August 30 , 2017

How Reflector 2 and ClassHub Work Together

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Reflector and ClassHub are two very different classroom technologies. One is a simple device screen-mirroring application. The other is an advanced device management and monitoring solution. However, there are certain Reflector settings educators can adjust to optimize screen mirroring in ClassHub.

The ClassHub Classroom Manager is built in our Reflector software. Teachers access the Classroom Manager by first opening Reflector and then clicking on the ClassHub icon. Since Reflector is already used in more than 100,000 classrooms around the world, it made sense to build the teacher-facing part of ClassHub in a program that many educators are familiar with.

Teachers use the Classroom Manager to perform a wide range of student device monitoring and management actions such as Screen Peek, Screen Push, Screen Mirror, Lock Device, Send Message and more. By tweaking the following Reflector settings, educators can make sure student devices connect and display the way they want them to while using ClassHub to instruct, monitor or engage students.

 

Connection preferences

Adjust device connection preferences in the Reflector settings to change how student devices are displayed upon connection. Educators can:

  • Allow a student device to connect to ClassHub and display on-screen immediately
  • Allow a student device to connect to ClassHub but leave the device hidden from the screen
  • Require approval from the teacher before a device can connect

Teachers should select the connection option that works best for their classroom, students and instructional strategy. Allowing a student device to display upon connection is the fastest way to share content with the class, but there may be times when a teacher wants to spot-check the content on a student’s device before sharing it with the class. Alternatively, a teacher may not want a student to have the ability to connect at all. The connection preferences accommodate all of the above scenarios.

Go to Preferences > Connection > On Connection

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Show client name

This setting allows teachers to show or hide device names when a student connects a device. The student’s device name appears on the screen along with the connected device. Depending on the nature of the activity, a teacher may want to show device names to increase accountability or turn names off to maintain anonymity.

There are three options for showing a device name:

  • Always—when a device connects, the device name will appear and stay on the screen
  • On Hover—the device name will appear when the mouse hovers over the device
  • Off—the device name does not appear

 Go to Preferences> General > Show Client Name

Which is better for your students?

 

Always on top

Selecting this setting will automatically place mirrored devices on top of all other open windows and applications on the teacher’s computer. For example, if a student using an iPad connects his or her device to the teacher’s computer, the mirrored image of that device will display on top of the Classroom Manager, a Safari browser, a Microsoft Office application and anything else on the teacher’s screen.

A teacher may want this capability to quickly place an emphasis on the device that just connected. If the teacher’s computer is connected to a projector, or if the teacher is using Screen Push, then everyone in the room will see the recently mirrored device immediately.

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Get ClassHub

If you are interested in bringing ClassHub to your school or district, contact us today. A representative from our team will be in touch to answer any questions you have about ClassHub, schedule a demo or walk you through the process.

August 29 , 2017

How Schools Save on ClassHub: Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio Edition

We’ve partnered with many organizations to bring education technology discounts to schools and other educational entities. This blog is part of a series of posts that contain information about cost savings when purchasing ClassHub and other Squirrels LLC products.

Squirrels LLC partnered with the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio to offer members a discount on the ClassHub device monitoring and management solution. Members also get discounts on our classroom screen-mirroring solutions: ReflectorAirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OSAll Squirrels products are 10 percent off for ESC members.

 

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What is the ESC of Central Ohio?

The ESC of Central Ohio is an educational solutions agency that responds to the needs of member school districts. It partners with programs (including instructional coaching, administrative counseling, technical services, etc.) or EdTech solutions (ahem…ClassHub) that are designed to help districts reach their goals. The ESC provides members with top solutions at discounted prices to help improve school technology capabilities and education for students.

In achieving its mission of supporting educators and students, the ESC offers direct instruction and professional development for all client school districts, partner schools, agency partners and state/regional/county agencies.

How to save on ClassHub and become an ESC member

ESC serves more than 2,000 teachers and 28,000 students and is committed to districts within Delaware, Franklin, Union, Madison, Ross and Licking counties in Ohio.

Districts that wish to become a member of the ESC of Central Ohio have to be located within the counties served or make a formal request with the state to leave their current ESC. Contact the ESC of Central Ohio for more information.

If ClassHub, Reflector, AirParrot or AirParrot for ChromeOS fit the needs of your educational entity, the ESC of Central Ohio will direct you to our account executive who will happily guide you through our purchasing process.

For more information on the ESC of Central Ohio visit http://www.escco.org/ or contact the Squirrels sales team for more information on purchasing ClassHub or other Squirrels solutions. 

August 22 , 2017

How Schools Save on ClassHub: OSC Edition

We've partnered with many organizations to bring discounts to schools and other educational entities. This blog is part of a series of posts that contain information about saving when purchasing ClassHub. 

Squirrels LLC partnered with the Ohio Schools Council (OSC) to offer members a discount on the ClassHub device monitoring and management solution. Members also get discounts on our classroom screen-mirroring solutions: Reflector, AirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OSAll Squirrels products are 10% off for OSC members.

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What is OSC?

OSC is a government agency that was created in 1986 by 53 school districts to save money on educational products and services through volume purchases. Today, OSC membership has grown to 210 school districts, joint vocational schools, educational service centers and developmental disabilities boards, located in 33 counties and serving over 500,000 students.

OSC offers discounts on insurance, consumables, technology, consulting and more.

We look forward to working with OSC to give members access to classroom solutions that help improve classroom collaboration, save time and eliminate common inefficiencies caused by classroom devices.

Save on ClassHub and other Squirrels products

Follow the steps listed below to become an OSC member and start saving on Squirrels products, including ClassHub.

  1. Fill out this form if you are a/an:
    • Ohio public school district
    • Joint vocational school/career center
    • Educational service center
    • Developmental disability board
  2. Fill out this form if you are a:
    • University
    • Library
    • Municipality
    • Private School
  3. Once you fill out the membership form, download the files at the bottom of this page to send to your board of education for approval.
  4. Return a copy of the board-approved resolution and membership form to your OSC representative.
  5. Once you are officially an OSC member, you can purchase from an extensive catalog of approved vendors through the OSC e-Buy Cooperative Purchasing Portal. Need more info? Here’s the complete list of instructions on how to get started with purchasing with OSC e-Buy. If you want to get started right away, you can simply register here.
    1. Reflector, AirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OS can be purchased directly through the OSC e-Buy marketplace. 
    2. Contact OSC directly or our account executive, Sean Courtney, at scourtney@airsquirrels.com for any ClassHub purchases.

For more information on OSC visit http://www.osconline.org/ or contact the Squirrels sales team for more information on purchasing ClassHub. 

August 17 , 2017

How to stream and mirror to Android, Mac and Windows devices using AirPlay and Cast

Some consumer media devices are equipped to receive screen mirroring and media streaming connections right out of the box, but what about the devices that don’t? That’s where Reflector 2, a software screen-mirroring and streaming-media receiver, comes in. Add Reflector 2 to your devices to mirror and stream to them from iOS, Android, Mac and AirParrot.

Android TV: Nvidia Shield TV, Sony BRAVIA, Razer Forge TV, Sharp AQUOS and more

Android TV is everywhere, including inside TVs people buy every day. While most of those devices include the ability to act as a Google Cast receiver, they don’t have the ability to receive AirPlay from iOS and Mac.

Reflector 2 is available on the Google Play store. Most devices that have access to the Play Store (including phones and tablets) can install and use Reflector. Once installed, iPads, iPhones and Macs can use built-in AirPlay to mirror and stream to the Android device. Software is not required for the sending device (iPad, iPhone, Mac).

Grab Reflector 2 for Android for $6.99 on Google Play.

Get it on Google Play

Amazon Fire TV

Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are inexpensive, popular and easy-to-use media devices that provide many movie-watching and game-playing options. One thing the devices can’t do natively is receive AirPlay mirroring or streaming.

Reflector 2 gives Fire TV users the ability to wirelessly stream or mirror from their iPad, iPhone or Mac. Once Reflector 2 is installed on the Fire TV, users can mirror or stream directly from their iOS or macOS device to Fire TV. No software is required on the sending device.

 Grab Reflector 2 from Amazon for $6.99.

Media computers

In addition to smaller, less robust media devices, Reflector 2 is available for Windows and Mac computers, too. Add the software to your computer to receive screen-mirroring and media-streaming connections from a variety of different senders, including:

- iPhone
- iPad
- iPod
- Android tablets and phones
- Mac OS
- AirParrot for Windows
- AirParrot for Mac
- AirParrot for Chrome OS

Reflector 2 for your computer is available from the Squirrels online store for $14.99. A seven-day trial is also available. 

August 15 , 2017

How Schools Save on ClassHub: OETC Edition

We've partnered with many organizations to bring discounts to schools and other educational entities. This blog is part of a series of posts that contain information about saving when purchasing ClassHub. 

Squirrels LLC partnered with the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC) to offer members a discount on our device monitoring and management solution, ClassHub. Members also get discounts on our classroom screen-mirroring solutions: Reflector, AirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OSAll Squirrels products are 10% off for OETC members.

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What is OETC?

OETC is a nonprofit consortium consisting of more than 1,000 educational institutions around the United States. OETC negotiates RFP-backed contracts that make purchasing technology easy and affordable for school districts, libraries and other institutions. All products and solutions are available for purchase on their online store. 

OETC has a team dedicated to helping schools find the solution or product that fits their needs. OETC reps received product training from the Squirrels director of professional development to help them offer ongoing professional development and support.

We're looking forward to working with all 1,000 OETC members and bringing them solutions that make student devices a more integral part of the learning process. 

Save on ClassHub and other Squirrels products

So what steps do you need to take to receive discounts on ClassHub and more through OETC?

  1. Become an OETC member. Members can be:

    - Any accredited educational institution
    - Pre-K, K-12 and Higher Education
    - Public and private institutions
    - Education Service Districts
    - Libraries
    - State Departments of Education

    OETC primarily features districts in the Pacific Northwest, however, schools from every region in the United States (that means you!) are welcome. Here’s how to become an OETC member.

  1. Next, create an OETC store account with your school or institution email to begin purchasing EdTech solutions at consortium pricing.
  1. Contact OETC directly to purchase ClassHub. Reflector, AirParrot and AirParrot for Chrome OS purchases can be made by searching the products in the OETC online store. Simply add them to your cart, and go through the purchasing process.

Why we partnered with OETC

We believe that schools should have access to device monitoring, management and mirroring solutions to help improve classroom collaboration, save time and eliminate common inefficiencies caused by classroom devices. By partnering with OETC, we’re able to do just that.

OETC is committed to providing the best EdTech solutions at the best prices. We’re committed to making EdTech solutions that transform the classroom and streamline the ways teachers teach and students learn. It’s a win-win situation.

For more information about OETC visit www.oetc.org or contact the Squirrels sales team for more information on purchasing ClassHub.

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!