Mimio Educator

Holly Fritz-Palao

Creative Manager Holly Fritz-Palao joined Mimio early in 2008. Working closely with Mimio’s marketing and executive teams, Holly is responsible for keeping Mimio’s brand and messaging true to the company’s mission of creating a better way to learn. She works with educators, writers, and designers to create informative content about the rapidly evolving world of educational technology and the ways in which it is impacting classrooms, teachers, and students.

She previously spent seven years with Graphique de France, an international publisher of stationery, posters and calendars. Initially as a graphic designer, and then moving into the role of Creative Director.

Holly holds a BFA from Pennsylvania State University, and also studied at Massachusetts College of Art. As the mother of twin boys, she sees the true importance of education and technology, and can attest that technology is shaping how they learn each day.

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Finding Tech Funding for Your Classroom

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Mar 28, 2017


We know how mind-numbing it can be to search and apply for grants and funding for your classroom. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get gadgets into your classroom without actually taking money out of your own pocket. We decided to make it a little bit easier by showing you some opportunities that you can take advantage of. Here is a short list of ways to receive funding for technology in your classroom:

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Topics: Funding, Educational Apps, education industry

FETC and TCEA: A 2017 Recap of EdTech Trends and News

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Feb 23, 2017

The Boxlight Mimio team has settled back into their daily routines after FETC (January 24–27) in Orlando, Florida and TCEA (February 6–10) in Austin, Texas. As always, both events were exciting and enlightening, and reminded us how our tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of education trends in order to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant changes.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Educational Software, Education Technology, Tradeshow, education industry, STEM

EdTech Industry 2017: What Is the Next Big Thing?

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Feb 9, 2017

Bob Dylan’s lyrics, “The times, they are a-changin’,” have never been more relevant as educators face new mandates for preparing students for the future. And what’s more, I think the single biggest trend for this year can be summed up in just a few letters—AR/VR—and maybe one word: makerspaces.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

10 Things You’ll Love at TCEA 2017!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

It’s time to get ready for one of the “must-attend” events for innovative educators: TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition. Held in Austin, Texas from February 6–10, this yearly convention brings together campus- and district-level educators (administrators, teachers, tech directors, media specialists, etc.) to explore educational technology integration and best practices that enhance productivity and build engaging teaching methods. Plus, the event offers stellar networking opportunities!

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Topics: Education Technology, Tradeshow, education industry, Educational influencers

The EdTech Trade Show is Not Dead!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Classroom Connections: Trade Shows and Conferences Not to Be Missed

In our busy, social media crazy world, we often forget the importance of being in a live face-to-face setting with others from the education community. Being active in both your industry trade association of choice or other key conferences can bring with it many benefits. 

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Tradeshow, education industry, Educational influencers

10 Reasons You Should Attend FETC 2017

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Fri, Jan 20, 2017

FETC 2017 is just around the corner! This four-day event, held on January 24–27, is a fantastic opportunity to greet old colleagues, meet prospective collaborators, and learn from the pros—including hands-on explorations of the latest hardware, software, and successful strategies for integrating technology across the K-20 curriculum. As always, the conference will be held in The City Beautiful: Orlando, FL. From city attractions to workshops and the booths (don’t miss Boxlight at booth 114!), here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Tradeshow, education industry

By the Numbers: What’s Trending in Education

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jan 5, 2017

We thought it might be interesting to step back before we jump into a new year and see what numbers and statistics are indicating about various aspects of K-12 education. There’s no lack of resources in which to gather intelligence on the current state of everything K-12 from the National Assessment of Educational Progress—the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas to State Education Reform results.

But by no means do the numbers tell the entire story. Share your thoughts below on what these resources and reports mean to you!

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

Teacher Stress Busters: Tactics, Tools, and Techniques for the Holiday Season

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Workplace stress can be hard on employees in all industries, but dealing with increasing class sizes, budget cuts, and the lengthy hours spent planning and grading coursework can leave educators feeling like they’re spread too thin. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays and end of year demands added on top of all that, we need some tips and techniques to bring back our spirit!

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

Whole-Class Learning: Personalized, Realized, and Affordable

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

The challenge in every classroom is to keep each student moving steadily toward proficiency in his or her learning. We have all witnessed how personalized learning—with the teacher, alone, or in small groups—can meet this challenge, but I think we can also agree that some learning is best accomplished with everyone working together.

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Interactive Whiteboard, Promotion/Program

Staying Current: Publications Educators Should Subscribe To

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Mon, Nov 21, 2016

We all have our favorite go-to sources for professional information—those specific education technology magazines, in-the-know influential bloggers, or even “hottest of the hot” social media sites. Each has their own unique take on the latest teaching trends and methodologies across all subject areas and instructional levels. They may review new products and services for everything from literacy to professional development. Or, they may publish the latest research studies on everything from the social-emotional factors influencing student learning to whether devices are engaging students effectively. All, in one way or another, can help us do what we do in our particular corner of the education world.

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers