October 2, 2014

October is Connected Educator Month 2014 #ce14

The amount of technology available has enabled teachers to connect in ways never before possible; social media alone has given educators an infinite amount of opportunities for collaboration and inspiration. Teachers are now developing as a whole and building the future of education as one unified, connected force. 

Connected Educators Month (#ce14) was created to promote the use of social media, workshops, webinars and other events. It aims to sustain the continual growth of educators working together online. According to the Connected Educators website, the goals of CEM include:

  • Getting more educators proficient with social media to improve their practice
  • Deepening and sustaining learning among those already enjoying Connection’s benefits
  • Helping schools credential/integrate connected learning into their formal professional development efforts
  • Stimulating and supporting innovation in the field

We encourage all educators to get involved in the movement, build professional development networks and join the community! Read Edutopia’s Resources for Connected Educator Month 2014 for tips on getting started, ways to connect and DIY professional development.

Also, visit the Connected Educators calendar of events to see the hundreds of activities (online and in-person) that anyone can take part in to become a connected educator!

June 12, 2014

ISTE 2014: Pro tips & Conference Badge Giveaway

Attending #ISTE2014? We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your conference experience! We’re also giving away a full pass to the conference below.

  • Take care of yourself – Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated, snacks to stay energized, comfortable shoes for walking and get some sleep so you can take in everything ISTE has to offer. 
  • Come prepared – Print address labels with your relevant contact information or bring business cards. This will save time and inaccuracies when providing someone with contact information. Also, don’t forget your device charger!
  • Spend your time wisely – There won’t be time to do everything… make the most of the time you have available! A lot of vendors will have the option to get most of their information online, so take that into factor when budgeting your time.
  • Get social – Don’t be afraid to talk to people! Even if you’re attending alone, don’t hesitate to approach people… you’ll be surprised how much you learn.
  • #ISTE2014 – Follow the hashtag on twitter to keep up with everything that’s happening! Twitter is a great way to share what you’re learning and learn from others who are attending. Can’t make the show? Follow the hashtag for quick recaps!
  • Stop by and say hi! – The Squirrels team at booth #3660! Come learn helpful information about taking your connected classroom to the next level, enter the prize drawing and meet our awesome staff.

Not attending #ISTE2014? We are giving away a full conference badge and 10 Expo passes (travel, lodging, and other expenses not included) to one lucky winner. 

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

March 3, 2014

Win an iPad Mini and Reflector prize pack

We’ve teamed up with Professor Josh to offer a great prize pack to one lucky winner. Check out the blog post “Win an iPad Mini & Reflector Prize Pack – 5 Ways to Showcase Your Startup or Educational App!” for your chance to win!

The prizes include:

  • Apple® – iPad® mini Wi-Fi – 16GB – White & Silver MD531LL/A
  • Reflector Retail T-Shirt 
  • Squirrels Water bottle 
  • Five Reflector licenses 

We’re also offering a 20% off promo code to ProfessorJosh.com readers. Visit the blog to find the code.

image

October 29, 2013

September Got Swag? Winners

Last month, we asked you how you used Reflector and AirParrot. We’ve gathered the most interesting and creative stories for you below. 

An integral part of football.

Christian is a network administrator for a credit union in California. He uses Reflector for training and presentations in their boardroom. They also have several employees who work remotely and can attend meetings using Facetime broadcast through the boardroom PC and projector. Remote attendees can see and hear the meeting through Facetime, and employees in the boardroom can see and hear the remote user’s input via the Reflector set up.

In addition to Christian’s network administrator job, he is also a high school football coach. He bought a copy of Reflector for his school after using it at work. When his team plays a game, the first half of that game is recorded. At halftime the head coach grabs the iPad and goes through the film that was just recorded to make adjustments on both offense and defense.

“The film is projected on the wall and we are able to see mistakes and opportunities that we might have missed until the next day’s film session,”he said.

In the first three games using this practice, Christian’s team scored 64 points in the second half while giving up only seven.

“Reflector has played a huge part in our success. We now use it in our Saturday film sessions as well, as it allows the head coach to move freely throughout the film room rather than being locked down to the desk with the PC that is projecting the game film.”

Flip the classroom.

Krystle, a teacher in Utah, uses Reflector in her classroom. She likes not being tied to the projector or computer with wires, and she explained that when using Reflector with certain applications, Reflector can be extremely valuable.

“I have the power to navigate wirelessly and to teach actively. Reflector changed my life.”

An unconventional use.

Nicholas, an iOS developer in California, uses Reflector to demo applications he’s made and to create tutorials for iOS. He also used Reflector in a rather unconventional way.

 “I felt something fall inside of my ear. I used the camera on the iPhone and airplayed it to reflector to checkout the inside of my ear.”

QA made easy. 

Evan is a quality assurance engineer in New York. Reflector is a crucial part of his position. It allows him to easily capture processes and review a lot of data that’s captured over extended periods of time.

 How did you do that?

Patti is a middle school librarian in Massachusetts. She uses Reflector to display student work on iPads to a whiteboard. Patti currently has 27 iPads under her supervision. Her first thought when using Reflector was, “Let’s see how much the software and the network can take before I bring it to its knees.”  

After showing one student how to start mirroring, the library erupted with, “How did you do that?”

“Even the most uninterested students were sitting there with their mouths open,” Patti said. 

After discovering more than one device could connect at once, Patti asked all of her students to connect to AirPlay. Patti was able to connect ten students before there was any issue.

She also tried using Google Docs on multiple devices.

“The kids loved how two people could work on one document at the same time. Talk about engaging, huh?”

Video conferencing from any room in the house.

Luis, a software engineer in San Francisco, CA, works remotely. He uses AirParrot to extend his display to a television while he uses video conferencing software. Using a tv as a wireless display means he can work from anywhere in his house! Check out Luis using his TV as a monitor.

Present without wires.

Khiem is a creative director in Florida. He uses AirParrot to show creative work and presentations. His office uses AirParrot for easy presentation from multiple users.

“It’s great as there are six people in the office, and during a meeting we are able to just throw items up on the TV.”

Stream your favorite shows.

Perry uses AirParrot when watching TV shows. He keeps his computer in another room and streams shows wirelessly.

“It makes marathoning a series easy.”

AirPlay, even on Windows!

Bobby is a programmer in Florida. He uses AirParrot to stream content from Windows 8 tablets to a bigger screen. Bobby streams movies and educational content for his toddler.

Cut the cord.

Joonas replaced his cable TV programming with AirParrot.  He streams online content from networks like NBC and CBS to his TV without the need for wires or cable programming. He has also paired AirParrot with a wireless keyboard and mouse to turn his TV into a remote display.