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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Influential Educators Who Are Trending

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, May 10, 2017

The door to the future is through education. We have a shared dream to create a better future for our students, providing them with the best education now so they will have the best opportunities to succeed in college and their subsequent careers when they are older.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

EdTech Startups to Watch

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Over the past few years, EdTech investment reached all-time highs as funds poured in through both the public and private sectors. In fact, education technology companies saw growth of over 503% in investment through 2010 to 2014, according to a CBS Insights report. In 2015, deal activity to EdTech startups reached an all-time high, as startups raked in $3.1 billion in 491 deals.

With the education market currently valued at $4.4 trillion per year, there is huge potential for companies looking to disrupt an industry and deliver new ways for students around the world to learn the skills needed for their future careers. And with EdTech poised to capture a great deal of investment in 2017 and become the biggest and most profitable digitized sector yet, a number of companies have emerged to capitalize on this opportunity and offer groundbreaking new products.


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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers

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