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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Don't-Miss Reads for Teachers

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Mar 5, 2019

Top Books for Educators

This is the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book! For educators, it’s especially important to read up on teaching trends, classroom innovations, and both the history and future of education. After all, the more we know about these important topics, the more beneficial it will be for our students.

Here are our picks for the top 20 books educators won’t want to miss:

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

FETC & TCEA 2019: A Recap of the Latest EdTech Trends

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Fri, Feb 15, 2019

The Boxlight team has settled back in after a busy month visiting the 2019 FETC and TCEA conferences in Florida and Texas, and we’re back with all the biggest trends we discovered at the events this year! 

The conferences were a whirlwind of innovative ideas and impressive new products, plus creative professional development programming and extensive networking opportunities. If you missed either of these industry conferences this year, here’s a rundown of what our team thought were the best and most exciting trends on the trade show floor:

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, education industry

10 EdTech Influencers Leading the Way

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Feb 6, 2019

Another year full of new and innovative EdTech ideas, products, and methods has come to an end, and you may find yourself wondering who is guiding progress in the EdTech industry at the start of 2019. Back in 2015, we made a comprehensive list of the Top 20 Influencers in EdTech, but since then, many new faces have joined in to champion growth within the industry. Here are 10 more EdTech influencers who are working to shape the industry today:

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Topics: education industry, Educational influencers

10 Things to Look Forward to at TCEA 2019!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jan 24, 2019

With the 2019 winter trade show season in full swing, it’s time to get ready for another great year at the TCEA Convention and Exposition. Held from February 4–8, the convention will be in San Antonio, Texas this year—an exciting location change from past years in Austin.

This convention is the place for administrators, teachers, and tech specialists to network, collaborate, and discover new technologies to bring to their classrooms nationwide. With over 1,000 informative sessions and 450 companies exhibiting at the conference, TCEA offers a comprehensive look at the latest and greatest ideas and products in the EdTech industry.

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Topics: Tradeshow, education industry

What Not to Miss at FETC 2019

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jan 17, 2019

As the new year begins, we’re gearing up for the 39th National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), which will be taking place from January 27–30. The four-day event offers educators a chance to catch up with colleagues, collaborate on new ideas, and discover the latest and greatest in K-20 education technology.

The conference will be held in warm and sunny Orlando, Florida, making for a brief mid-winter getaway for those who live up north. Between the sights of the city and the countless presentations, seminars, workshops, and expo booths FETC has to offer, here’s what to expect at the conference this year:

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

8 Great Things You Won’t Want to Miss at Bett

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Mon, Jan 14, 2019

At the top of the new year, a new season of EdTech trade shows is about to begin, starting with Bett 2019 from January 23–26 in London. Bett is the first industry show of the year and will showcase 850 leading EdTech companies and over 100 startups, all focused on transforming education with technology.

The conference will bring together nearly 35,000 educators, offering many opportunities for networking and collaboration with colleagues. Between the countless options for professional development and the exciting things to do in the city, here’s what you won’t want to miss at Bett 2019:

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Topics: Tradeshow, education industry

Redesigning the Classroom Is as Easy as 1-2-3!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Nov 8, 2018

Can educational technology really improve learning and teach critical 21st century skills? It can, but only when it is integrated into the learning environment to make teaching and learning more efficient, effective, and engaging.

Here’s how to get started on redesigning your classroom for 21st century learning:

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Topics: Administrator Resources

Share With Your Students: 5 Ingredients for a Positive Online Presence

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Nov 6, 2018

In an age where we communicate online more than ever before, it’s important to be aware of the footprint you’ve left behind on the web. Social media has the power to be a positive social and professional outlet, but only with responsible use. As important as it is for everyone to be mindful of their online footprint, it’s especially important to teach the next generation how to carefully curate their online presence.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

6 Tried & True Tech Solutions to Classroom Problems

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Oct 17, 2018

With the variety of options available today, education technology is increasingly becoming the solution to everyday classroom issues that teachers have struggled with for years. However, the wide range of EdTech solutions available can make it difficult to choose what will work best for your students—and experimentation with different products isn’t always possible with your school’s budget.

To help you make the best decision for your classroom, we’ve compiled a list of six tried-and-true tech solutions that other educators recommend to solve your everyday classroom problems:

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Huntington Beach City School District: Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Workforce

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Oct 3, 2018

Knowing that 60 percent of the jobs that elementary school students will fill haven’t even been invented yet, Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) is on a mission to prepare those students for successful futures by transforming its classrooms into 21st century learning environments. 

“If you were in a classroom 10 years ago and told your high school English teacher that you were going to write a blog, your teacher would have looked at you like you'd lost your mind,” says Gregory Haulk, HBCSD’s superintendent. “They would have told you that there was no way you could make a living at it, and to start thinking about writing for a newspaper.”

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Topics: Education Technology, Educational influencers

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