Mimio Educator

EdTech Survey: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Technology has had a major impact on the way we teach and learn over the past few decades, but the results from a recent digital education survey by Deloitte show that there is still plenty of room for growth. Deloitte analyzed over 2,800 responses from a demographically diverse group of teachers, parents, and students to learn how each group feels about digital trends—both inside and outside the classroom. Overall, the results are mostly positive for the use of digital tools in education, and the findings help show how technology can best be utilized to achieve student success.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

Can Flexible Seating Enhance Student Success?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Oct 19, 2016

During the past year or so, flexible classroom seating has become a popular topic for educators.  This term can be interpreted a few different ways, but at the heart of it is the concept that students are able to choose different seating options that fit best with their learning style. 

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, tips for teachers

Technology + Movement = High Engagement

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Educational leaders look for ways to maximize student learning and increase the effectiveness of teacher instruction. In my school, we use the term “best practice” when referring to strategies that are research-based and have evidence supporting them. Two practices that show great evidence in student learning are allowing students to learn through movement and incorporating technology into the classroom. While you may not think of technology and movement as a likely combination, bringing these two factors together can greatly increase engagement and help students excel.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, curriculum, Student Engagement

DIY Professional Development: Enhancing Your Skills Through Blogging

Posted by Lynn Reedy on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Professional development can mean a variety of things to educators and can be provided to us in numerous ways. This might include attending yearly conferences, participating in district meetings and workshops, taking online courses or webinars, or connecting with other educators through social media. Have you ever considered “do it yourself” professional development through the means of blogging? Blogging provides opportunities to connect with other educators, improve your professional practice, and personalize your professional development with relevant and specific content to meet your educational needs.

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Topics: Education Technology, Professional Development for Teachers, Educational Apps

Classroom Looping: What It Is and Why Schools Should Consider It

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

In the current climate of education—at least in my state—accountability is at an all-time high while financial support is at a historic low. Every teacher I know is working with fewer resources and more challenges each year. What is a school to do?

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Topics: curriculum, tips fpr teachers, education industry

Using Technology to Empower Science

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Oct 6, 2016


We live in a highly technological age, which has made the majority of today’s students incredibly tech-savvy. Unfortunately, many students still see courses that lead to careers in STEM fields—crucial in our high-tech world—as boring. So how can we engage and excite the next generation of students in order to show them how science is relevant to their lives and their futures?

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Topics: Education Technology, Science Lessons, curriculum

Life as an Educator in a Social Media World

Posted by Lynn Reedy on Wed, Oct 5, 2016

10 Ways to Use Social Media

We live in the age of social media. It keeps us connected to our friends and families, our communities, and even the world. As educators, we need to take advantage of everything this tool has to offer, using educational connections and resources to better not only ourselves, but our students as well. So how can we best use this mighty tool?

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Educational Apps, Educational influencers

Why a B is Sometimes Better Than an A

Posted by Crysta Baier on Tue, Oct 4, 2016

As a child, I was a good student. I paid attention in school, did my homework, and generally managed to get As in my classes. School was fun and mostly easy for me from kindergarten into college, and I could usually score an A without much effort. However, things changed during my junior year of college when I took a Spanish class that sent me reeling, testing me in ways my other courses had not. I couldn’t understand my fast-talking instructor, and when she handed out an article written in Spanish for us to review, I didn’t know most of the words. I was astounded that a class could be this difficult.

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, tips fpr teachers

Current Events and Why We Need to Teach Them!

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Sep 29, 2016


Those of you who aren’t social studies teachers may be inclined to skip over this blog post, thinking it doesn’t pertain to you. Still others may be saying, “Why bother teaching current events at all?” After all, with the 24-hour news cycle, nothing stays “current” for long! However, research indicates that a regular dose of current events has a multitude of benefits, even in classes outside of social studies.


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Topics: classroom assessment, Lessons, Interactive Whiteboard, Classroom Collaboration, curriculum

Top 25 STEM Resources

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Demand for skilled workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) is constantly growing, so how do we prime today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow? Educators can take advantage of a wide range of informative websites, innovative games and apps, and engaging products—all created with STEM learning in mind. We’ve compiled this list of our Top 25 resources to help you learn more about how to best prepare students for careers in STEM fields.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons