Mimio Educator

Turning BYOD Student Devices Into Learning Tools

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 30, 2017

Whether it is a school-owned computer or a student BYOD cell phone, classroom management with devices can be challenging. Most students probably see their own device as a gaming/texting/social media gadget—and not as a learning tool. So when teachers ask students to use their devices to learn, and not to play, it can be very challenging. From social media and games to learning tools, most students are highly adept at flipping from one thing to the next, such as hiding apps they shouldn’t be on and masking their social media action. Because of all this, monitoring and managing can be difficult from the outset.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, MimioMobile, Mobile Devices, BYOD

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

Using Hyperlinks for Efficient Learning

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

My school district—along with many others across the nation—is moving toward a more paperless work environment. This is a great idea on many levels as it boosts cost savings, can be environmentally friendly, and is many times more efficient.

These same things are true of the classroom environment. It is a great concept to go paperless, but what does that really look like for an organization? There are some learning management systems that can be used to help with this, such as Moodle, Google Classroom, Blackboard, SuccessNet, and many others. If adopting an LMS is not possible due to budget, time, or training, here is a trick to increase efficiency: To head toward a more paperless system, consider using hyperlinks.

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Topics: Educational Software, MimioStudio

[Infographic] Finding the Right Interactive Solution and Size for Your Budget

Posted by Stevan Vigneaux on Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Which Interactive Solution Is Right for Your School?

Interactive technologies offer an effective, engaging, and easy way to provide teacher-led instruction. Whole-class tools are designed to put students at the center of the educational environment, so they’re more engaged, more collaborative, and more motivated.

There’s a wide array of choices when it comes to whole-class technology, which you can read about in our recent blog articles: portable IWBs, interactive projectors (standard and laser), touch boards, and flat panel displays. Some of the most important considerations are what will work for your classroom configurations and for the teaching and learning styles of your educators and students.

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Topics: Education Technology, Interactive Whiteboard, MimioTeach, Interactive Projectors

Engaging Ways to Formatively Assess Students

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Mar 21, 2017

One of the advantages to being a building principal is that I get to see what takes place in classrooms all around the school. I love seeing a great strategy in one classroom, then going to the next classroom and sharing it with another teacher. I think we can all agree that there is not nearly enough of this kind of sharing and collaboration in education. 

In our school, we have been studying different approaches to formative assessment in the classroom. We looked over about twenty-five different ideas for how to formatively assess, then I asked teachers to try one of the concepts in their classroom and provide me with feedback about the strategy. 

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Topics: MimioVote assessment, classroom assessment, MimioVote, MimioMobile, Mobile Devices

Helping Students Become Better Writers Through Brainstorming

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Asking students to write is one of the most difficult tasks we require. It tasks the writer with managing multiple cognitive functions all at one time: idea creation, organization, word choice, grammar rules, voice, correct sentences, and focusing on a topic. Whew. Writing this myself is taking a lot of hard work!

Because of the load that is placed on the writer, students are more successful when some of the individual tasks are broken down and isolated for them. Teachers do this in a variety of ways. We have them spell check at the end so they can focus on the ideas at the beginning. We have them review their sentences for run-ons or incompletion. We help them to organize in paragraphs. And most importantly, we try to help them with original and complete ideas. 

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Topics: curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Greening Your School: From Lessons to the Playground

Posted by Lauren Pezzullo on Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Caring for the environment is one of our most essential duties as humans, and the current state of the earth makes its protection a vital lesson that needs to be taught as early as possible in life. While there are plenty of resources available for educators wanting to incorporate environmentalism into their curricula, what happens outside of learning units is also important for students to observe. Since modeling positive, eco-friendly behaviors in our daily lives is one of the best ways to learn about green living, we’ve come up with a few ideas to help you introduce green practices into your daily routine at school—and into your STEM curriculum.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, tips for teachers, STEM

Finding the Right Classroom Solution: Portable Interactive Whiteboards

Posted by Stevan Vigneaux on Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Whole-class learning is a key aspect of the modern classroom, but how do you find the right solution for your school? There are a variety of options, so you need to take a closer look at each one to determine which is the best choice for your students, teachers, curriculum, and budget.

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Topics: Education Technology, Interactive Whiteboard

Cyberbullying Resources for Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 9, 2017

Over the past few years, students have had technology in their hands more and more. Often times, that technology is even provided by the school in a 1:1 setting. Just as a school would not provide another tool to students without appropriate safety training, neither should they provide a device that provides access around the world without some precautions. Imagine opening the doors to the wood shop and telling the students, “Here is the power button...have fun!”

Our attitude toward cyberbullying in school isn’t typically that laissez faire, but good, systematic teaching of technology expectations does not always occur either. The risk is really broader than just bullying when we talk about technology, and other issues such as sexting, over-sharing, and inappropriate content should also be considered.

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Topics: tips for teachers, cyberbullying

Finding the Right Classroom Solution: Interactive Touch Boards

Posted by Stevan Vigneaux on Wed, Mar 8, 2017

Whole-class learning is a key aspect of the modern classroom, but how do you find the right solution for your school? There are a variety of options, so you need to take a closer look at each one to determine which is the best choice for your students, teachers, curriculum, and budget.

Last week we looked at interactive projectors, which offer large interactive spaces more affordably than flat panel displays. This week, we're going to explore interactive touch boards, which can be used as both a conventional whiteboard and a touch board. Some of the most important considerations are what will work for your classroom configurations and for the teaching and learning styles of your educators and students.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, touch board, Whole-Class

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