September 25 , 2014

#squirrelsdoBVI14: Our 2014 Company Retreat

Earlier this year, the Squirrels team traveled to the Caribbean for the 2014 company retreat! We spent our time on the island of Virgin Gorda in the beautiful British Virgin Islands to celebrate the past year and plan for the year ahead.

Although we spent a good part of our week snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and relaxing on the beach, the most impactful moments of the trip came from our group sessions. We took time everyday to come together as a team and reflect on what we’ve done, recognized who we are now and created a mold for the future of Squirrels.

The retreat was a great way for the team to bond and rejuvenate. Now that we’re back in the office, we’re focused and ready to put our plans into action. Stay tuned for great things to come from Squirrels!

 Check out some highlights from our incredible week!

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September 24 , 2014

Squirrels Sponsors a Teacher Through redditgifts Gift Exchange

Recently, reddit held its redditgifts for the Teachers 2014 gift exchange to help educators in need. Each year, teachers with inadequate budgets and resources reach out to the public for sponsorships and donations. Those who sign up for the exchange are matched with a teacher, given information about their needs and the necessary shipping information to send the supplies by the start of the school year.

As big supporters of education, Squirrels decided to sponsor a teacher through redditgifts. A lot of the Squirrels team is very passionate about music, and we were thrilled when we got matched with a music teacher in Iowa. The team donated $300 worth of creative, music and general supplies to help educate kids aged 4-11.

We appreciate reddit and the opportunity to make a difference in classrooms. Check out the Gift Exchange page on the redditgifts website to find this and other opportunities.

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July 1 , 2014

Squirrels in Action: FatStax's Sales and Training with Reflector

On May 20th, FatStax posted an article sharing how they use Reflector for both sales and training purposes. 

FatStax specializes in providing mobile apps for businesses, including iPad sales apps, customized sales apps and B2B sales apps.  

With the prevalence of iPad use throughout FatStax’s sales team, Reflector has become a staple. They use the software to demo services and share videos, PDF’s and other collateral with prospective customers. Once a client is secured, they train administrators on how to manage the company’s unique app that is created.

FatStax also uses reflector to provide sales or service training for their sales reps. They recommend using the Reflector recording feature to make a recording of training sessions to share with international team members that can’t make the meeting in person. 

Corey Trojanowski, FatStax’s Marketing Communications Specialist, also uses Reflector for his marketing purposes. Check out this video he made to highlight their latest version of FatStax:

Read more at the FatStax blog and learn more about Reflector’s many features that could help sales teams become more connected. 

June 17 , 2014

Squirrels in the Classroom

The Squirrels team visited Mrs. Melissa Vetrick’s 5th grade science and language arts class to see how they use Reflector with their classroom set of iPads.

She loves Reflector because it gives her the ability to walk around the classroom and monitor students while still changing the content and teaching. She also likes demonstrating assignments to all of her students simultaneously. “I used to walk around to 6 different tables to explain what the students need to do. With Reflector, I teach it once.” 

Her students love it too! They are now enthusiastic to share their projects, papers and creativity with the entire class. In one assignment, Mrs. Vetrick used the Educreations app to have groups of students create individual steps for the scientific method. Once finished, the entire class had to collaborate and put all of the steps together and present their end result with Reflector.

We had a great time and thank Mrs. Vetrick and her class for letting us come to their school. Check out some of the pictures we took during our visit:

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May 14 , 2014

Squirrels in Action: Reflector and UX testing

Barry Briggs, user experience consultant, featured Reflector on his UX Blog earlier this month. 

In three separate mobile usability tests, Briggs used  Reflector for iOS screen mirroring to send video to his Mac.

He incorporated other software for added functionality:

  •  Silverback, a guerrilla usability testing software for designers and developers to capture his desktop
  • iSight audio and video 
  • A device-mounted webcam to capture the user’s hands and screen interactions

Check out Barry’s post for more video demos of Reflector in action,  and his blog for more UX testing and tips.

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Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. Our excitement and passion lies in creating high-qualty, budget-friendly software that can be used to enhance the devices already found in today's home and work environments. Follow our blog for all the latest product releases, #TeamSquirrels news and industry insight!