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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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April Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Mon, Apr 2, 2018

Spring is in full bloom and signs of new life are beginning to emerge everywhere. This time of year is an exciting one for teachers as there’s a renewed commitment to continue making an impact in the classroom—but there is still a lot going on with spring breaks, end of year assessments, ensuring standards are being met, and much more. For teachers, the challenge to stay motivated to finish the year strong and keep students engaged remains a mission.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, tips for teachers

NSTA 2018: A Collaborative, Hands-On STEM Workshop to Make Science Relevant

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Mar 27, 2018

We’re back from the National Science Teachers Association’s 2018 National Conference on Science Education in Atlanta, Georgia! PowerUpED graciously gave us and Globisens, makers of the Labdisc portable STEM lab, the chance to collaborate with them on a workshop called “Make Science Relevant and Engaging,” which centered around the Labdisc mobile data logger.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM

March Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Mar 1, 2018

Spring is right around the corner, which means we can finally bid farewell to winter and welcome the warmer weather this month! While you’re doing your springtime cleaning, why not spruce up your lessons? Here is our collection of engaging themed content for March:

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Topics: Lessons, Training, tips for teachers

February Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Feb 1, 2018

 
We teachers can be pretty set in our ways when it comes to how we do things in our classroom. Lessons we’ve had in our arsenal are continually refined and can be presented at a moment's notice to fit our curricular needs. For those newer to the classroom, it takes considerable time to create the perfect lesson that achieves the learning goals you have. We’ve all been there when a lesson turns out to not go exactly the way it was intended—it’s all part of the process of getting better as an educator and a professional.

Ready to try something new? Shake up your routine this month with these engaging lessons and activities from MimioConnect™, our interactive teaching community:

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Topics: Lessons, Professional Development for Teachers, Free Content, curriculum, tips for teachers

Get Your Students Involved in STEM Day 2018! 

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Jan 31, 2018


February 16 will mark the second annual Boxlight STEM Day (#BLSTEM)—and there are a few new details, so read on to learn more!

First of all, some things won’t change. Just like last year, students will work with their classmates in a hands-on, inquiry-based learning event designed to help them learn critical STEM skills and understand how STEM disciplines apply to the world around them. And as before, Boxlight will provide the lab experiment and the event will involve using our wireless Labdisc portable STEM lab, so it’s less “same old classroom activity” and more “exciting new real-world work.”

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum, STEM

January Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Jan 2, 2018

A new year is upon us, which means many of you will be making or renewing resolutions for self-improvement in 2018. Resolutions may include taking your health goals more seriously by eating better and exercising more, taking charge of your life by being direct in accomplishing certain goals, improving money management, or making a bigger impact on others around you.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, Training, tips for teachers

Holiday Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Sun, Dec 3, 2017

The turkey has been eaten and it's officially time for the holidays! Get your classroom and students in the holiday spirit with these festive learning packs—we have some great lessons and activities to inspire you all month long. 

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, Training, tips for teachers

Top 10 Resources for STEM Funding

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Nov 30, 2017

It’s no secret that STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, and math) is crucial for today’s students to succeed in the future job market. STEM occupations are growing at a rate of 17%, compared to 9.8% in other professions, so our students need to enter the workforce equipped with these skills. However, money in public education is tight, and a lack of financial resources can mean limited opportunities for STEM learning.

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Topics: Funding, 21st Century Skills, Administrator Resources, STEM

25 Things Teachers are Thankful For

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Turkey, Students, and Summer Break!

I am already deciding which of my favorite foods and desserts I will be having this Thanksgiving. As far as I’m concerned, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without green bean casserole and a dark chocolate pecan pie!

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Topics: tips for teachers

Infographic: STEM by the Numbers

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Nov 7, 2017

At the forefront of education today is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning, which is necessary in order for American students to be competitive in the job market after graduation. Careers in these fields will continue to grow, so it’s imperative that we make STEM a priority to ensure that our students don’t miss out on future opportunities. Here are a few facts about STEM that showcase why these topics are so important:

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Topics: curriculum, education industry, STEM, STEAM

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