March 17 , 2014

Squirrels at NEOtech

Squirrels will be at NEOtech 2014 this Thursday, the 20th. We’re hosting session H-5—Utilizing iPads in the Classroom. The presentation is in room 315 at 2:15pm. We’ll also be in the exhibit area demonstrating Reflector in the classroom and awarding Squirrels and Reflector merchandise to some lucky attendees! 

NEOtech is hosted by the Northeast Ohio Network for Educational Technology. This is conference is free to attend and is designed for educators using technology in K-12 classrooms. It is hosted at Kent State University and is right up the road from Squirrels HQ!

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March 3 , 2014

Win an iPad Mini and Reflector prize pack

We’ve teamed up with Professor Josh to offer a great prize pack to one lucky winner. Check out the blog post “Win an iPad Mini & Reflector Prize Pack – 5 Ways to Showcase Your Startup or Educational App!” for your chance to win!

The prizes include:

  • Apple® - iPad® mini Wi-Fi - 16GB - White & Silver MD531LL/A
  • Reflector Retail T-Shirt 
  • Squirrels Water bottle 
  • Five Reflector licenses 

We’re also offering a 20% off promo code to ProfessorJosh.com readers. Visit the blog to find the code.

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February 24 , 2014

Squirrels at KySTE 2014

The Squirrels team will be at KySTE 2014 on March 5th and 6th. We’ll be demonstrating how iPads and wireless display technology can improve the classroom. Stop by booth 1105 for a live demo of AirParrot or Reflector

We’ll also be giving out extended AirParrot and Reflector trials and discounts for our online store. You can definitely expect to grab plenty of Squirrels swag, too!

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February 11 , 2014

Squirrels at NCE14

The Squirrels team is at the National Conference on Education in Nashville this week. We’re at booth 803 demonstrating how AirParrot and Reflector are used in the classroom.

Stop by to meet the team and get some hands-on time with AirParrot or Reflector. We’ll also be giving away some Squirrels merchandise and free trials.

More about the 2014 AASA NCE conference can be found on the NCE Conference Daily website.

November 15 , 2013

Reflector and AirPlay in the Classroom

Reflector has many uses, but in the classroom, we find an AirPlay receiver to be an effective and almost indispensable tool. Displaying an iPad to a classroom or group of students  can be done by mirroring to a computer connected to a projector. Most classrooms already have the equipment needed to do this.

An AirPlay receiver as a document camera

Reflector gives teachers the ability to move around the classroom while teaching. Instead of being tied to a desk, educators can interact and engage directly with students. Many teachers find Reflector to be an effective mobile document camera.

When a teacher is interacting with students and recognizes work that could benefit the class, Reflector allows the teacher to stop and show the class what that student is doing. This can be particularly helpful when showing steps to solve a math problem.

Brian Meehan, Director of IT at Allendale Columbia School, described the use of Reflector in Geometry.

Students studying geometry take pictures of objects in their lives. Then we launch 2 or 3 windows of Reflector on the teacher laptop (connected to a smartboard) and students use the SMART tools to measure angles and congruency.

Below, @MrMiahScience demonstrates Reflector on a white board.

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Using an AirPlay receiver to flip the classroom.

Reflector puts students in charge of the classroom. Students can create work that  can be shown to an entire classroom without complicated setups.

Sharan Shah, Head of Grade Seven, Avenues: The World School explained.

With Reflector, I’m not always the one in charge of what is being shared on the screen. It’s another way of moving into a student-centered classroom.

Reflector makes handing off a lesson to students easy, and it’s more engaging than traditional learning. Students have the ability to project directly from their seats.

Giving students the power to teach the class is engaging and challenges traditional teaching methods. Instead of paper flash cards, students can go head-to-head isolating word problems. Students can explain geographical areas with interactive maps, or they can browse through timelines explaining certain points they chose. Reports exploring the animal kingdom or ancient Rome can be shared with the entire class by any student.

Using Reflector to monitor students

Amy Burns, a music educator in Far Hills, NJ, explains her use of Reflector in the class room at her blog. She’s using Reflector to keep track of her students’ progress on projects by projecting their iPads to a SMART board. For more privacy, she can turn the board off and monitor directly from her laptop screen.

An Apple TV AirPlay receiver alternative

At $99, the Apple TV may be too expensive for some education environments. Reflector works on almost any computer, and if a classroom is equipped with a projector and computer, Reflector can engage every student at the same time.

Reflector is an inexpensive AirPlay receiver available for $12.99. Educational and bulk rates are available to help schools make purchases.  Not only is Reflector much less expensive than hardware devices, it replaces fragile dongles, cables, adapters and other pieces of expensive hardware. These extra pieces are often lost among students and staff. Reflector stays put and is managed directly by IT staff.

Other samples of Reflector in the classroom include:

  • Connect classrooms across the country or world 
  • Watch and comment on YouTube videos
  • Annotate documents with students in real time
  • Display photos of other student work
  • Demonstrate apps
  • Use whiteboard apps to explain ideas
  • Create video tutorials for students to follow

We’re finding new uses for Reflector in the classroom every day. Have your own use? Tweet @ReflectorApp and let us know!

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