August 15, 2018

Vote for Squirrels to Present at SXSW

Squirrels at SXSW EDU 19 Blog

Team Squirrels is going south … South by Southwest, that is. We have the chance to present at SXSW EDU in 2019! Squirrels Director of Professional Development Becky Shiring, Program Director Emily Carle Hafer and Alpha Squirrel Travis Lape have all submitted proposals to present at this groundbreaking conference on the future of education.

But we need your help. Proposals to present are accepted if the public votes them in, now through Aug. 30, 2018. You can help Squirrels present at SXSW EDU by voting for both sessions below.

Vote for Pizza, Projects, People.

Vote for It's Gettin' HOTT in Here.

What’s South by Southwest EDU? We’ll let them tell you:

The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a community of optimistic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning.

Conference Date: March 4-7, 2019

Location: Austin, Texas

If you’re on the bleeding edge of education and know where it’s headed in the future, you’re at SXSW EDU.

Help Us Get There.

Here’s what you can do to get us to SXSW EDU 2019:

Vote!

Vote for both of our Squirrels presentations here: sqrls.co/culture and sqrls.co/hott.

Share!

Tell your friends, social media followers and PLN all about this opportunity to see Team Squirrels at SXSW EDU. We’ve championed education from the start, and we want the world to know how culture, technology and forward-thinking people can improve education for good.

Here’s an example post. Copy and paste this into your own Twitter feed or write your own social media post:

Team @Squirrels is all about the future of EdTech and they’ve got the chance to present @SXSWEDU. I voted to get them there. Now it’s your turn to help! Go here to vote! sqrls.co/culture

So what are we presenting? Here are the details:

Pizza, Projects, People: Creating a Startup Culture in Education

Presented by Becky Shiring, Emily Carle Hafer and Travis Lape

Schools don't have to be stuck in the past. Learn how startup culture can boost creativity, enhance communication and create collaborative environments in your classroom.

It's Gettin' HOTT in Here: Building Higher Order Thinking Skills with Tech

Presented by Becky Shiring

Preparing students for the future means they must be challenged with higher-order thinking tasks. Learn how to design cognitively challenging lessons that utilize technology to promote deep, meaningful learning in the classroom.

Session proposals are selected to officially present if they receive enough votes from the public (that’s you) and are approved by the SXSW EDU Advisory Board and Staff. So get out there and vote!

TL;DR

View our session proposals here and here, create an account and vote to see us at SXSW EDU during public voting through August 30, 2018.

Here’s to advancing the future of education with technology. Hope to see you there – and thank you!

July 18, 2018

Introducing the Next Class of Alpha Squirrels EdTech Experts

AS-Logo-1We’re proud to introduce our next class of Alpha Squirrels. They’re modern educators. They’re EdTech experts. They’re classroom innovators. Now, they’re Alpha Squirrels.

These EdTech professionals lead presentations and workshops around the globe, advocating for Squirrels and sharing their passion and resources for modern education. We saw many of them at ISTE this year, and you can find this growing community discussing and sharing ideas every month on our Twitter #SquirrelsChat.

The 11 newest members of our Alpha Squirrels program come from five states in the U.S., joining the ranks of more than 125 educators around the world.

Meet the Alpha Squirrels

In addition to teachers, this is a class full of technology integrationists and digital learning specialists. Meet our newest members:

  • Juli Gilbert – Instructional Technology Specialist, Georgia
  • Wanda Hanley – Instructional Technology Facilitator, North Carolina
  • John Kramer – Technology Integration Specialist, Ohio
  • Aaron Murdock – Digital Learning Specialist, North Carolina
  • Benton Palmer – Instructional Technology Specialist, Georgia
  • Valtika Rhodes – Elementary Technology Specialist, Georgia
  • Adam Rogers – CTE Technology Coordinator, Oklahoma
  • Ryan Schwartz – Teacher, California
  • Brittany Ware – Instructional Technology Specialist, Georgia
  • Marcus Williams – Teacher/Consultant, Georgia
  • Katy Wyborny – Digital Learning Specialist, North Carolina

See our full list of certified Alpha Squirrels on our website.

Hear it from them

Here’s what a few of our newest Alpha Squirrels have to say:

 
“I want to be able to share and teach other teachers as an Alpha Squirrel. I want to learn from other educators and students.”

QuoteAdam Rogers
CTE Technology Coordinator


 “Squirrels is a leading educational technology company. They really listen to teachers and educators in order to improve their products.”

QuoteKaty Wyborny
Digital Learning Specialist

 
“With our ever-changing environment, having a community of like-minded educators gives us a platform to communicate, connect and learn from each other.”

QuoteWanda Hanley
Instructional Technology Facilitator


Congratulations, Alpha Squirrels!
We have big things on the horizon: Squirrels swag, product news, EdTech conferences and expos, just to name a few. Thanks for cultivating innovation and technology in the classroom and in our schools.

AS-Badge

The selection process for our Fall 2018 class of Alpha Squirrels ends Sept. 30. Apply today at alpha.airsquirrels.com.

Are you a teacher or EdTech professional interested in becoming a certified Alpha Squirrel? Contact Emily Carle Hafer at alpha@airsquirrels.com for information about our next class of Alpha Squirrels.

May 9, 2017

Why We Appreciate Teachers on National Teachers’ Day

"The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth." - Dan Rather

Teachers are introduced in our lives at an early age to help guide us as we grow and mature. The countless teachers we are exposed to in our lifetime shapes our minds and helps us discover our passions, strengths and weaknesses. Their professional efforts change the world by creating the presidents, doctors, lawyers, policemen and engineers of tomorrow. They teach us not only about important subjects, but about life lessons that help us understand the world. Most of all, they inspire us to follow our dreams and to never give up. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you to the teachers that have helped us, to the teachers that are helping the future and to the teachers that we are lucky enough to work with every day.

This National Teachers’ Day, members of the Squirrels team reflect on the teachers that have had a positive impact on their lives. 

Emily Carle Hafer, Alpha Squirrels Program Manager: 

“I have a love of reading today because of the positive learning environment provided for me in elementary school. I remember my teacher, Miss Ruth, reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” out loud to the class, which turned me into a Harry Potter fan for life and a fervent reader. Outside of our read-aloud time, I was picking up every book I could, which I still do today!”

Becky Shiring, Director of Professional Development and Continued Learning: 

“Hands down, the teacher that had the largest impact on my life was Rick Tubman, my high school field hockey coach. He wasn’t my teacher in the traditional sense, but he was also an elementary educator. When I expressed an interest in becoming a teacher, he let me volunteer in his 5th grade class. He knew how to find the strength in every player and every student and then use that strength to help them excel. He helped even the most timid students and players believe in themselves. He inspired teamwork and empowered others to become leaders themselves, which is what true leadership is. I learned about the type of leader and teacher I wanted to be from Mr. Tubman. It’s no surprise that he’s a school principal now.” 

Alissa McGill, Developer Relations Engineer:

“To Ms. Filliez for teaching me to pay attention to detail by mercilessly taking off points for misspelling French words and missing accent marks in her class. To Ms. Filliez for teaching me creativity with projects that required us to put on fashion shows, present mock weather forecasts and write and illustrate our own storybooks. To Ms. Filliez for rewarding good grades on exams with free homework passes and challenging us not to use them even after we had worked so hard to earn them. To you Ms. Filliez, a teacher whom I will remember long after I have forgotten how to speak French.”

Joe McCulty, Business Analyst:

“The teacher who has most positively impacted my life was Sue Bugansky, my Spanish teacher of three years. In addition to teaching me Spanish, I also learned more about the English language from her than any other teacher. Beyond that, she gave me my first real glimpse of the world beyond the familiar bubble of my rural high school. Part of that comes with the territory - it is a foreign language - but Señora B was particularly suited for this task. She has seen so much and experienced so much of the world. Hearing stories, seeing pictures and holding souvenirs from the person teaching you makes a huge impression.

I’m not the only one who has been impacted by her. All her students were automatically members of Spanish Club. She would have the senior students organize events at one of the nearby Mexican restaurants every couple of weeks. Spanish Club was a great boon to students who didn’t normally sign up for extracurricular activities. Señora B has since retired, but the Spanish Club tradition lives on. A good group of her former students still calls her up to plan new events, including paella days! She’s pretty much the coolest.”

Happy National Teachers' Day to all the teachers of the world! You make learning fun and that’s a reason to celebrate you every day. 

May 2, 2016

Squirrels Giveaway For Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week is one of our favorite weeks of the year. An entire week dedicated to the young mind molders and avid users of our classroom mirroring solutions? Sounds good to us!

Teaching is often a thankless profession. That’s why this week, the Squirrels team put together a few surprises for teachers around the world as a small way to show our thanks.

Monday, May 2
We’re taking 30% off our AirParrot 2 Mac/PC mirroring software until midnight when you use promo code "APteacherAP2016" at checkout in our online store.

AirParrot 2 allows you to wirelessly mirror a real-time view of Mac or PC screens and stream content to Apple TV, Chromecast and Reflector-enabled devices. Classrooms using Microsoft Surface Pro tablets find AirParrot 2 useful since Surface Pros do not have a built-in mirroring technology like iPads (AirPlay), Chromebooks and Android Devices (Cast). AirParrot 2 adds that capability to Surface Pros so students can wirelessly display the tablets to an Apple TV, Chromecast or any teacher computer running Reflector 2.

Wednesday, May 4
We’re having a another special, one-day sale on Wednesday. We can’t say what it is quite yet! Stay tuned to our Squirrels, Reflector and AirParrot Twitter accounts to find out Wednesday morning!

Prize Basket
A lot of prize baskets are filled with items you never use. That’s not the case with our Teacher Appreciation Week prize basket. We’ll send one lucky educator a gift basket full of all the items listed below. SPOILER: It includes coffee. We know teachers love coffee.

What do you have to do to enter? NOTHING! Well, almost nothing. We just need you to sign up for the Teacher Appreciation Week giveaway below so we can contact you if you win! The entry form will be available all week. We will randomly select a winner on Friday afternoon. We will contact the winner individually before announcing it on our social media outlets. That’s it! It’s really that easy.

Our Teacher Appreciation Week prize basket contains:

  • $50 American express gift card
  • A bag of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee
  • A Color Cube of Post-it notes
  • Ruled index cards and an index card box
  • Expo dry erase markers and a U Brand eraser
  • Assorted binder clips and paper clips
  • A mini globe map
  • A white board
  • A weekly calendar agenda
  • A desktop flip calendar
  • File folders

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Again, thank you to all the educators out there who have supported us and enjoyed our products through the years. Education is a huge part of our focus here at Squirrels. We love meeting you at EdTech conferences and edcamps around the world. Your passion and enthusiasm always instills our team with vigor and excitement for what we do here at Squirrels.

Have a great week, teacher friends! We’ll catch up soon at a conference near you.

This giveaway has ended.

OFFICIAL RULES: Giveaway is open to readers 18 years or older within U.S., unless otherwise stated. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

To enter, fill out the form above. One entry per person. Multiple entries do not increase the odds of winning. The use of any automated launching or entry software or any other mechanical or electronic means that permits the participant to automatically register and/or enter repeatedly is prohibited and all such entries will be disqualified.

Sweepstakes begins on May 2, 2016 at 12:00am EST and ends on May 6, 2016 at 3:00pm EST.

Entrants will be added to a database. One winner will be selected via random number generator and notified by email within 5 days after the entry deadline date. The winning entrant must respond within 36 hours or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.

The winner will receive a Squirrels Teacher Appreciation Prize Pack. The approximate value is $150.

As a condition of entry into the Giveaway, except where prohibited by law, each entrant and Winner/Winners by accepting a prize grants to Squirrels LLC and respective affiliates, legal representatives, assigns and licensees, an unrestricted right and license to publicize, broadcast, display and/or otherwise use all information submitted as part of the entry, including use the Giveaway entrant’s name, city, state, biographical material, and any other material submitted as part of the entry in any form or media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity for marketing, advertising, and publicity purposes, without additional review, compensation, permission or approval of the Winner/Winners.

September 11, 2015

iOS 9 Screen-Mirroring Support Has Arrived

Change happens fast in the tech world. We’re excited to launch our official Reflector 2 iOS 9 update – the world’s first screen-mirroring solution to support Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

The update is available to download now, and it's free for current Reflector 2 users. You should expect all of the same great features you have come to love in our industry-leading software such as multiple-device mirroring, YouTube live streaming, screen recording with voice-over support, frame preferences, intelligent design layout and much more.

This update will allow teachers, gamers, business professionals and casual tech enthusiasts to continue to mirror once they update their iPhones and iPads to the iOS 9 platform. Anyone using an alternative screen-mirroring app will abruptly discover they can no longer mirror mobile devices to their computers once they update their Apple device to iOS 9.

iOS 9 Reflector 2

The reason for this is fairly “techie,” but we’ll give you a brief overview. Apple made some big changes to AirPlay in iOS 9. AirPlay is the built-in technology that allows iPads and iPhones to wirelessly communicate with external devices. It’s the software that communicates with Reflector 2, wireless speakers, Apple TVs and other wireless content-sharing technology on the market.

The new operating system alters the way AirPlay communicates with these external devices and breaks the connections. That’s a headache-filled bummer for unsuspecting consumers, right? Most definitely….unless they have Reflector 2.

Click here to update Reflector 2 for iOS 9 support!

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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!