Mimio Educator

Travis Rink

Travis Rink has 16 years of experience teaching high school chemistry and various other science courses. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kansas State University, and master’s degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership & Administration from Wichita State University. As a teacher, he took on various Mimio-related roles, including the Mimio Masters program, MimioConnect moderator, Mimio Teacher Team presenter, and Mimio Quick Learn moderator. As the Mimio Educator Advocacy Leader, Travis now manages the Mimio training programs available globally, as well as the Mimio Teacher Teams and MimioConnect lesson development.
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Science and the Super Bowl

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Jan 24, 2017


5 Resources to Make the Biggest Game of the Year a Learning Touchdown

With football’s biggest night coming up, how can you turn the event into a learning opportunity? Turns out, there’s plenty of science to be found in this popular game! From Newton’s laws and Deflategate to health and injuries, football offers plenty of opportunities help improve student engagement in the classroom.

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Topics: Lessons, Science Lessons, tips for teachers

January Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Have you checked out our MimioTraining™ Quick Learn series yet? It’s a great place to find tips to enhance your lessons, learn how to integrate our products into your curriculum, and stay on top of the latest educational technology trends. We offer a variety of sessions every month taught by Mimio Expert teachers, as well as On-Demand recorded sessions, created to help educators achieve their classroom goals.

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25 Awesome Tips for Google Apps in the Classroom

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Jan 4, 2017

From Flash Cards to Book Clubs, Google Apps Are a
Great Asset for Classrooms

There is no doubt that Google Apps is revolutionizing classrooms. This centralized platform of creation and collaboration makes group projects and teacher feedback easier. It also streamlines parent-teacher communication, making it easier to keep busy parents informed of their child's progress. Perhaps you have already integrated Google Docs and need ideas, or maybe it’s time to make use of this extraordinary tool. No matter where you are with the totally integrated paperless classroom, here are 25 hacks to start you off on your Google Apps journey.

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Topics: classroom assessment, Classroom Collaboration, google docs

50 Reasons Teachers Love Winter Break

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Dec 28, 2016

After a long semester of shaping the minds of the next generation, teachers certainly deserve some time to relax and unwind over the winter break. So, just how much do educators love this time off? And how do they spend it?

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

‘Tis the Season for Fun Holiday Lessons

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing, so we’re sharing some of our favorite lesson ideas for this time of year. Whether you want to incorporate winter weather or global celebrations into your classroom, we’ve got you covered.

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Topics: Holiday, Lessons, curriculum, tips for teachers

15 Resources to Create Effective, Engaging IWB Lessons

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Nov 9, 2016

Interactive whiteboards are fantastic tools, providing educators with a more engaging way to teach. With so many features to choose from, how can you best put these tools to use in the classroom? Here are some of our favorite resources with ideas and recommendations to help you use interactive whiteboards effectively in order to increase learning and engagement with your students.

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Topics: Lessons, Interactive Whiteboard, Free Content, Training

November Training and Content Resources to Get You Through the Election and Turkey Time

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Nov 3, 2016

November is here, and we have two things on our minds: elections and Thanksgiving! We have plenty of resources to power you through the crisp days of late fall—including new election- and Thanksgiving-themed content packs to inspire you in a month filled with current and historic events. We also have valuable training classes to help you refresh your skills or learn some new ones.

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, Training

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

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

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