March 6, 2018

Cut The Cord On Your Cable Subscription With These Five Tips

The days of cable television’s dominance in entertainment are clearly coming to an end. With a wealth of online streaming content and HD local channels, it’s easier than ever to live without a cable subscription. If you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord, there are a few bases to cover to make sure you’re not stuck without your favorite shows.

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Life without a cord

Netflix, Amazon Prime and Google Play pour millions of dollars into content production, hoping to draw audiences away from cable subscriptions. Even traditional cable channels like HBO release enough web content to satisfy any binge session. This gamble is paying off, and people continue to become “cord cutters.” With that said, you should consider a few key things before you cut your cord.

  1.   Pick your favorite streaming services

There’s no clear winner in the world of online streaming. Netflix, Google and Amazon all have headlining shows and vast libraries, making it hard to run out of things to watch. The additional perks of Google Play and Amazon Prime make it easier to stomach the cost of subscriptions to all three.

  1.   Measure your reception strength

TV reception has changed drastically since the days of bunny ears. Today’s antennas pick up TV channels in HD, adding local channels like Fox, CBS, NBC and more to your entertainment library for free. However, these channels don’t have reception everywhere. Confirm that you actually have access to a digital signal before you get rid of your cable subscription. Use a calculator like Tablo to determine which channels reach your particular neighborhood.

  1.   Upgrade to a Smart TV

Smart TVs combine a traditional TV with a built-in operating system and a host of apps for viewing additional content beyond your typical channel selections. These operating systems work similarly to a smartphone or tablet; you can download apps for things like YouTube, the weather or some of your favorite channels.

If your TV is newer, it may already have smart TV capabilities. If it doesn’t, consider installing a streaming device like a Roku or Apple TV, or add a video game console like a PlayStation or Xbox to give your TV a little intelligence boost. These devices open up other possibilities, such as mirroring your TV’s programming on other handheld devices like a tablet or smartphone.

  1.   Wirelessly mirror your computer screen

You can also consider using your laptop or a dedicated computer as the “brain” of your smart TV. Computers allow a substantial level of customization for the interface, but generally require a bit more research and technical savvy than the plug-and-play devices. Use solutions like AirParrot 2 to screen mirror your Mac or Windows computer to receivers such as an Apple TV or Chromecast.

  1.   Calculate your savings

Cutting the cord might not be viable for everyone. There are a lot of factors to consider, including the cost of new hardware and the amount of content you want to access. You can use an online calculator to determine what your final savings will be. And last but not least, you might want to figure out how to spend all the extra money you’ll save.


Cut The Cord On Your Cable Subscription With These Five Tips is a guest post from Alex Haslam of CutCableToday.com.

December 22, 2017

Squirrels LLC Introduces New Class of Alpha Squirrels EdTech Experts

The next Alpha Squirrels class adds 10 EdTech experts from three countries (U.S., Canada and the U.K.) and eight states (Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Ohio). Our Alpha Squirrels program now includes more than 125 education professionals from around the world.

Meet the newest members: 

Check out our full list of Alpha Squirrels team members!

What is the Alpha Squirrels program?

The Alpha Squirrels program brings together a community of like-minded individuals. Alpha Squirrels are experts and advocates in education who attend and speak at industry conferences around the world. They share expertise with fellow education professionals and have the opportunity to influence the direction of our technology advancements. 

Alpha Squirrels receive free licenses of Squirrels products such as Reflector Teacher and AirParrot 2 to use in classrooms or during presentations. They also receive first notice of new product releases.

Want to meet an Alpha Squirrel? Over the next few months, you can catch some of the Alpha Squirrels at FETC in Orlando, CUE in Palm Springs or ISTE 2018 in Chicago.

Alpha Squirrels benefits include:

  • Squirrels-sponsored conference attendance
  • Squirrels-sponsored speaking engagements
  • Opportunities to appear in video interviews
  • Feature on the Squirrels blog or social media accounts
  • Product training
  • #SquirrelsChat moderation
  • Welcome package including T-Shirt, coffee mug/tumbler, sticky notes, water bottle, headphones, pens, pencils
  • Chance to visit Squirrels headquarters

The entire Squirrels team congratulates all of our new Alpha Squirrels! We’re excited to do big things together in the education community. 

We will begin the selection process for the Spring 2018 Alpha Squirrels class in March 2018. Apply today at alpha.airsquirrels.com.

Are you a teacher or EdTech professional interested in becoming a certified Alpha Squirrel? Contact Emily Carle Hafer at alpha@airsquirrels.com for information about our next class of Alpha Squirrels.

September 27, 2017

AirParrot 2.7.3 for Mac and Windows is Now Available

A new AirParrot 2 update is now available for all Mac and Windows users.

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

AirParrot for Mac 2.7.3 update notes:

  • Added compatibility with tvOS 11
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements

AirParrot for Windows 2.7.3 update notes:

  • Added compatibility with tvOS 11
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements
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 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!