August 23, 2017

Personalize student device management with new ClassHub update

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If no two teachers are the same, why is it so hard to customize classroom management settings?

That’s the question we asked when we were thinking of ways to make student device management more user friendly for teachers and administrators.

Consider these two cases:

Mrs. Smith never uses YouTube for instruction and doesn’t want her students to have access to it.

Mr. Lindon frequently uses YouTube to complement instruction and encourages his students to use it for research.

Now imagine there are tens or even hundreds of applications that need to be enabled or disabled for certain teachers at certain times on certain devices.

How do you easily coordinate that in a device management solution? In many cases, you can’t.

Sure, workarounds exist. But they are difficult to scale and become useless in certain circumstances, like when schedules change during testing periods.

Device management customization has been an IT professional’s nightmare…until now.  

Introducing Configurations
Our latest ClassHub update solves this problem with the introduction of Configurations for iOS and macOS devices. ClassHub enables hyper-focused mobile device management (MDM) not offered by other MDM solutions.

The Configurations feature makes it easy for administrators to implement teacher requests for restrictions or permissions on specific classes or devices.

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Under the new Configurations tab in the ClassHub admin portal, administrators can easily save any number of configurations, then apply those configurations to the appropriate classes.

Configurations include restrictions and permissions in addition to a suite of other functionality, like class-specific bookmarks, custom app-notification settings and room-specific printers and Wi-Fi settings.

Administrators can even apply Configurations at the school level. Imagine Wi-Fi settings that auto-apply when a middle school student comes to the high school for an accelerated class.

Using the examples above, an administrator could create one configuration for Mrs. Smith’s class that addresses her wish to have YouTube blocked along with any other apps she wanted enabled or disabled during her classes.

Similarly, the administrator could then quickly create another unique configuration for Mr. Lindon’s class allowing his students access to YouTube during his classes.

No other work needs to be done. The configurations automatically apply when a teacher begins a class using the ClassHub Class Manager. 

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Customizing student settings
What if one of the Mr. Lindon’s third-period biology students, we’ll call him Johnny, consistently used YouTube in a way that was distracting, disruptive or off task?

ClassHub offers educators multiple ways to handle this. Mr. Lindon could simply lock Johnny’s device using the ClassHub Class Manager.

Or, with the new Configurations tool, the school’s administrator could edit Mr. Lindon’s third-period biology class Configuration to disable YouTube on Johnny’s device.

This amendment could last indefinitely or for a certain time period. Problem solved. 

Bottom line: The Configurations tool presents the easiest way for teachers and administrators to coordinate and apply personalized device management settings.

We’re excited to give ClassHub users more great ways to manage student devices.

Request a ClassHub demo today
Want to see how our device management and classroom operations solution, ClassHub, can help teachers and administrators in your school or district do more with mobile devices?

We have a lot to show you, so we better schedule a demo. Oh, and don’t worry about high-pressure sales tactics. That’s not our style. Just details and a demo.

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June 5, 2017

Reflector 2.7.4 for Windows is now available

A new Reflector 2 update is available for Windows users. 

You can update Reflector 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the Reflector 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the Reflector 2 download page.

Reflector 2.7.4 for Windows update notes:
  • Resolved an issue with the "Classic Renderer" setting not being persistent
  • Resolved an issue with the "Show Client Name" setting not being persistent
  • Reflector 2 now prevents the computer display from sleeping during YouTube video playback
May 18, 2017

AirParrot 2.7.2 for Mac and Windows is Now Available

A new AirParrot 2 update is now available for all Mac and Windows users.

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

AirParrot for Mac 2.7.2 update notes:

  • Added support for mirroring audio-only to LG Music Flow speakers
  • Resolved an issue using DNS names and IP addresses with Quick Connect
  • Resolved an issue with media play button/scrubber position not correctly updating with Apple TV 4
  • Resolved an issue waking Chromecast from sleep when connecting to mirror
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements

AirParrot for Windows 2.7.2 update notes:

  • Added support for mirroring audio-only to LG Music Flow speakers
  • Resolved an issue using DNS names and IP addresses with Quick Connect
  • Resolved an issue with media play button/scrubber position not correctly updating with Apple TV 4
  • Resolved an issue waking Chromecast from sleep when connecting to mirror
  • Resolved an issue with registering on Turkish date format devices
  • Resolved an issue displaying UTF8 characters in the receiver list
  • Resolved an issue with capture stalling when using the "Classic" capture method on older computers
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements
May 1, 2017

Reflector 2.7.2 for Mac and Windows is now available

A new Reflector 2 update is available for both Mac and Windows users. 

You can update Reflector 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the Reflector 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the Reflector 2 download page.

Reflector 2.7.2 for Mac update notes:

  • Added support and frames for new iPad and (PRODUCT)RED iPhone
  • Resolved an issue with mirroring from Chrome v58 browsers and devices
  • Resolved an issue where recording would stop if audio connection disconnected for a device
  • Miscellaneous stability and performance improvements
Reflector 2.7.2 for Windows update notes:
  • Added support and frames for new iPad and (PRODUCT)RED iPhone
  • Resolved an issue where mirrored screens reserved space for the top name bar, even when disabled
  • Resolved an issue with mirroring from Chrome v58 browsers and devices
  • Resolved an issue where recording would stop if audio connection disconnected for a device
  • Resolved an issue with registering on Turkish date format devices
  • Miscellaneous stability and performance improvements
April 5, 2017

Squirrels LLC Releases AirParrot 2 For Chrome OS: Users Can Mirror Chromebooks To Apple TV

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The new AirParrot 2 for Chrome OS software by Squirrels LLC is now available. AirParrot 2 for Chrome OS adds Apple AirPlay mirroring capabilities to Chrome OS devices. Chromebook users can wirelessly share and display their screen on second- through fourth-generation Apple TVs and Reflector-enabled devices.

AirParrot 2 for Chrome OS includes:

  • The ability to mirror Chrome OS screens to multiple Apple TVs at once
  • Apple TV 4 support
  • tvOS 10.3 support

AirParrot 2 for Chrome OS is available in the chrome web store for $4.99, and it's free for previous AirParrot for Chrome OS users. 

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