Mimio Educator

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

Why Hands-On Experiments Are Important

Posted by Denise Scribner on Tue, Mar 7, 2017

 “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”  - Aristotle


As teachers, we know our students learn in many different ways: visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and social. But most of us teach the way we're most comfortable—and that's not necessarily the way our students learn. It's a missed opportunity if we don't use the way that a student learns best to hook them and get them excited about learning.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, 21st Century Skills, Labdisc, STEM

Why Coding? Part 3: DIY Coding in the Elementary Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Feb 14, 2017

As a classroom teacher, you may have heard about the recent push to incorporate more computer science and coding into students’ lives. The problem could be—as it is with most teachers I know—that you feel vastly underqualified to teach anything in that realm. Coding seems like an intimidating subject and something that requires a lot of professional learning before jumping in.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Why Coding? Part 2: Exploring Coding Curricula

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Feb 8, 2017

When looking at the big picture of a school system, it can be daunting to think about effective ways to incorporate change. Systems are complex by nature, and education can be a hard one to change for a variety of reasons.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum, 21st Century Skills

Why Coding? Part 1: The Future of Computer Science Education

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jan 26, 2017

 

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

Where to Find Great Videos to Increase Student Learning

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 6, 2016

VideostoIncreaseStudentleanring-01.jpgIn most classrooms, individualized learning is the norm, and it can be problematic for many teachers. How can a teacher possibly keep all the students learning at a level that is challenging for each of them? How can a teacher tap into students’ curiosity to keep them motivated to learn? And how can a teacher make sure that all students have access to learning all the content standards? Short videos may be the answer.

Finding the Right Videos

Online videos are one powerful solution to these challenges. Students’ learning changes when they have a connected device to help them learn. But the number of methods for learning new information is almost endless on the Internet. Who has the time to sift through them all?

We’ve put together a “go-to” list of excellent sites with short videos that teachers can use to provide content knowledge and standards-based tutorials, or to tap into the curiosity of students.

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Topics: MimioStudio, curriculum, 21st Century Skills

Shifting Education Paradigms Call for 21st Century Skills

Posted by Jason Schmidt on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Strategies for Everyday Instruction

In the 1989 movie Back to the Future II, Marty McFly time travels (in style!) to October 21, 2015. The movie treats us to a vision of the future that includes self-tying shoes, futuristic outfits, flying cars, and hovering skateboards. Of course, now that we’ve caught up to “the future,” we know that the movie got a lot of things wrong. But there are a few things that are actually pretty close to reality: e.g., Lexus apparently has made a prototype hoverboard . . . and how about those Cubs?! While no scene in the movie features a classroom, I wonder what the screenwriters would have done with such a scene.

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Topics: collaborative learning, 21st Century Skills

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