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 16, 2018

Summer Reading Recommendations from Squirrels

Whether you choose to do your reading poolside or in a frosty air-conditioned room, lazy summer days are the perfect time for catching up on some reading. Once again, the Squirrels team has compiled a list of its favorite summer reading recommendations. This eclectic list of books (and podcasts) is sure to have something for everyone.

Happy Summer!

Summer Reading Twitter Cards

Becky Shiring, Director of Professional Development and Continued Learning

“A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness and a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression” by Ted Gup

This book shows how the smallest acts can counteract some of the greatest problems. This true story takes place in Canton, Ohio, and includes a ton of historical information about my new town!


Emily Carle Hafer, Alpha Squirrels Program Manager

“Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling

It's never a bad time to read the Harry Potter series. You can read it in tandem with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the mobile role-playing game. 

“Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom” by Monica Burns

Monica creates amazing resources for educators implementing technology in their work. She includes personal experiences from her work in education as well as her travels around the world. This book allows educators to start with a strong foundation and build up to effective technology integration. 

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

A powerful message to provoke meaningful conversations in and out of the classroom. It's been a must-read for over a year now, but this fall you'll see the book come to life as a movie.


Erica Betz, Admin/HR Rep

“Anya's Ghost” by Vera Brosgol

This graphic novel is a sweet and spooky coming-of-age story. I got the digital version and read it on my phone in just a few hours. Great for traveling and car rides!

“The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot” by Kathy Hester

This book is full of really simple, healthy and DELICIOUS recipes. I love the lentils and rice recipe, but there are a variety to try!

“When You Are Engulfed In Flames” by David Sedaris

This collection of essays will have you lost in thought and laughing aloud as you read. Sedaris is famous for witty, dark humor and anecdotes that leave readers wanting more. I loved all his books, but this one is my favorite. Perfect to pick up and read one essay at a time or all in one sitting!


Matt Elsey, Director of Web Technologies

“The World According To Mister Rogers: Important Things To Remember” by Fred Rogers

Few people have the ability to encourage and uplift like Fred Rogers. This book is a great collection of quotes, thoughts and reminders of what's important. It's a quick and easy way to get perspective in your daily life.


Jon Zelasko, Senior Developer

“The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway

Though brief, this book is meant to be consumed leisurely like a fine whiskey. Its plain language disguises deeper meaning that changes over time. And like all classics, it tells a story that somehow captures a moment in time perfectly. I recommend enjoying it by an ocean as a way to escape a world filled with too many distractions.


Mike Bruin, Junior Developer

“Locke And Key, Vol. 1” by Joe Hill

This is a great graphic novel that combines horror, interesting art and a story that you can't help but follow. If you aren't familiar with graphic novels, this is a good one to start!


Jon Bishop, Creative Director of Marketing

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

A book that'll make you think twice before playing Candy Crush or tuning in to 24-hour news.

“1984: New Classic Edition” by George Orwell

This book is full of eerie correlations to current affairs: demagoguery, authoritarianism, information control, deletion of government records, the list goes on. I deleted my Facebook!


Nate Wendell, ClassHub Support Specialist

“One Second After” by William R. Forstchen

An extremely grim look into life after a catastrophic failure of the power grid. You will cry at several points, but you won't be able to put it down either. 


Christina Lamanna, Implementation Specialist

“Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly

The book was inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine. The story revolves around three women who experience life in unimaginable ways. It's one of those books you feel bounded with after reading.


Joseph McCulty, Business Analyst

“Frasier: A Cultural History” by Joseph and Kate Darowski

This book provides an excellent overview of the greatest sitcom of all time. Whether you are looking for a guide as you watch Frasier for the first time, or you’ve already watched it in its entirety five-plus times like I have, it offers a lot of great insight.


Alissa McGill, Developer Relations Engineer

“Limited Resources” (Podcast) by Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

I love this podcast because it is the perfect combination of funny and deep strategy for the best trading card game to ever exist - Magic the Gathering.


Alisha Pero, Sales Administrator

“Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where The Hell Are My Keys?” by Billy Crystal

I love hearing about his life. He is hilarious, thoughtful and keeps you engaged throughout the whole book. I like the audible version because he actually reads it himself! Try it. It is fantastic!


Connal Kelly, Account Executive 

“In the Dark” (Podcast) by Madeleine Baran

A true crime podcast about the failures and cover-ups of two county sheriffs' offices. The first season investigates a well-known child abduction case. The second involves a man who has been tried six times for the same crime and has remained in prison for the past 21 years even after winning appeals. So mysterious and engaging!


Aaron Rinier, Director of Support

“They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock'n'roll” by Shep Gordon

Shep Gordon is an amazing storyteller and a very interesting man. Pretty easy, fun read.

 

Those are just a few of our favorites we’re taking to the beach. What are your favorite summer reads? Comment below or tweet us @Squirrels with your own recommended page-turners.

August 20, 2015

In the North Canton Area? Meet us at The Main Street Festival!

#TeamSquirrels will be at the Main Street Festival this Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23! We’ve got a lot to offer at our tent located in the intersection of Main St and East Maple  St (yes, we know, squirrels in the middle of the road... typical).

Not only will we be handing out Squirrels swag and talking about our awesome products, but we will be raffling off some great prizes for an even better cause!

All raffle proceeds will go to local schools to further encourage the implementation and usage of technology in schools. Raffle tickets will be sold at the rate of 1 for $2 and 6 for $10. Squirrels will match each donation made!

Here's a glimpse at the prizes up for grabs:

His-and-Her Relaxation Prize Pack

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Relax and unwind with our his-and-her gift package! Enjoy a round of golf, spend the afternoon at the spa, then enjoy a romantic dinner together.

  • 2 Passes to The Sanctuary Golf Club (Up to $100 value)
  • $50 Celebration Day Spa Gift card
  • $50 The Twisted Olive Gift card

Family Night Prize Pack

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Your next two (or three!) family nights are on us! The winner of this package will get package of gift cards from local venues for guaranteed family-friendly fun.

  • $50 Cinemark Gift card
  • $25 Park Centre Lanes Gift card
  • $30 SkyMax Gift card
  • $15 Scoops Ice Cream Gift card
  • $30 Zepp’s Pizza Gift card
  • $25 Sluggers and Putters Gift card

Entertainment Prize Pack

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Don't feel like leaving the house for some entertainment? We don't blame you. Grab some snacks, a warm blanket and settle in to binge watch your favorite shows and movies.

  • Apple TV ($75 value)
  • 3 months of Hulu Plus for free ($23.97 value)
  • $30 Netflix Gift card
  • $50 Best Buy Gift Card (Not pictured)

Stop by our tent from 10am-10pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday to enter!

We're looking forward to meeting the members of the community we're proud to serve. See you there!

 

January 26, 2015

Thank you, #FETC

#Teamsquirrels had an amazing experience at FETC 2015. Not only did we get to escape the Ohio snowstorms and take refuge in the Orlando sun, we spent the week talking with educators, tech coordinators and administrators from schools across the country. 

We received an incredible response to our 2.0 updates of both AirParrot and Reflector (coming soon!), and we’re anxious to build on all of the knowledge and feedback we picked up throughout the week. Thank you to FETC and all who attended for making this conference a huge success!

Check out some pictures from the event.

January 19, 2015

#TeamSquirrels takes on #FETC!

The Squirrels team will be in Orlando this week for #FETC15! Located in the Orange County Convention Center from January 20th to January 23rd, FETC (Florida Educational Technology Conference) is one of the largest conferences dedicated to EdTech. As such, Squirrels is going big and taking FETC by storm!

Apps to go nuts for

We will be at booth 656 with demos of the new-and-improved AirParrot 2 as well as a sneak peek of Reflector 2 (coming soon!). We will be giving a discount to booth visitors as well!

SWAG and prizes

We’ve loaded up a ton of Squirrels SWAG to give away! On top of that, we have SWAG prize packs to give away to five lucky Tweeters. Stop by our booth to learn how to join #TeamSquirrels and win! (Hint… it involves a giant cardboard Squirrel).

Session speakers

There are multiple speakers that are generously spreading the Squirrels love in their sessions! Check them out:

Tuesday: 12pm-3pm: S330H

Nuts and Bolts: Implementing a 1:1 iPad Program 

Fredy Padovan - Executive Director for Advancement and Technology, Immaculata-La Salle High School 

@EDjuvinator

Thursday: 10am-11am: S220F

I’m All About that App, ‘Bout that App, and Extension 

David Chan - Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School 

@chanatown

Thursday: 4pm-5pm: S320E

Preparing Teachers for 1:1 Implementation 

Jeff Chicki, Technology Integration Coach, Rensselaer Central School Corporation

@jeffchicki

Thursday: 4:20pm-5pm: S320G

iPads in the ELA Classroom 

Eva Harvell - Technology Integration Specialist, Pascagoula School District 

@techie_teach

Friday: 8am-10am: S330D

Becoming a Model Digital Educator 

Jeff Chicki, Technology integration coach, Rensselaer Central School Corporation

@jeffchicki

Friday: 10am-11am: S310GH  

60 in 60: 60 instructional technologies in 60 minutes  

Michael Meechin, Assistant Principal of Instruction, Poinciana High School

@mikemeechin

Friday: 1pm-1:40pm: S310EF

Technologies for Schoolwide Impact 

Michael Meechin, Assistant Principal of Instruction, Poinciana High School 

@mikemeechin

Friday: 2pm-4pm: S210A

iPad Tips, Tricks and Apps Everyone Should Know 

Sandi Mahl - SE Regional Coordinator, PATINS Project

We’ll see you there!

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!