Mimio Educator

Technology + Movement = High Engagement

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Educational leaders look for ways to maximize student learning and increase the effectiveness of teacher instruction. In my school, we use the term “best practice” when referring to strategies that are research-based and have evidence supporting them. Two practices that show great evidence in student learning are allowing students to learn through movement and incorporating technology into the classroom. While you may not think of technology and movement as a likely combination, bringing these two factors together can greatly increase engagement and help students excel.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, curriculum, Student Engagement

Turning Educators from Tech Resistors to Tech Heroes

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Imagine that you give some students the following assignment: Take a number of rubber bands and tie them to a wagon, then try to pull the wagon across a room. In order to pull the wagon, the rubber bands need to be pulled tight, but if the student pulls too hard or too fast, the rubber bands will break.

You can apply this same concept to tech-resistant educators in the classroom. If we want to move teachers from one side of the room (hating technology) to the other side of the room (tech hero), we have to “stretch” them—but not too hard or too fast.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Technical Challenges, Training

How to Make Your Ed-Tech Vendor Your Partner

Posted by Kevin Ryan on Thu, Sep 1, 2016


Kevin Ryan, Director of Educational Technology and 21st Century Learning

The schools in Kildeer Countryside School District 96 had already been recognized for their academic excellence by the US DOE and the Illinois State Board of Education. Still, district administrators recognized that significant changes needed to be made to our classrooms, and better technology needed to be acquired, in order to help our students acquire the new skills mandated by today’s educational standards: effective communication and collaboration. So, we focused our attention to revamping classrooms to fit the learning needs of 21st century students, and we turned to our most trusted partners to get the job done. Working closely with these partners made all the difference in our successful implementation. Following are the lessons we learned along the way in terms of products and partnerships, which are inextricably connected.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, MimioProjector, Flat Panel Displays

How to Set Technology Goals and Make Purchasing Decisions

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

Summer is here! For many this is a time to relax and take it easy, but for some of us this is the time to get busy thinking about and planning for the coming school year. With the day-to-day demands of school out of the way, we have the space to start thinking about what technology we want to start implementing – and how we can make those plans a reality. 

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology

8 Tips for Evaluating Classroom Technology for Your School

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Tue, Apr 19, 2016

8TipsonEvaluatingTech-01.jpgWith all the new and exciting choices that exist for school classrooms, it can be difficult to decide exactly what to purchase. The educational technology market is huge, encompassing everything from iPads to IWBs. And the technology can often feel complicated and overwhelming. After 19 years of working as an educational technology specialist, I completely understand why many find technology challenging. To help you evaluate technology and set your school up for success, follow these eight tips:  

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Training

Promote Positive Student Behavior Through Technology

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Technology can be a great tool for reinforcing and therefore promoting positive student behavior in the classroom. Students who can use technology to track their behavior in the classroom have shown increases in positive behaviors and decreases in negative behaviors and their consequences.

Why does tracking reinforce positive behavior?
There are a few reasons why these tracking and monitoring strategies are effective. First, the social skills of students are still developing, so they may not immediately recognize negative behaviors. Students may benefit from simply being made aware that unwanted behavior is occurring. Second, the evaluation portion of the process gives students concrete feedback about particular unwanted behaviors, which helps them learn to keep them in check. Instead of feeling unable to control or impact the behaviors, students develop a greater sense of control.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, MimioStudio

Laser vs. Bulb Projection: A Clearer Choice than Coke vs. Pepsi

Posted by Stevan Vigneaux on Wed, Mar 2, 2016

The Bulb Problem

As almost every teacher knows, nothing is more irritating than having a projector bulb blow right in the middle of a lesson. Before you can get back to teaching, you have to find someone to get a replacement bulb (and hope there is one in the storeroom), and perhaps unmount the projector in order to replace the bulb. At that point, it often becomes clear that the students don’t remember what you were teaching, let alone what they were supposed to learn.

 

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Topics: Classroom Technology, MimioProjector

“Teachers Teaching Teachers Technology” in Action!

Posted by Paul Gigliotti on Thu, Dec 10, 2015

Building a T4PD Community, Part 2

Last week’s blog, “Building a T4PD Community: Part 1,” described a new strategy for professional development that has helped one school transform into a 21st century learning center. Working one-on-one or in small groups, teachers come together to share their expertise in a supportive environment. This week, learn how you can institute the T4PD model in your school.

Getting Started with T4PD
Building a T4PD technology integration model in your school is easy – but it does take time. For two years our staff has been working to transform our classrooms with instructional technology, and we still have a ways to go to achieve full implementation.

Within the T4PD model, each member of the staff assumes one or more of the roles described below. While the process appears to result in a hierarchy, the foundation is based on a community of teachers assisting one another in a casual setting for the better implementation of instructional technology. Furthermore, teachers who take part in a T4PD model may actually fill several roles as the process continues and their ability to use technology in the classroom grows.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, education industry

Make Your Classroom Library Interactive with Technology

Posted by Jessica Thiefels on Tue, Dec 1, 2015

The classroom library is an important space for students – it’s a quiet and comfortable spot where they can read what they want. While there’s nothing wrong with a technology-free classroom library, there’s much to gain from bringing some of these interactive tools into the area, including:

  • Student motivation
  • Student accountability
  • Better organization

All of these things benefit both you and your students: they’re more excited to read, and you know exactly what they’re reading. To make your classroom library more interactive, try the following three steps.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Mobile Devices

10 Project-Based Activities Using Your IWB

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Interactive whiteboards and their software shouldn’t be classroom tools you forget

With all the new technology surrounding us, we tend to forget how many exciting ways we can use our interactive whiteboards with students. Most (if not all) interactive whiteboards come with software that offers a variety of tools for both teachers and students.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Educational Software, Interactive Whiteboard

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