September 25, 2017

How To Connect An iPad To A Projector

Here’s an important piece of advice for anyone looking for a way to connect an iPad to a projector: 

Don’t do that.

Why?

Because if you’re looking for a way to connect an iPad to a projector, what you’re really looking for is a way to show a group of people in the same room what’s on your iPad.

Whatever method you’ve come across so far probably isn’t the best way to do it.

For instance, you might be inclined to manually connect the iPad to the projector via cable.

Nope. Don’t do that.

Why?

There are a number of reasons. Here are three big ones.

  1. Cables are restrictive and often require you to remain within a few feet of the projector. Limiting a presenter’s mobility makes it difficult to captivate an audience.

  2. Cable-based projector connections require outdated VGA and HDMI adapters. This is a problem because Apple has shown a tendency to change the connection ports on its devices.

    These adapters are not compatible with all iPads in use, and they will likely be incompatible with future iPad models.

  3. Connecting via cables is a huge time waster, especially if other people in the room, such as peers or students, need to share from their devices as well.

    Each new connection requires the individual to walk their device to the projector. This process interrupts the flow of any meeting, class or speech.

We know what you’re thinking.

What about connecting an Apple TV to the projector and wirelessly displaying the iPad to the Apple TV?

Nope. Don’t do that, either.

Apple TVs are expensive. A new one will cost about $200. That adds up if you need iPad presentation capabilities in multiple rooms.

Apple TVs only allow one device to wirelessly connect at a time. That’s not ideal for collaboration or comparative analysis purposes.

So what are you supposed to do?

The best way to connect an iPad to a projector

The best, most cost-effective way to connect an iPad to a projector is with a $15 computer application called Reflector 2.

Reflector is an application that runs on Mac or Windows computers. It allows you to wirelessly display one or more iPads on your computer screen.

Read: How to wirelessly connect an iPad to Reflector

To display the iPad to your audience, all you need to do is connect your Reflector-enabled computer to the projector with a cable. Whatever you do on your iPad will display on your computer, and the connected projector will show the iPad to your audience. You will be free to walk around the room and wirelessly present from the iPad in your hand.

Thinking about using Reflector?

Do that.

Reflector is more cost effective than Apple TVs, and it allows you to mirror more than one device at a time. It also gets rid of all of the HDMI and VGA cables and adapters required to connect an iPad to a projector.

You just solved at least three presentation problems with a $15 computer application. Exciting, right? 

Get Reflector today to begin wirelessly presenting from your iPad.

September 21, 2017

How to Screen Mirror iOS 11 iPads and iPhones to Mac and Windows Computers

Screen mirroring iPad and iPhone screens to your Mac or Windows computer is easy with iOS 11.

All you need to do is add one application to your Mac or Windows computer to turn it into an AirPlay-compatible receiver.

That application is called Reflector 2. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use Reflector to mirror and record iOS devices.

Mirroring your iPhone or iPad screen to a computer running Reflector is still fundamentally the same with iOS 11. The only difference is that AirPlay Mirroring is now called Screen Mirroring in the iPad and iPhone Control Center. 

Here’s how to mirror your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 to any Reflector-enabled Mac or Windows computer.

Step One

Check that your iOS 11 device and your computer running Reflector 2 are connected to the same network. 

Step Two

Open Reflector 2 on your Mac or Windows computer from your applications folder. 

Screen mirroring iOS 11 devices with Reflector 2

Step Three

Unlock your iOS 11 device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center and select Screen Mirroring. Note: iPhone X users need to swipe down from the top of the screen to select Screen Mirroring. 

iOS 11 Control Center

Step Four

Select your computer from the list of AirPlay-enabled receivers. 

iOS 11 Control Center - Screen Mirroring

Step Five

Once you've selected your computer, your device will wirelessly appear on your computer screen. Anything you do on your mobile device will happen on your computer in real time, including audio. 

Pro tip: You can wirelessly mirror more than just iPads and iPhones to your Reflector-enabled computer. You can also connect Android and Chromebook devices, and you can connect all of these devices simultaneously. 

Bonus Pro tip: How to record iOS 11, Android and Chromebook devices. Once a device is connected to Reflector, you will see a “Record” button in the top left corner of the mirrored device screen on your computer. Simply click that button to begin recording your session.

Purchase Reflector today to begin mirroring iOS 11 devices

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September 19, 2017

How to Save on ClassHub: PledgeCents Edition

We’ve partnered with many organizations to bring education technology discounts to schools and other education entities. This blog post is part of a series that contains information about discounts when purchasing ClassHub and other Squirrels LLC products.

Squirrels LLC partnered with PledgeCents, an education fundraising organization, to help educational entities raise money to bring technology to classrooms nationwide. This technology includes our ClassHub student device management solution and much more.

Teachers and education professionals can also raise money to purchase our student device screen-mirroring solutions: ReflectorAirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OS.

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What is PledgeCents?

PledgeCents is a fundraising organization that helps streamline the process of getting technology into classrooms. PledgeCents makes classroom funding simple and eliminates teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses. So far, PledgeCents has served more than 650,000 students and has raised more than $1.2 million toward educational opportunities for students and teachers.

Teachers that are looking for new classroom collaboration tools or other screen-mirroring solutions can use PledgeCents to crowd source instead of relying on minimal school budgets or out-of-pocket funds. 

The more proactively teachers share their personalized fundraising page on Facebook, Twitter, etc., the more people can learn about their education need and invest in the campaign. When fundraising is over, PledgeCents sends the check directly to their school or organization so they can proceed with the purchasing process of the selected vendor. 

 

 

Here's a look at some of the benefits for creating a fundraising page with PledgeCents. PledgeCents:

  • Is PreK-12 focused
  • Connects you with philanthropists and businesses that offer matching opportunities to gain more support for fundraising pages
  • Allows members to keep what they’ve raised even if the goal wasn’t met
  • Allows educators decide what tools and solutions best fit their needs and which vendor to purchase them from

Want to bring Reflector 2, AirParrot 2, AirParrot for Chrome OS or ClassHub to your classroom? Here’s how to start fundraising for Squirrels products with PledgeCents:

First, read more about Squirrels, our products and our pricing plan in the PledgeCents Marketplace. (Note: Please contact us if you’re interested in ClassHub and mention that you’d like to start fundraising).

Then, simply create a fundraising page, share your story and start raising money toward your classroom technology needs!

Want to learn more about the PledgeCents process? Discover how educators already use PledgeCents for fundraising efforts.

Click here to begin sharing your story and raising money toward our classroom solutions, or contact the Squirrels sales team for more information about purchasing ClassHub or other Squirrels education technology.

September 15, 2017

Classroom Collaboration Tools You Should Know About for the 2017-2018 School Year


Collaboration is an essential ingredient to education. We're here to tell you about a couple education technology tools you should definitely know about (with reasons why) if you want to boost collaboration in your classroom in the 2017-2018 school year.

Must have collaboration tools for the 2017 - 2018 school year

(Psst...Short on time? Jump to the bottom of this post to access a free webinar about guiding instruction and promoting collaboration with tech. Watch it now or later.

Imagine two classroom scenarios:

Scenario one
You want students to complete work on their iPads or Chromebooks and show the rest of the class how they came to their solution. But instead of the whole class being able to easily see their work, you all have to huddle around tiny iPad and Chromebook screens.

Everyone squints and strains to see the screen. Or, students have to shuttle their devices to the front of the room to manually plug in. Time is wasted. Students are distracted. 

Either way, the group collaboration effort falls flat.

Sound familiar?

Scenario two
While your students are working on classroom devices, a few of them venture onto Facebook, YouTube or any other distracting website or app.

Attention and focus is lost, and the most valuable finite resource in education -- learning time -- has been wasted. 

Does this one sound familiar, too?

Education tools for the 2017-2018 school year

Two must-have EdTech tools will turn these problems into nothing more than bad memories.

Reflector 2
Instead of straining your eyes toward the 9.7-inch iPad screen to see how students solved a problem, use the Reflector classroom screen-mirroring app to wirelessly share their work on the big screen with the entire class. Better yet, share (or record) any number of student devices with the class simultaneously, regardless of the device they are using.

How it works
Reflector is downloaded on a teacher’s Mac or Windows computer. iOS, Chromebook and Android devices can wirelessly display on the Reflector-enabled computer. Most teachers connect their computer to a projector or interactive whiteboard while running Reflector so the entire class can see what is happening on any wirelessly connected mobile device. Better yet, students don’t need any additional software downloaded onto their devices. They connect using native Cast or AirPlay technology that’s already built into the devices. Connecting is simple!

Reflector gives students a sense of pride in their work by showing it on the “big screen.” Teachers can actively connect the class, engage students and promote idea sharing by showing work side-by-side, letting students compete in activities and even doing a student/teacher demo. It’s a win-win situation.

ClassHub
If students are on Facebook or a distracting app instead of working on an assigned task - no biggie! ClassHub allows teachers to monitor what students are doing on their devices, gauge progress, identify problem-solving techniques and limit distractions.

The best part about ClassHub? There is so much more to this device management solution than just monitoring student devices. You might be surprised to know that ClassHub lets you:

  • Push content from your computer to one or all student devices in the classroom
  • Share student screens with the entire class
  • Lock students into applications
  • Install and remove applications on student devices
  • Open web URLs on student devices
  • Send alerts

All these features combined create a powerful, robust solution for teachers and administrators to make the most out of classroom technology.

Oh, and remember when we said that Reflector works with a wide variety of classroom devices? So does ClassHub! In fact, ClassHub works with 97% of common classroom devices including iOS, macOS, Windows and Chrome OS. And that's good because schools use many different devices in today's classrooms. 

Want to improve classroom collaboration in the 2017-2018 school year? Click on the image below to watch our 5 Fresh Ways To Use Reflector In The Classroom webinar. You'll get tips and tricks from the most innovative educators using Reflector. 

Reflector collaboration technology for education


Interested in ClassHub?
Contact us today. We'll personally give you a guided tour of the ClassHub device management solution. 

September 12, 2017

How to Save on ClassHub: Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts Edition

We’ve partnered with many organizations to bring education technology discounts to schools and other educational entities. This blog post is part of a series that contains information about cost savings when purchasing ClassHub and other Squirrels LLC products.

Squirrels LLC partnered with the Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts (GOCSD) to offer members a discount on the ClassHub student device management solution. Members also get discounts on our classroom screen-mirroring solutions: ReflectorAirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OSAll Squirrels products are 10 percent off for GOCSD members.

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What is the GOCSD?

The GOCSD is an organization that’s made up of 47 districts in the Ozarks region of southwest Missouri and serves more than 100,000 students.

The GOCSD increases educational opportunities for students served at all levels within the Ozarks. The GOCSD promotes a variety of resources to member school districts that help education professionals improve learning for students.

The GOCSD is also committed to:

  • Connecting education professionals in the Ozarks
  • Researching and sharing best educational practices
  • Representing the needs of students and communities at a regional, state and national level
  • Celebrating the work of educators
  • Being agile, flexible and open to new ideas
  • Providing high-quality professional development
  • Advocating for academic excellence

How to save on ClassHub and become a GOCSD member
To become a member of the GOCSD, you must be a school district within the counties that are served under its jurisdiction. For more information on becoming a member contact the GOCSD professional learning coordinator.

If ClassHub, Reflector, AirParrot or AirParrot for Chrome OS fit the needs of your district, the GOCSD will put you in contact with a Squirrels account executive who will guide you through our purchasing process.

For more information on the GOCSD, visit https://greaterozarkscsd.org or contact the Squirrels sales team for more information on purchasing ClassHub or other Squirrels solutions. 

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!