July 28, 2016

Get ready, higher education! Here we come!

Squirrels Campus Tech 2016

Next week, two members of the Squirrels team will travel to Boston, Mass., to attend the 23rd Annual Educational Technology Conference (Campus Technology 2016). Thought leaders and industry experts will explore innovative EdTech solutions and develop strategies fit for a campus setting.

Our Reflector, AirParrot and Ditto screen-sharing solutions are a hit in K-12 schools all across the world. It’s time to bring those collaboration tools to colleges and universities.

Exhibiting at this higher education conference will allow Squirrels to explore a side of the education industry that we have not had much exposure to. Connecting with 300+ colleges and universities represented at this must-attend event will show us how the needs of educators change from K-12 to higher education. Plus, we will be demoing our most recent screen-sharing solution, Ditto!

Ditto is a smart screen-sharing service that allows anyone in a room to immediately share their computer screen to an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-enabled display by visiting connect.goditto.com and entering the room’s unique code.

If you made plans to attend Campus Technology 2016, you must stop by the Squirrels booth (booth #400) to see how we make sharing content in the classroom easy.

Here is a peek at the Campus Technology 2016 speakers and exhibitors:

Speakers

  • Sadik Al-Abdulla – Director of Security Solutions, CDW
  • Sarah Horn – Vice President of Retention Services, Helix Education
  • Jill Albin-Hill – Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Dominican University
  • Matthew Karlyn – Partner and Co-Chair of Technology Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP

Exhibitors

  • Schoology
  • Freshdesk, Inc.
  • HoverCam
  • Panasonic
  • Sony Electronics

So, stop by booth 400, say "hi" and let us open you up to the world of possibilities that our screen-mirroring solutions create!

July 12, 2016

The Winner of our ISTE 2016 Prize Pack is...

ISTE 2016 registration: $534

Flight to Denver: $476

Three-night stay in a Denver hotel: $900

Returning home with the Squirrels Grand Prize Pack: priceless

As most educators know, spending the week at the largest EdTech conference in the United States can be a pricey expedition, and like a lot of conferences, typical “swag” consists of stickers, pens, drawstring bags and items you’ll never use. But the Squirrels team goes big.

Every exhibitor who attends ISTE has the opportunity to raffle off a large prize of their choosing. Squirrels chose to give away an all-inclusive iPad Pro Prize Pack that contained an iPad Pro, Beats Pill Speaker, Apple Pencil, iPad Pro Smart Cover, Mophie PowerStation Plus charger, licenses of Reflector 2, a $50 iTunes gift card and more. We had the thrill of watching ISTE attendees race to drop off their raffle tickets all week in hopes of being that one lucky winner who got to take it all home.

After hours of anticipation on that final day, exhibit management came to the Squirrels booth to draw our winner: Scott Silver-Bonito. The kicker? It was his first time attending ISTE. Not too shabby, Scott! He’s already put his prize to good use by taking notes with his iPad and Apple Pencil for upcoming professional conferences. We can still remember the look on his face when we handed over our most "prized" possession!

One goal we have for any EdTech conference we attend is to create a receptive and welcoming presence for educators who are unfamiliar with our company and products. We were able to successfully do that in Denver, as Scott was unfamiliar with Squirrels when ISTE 2016 began. After conducting research, speaking with our team and getting a first-hand look at our products, he is excited to incorporate Reflector 2 into his classroom.

Now that the conference is over, Scott plans to reflect (no pun intended) on what he learned while educating his friends and colleagues on the new possibilities Reflector 2 brings to the classroom.

“ISTE was overwhelmingly wonderful,” Scott said. “Connecting with tech-minded teachers across the world was a bonus! I would describe ISTE as a technologically invigorating and rejuvenating experience.”

ISTE is held in a different city each year, rotating between Denver, San Antonio, Atlanta and Philadelphia. San Antonio is up next! You can bet Scott is already planning his trip for 2017, and he even plans to take a few friends with him.

Congratulations again, Scott! Be sure to follow and connect with Scott on Twitter @SrBonito1!

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July 7, 2016

Squirrels Team Attends ISTE 2016 in Denver

Squirrels Balloons.

What a week! The Squirrels crew has returned to our Northeast Ohio headquarters after spending a whirlwind week in the mile-high city of Denver for the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. The attendees were exceptional, the exhibitors were impressive and the memories were unforgettable. ISTE 2016 was our best conference yet!

While we push forward to prepare for what’s next, we want to reflect on the incredible experience that was ISTE 2016.

Our 3D-printed, custom-made booth that we designed and built ourselves (if you attended ISTE, we were what many referred to us as the “Tree Booth”) required a lot of man power. That’s why we took 15 of our Squirrels team members to lend a helping hand and join in on this experience. It truly was a team effort, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

One aspect that made this ISTE experience stand out from past years is that we were able to demo and unveil a new product that will be in classrooms all around the world this fall. Showcasing this new product next to our flagship apps, Reflector 2 and AirParrot 2, allowed educators to see how our screen-mirroring solutions have evolved and how they’ll transform the classroom.

We were fortunate to be able to pack so many memories and experiences into three days. Here are some of the highlights.

Alpha Squirrel social
This year we debuted our first-annual Alpha Squirrel social at Pizza Republica. It was rewarding to be in an intimate setting with the educators who love and use our apps. Plus, how could a memory involving pizza not be a fan favorite?

Scavenger hunt

We 3D-printed tiny acorns (of course we had to keep with our forest theme) and hid them around the ISTE expo hall. People who found the acorns could bring them back to the Squirrels booth to redeem for a free license of Reflector 2. Watching attendees scurry to find them was comical, but giving educators the opportunity to try out our popular classroom screen-mirroring solution was what made the scavenger hunt worthwhile.

Squirrels speakers

We were grateful to the EdTech experts who presented at our booth throughout the duration of the conference. Hearing influential tips and tricks from these industry leaders was an added bonus to anyone who stopped by the Squirrels booth. We hope this is something that will continue in San Antonio for ISTE 2017.

The tree

Watching the look of amazement on attendees faces as they approached our booth was a proud moment for us. It was nice to see the attendees appreciate our efforts after months of hard work. That look was even pretty common on all of our faces when we got a moment to marvel at our 18-foot tree. In fact, it even helped us win the award for best booth at ISTE 2016.

Ok, so maybe that’s not a real award, but we like to imagine we would have won it if that type of honor existed.

$1,000+ prize pack

Our iPad prize pack created a buzz around the expo hall, as everyone wanted a chance to win our giveaway that included an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Beats by Dr. Dre speaker, carrying case and a $50 iTunes gift card. Although, there were thousands of entries, there was only one lucky winner.

Building relationships

Meeting and connecting with so many talented and passionate educators from all around the world was the most rewarding part of it all. We don’t often get the chance to engage face-to-face with educators, so when we get an opportunity like ISTE, we gladly seize it.

Thank you to all of the attendees, exhibitors and ISTE staff who helped make this conference one to remember! We are grateful to be part of the EdTech community and lucky to be surrounded by such outstanding professionals.

We hope to see everyone next year in San Antonio for ISTE 2017!

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
iPhoneography

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
@apsitnatasha

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

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

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

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

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

4:15 p.m.
Leslie Fisher
Director, lesliefisher.com
@lesliefisher

Tuesday, June 28
10:00 a.m.
Leslie Fisher
Director, lesliefisher.com
@lesliefisher

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

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

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

3:00 p.m.
Jen Lotze
Instructional Technology Coordinator at Hudson School District
@jpeterson7384

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

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

June 14, 2016

Squirrels Team Set to Showcase EdTech Solutions at ISTE 2016 in Denver

SQUIRRELS AT ISTE 2016

A familiar and welcomed buzz creeps its way into the Squirrels headquarters around this time every year. The annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo is nearly here. Months of preparation fade to days of anticipation.

This is our fourth year as an exhibitor at the country’s largest EdTech conference, and things couldn’t be more different from our first ISTE experience in 2013. Let us paint a picture for you.

ISTE 2013

A few Squirrels team members piled into a car and journeyed 26 hours to San Antonio, Texas, where they were anchored to a tiny 10-by-10 inline booth. Our rookie year at ISTE was a learning experience. We witnessed how valuable ISTE is to educators and exhibitors. The decision to return to ISTE was an easy one.

ISTE 2016

Fifteen members of our Squirrels team will travel to Denver, Colorado, where we will show educators and tech integration specialists how to boost the value of mobile devices in the classroom with our latest screen-sharing products.

We’ll be unveiling our most ambitious ISTE booth design yet. Trust us when we say our 20-by-20 island booth (#2945) will be hard to miss. We actually had to rent a warehouse to conceptualize and construct it! We can't tell you too much yet, but we can remind you that squirrels live in trees.

You’re definitely going to want to get a picture of it, and yes, we can take a picture of you in the booth. We’ll have a bunch of ultra-friendly people on hand to demo how you can use our products to bring wireless screen-sharing to your school. You might also notice some prominent edtech faces hanging around the Squirrels booth this year!

ISTE 2016 prize giveaway by Squirrels

Of course we didn’t forget about one of the best parts of ISTE – the grand prize giveaway. Our grand prize giveaway for ISTE 2016 includes:

  • 32GB iPad Pro
  • Beats Pill speaker – Beats by Dre
  • Apple Pencil
  • $50 iTunes card
  • iPad Pro smart cover
  • iPad case
  • Mophie Powerstation Plus charger
  • Three-foot lightning data and charge cable
  • Modal lightning connector

ISTE 2016 Prize Pack

Pretty cool, right? To enter, ISTE attendees must simply fill out the Squirrels ticket that comes with their registration packet coupon book and drop the ticket off at booth 2945. We’ll randomly select a winner before the end of the conference. Good luck to all who enter!

We’re looking forward to meeting all of you at ISTE this year! Stop by to say hello and check out our latest EdTech solutions. We’ll make it worth your time. We promise.

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!