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!

May 5, 2015

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day 2015

Teachers are the foundation of the future. They mold minds and inspire students to find their passions and unique set of skills, all while encouraging students to apply them in meaningful ways.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek 2015 is May 4-8. As a part of the week, Teacher Appreciation Day (May 5th) is a special opportunity to thank a teacher that has changed you for the better. Take the time today and the rest of this week to reflect on the value of educators in your community and our society as a whole.

Check out these resources to get your appreciation efforts started:

  • How To Appreciate a Teacher – Celebrate a teacher that has impacted your life. Change the tone of education news and show the world the positive impact of educators.
  • 10 Quotes About Teachers – Teachers have impacted a lot of the prominent figures in history. Read what they have to say about the influence of educators.
  • Get Involved – Take to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hash tags #ThankATeacher and #TeacherAppreciationWeek to spread the word. 

Teachers, enjoy these resources to get the most out of your week:

August 22, 2013

TeachMeet New Jersey

If you’re out at TeachMeet New Jersey today, be sure to stop by and say hello! 




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