available to help schools make purchases.  Not only is Reflector much less expensive than hardware devices, it replaces fragile dongles, cables, adapters and other pieces of expensive hardware. These extra pieces are often lost among students and staff. Reflector stays put and is managed directly by IT staff.

Other samples of Reflector in the classroom include:

  • Connect classrooms across the country or world 
  • Watch and comment on YouTube videos
  • Annotate documents with students in real time
  • Display photos of other student work
  • Demonstrate apps
  • Use whiteboard apps to explain ideas
  • Create video tutorials for students to follow

We’re finding new uses for Reflector in the classroom every day. Have your own use? Tweet @ReflectorApp and let us know!

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