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.

March 2 , 2017

Squirrels Joins Educators in North Carolina for NCTIES Conference

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The Squirrels team debuted its latest classroom technology at multiple EdTech conferences around the world in the first two months of 2017. What’s next on the list? The North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) Conference in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina.

NCTIES is North Carolina’s premier EdTech conference that gives attendees access to more than 150 sessions, informal meet and greet opportunities, keynote speakers and an exhibit hall. This conference aims to provide leadership in educational communications and technology by linking together everyone who holds a common interest in the use of educational technology and its application to the learning process.

We look forward to meeting all of the great educators of North Carolina! Attendees will see our latest classroom technology, ClassHub, in action at the Squirrels booth (#938). We’ll show educators and district IT administrators how to monitor and manage classroom devices directly from the teacher’s computer.

If you are going to NCTIES this week, be sure to check out these Alpha Squirrel sessions: 

Thursday, March 2

Megan McBain
Broadcasting Around the World
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Student Showcase

Friday, March 3

Melissa Lynch
More Technology Than You Can Handle
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Room 303

Hannah Jimenez
Front Row: Math + ELA Individualized for Learners
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Room 302 B

As an added bonus, a member of the Squirrels team will give a presentation featuring ClassHub.

Emily Carle Hafer – Alpha Squirrels Program Manager
How to Make Student Devices Teacher Friendly
9-9:45 a.m.
Room 303

Visit the Squirrels team at NCTIES at booth #938. See you there!

February 28 , 2017

Introducing ClassHub: Advanced Student Device Management and Monitoring for K-12 Education

ClassHub-2.pngThe latest classroom technology from Squirrels LLC resolves a longstanding issue for educators, district administrators and EdTech professionals.

Technology such as Chromebooks, iPads, MacBooks and Windows devices are now commonplace in classrooms, but teachers are generally powerless when it comes to managing and monitoring those devices. 

Our global network of EdTech experts and countless conference attendees have expressed this frustration to us through the years. We listened to their feedback and created something that combines collaboration, device management and device monitoring capabilities into one tidy package. It’s called ClassHub. CH 1.png

What is ClassHub?

ClassHub aids instruction by giving educators a way to manage and monitor student devices from the ClassHub Classroom Manager that runs on a teacher’s Mac or Windows computer. Once teachers open ClassHub, they can:

  • See each and every student device screen in the classroom
  • Push content and messages to student devices
  • Lock student devices into a specific app… or lock devices entirely
  • Initiate teacher-to-student or student-to-teacher screen sharing
  • Install and remove apps across devices
  • Open webpages across devices
  • Send alert notifications to student devices

ClassHub is an important second step for any school or district that has acquired classroom devices. We made it easy to deploy, and we’re committed to providing the professional development needed to get districts started.

ClassHub for students

In addition to the ClassHub Classroom Manager for teacher computers, there is a companion application for student devices that connects each device to ClassHub. We understand the diverse technology environments in many schools today. That’s why we made the ClassHub companion application compatible with 97 percent of student devices, including:

  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Chromebook
  • Surface Pro and other Windows devices
  • MacBook

ClassHub for school IT administrators

In most cases, ClassHub will be deployed by your school or district IT administrator. Our ClassHub web portal gives IT professionals an easy way to manage or view status details for every iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, Mac and Windows device in a school or district.

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Student security and privacy

We get it. Student information security is a hot-button issue. ClassHub is FERPA and SOPIPA compliant, and we are committed to working with each district to ensure compliance with student data and privacy policies.

How to bring ClassHub to your school or district

We’ve partnered with the Clever student information system (SIS) integration service to make ClassHub setup and deployment as easy as possible. You can expect to have it up and running in a few weeks. We know you will have additional questions about ClassHub, student privacy, implementation and professional development opportunities for educators and staff. We’re happy to answer all of them.

Let's Talk  Learn More

 

February 28 , 2017

Reflector 2.7 adds ClassHub Device Management and Monitoring Support

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Reflector 2.7 is now available for Mac and Windows. This release adds support for ClassHub, a new student device management and monitoring solution from Squirrels. 
 
Want to know more about ClassHub and how it can benefit your school or district? Let's Talk!
 
You can update Reflector 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the Reflector 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the Reflector 2 download page
 
Reflector 2.7 release notes: 
Mac:
  • Added support for our new classroom product, ClassHub, a student device management and monitoring system for teachers
  • Improved AirPlay audio streaming quality
  • Improved reliability of Google Cast connections
  • Resolved an issue that prevented a device name from updating after closing preferences
  • Numerous bug fixes and performance improvements
Windows
  • Added support for our new classroom product, ClassHub, a student device management and monitoring system for teachers
  • Improved AirPlay audio streaming quality
  • Improved reliability of Google Cast connections
  • Resolved an issue that could result in broken UI when snapping a Reflector device window
  • Resolved an issue that prevented a device name from updating after closing preferences
  • Numerous bug fixes and performance improvements

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!