Tutorial – How to Create a QR Code

WHO: Teachers that would like to use QR Codes in their classroom.

HOW: The video below takes teachers through the step-by-step process of creating a QR Code to use in their classroom.

WHEN: QR Codes are useful for directing students to specific websites you would like them to use, for hiding clues in a scavenger hunt, and many other things in the classroom.

Reflector 2 by Squirrels

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*I have only used the software with Apple devices*

SOFTWARE TITLE: Reflector 2

COST: $14.99

OS: OS X 10.7.5 or Later, Windows 7, Windows 8 (Windows 8 RT is not supported) or Windows 10, Android 4.1 & compatible device.

POSITIVE: Reflector 2 is a great alternative to having an AppleTV in the classroom, many would actually consider it to be better.  When Reflector is on, the computer is then available as an option for AirPlay.  I was able to use it from an iPad, iPhone, and a MacBook.  This gives teachers an option to display student works, quickly and easily, at a fraction of the cost.  When purchasing for a school, be sure to contact the company for bulk pricing options.

Another piece that makes Reflector 2 stand out over the AppleTV is that you can have multiple devices connected at once.  This allows the teacher to display multiple students work at one time.  Teachers can also mute screens and have them set up for next in line.

The final feature that sets Reflector 2 out as a great match for the classroom is the option to record.  If a student is giving a presentation, or you are creating a tutorial video, simply connect the device and click the record button.

My understanding is that it also works when using Windows or Android based devices, but I have not tried it out myself.

NEGATIVE: The only issue I have run into is a little bit of lag when I was streaming Apple Music from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro.  This issue could have been due to network traffic, but I have not had the opportunity to troubleshoot it yet.

SIDE NOTE: Squirrels is based out of Ohio and is a sponsor of the EdCamp movement.

Mac Of All Trades: Refurbished Apple Products

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WHO: Schools, teachers, parents, or students looking for Apple products at a lower cost.

HOW: Visit www.macofalltrades.com, browse for the product you are looking for, and purchase!

WHEN:  Mac of All Trades runs frequent sales, so check back to their website frequently.  There is also an option for volume purchases, which are typically five or more of the same item.  This option is great for schools looking to create a lab at a lower cost.  Shoppers can also check out what is available in the clearance section.  Here you may find some “scratch-and-dent” type items.  If you are alright with scratches, dings, malfunctioning webcams, etc.. these items are offered at deep discounts.

Mac of All Trades may also be interested in buying your used products, so if you are looking to upgrade, it may be worth your time to visit their “sell” section.

I have used this company before and I have been very happy with their product.  When I did have some issues, their customer support went above and beyond to accommodate.