August 22 , 2017

How Schools Save on ClassHub: OSC Edition

We've partnered with many organizations to bring discounts to schools and other educational entities. This blog is part of a series of posts that contain information about saving when purchasing ClassHub. 

Squirrels LLC partnered with the Ohio Schools Council (OSC) to offer members a discount on the ClassHub device monitoring and management solution. Members also get discounts on our classroom screen-mirroring solutions: Reflector, AirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OSAll Squirrels products are 10% off for OSC members.

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What is OSC?

OSC is a government agency that was created in 1986 by 53 school districts to save money on educational products and services through volume purchases. Today, OSC membership has grown to 210 school districts, joint vocational schools, educational service centers and developmental disabilities boards, located in 33 counties and serving over 500,000 students.

OSC offers discounts on insurance, consumables, technology, consulting and more.

We look forward to working with OSC to give members access to classroom solutions that help improve classroom collaboration, save time and eliminate common inefficiencies caused by classroom devices.

Save on ClassHub and other Squirrels products

Follow the steps listed below to become an OSC member and start saving on Squirrels products, including ClassHub.

  1. Fill out this form if you are a/an:
    • Ohio public school district
    • Joint vocational school/career center
    • Educational service center
    • Developmental disability board
  2. Fill out this form if you are a:
    • University
    • Library
    • Municipality
    • Private School
  3. Once you fill out the membership form, download the files at the bottom of this page to send to your board of education for approval.
  4. Return a copy of the board-approved resolution and membership form to your OSC representative.
  5. Once you are officially an OSC member, you can purchase from an extensive catalog of approved vendors through the OSC e-Buy Cooperative Purchasing Portal. Need more info? Here’s the complete list of instructions on how to get started with purchasing with OSC e-Buy. If you want to get started right away, you can simply register here.
    1. Reflector, AirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OS can be purchased directly through the OSC e-Buy marketplace. 
    2. Contact OSC directly or our account executive, Sean Courtney, at scourtney@airsquirrels.com for any ClassHub purchases.

For more information on OSC visit http://www.osconline.org/ or contact the Squirrels sales team for more information on purchasing ClassHub. 

August 15 , 2017

How Schools Save on ClassHub: OETC Edition

We've partnered with many organizations to bring discounts to schools and other educational entities. This blog is part of a series of posts that contain information about saving when purchasing ClassHub. 

Squirrels LLC partnered with the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC) to offer members a discount on our device monitoring and management solution, ClassHub. Members also get discounts on our classroom screen-mirroring solutions: Reflector, AirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OSAll Squirrels products are 10% off for OETC members.

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What is OETC?

OETC is a nonprofit consortium consisting of more than 1,000 educational institutions around the United States. OETC negotiates RFP-backed contracts that make purchasing technology easy and affordable for school districts, libraries and other institutions. All products and solutions are available for purchase on their online store. 

OETC has a team dedicated to helping schools find the solution or product that fits their needs. OETC reps received product training from the Squirrels director of professional development to help them offer ongoing professional development and support.

We're looking forward to working with all 1,000 OETC members and bringing them solutions that make student devices a more integral part of the learning process. 

Save on ClassHub and other Squirrels products

So what steps do you need to take to receive discounts on ClassHub and more through OETC?

  1. Become an OETC member. Members can be:

    - Any accredited educational institution
    - Pre-K, K-12 and Higher Education
    - Public and private institutions
    - Education Service Districts
    - Libraries
    - State Departments of Education

    OETC primarily features districts in the Pacific Northwest, however, schools from every region in the United States (that means you!) are welcome. Here’s how to become an OETC member.

  1. Next, create an OETC store account with your school or institution email to begin purchasing EdTech solutions at consortium pricing.
  1. Contact OETC directly to purchase ClassHub. Reflector, AirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OS purchases can be made by searching the products in the OETC online store. Simply add them to your cart, and go through the purchasing process.

Why we partnered with OETC

We believe that schools should have access to device monitoring, management and mirroring solutions to help improve classroom collaboration, save time and eliminate common inefficiencies caused by classroom devices. By partnering with OETC, we’re able to do just that.

OETC is committed to providing the best EdTech solutions at the best prices. We’re committed to making EdTech solutions that transform the classroom and streamline the ways teachers teach and students learn. It’s a win-win situation.

For more information about OETC visit www.oetc.org or contact the Squirrels sales team for more information on purchasing ClassHub.

July 17 , 2017

How to Manage Student Devices in A 1:1 School Program

Investing in a 1:1 student device model for your school district comes with two important decisions. 

1. Device type

The first is which type of device to go 1:1 with – Chromebook, iPad, Surface Pro, Mac or a combination of these devices. This decision varies based on budget, student population, learning goals and educational philosophies.

2. Complementary technology 

Device selection is only the first step in a successful 1:1 program. You have to decide how students and teachers will interact with those devices to produce positive educational outcomes. How will the devices maximize class time, collaboration and learning? How will teachers ensure that students remain on task and distraction-free while using devices? It’s not easy in classes with 20-some students and 20-some devices.

Device management and classroom operations technology like ClassHub allows teachers to worry less about devices and focus on what’s important: educating students. Most education professionals have a basic understanding of device management technology, but what sets ClassHub apart is what it does for teachers.

The ClassHub Class Manager allows teachers to remotely manage, supervise and administer all of the devices in their classroom. ClassHub offers teachers simple, task-based actions such as screen-sharing, content pushing, device locking, alert sending and more. Simply put: Devices are more efficient, more connected and more manageable with ClassHub.

Mixed-device 1:1 programs

It’s common for school districts going 1:1 to deploy more than one device type based on grade level or class subject matter. ClassHub is ideal for these mixed-device 1:1 environments because it works with all the most common classroom technology:

  • Chrome OS
  • iOS
  • Mac OS
  • Windows

That totals 97% of classroom devices deployed today. Cross-platform compatibility ensures that schools no longer need to deploy multiple device-management solutions if they’re using multiple device types.

We created ClassHub to make device management simple for teachers and administrators in your school district, and that’s exactly what it does. Contact us to talk about device management and classroom operations in your 1:1 school or district.

June 12 , 2017

Finally! Teachers Can Now Monitor Every Student Device During Class

Educators no longer need to peer over a student’s shoulder to monitor progress or gauge how the student is progressing through a task. In fact, they don’t even have to leave their desks.

While students are busy using their devices to work on an assignment, complete group work or take a test, teachers can use device management software called ClassHub to see what is happening on every student device in real time.

The ClassHub Screen Peek feature allows teachers to see student devices from their computer to ensure students are on task and using devices in the classroom as directed. 

How it works
Once a teacher starts a class in the ClassHub Classroom Manager, each student in the classroom is listed along with a student avatar. Selecting the Screen Peek View option in the Classroom Manager presents a live view of every student device in the classroom. The teacher can see what each student is working on (or not working on) and how each student is performing in a matter of seconds.  

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To access a larger view of a specific student’s device, teachers simply click on the device in the Classroom Manager. The enlarged view also presents several device management actions, including the ability to:

  • Send a message to the student’s device
  • Open a webpage on the device
  • Lock the device into a specific application
  • Lock the device entirely
  • Begin mirroring the device to an AirPlay or Cast receiver
  • Manage applications

Does ClassHub sound like something you’ve been wishing for since the day devices appeared in the classroom? We’re happy to help bring it to your school or district.

Contact us today to chat about ClassHub or schedule a demo.

May 30 , 2017

Why we made ClassHub?

Let’s play a quick round of “JEOPARDY!” where you are the contestant and we are the gracefully aged Alex Trebek. 

You: “I’ll take Nobel Prize Winning Authors for $1000, Alex.”

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Us: “Answer: This 1954 recipient once stated, “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” 

You: [Clicks clicker] “Who is Ernest Hemingway?”

Great job. Now you’re 1000 fake dollars richer, and we just laid the groundwork for the point of this post.

Hemingway was a brilliant author who knew the value of listening. When people ask us why we created ClassHub, the answer is simple. We listened to you, our audience. Educators and district administrators give us feedback at education conferences, on social media and through our customer support team. We listen, read, observe and analyze. Then we act.

Our Reflector software catapulted us into education and introduced Squirrels to educators around the world. Teachers loved that it allows them to wirelessly display and record classroom devices. It’s simple and cost-effective.

Through the years, many educators requested additional features that were outside the scope of Reflector:

  • The ability to wirelessly push content to student devices and manage apps
  • The ability to view what was happening on every student device at once
  • The ability to send a mirror image of the teacher’s screen to every student device
  • The ability to lock student devices, or lock the devices into specific apps

While it wasn’t possible to add those features to Reflector without changing its identity, we heard you. We listened. You asked for ClassHub, and we made it for you. ClassHub ushers in a new era of mobile technology usage in the classroom.

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We’re ready to show you what student device management and monitoring looks like in your school or district.

Visit our website to learn more or contact us to talk about ClassHub.

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Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. Our excitement and passion lies in creating high-qualty, budget-friendly software that can be used to enhance the devices already found in today's home and work environments. Follow our blog for all the latest product releases, #TeamSquirrels news and industry insight!