AV & Display
App Allows Teachers to Control Classroom Presentations from Mobile Devices
- By Dian Schaffhauser
An updated version of an iOS app enables teachers to manage what device will be displayed in front of the classroom. Reflector Director from Squirrels is a companion app to Reflector 2, a wireless screen-mirroring and streaming receiver application that displays mobile device content through Google Cast, Apple AirPlay and Squirrel's own AirParrot 2.
Reflector 2, priced at $14.99, allows the user to wirelessly share data from a little screen to a big screen. It runs on Windows or Mac. Reflector Director, priced at $6.99, refines the display experience by allowing the teacher to step away from his or her computer and control what's shown from an Apple iPad or iPhone. The user can do the following:
- Hide connected devices without disconnecting them to place emphasis on other screens, and then show the screen again later without needing to reconnect the device;
- see a screen preview of any connected device before it's shared with the class;
- emphasize one device to spotlight important content without having to resize windows; and
- run full-screen mode to prevent showing other content from the computer.
Version 2.0.1, the current edition available in the iTunes Store, primarily addressed connection issues and added additional controls for running Reflector Director from a mobile device.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.