June 8, 2016

Squirrels Creative Team Attends HOW Design Live Conference

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One of the perks of being a member of the Squirrels team is the opportunity for professional development. We believe professional development is vital to the growth of our employees. Plus, it’s always refreshing to meet and learn from new, creative-minded individuals.

Our entire creative team took advantage of this ideology to travel to the hot city of Atlanta to attend the HOW Design Live conference. Yes, the rest of us were jealous.

The HOW Design Live conference is a five-day event that gives attendees the chance to network with industry leaders, join breakout sessions to learn tips/tricks to apply to their work and hear from keynote speakers who challenge conventional thinking.

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The conference thrives on creating positive energy through outside-the-box ideas and events including a 5k run through the streets of Atlanta, a costume-themed closing party and many other opportunities to allow people to explore what they're passionate about.

When reflecting on which sessions were a home run, it was hard for our creative team to pick just one. Here are a few that stood out:

  • David Lesue – 7 Things Every Designer Should Know Before Becoming a Creative Director
  • Stefan Mumaw – Storybuilding: Using Story to Connect Brands with Humans
  • Von Glitschka – Seek, Hustle and Create

These sessions gave our creative team a new outlook on how to manage a team of highly creative people, engage consumers by creating a brand storylines and how to pursue a graphical design career in small, practical steps.

If you’re wondering how to sum up the work done at a creative conference, we’ll leave you with this quote by graphic designer Chip Kidd:

“The design has to work when I leave the room.”

March 1, 2016

Squirrels Attends North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES)

 

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We’re excited to join the annual NCTIES conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, this week to showcase our products and observe how the latest education technology is integrated into classrooms.

Two members of the Squirrels team will make the 500-mile trip from North Canton, Ohio, to Raleigh to join teachers, tech facilitators and coaches, administrators and media specialists at North Carolina’s premier conference.

This North Carolina EdTech conference is an ISTE affiliate that provides a multitude of professional development opportunities, including more than 150 sessions, informal meet and greets, keynotes, featured speakers and a vendor exhibit hall.

Blended Learning Coach and Alpha Squirrel, Marcia Kish, will feature our industry-leading Reflector 2 screen-mirroring app in her session, “Explore the 7 C’s of Blended Learning,” on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Marcia is an active participant in the EdTech community and also runs http://dsdprofessionaldevelopment.com. If you want to contact her directly, you can message her on Twitter at @dsdPD.

If you’re planning a trip to NCTIES this week, be sure to stop by and say hello at booth 621!

February 9, 2016

Squirrels to Attend Ohio Education Technology Conference

OETC 2016 logoMembers of the Squirrels team are excited to accompany more than 4,000 education technology professionals and enthusiasts this week at the Ohio Education Technology Conference (OETC) in Columbus. Educators come from all over our home state of Ohio for this annual event. We're traveling the quick two-hour drive from our North Canton offices for our third OETC experience. We expect it to be the best one yet!

OETC provides educators with a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends, tools and thought leaders that are revolutionizing the education landscape. We always enjoy connecting with tech-minded educators and showing them how to use Reflector 2 in the classroom.

We’re also lucky enough to have Blended Learning Coach and first-class Alpha Squirrel Marcia Kish present at OETC this year. She’ll be discussing Reflector 2 among other apps that increase classroom productivity at her pre-conference session, “AppSmashing 101,” today at 2 p.m. You can contact Marcia directly on twitter (@dsdPD) or email her at kishmarcia@gmail.com to learn more.

Don’t be afraid to stop by booth 638A to learn more about Reflector 2 or even just to say hi! We’re always eager to demonstrate the latest classroom screen-mirroring magic. Here’s to a great OETC week!

June 23, 2015

5 Things You Need to Know at ISTE 2015

More than 17,000 education professionals and edtech thought leaders are set to visit the City of Brotherly Love next week. That can only mean one thing: ISTE 2015 is finally upon us.

The largest edtech conference and expo of the year has something for every attendee. Educators will discover how to infuse their classroom with the latest, trendiest learning technologies from the most revered names in education. But where do you begin? 

A conference this large can be a little daunting, so we’ve compiled the following tips to help make your experience as valuable as possible:

  1. ISTE is a marathon – don’t sprint!
    The first morning of ISTE is like opening day for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Everyone is eager to become immersed in the most comprehensive edtech conference on the planet. So many vendor displays to visit. So many old friends to catch up with. So many great presentations to attend. It can be dizzying and, eventually, exhausting. Much like Phillies fans after the big game, you’ll be ready to pass out after day one at ISTE if you don’t pace yourself. 

    Make a schedule or game plan before you arrive. This will help you manage all of your to-do items. Remember that you don’t have to accomplish everything in one day. That would be like trying to see all of Disney World in a day. It’s just not possible. You will have plenty of time to visit the vendors, socialize and see quality presentations to get the most out of your ISTE experience.

  2. The tool must always be secondary to the goal
    You will come across a lot of cool new tools during your time at ISTE, but not all of them will be a good fit for your classroom. Incorporating new technology without a corresponding plan for its use in the classroom can negatively impact the student learning environment. It’s important to know exactly how you’re going to implement a new piece of technology, how it will interact with other classroom technologies and how it will yield value to your students. Doing a little research and planning before you purchase new classroom tech will ensure that you are effectively managing your class time and school budget.
  3. Stay hydrated
    This sounds like a no brainer, but it really is a big deal. Do you live life by the coffee-in-the-morning, beer-in-the-evening philosophy? That could be problematic at ISTE. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle to keep yourself feeing awake, refreshed and healthy during the day. 
  4. Think socially
    Utilize the social media outlets at your disposal to get the most out of your ISTE experience. Industry professionals in attendance will flood the social sphere with ISTE dialogue on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can’t be everywhere at once, but your fellow ISTE attendees will be in all of the other great sessions and presentations you can’t attend.

    Curate a list of hashtags (#ISTE2015 and #edtech) to follow all of the action. Social media is a great way to pick up speaker quotes, tech innovations, best practices and event details that you would otherwise miss.

  5. Meet new people
    This one is simple, but it might be the most important. ISTE gives you the opportunity to become absorbed in an education culture with thousands of like-minded professionals. Take the time to get to know some of them. If you are going to ISTE with colleagues, make a conscious effort to split up from time to time. You can learn a lot from interacting with peers. Their experiences become your experiences, and you just might make a lifelong connection.

Good luck at #ISTE2015! Check out what Squirrels is giving away at the conference this year (hint: it’s iPads).

Let us know about some of your memorable ISTE experiences in the comments section! What do you enjoy most about ISTE?

June 16, 2015

How to Bag Free Trade Show Swag at ISTE 2015

Squirrels is giving away iPads, smart covers, gift cards and more

We are just a few short weeks away from the largest EdTech tradeshow of the year. ISTE 2015 promises to provide ample opportunity to network with peers, learn about the latest technology and trends and, oh yeah, get free stuff.

We get it. People love free stuff. It doesn’t really matter how trivial the items are.  If you are an exhibitor giving away t-shirts, software trials, pens, sunglasses, koozies, posters, notebooks, erasers, mugs and so on, you can expect to be in high demand once word spreads about your cool giveaways. 

As much as it pains us to admit as an exhibitor, we realize some people only stop by our booth for the free swag, and we’re ok with that. After all, ISTE attendees pay hundreds to thousands of dollars in registration fees, travel expenses, hotel accommodations and food. They are rewarded with a three-day, world-class EdTech development opportunity and endless aisles of knick-knacks to wear and display proudly in their classroom.

That being said, Squirrels is doing away with the little knick-knacks this year. We’re leaving the stress balls, notepads, pencils, slingshot rockets, water bottles and mugs in North Canton, Ohio, as we embark for Philadelphia.

Instead, Squirrels is giving away two grand-prize packages that will offer our winners much more functionality than the average freebie. 

Random Drawing

Our first grand-prize giveaway includes:

  • iPad mini 2 with retina display
  • iPad mini Survivor protective case
  • Twist Cable Lightning Connector
  • $50 iTunes gift card
  • $25 Best Buy gift card.

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 our booth (booth #1452). We’ll randomly select a winner before the end of the conference.

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Our second grand prize giveaway includes: 

  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Air Smart Cover
  • iPad mini Survivor protective case
  • Two Twist Cable Lightning Connectors
  • $50 iTunes gift card
  •  $25 Best Buy gift card

To enter, attendees must stop by our booth to pick up a pin-back button. We’ll scan their badge to enter them into the button prize package drawing. In addition, we’ll have representatives walking around the exhibitor area to find people wearing the Squirrels button. Our reps will scan their badges for additional chances to win.

Are you excited? Stop by booth 1452 at ISTE 2015. We’d love to help inspire you to transform your classroom technology and maybe, just maybe, give you some free stuff.

In the meantime, check out Reflector 2 and AirParrot 2 to get a better idea of what we do!

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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!