August 24 , 2015

Introducing Reflector Student

Our latest advancement in screen-mirroring technology allows students to use their iPads and iPhones to see their teacher’s computer screen in real time. It also provides new connection methods in schools with restrictive networks. Oh yes, teacher friends. We’re excited about it, too.

Reflector Student is a free Reflector 2 companion app that runs on each student’s
iOS device. The app wirelessly communicates with the Reflector 2 software running on the teacher’s computer to display a live look at the teacher’s screen on every connected student device.

Reflector Student decreases classroom reliance on SMART boards and projectors and enables schools to get more out of their Reflector Student Pairing Optionsmobile devices. Students can now view the same websites, videos, peer work and presentations displayed on the big screen in the palm of their hands. This reduces the strain on students with visibility issues. It also allows teachers to show students what’s happening on their classmates’ screens.

The Reflector Student app acts as a workaround for schools that experience Reflector 2 connectivity problems. It should resolve issues for schools that host their student and teacher devices on separate networks. New Reflector 2 connection methods include:

  • Bluetooth discovery
  • Quick Connect Codes™
  • iOS camera linking

We know educators are always looking for the latest and greatest technology to keep their classrooms ahead of the curve. That’s why we’re constantly working on new screen-mirroring solutions to bring to your students.

Stay tuned for more updates. As always, feel free to offer suggestions or feedback in the comment section below. We love to hear from our friends and fans!

Click here for more information about Reflector Student.

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August 19 , 2015

Stream Your Screen to Win Big with Squirrels

Reflector 2 now includes live YouTube streaming for mobile devices. To celebrate, we’re giving away a $150 Amazon gift card and a basket full of Squirrels swag.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on,” you say.

It’s true. The latest free Reflector 2 update allows users to wirelessly stream content from smart phones and mobile devices to YouTube in real time. Presentations, meetings, videos, photo streams, webcam sessions, mobile gameplay and more can instantly be live streamed to YouTube. You can now use Reflector 2 to reach a global audience at the push of a button.

“Yeah, that’s cool, but how do I win the prize?”

Ah, right.

To enter the Stream Your Screen Facebook contest, simply live stream a video from your smart phone or tablet to YouTube using Reflector 2. Remember, you can stream anything you want – a slideshow, video from your mobile device camera, gameplay, a lecture – anything. Then, submit the YouTube video link with a short description on our Stream Your Screen contest page.

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We’ll be awarding the prize to the video with the most votes, so don’t forget to tell all your friends and family to vote for you.

To start streaming with Reflector 2, simply connect your mobile device or devices to Reflector 2 and click the “Broadcast” button in the app. This will create a live feed of all of your connected devices to a global or private audience on YouTube.

To see your Live Events and find your video link in YouTube, go to "Creator Studio" and click "Video Manager" on the left side of the screen. Then select "Live Events." Post your video link onto our Facebook contest page to enter.

We’re always trying to expand our services to bring our fans the best possible screen-mirroring solutions. We hope you enjoy our latest version of Reflector 2. Have fun, and happy streaming!

To enter the contest, visit the Stream Your Screen Facebook contest page.

Learn more about YouTube live streaming with Reflector 2.

June 25 , 2015

Squirrels Debuts Reflector Director

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce our latest development in screen-mirroring technology. Reflector Director, a companion app to Reflector 2, is a brand new, first-of-its-kind technology that allows Mac and PC users to remotely control their displays.

Picture this: With Reflector, you’re using an iPad or iPhone to command a presentation in the boardroom, deliver a lesson plan in the classroom or show vacation photos in the family living room. Your audience is captivated watching the big screen as you dictate what they see directly from your mobile device.

This display of technical know-how and Reflector screen mirroring technology is impressive. That is, until it’s time to mirror a different mobile device simultaneously.

Your time-crunched coworkers, eager students or impatient relatives grow increasingly distracted as you hurry back to your computer to manage the screen while another peer, student or family member connects their mobile device as well. Momentum halted. Audience lost. Game over.

We created Reflector Director to fix that awkward transition because nobody likes awkward moments. We cringe just thinking about it.

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Reflector Director helps you keep an engaged audience…engaged. You can preview and manage mirrored devices directly from your own mobile device with Reflector Director.  It allows you to immediately show the classroom what a specific student is working on or the rest of the boardroom that interesting graphic your coworker has on his tablet from the iPad or iPhone you’re holding in your hand. All without missing a beat.

A good presentation thrives on preparation, confidence and audience engagement.    Reflector Director makes audience participation and collaborative learning via mobile devices seamless. Device management has never been easier, and your audience has quite literally never been more connected.

Reflector Director features include the ability to:

  • Show and hide devices without disconnecting/reconnecting
  • Highlight one device to spotlight important content
  • Eliminate distractions with full screen mode
  • Change frames for optimum screen compatibility
  • Observe screen previews of each connected device before displaying to a larger screen

Reflector Director is a tool with the ability to change the way people learn and collaborate. Its value in education, business and home entertainment makes it a breakthrough in screen mirroring technology.

Check out Reflector Director for yourself. We hope you love it as much as we do. Visit www.reflectordirector.com for more information!

June 8 , 2015

5 Ways Apple Will Change the Classroom in 2015

This afternoon at the annual WWDC conference, Apple announced iOS 9 (among other new Apple projects) launching free to the public this fall. But what does this have to do with education? Should you care? If your classroom uses iPads, the answer is absolutely.

Advances in the iOS operating system will bring a world of possibilities to single-device, BYOD and 1-1 classrooms using iPads this upcoming school year.

Some of the innovative new features include:

1. Split-Screen

Using the iPad is much more multitask-friendly in iOS 9. Users will be able to see multiple applications on their screen at once, change the size of the split and manipulate both windows at the same time.

  • What this means for educators: Switching between applications can be frustrating when working on an assignment. Being able to view two applications side-by-side will streamline this process and allow students to complete work easier and faster.

2. News App

The News app will replace the Newsstand app. Instead of having to purchase subscriptions to publications, students will be able to instantly follow publications like The New York Times; specific interests like Technology; and popular or personal blogs.

  • What this means for educators: The News app will give students and teachers the chance to stay up-to-date on news that is important to them. Having access to a seemingly unlimited news stream will help facilitate current events discussions and give students a different perspective.

3. Notes App

An update to Notes shows vast improvements with iOS 9. This includes the ability to add bold titles, web links with previews, pictures, custom drawings and checklists to enhance the text of the note.

  • What this means for educators: Students can use the native Notes app to talk thorough notes, complete homework and more. With easy note deployment through messages, mail and social media, this may eliminate the need for a third-party note application.

4. Battery Life/Low Power Mode

These new software enhancements will add hours of lifetime to the battery of each iOS device.

  • What this means for educators: Longer use means fewer headaches keeping devices charged.

5. Keyboard

Instead of displaying an omnipresent uppercase keyboard, the keyboard on the iOS device will now use uppercase letters when the shift key is pressed, and lowercase letters when typing in lower case.

  • What this means for educators: This seems like a simple update, but imagine elementary schools. Students learning letters will be able to visualize the difference between upper and lower case letters.

The update to iOS 9 is free and is expected to be available this fall. If you’d like to try the update before everyone else, check out beta.apple.com.

January 5 , 2015

Squirrels School - Lesson #1: How to Mirror your iOS Device to Chromecast

Our support team has gotten a number of inquiries since we released AirParrot Chromecast support; a lot of customers are wondering if we have a solution to mirror an entire iOS screen to Chromecast. Lucky for you, AirParrot 2 and Reflector make a great team! 

To begin, connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC using Reflector.

Next, open AirParrot 2. Select the display that the iPhone is being mirrored to, and then select the Chromecast device for mirroring.

Your desktop should be mirroring through Chromecast, Reflector included!

 

To mirror your iOS device only, open the AirParrot 2 menu. Scroll over “Applications” to change from your display to a specific application.

Click Reflector, and voila!

It’s as easy as that. Feel free to access our support knowledge base to troubleshoot any problems you have or to create a support ticket. Try AirParrot 2 and Reflector free for seven days or purchase here!

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