July 11 , 2017

That’s a Wrap! Our ISTE 2017 and EdTech Karaoke Roundup

We spend plenty of time planning and prepping for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo, and for good reason! ISTE is the largest education technology conference in the United States, providing 21,000 attendees with access to workshops, sessions, keynotes and nearly 500 exhibitors. It’s hard to believe this was our fifth time exhibiting.

Our fifth experience as an exhibitor was unforgettable. We wanted to thank you all for the memories and share our key takeaways. 

Here are six points to note about ISTE 2017:

  1. ISTE continues to grow every year! The number of educators from ISTE 2016 to ISTE 2017 grew from 16,000 educators to 21,000 educators – and it showed! The expo hall was packed with educators ready to learn, connect and discover everything and everyone in the EdTech world. This enthusiasm is what makes ISTE a can’t-miss event for exhibitors like Squirrels.
  2. The expo hall had a variety of products – there wasn’t just one that ruled the floor. ISTE had it all - from device-management solutions and interactive whiteboards, to cases for student devices and flexible seating.
  3. EdTech Karaoke is VERY important to us. So much so that we were one of the main sponsors this year. More on that in a minute.

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  1. Putting together and taking down our tree booth will always be taxing, but it’s a great team-building exercise….literally! How could moving 800 pounds of wooden walls for 10 hours not bring our team closer together?

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  1. Our Alpha Squirrel EdTech experts ROCK! We were lucky enough to connect and meet with more than 30 Alpha Squirrel educators who use and love our classroom products. If any of you stopped by our booth, you may have seen one or two of them presenting with our COO, Andrew Gould, or our Director of Professional Development, Becky Shiring.

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  1. The Squirrels team loves Mexican food, and Texas has some of the best. We hosted our second annual Alpha Squirrel Social at the Iron Cactus, located along the San Antonio River Walk. The margaritas were cold, the queso was hot and the company was delightful.

EdTech Karaoke 2017

Remember when we said that we were a sponsor for EdTech Karaoke? It was certainly a night to remember as our team serenaded the theater with “Sweet Caroline,” did an EdTech Karaoke Twitter takeover and threw stress-ball microphones into the crowd. Our singing may be out of tune and our aim might be off, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time!

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EdTech Karaoke Winner Interview

EdTech Karaoke isn’t just for fun. A champion is crowned. We were lucky enough to speak with the winner from the night, Susan Grigsby. Grigsby is the District Media Specialist from Forsyth County Schools in Atlanta.

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We actually knew her before she was karaoke-famous because earlier that day, she stopped by to check out an in-booth presentation on our awesome new device-management solution. Talk about a brush with greatness.

Grigsby started out the competition with her rendition of “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi and won with the crowd favorite, “Proud Mary,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Good move, Susan. Good move.

Turns out this wasn’t her first time at ISTE, and it wasn’t her first time singing at EdTech Karaoke either.

“I’ve been coming to ISTE since 2014,” Grigsby said.

When asked if she has been singing at EdTech Karaoke since 2014, Grigsby responded modestly and with a smile, “I sang in 2014, yes.”

But, she didn’t just sing in 2014, she also won that year. Clearly Susan is no rookie when it comes to EdTech Karaoke. So how does this new accomplishment make her feel?

“It feels amazing! I’m going to Disney World,” Grigsby said.

Grigsby may be going to Disney World, but her EdTech Karaoke title also won her a trip to ISTE 2018 in Chicago. All the best, Susan, and we’ll see you there!

Stay tuned for our next big conference (or EdTech Karaoke) adventure. Until then, enjoy all the songs performed at EdTech Karaoke – ISTE 2017 edition -- with this Spotify playlist.

June 20 , 2017

ISTE 2017: Squirrels in San Antonio

The Squirrels team is traveling to San Antonio next week for the 2017 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo. This year marks our fifth consecutive year at the show, and it’s already looking like it will be the best one yet. 

Things you need to know about Squirrels at ISTE

    1. We are sponsoring EdTech Karaoke on Tuesday, June 27th. If you’ve never heard of EdTech Karaoke, you might be thinking that we’ve been duped into helping a nightclub that didn’t save any of its budget for a DJ. EdTech Karaoke has become a legendary event at education conferences around the country, and there’s no bigger education conference than ISTE.

      If our years at ISTE have taught us anything, it’s that EdTech Karaoke is one of the great highlights of the week. Be sure to get your tickets to the event at Aztec Theater soon, as EdTech Karaoke sells out quickly. We will also have additional EdTech Karaoke tickets to give away at the Squirrels booth (#626) in the ISTE expo hall. We’ll take entries all day Monday and randomly draw the EdTech Karaoke ticket winners on Monday night.

    2. The Great Redwood of ISTE is back for year two. The 18-foot tree that was built by Squirrels attracted the gaze of ISTE attendees from all over the expo hall like a field of moths gliding toward a distant garage light at night. Come see it. Take your picture with it. Tell your grandkids about it. Just know that nobody has actually ever called it the Great Redwood of ISTE.3k1a3659.jpg
    3. Our brilliant team is hosting ClassHub demos every hour on the hour. Our new classroom device management and monitoring technology will be on display and at work for you. This is a great opportunity to see it in person. We created ClassHub to address a number of needs expressed to us by educators and improve the ability for students to collaborate, share and learn with the devices they use every day. We think ClassHub is a home run, and we can’t wait to show you.Schedule Print.png

    4. Our classic education technology Reflector 2, the Reflector suite of companion apps and AirParrot will be on display as well. Our team can also tell you all about using Ditto, our smart and unlimited screen-mirroring technology, in K-12 education.

    5. We have a number of Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts presenting at ISTE. These presenters are some of the best and most knowledgeable individuals in their profession. We can’t wait to hear what they say and have them join us at the Squirrels booth.

      Get the full list of Alpha Squirrel session times and topics at ISTE.

Another year of ISTE is upon us, friends. Embrace it and make the most of your time there. ISTE is an opportunity for all of us – educators, administrators, IT professionals, tech integration specialists, entrepreneurs and EdTech companies – to grow professionally and improve our knowledge of our craft.

As always, stop by the Squirrels booth (#626) to see what we’ve been working on for you and to put a few faces to our unique company name. 

April 3 , 2017

Squirrels Attends 2017 OSC Vendor Fair

The Squirrels team is always looking for new opportunities to share our screen-mirroring and device management solutions with educators. The 2017 Ohio Schools Council Vendor Fair was just the new opportunity we were looking for.AND, it’s only an hour away from Squirrels Headquarters.

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The 2017 OSC Vendor Fair partners with the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents’ Association to bring attendees an event where they can test vendor products and earn credit vouchers towards OSC member fees. 

The OSC is a government that was created by 53 school districts to cooperatively purchase products and services at a reduced price since its start in 1986. Today OSC’s membership has grown to 201 school districts located in 33 countries and serving 500,000 students.

We can’t wait to meet and connect with our local educators! Stop by booth 31 to meet the Squirrels team and learn more about our EdTech solutions!    

2017 OSC Vendor Fair
Friday, April 7, 2017
10 – 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn
Independence, Ohio
March 16 , 2017

Squirrels Team Showcases New EdTech at CUE and MACUL Conferences

Members of the Squirrels team are attending two regional EdTech conferences this week to demonstrate our new ClassHub technology for educators. 

Our journey takes us to Palm Springs, California, for the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) 2017 National Conference and to Detroit, Michigan, for the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference. This is our first time exhibiting at CUE and second at MACUL. Our team will talk to a combined 12,000 attendees about ClassHub along with some of our longstanding education software.

No conference we attend would be complete without Alpha Squirrel sessions and in-booth presentations. Below is the full list of session details for both CUE and MACUL.

CUE Alpha Squirrel Sessions

Thursday, March 16

Marcia Kish
Key Ingredients to Blended and Personalized Learning
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Santa Rosa, Renaissance

Bill Selak
Post-Apocalyptic Skills for the Classroom: Infusing Real-Life Skills into Instruction
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mojave Learning Center, Renaissance

Friday, March 17

Bill Selak
5 to Adopt, 5 to Abandon: How to Implement CUE’s Short List
1 – 3 p.m.
Posters, Ballroom Foyer, Renaissance

James McCrary
Virtual Reality: Power of Creation & Sharing Using CoSpaces
1:30 – 1:50 p.m.
HUB @ CUE (Exhibit Hall)

Bill Selak
Design Thinking and the Singularity
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mojave Learning Center, Renaissance

And, don’t forget to catch our friend, Leslie Fisher on Saturday, March 18:
Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
9 – 10 a.m.
Oasis 4, PSCC 

The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Catalina, Renaissance

CUE In-booth Presentations – How to Make Student Devices Teacher Friendly

Thursday, March 16
9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m. 

Friday, March 17 
9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 18
10:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

MACUL Alpha Squirrel Sessions

Thursday, March 16

Theresa Stager
Working Smarter, Not Harder: Tech Tools for Administrators
10 a.m.
Room 313B

Innovating and Connecting in Next Generation Schools
4 p.m.
Room 140E

Friday, March 17

Theresa Stager
Global Connections: Breaking Down the Walls of Your Building
10 a.m.
Room 140E

John Phillips
Game Over? A Conversation About What Works and What Doesn’t in Game-Based Learning
11:30 a.m.
Room 142A

Theresa Stager
The Power of Positive Communication
1 p.m.
Room 411A

Stop by booth #654 at CUE or #121 at MACUL to see the Squirrels team! You might even have the opportunity to snag a Squirrels shirt!

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!

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!