August 31, 2016

Attention Educators! It’s Time to Vote for Alpha Squirrels at SXSW!


The seventh annual SXSWedu will return to Austin, Texas, in March 2017. SXSWedu showcases four days of compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events and much more!

We are lucky enough to have three Alpha Squirrels in the running to be speakers at this prestigious conference. Speakers for these programs are selected in part by PanelPicker - a two-step, crowd-sourced platform that enables the community to have a voice in the programming selected for SXSWedu 2017.

SXSWedu empowers the community to use this platform to submit innovative session ideas by filling out a digital proposal. The public is then given the opportunity to provide feedback and vote on the collected submissions.

The following Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts have submitted proposals to present at SXSWedu:

Richard Anderson (@techatwis) – Curriculum Mapping with Google Apps for Education

Katrina Keene (@techintechgal) – Adapting a Learn – Play Balance in Classrooms

Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsEdu) – Conversations on Diversity with Young Learners

So, what does this mean for you?

You can vote for our Alpha Squirrels by clicking on their respective session links above. Voting ends this Friday, September 2. Every vote counts! Help our Alpha Squirrels get nominated for an experience of a lifetime!

August 15, 2016

Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts Attend Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educators Institute in Berlin

Five of our Alpha Squirrel EdTech experts recently attended the Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) Institute in Berlin to collaborate, share and learn with educators from around the globe.

Alpha Squirrels ADE Global 2016 Berlin

Alpha Squirrels Kelly Croy (@wirededucator), Kyle Pearce (@mathletepearce), John Shoemaker (@shoewee), Marc Faulder (@marcwithersey) and Monica Burns (@classtechtips) were among 400 educators at the invitation-only event.

Croy was featured as an ADE Global presenter. He showed fellow educators how he uses Reflector and AirParrot to promote a more engaged student learning environment in his classroom. His recent contribution to the Global Education Institute blog explained how his students use these EdTech tools to share and record mobile device screens.

“Berlin was fantastic,” Croy said. “I couldn’t have made it there without the support of Squirrels.”

The Worldwide ADE Institute is just one of the many education technology conferences and speaking engagements Alpha Squirrels attend throughout the year.

Check out some of the social conversation around the Alpha Squirrels program during the event!

Thanks to all Alpha Squirrels for their relentless efforts to positively represent, endorse and validate our place in the education technology world.

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

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June 28, 2016

The Importance of Being a Connected Educator


Any educator knows that being connected in the EdTech community takes hard work, dedication, commitment and most of all, passion. Attending conferences, engaging in countless Twitter chats and staying up-to-date with a network of educators and influencers can seem like a daunting task, but the outcome outweighs the work by a landslide.

Here are three important traits of a connected educator:

  • Learning from like-minded educators
  • Connecting with EdTech companies (we might know of one in particular)
  • Taking advantage of professional development opportunities

Learning from like-minded educators

Who knows what’s happening in the education industry better than teachers themselves? Learning from other educators is a constructive way to discuss success stories with one another, relate to their challenges, share ideas and realize that you are not alone in this journey. Tips and tricks from other educators creates value in that you hear first-hand how a new app, technology or teaching environment works. You can apply what you learn to your own classroom.

Connecting with EdTech Companies

Collaborating with an EdTech company, like Squirrels, can provide educators with many new opportunities. Most EdTech companies offer programs to provide education leaders with resources that encourage and support professional development. We are lucky enough to have our own group of connected leaders called Alpha Squirrels who are experts and advocates for our screen-mirroring technology. We provide them with the funds, opportunities and connections that will transform their profession and in return, they create discussion about their experiences with our products and how they can be used with technology that’s already in the classroom.

Taking advantage of professional development opportunities

While you’re busy learning from educators and working closely with EdTech companies, it’s important to do it in an environment that encourages creativity and collaboration. Creating an environment for teachers to learn from other teachers while discussing their favorite EdTech solutions is important. That’s why we are big supporters of Edcamps. This year alone we have sponsored 17 Edcamps all across the U.S. More recently, we sponsored Edcamp Magic, which was attended by four of our Alpha Squirrels. Most of them have never had a chance to meet in person, and this event allowed them the opportunity to do so. Each of those Alpha Squirrels came out of that experience with deeper roots in the EdTech community, ideas and friendships with colleagues they can treasure for years to come.


June 22, 2016

Meet The Alpha Squirrels EdTech Experts at ISTE 2016!

The Squirrels team will be on display and more accessible than ever at ISTE 2016 in Denver next week. That’s good news because we have so much to show you this year. Stop by booth #2945 for lessons, product demos, swag and enjoyable conversation with a bunch of friendly people from the Midwest.

One of our most exciting and rewarding projects this year was our Alpha Squirrels program. We recruited prominent educators and EdTech experts into our Alpha Squirrels program to help spread the word about our classroom technology, provide us with insight and much, much more. The best news? Many of these Alpha Squirrels EdTech Experts will be speaking at ISTE! We are featured in more than 30 presentations! See? It’ll be hard to miss us.

Below is a complete list of all the ISTE sessions that feature our Alpha Squirrels or presenters using and discussing our popular classroom screen-mirroring apps such as Reflector, AirParrot and Ditto.

*Denotes all Alpha Squirrel presentations.

ISTE Sessions

Saturday, June 25
8:30-11:30 a.m.
*Jennifer Williams and *Katrina Keene
Crafting the Next-Generation Classroom: An Immersive Experience with Nearpod

2:00-6:00 p.m.
*Katrina Keene
Fourth Annual Mobile Learning Network Mobile MegaShare Preconference

Sunday, June 26
8:30-11:30 a.m.
*Jennifer Williams
Design Learning Spaces for Literacy, Technology and Collaboration

1:30-2:45 p.m.
*Bill Selak
ISTE Ignite Sessions: I Think I Figured Out How to Use Snapchat as an Educator

7:00-8:30 pm
Lisa Butler
Refreshing Geography So Students Crave World Knowledge

Monday, June 27
8:00-10:00 a.m.
*Monica Burns
What’s New in Scannables? Exploring Purposeful Practices

Patricia Cooper, Matthew Fox and Kirstin Riddick
App Smash Pub Part 2.0: The After Party

8:30-9:30 a.m.
*Leslie Fisher
Apps, Tools, Tips + Gadgets You Can Take to Class Tomorrow

*Katrina Keene
Problem-Based Learning Extravaganza

*Kelly Rexine
Digital Dumpster Diving

Tanya Avrith and Kim Meldrum
Rethinking the Chromebook as a Creation Device

8:30-11:30 a.m.
*Phil Hintz
The Gamification of Technology Professional Development

11 am-12:00 p.m.
*Kathy Schrock
Activator and Summarizer Strategies for Quick Formative Assessment

Megan Ryder
Life as a Coach: Build Relationships and Support Growth in 1:1 Environments

2:30-3:30 p.m.
*Monica Burns
Apple Watch Out! Transforming Teaching and Learning

4:15-5:15 p.m.
*Katrina Keene
Build a BYOT Plan for Your School

*Bill Selak

4:30-7:30 p.m.
*Rob Zdrojewski
The Art of Screencasting: Flipped “Teacher-On-Demand” is Now Possible!

5:30-6:45 p.m.
*Seth Dimbert & *Rebecca Simon
Jewish Educators Network

Tuesday, June 28
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
*Angie Kalthoff
Kids Can Code

10:45-11:45 a.m.
*David Lockhart
If You Wanna Flip It, TouchCast It

12:30-1:30 p.m.
*Bill Selak
Ready, Set, Make

*Leslie Fisher
The Audience Participation Based Group Smackdown/Hug-In

2:15-3:15 p.m.
*Jennifer Williams
Combine Digital Literacy Tools for Connection and Collaboration

4:00-5:00 p.m.
*Monica Burns
ISTE Ignite Session: From Basic to ACES

4:00-6:00 p.m.
*Chris Turnbull
30+ Ways to Use Your iPad for Personalized Professional Development

*Jennifer Williams:
Trending the Positive: Using Technology to Celebrate the Good in Education

Greta Flinn, Cindy Hughes, Lindsey Insalaco, Debbie Leonard, Kitty Tripp
Coaches Choice Awards: K12 Showcase of Student Work, Lessons and Tools

4:30-7:30 p.m.
*Seth Dimbert
Getting It All Done on a Chromebook

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Emily Hendricks
Own Your Tech! Technology Management in Today’s Classroom

Wednesday, June 29
8:30-9:30 a.m.
*Kathy Schrock
Sketchnoting in Education: The Best Practices, Benefits, and How-To’s of Sketchnoting

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Nikki Vradenburg
Kindertech: Tools for Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom

11:45 am-12:45 p.m.
*Katrina Keene
Augmented Reality: Engaging a Minecraft Generation

1:15-2:15 p.m.
*Leslie Fisher
Return of the Valley of the Gadgets!

Squirrels Booth Sessions
We also have a number of Alpha Squirrel presentations happening right at our booth (#2945). Check the times and stop by to learn from some of the brightest minds in education technology.

Monday, June 27
10:15 a.m.
Natasha Rachell
Digital Learning Specialist, Atlanta Public Schools

11:00 a.m.
Toby Price
Principal, Richland Upper Elementary School

12:15 p.m.
Angie Kalthoff
Technology Integrationist at St. Cloud Area School District

2:00 p.m.
Bill Selak
Director of Technology, Hillbrook School

2:45 p.m.
Laurie Green
Technology Resource Coordinator, Buckeye Local Schools

3:30 p.m.
David Lockhart
Education Technology Specialist at Kennesaw State University iTeach Center

4:15 p.m.
Leslie Fisher

Tuesday, June 28
10:00 a.m.
Leslie Fisher

11:00 a.m.
Kelly Dumont
Elementary EdTech Team Lead at Canyons School District

1:00 p.m.
Dino Kiveric
Teacher, Hancock Middle School

2:00 p.m.
Chris Turnbull
Personalized Learning Specialist at Saint Paul Public Schools

3:00 p.m.
Jen Lotze
Instructional Technology Coordinator at Hudson School District

4:00 p.m.
Rebecca Simon
Director of Educational Technology at Solomon Schechter School of Queens

Wednesday, June 29
10:15 a.m.
Josh Murdock
Instructional Designer/Developer and Associate Professor, Valencia College, Florida

June 15, 2016

Introducing the Summer 2016 Class of Alpha Squirrels EdTech Experts

Alpha Squirrels Side LogoWe’re excited to announce the induction of 15 new educators and EdTech specialists as members of our Summer 2016 Alpha Squirrels class. This is our third class, bringing the total number of Alpha Squirrels to 62.

To see who joined the team, check out the full list of Alpha Squirrels team members.

We’re honored to say that our Alpha Squirrels represent some of the most respected and knowledgeable education technology experts around the world. As Alpha Squirrels, these individuals help us better understand the needs of educators in the classroom, as well as rising trends in education technology. This gives us the ability to craft our classroom solutions in a way that improves engagement, collaboration and teacher-student interaction.

Alpha Squirrels become experts on the Squirrels suite of products to share our solutions with fellow educators. We often sponsor conference attendance and speaking engagements for our Alpha Squirrels. It’s one of the many perks of the program. You can catch some of them presenting at ISTE in Denver and many other edcamps and conferences in 2016.

Some of the other Alpha Squirrels program perks include:

  • Access to unreleased Squirrels products
  • Squirrels welcome package – T-Shirt, coffee mug/tumbler, sticky notes, water bottle, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Video interview opportunities
  • Free AirParrot 2 and Reflector 2 licenses
  • An Alpha Squirrels member certificate
  • Alpha Squirrel signature badges for Twitter, Facebook and email
  • Product training, press kits and talking points
  • A chance to visit Squirrels Headquarters
  • On-demand interaction with Squirrels product designers and managers

Congrats to all of our new Alpha Squirrels! We’re excited to see what we can accomplish together for the EdTech community.

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

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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!