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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Transform Learning in the Classroom Webinars: Real Insights from Real Leaders.

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Sep 12, 2018

Boxlight is excited to announce the fall webinar series, “Transforming Learning in the Classroom,” featuring six webinars to help you find ways to transform learning with the right technologies and best practices for your classroom. All of the presenters are working in schools every day and making an impact, offering you real insights from real leaders.

The series will begin on September 19, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. ET with “Atlanta Public Schools Secrets to Success: The Odd Couple.” The educators hosting each webinar in the series use and manage technology every day in their classrooms and districts to engage their students and encourage collaboration. The webinars were developed to help educators learn how to utilize classroom technology to promote students’ learning, and gain valuable insights and best practices from those who know what works best.

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

What’s New at Boxlight This Fall

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Aug 21, 2018

It’s August, and for many the semester has just begun. Over the next few weeks, the 2018–2019 school year will take off for districts all over the country. If you’re an educator with plans to improve EdTech at your school this year, Boxlight has countless resources to help guide you through the process. Whether you like to gain new educational insight by listening to podcasts, reading case studies, or communicating with other educators, Boxlight has dozens of new opportunities for professional development and guidance. Here’s a look at what’s new at Boxlight this fall! 

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

Atlanta Public Schools: 21st Century Classroom Transformation

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Aug 7, 2018

For years, Atlanta Public Schools used traditional whiteboards and Promethean boards to lecture students. “It wasn’t interactive or engaging at all,” says Aleigha Henderson-Rosser, Executive Director Instructional Technology. “It was no different than projecting onto a chalkboard.”

APS was ready for a change. In 2015, they began their quest for an effective 21st century classroom. After an extensive search involving participants from both technology and instruction, APS selected Boxlight’s interactive classroom as the foundational learning platform for middle and high school classrooms district-wide.

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Topics: Education Technology, Educational influencers

Educator Profile: Clayton County Public Schools Tech Transformation

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Clayton County Public Schools and Boxlight Take Tech Transformation to New Heights

Focused on improving student outcomes and teacher efficiency, the fifth largest school district in Georgia is installing Boxlight’s innovative technology in approximately 3,200 classrooms.

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Topics: Education Technology

10 Reasons Not to Miss ISTE 2018

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Just weeks away from one of the country’s largest education technology conferences, everyone is eagerly awaiting ISTE 2018 and all of the opportunities it offers. ISTE is an amazing place for educators and administrators alike to discover new EdTech trends and products, network with fellow education professionals, and brainstorm and share creative ideas and best practices for implementing technology into the classroom. 

This year’s conference and expo will take place in the third largest city in the US: Chicago, Illinois. Between the workshops and expo offered at the conference and the opportunities to explore the Windy City, here are the experiences you won’t want to miss to get the most out of ISTE 2018:

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Topics: education industry

Top 5 Factors to Consider Before Buying Interactive Tools

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jun 7, 2018

Thinking about purchasing new interactive tools for your school? There are many factors you should consider before taking the leap to ensure that you choose the right solution to best suit your needs. Here’s where you should start: 

  1. “What Do I Buy?” vs. “Why Should I Buy?”

Planning for many technologies often seems to start with asking, “How many should we buy and which brand?” But it’s usually better to begin by asking, “Why are we thinking about buying these?” and “Are we buying tools to help the teacher do an even better job, or are we focused on tools to equip the students with new skills?” A well-considered purpose can provide strong guidance for subsequent decisions about choosing, implementing, and adopting any technology, including interactive flat panel displays, touch projectors, and student handheld devices such as iPads, Chromebooks, and Android tablets.

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Topics: Education Technology, Whole-Class, tips for teachers

7 Toy Companies Rocking the EdTech World

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Jun 5, 2018

It's the age of STEM—and many toy companies have taken note. Well-established toy makers now offer a variety of devices and kits to help you build an innovative makerspace in your classroom. Whether you have already set up a hands-on activity space for your students or are looking to create one in the future, these seven toy companies will help you build an engaging and fun collaborative workspace to help your students exercise their creativity and learn fundamental STEM skills. 

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

15 EdTech Experts: Brands, Blogs, and Resources to Help You in the Classroom

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, May 23, 2018

Innovation in educational technology is steered by the minds of creative and skilled educators all over the world. Many of these EdTech experts share their ideas and experiences through the creation of blogs, teacher resources, and sometimes even the formation of a brand.

With the abundance of websites and resources available to educators, it can be hard to decide where to look for guidance through your next EdTech initiative. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 15 of our favorite EdTech experts who you may or may not have heard of, as well as the brands, blogs, and resources they’ve created:

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Topics: education industry, Educational influencers

Our Best Posts on Teaching for Teacher Appreciation Week

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, May 9, 2018

We know how challenging and rewarding teaching can be, so we compiled our top 20 posts on the topic. This list covers everything from the funny to the serious—which is exactly like teaching! 

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Topics: tips for teachers

Retro Reimagined: Your Whiteboard and 4 Other Trends Finding New Life

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, May 8, 2018

The 2010s is an era of comebacks. In everything from fashion to music, retro ideas are being renewed to fit the demands of a modern audience. Young people especially are taking to retro-inspired products, focusing more on the lifestyle enrichment value that these vintage items can offer. 

This month, we announced the MimioFrame, a retrofit product that uses a teacher’s existing classroom whiteboard, projector, and computer to quickly and easily turn any whiteboard into a 10-touch interactive whiteboard. This offering has reimagined the idea behind bringing interactive technology into the classroom, making it possible for teachers to bring their old classroom back to life by upgrading their technology in less than 15 minutes.

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Topics: Education Technology

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