Mimio Educator

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

The Teacher’s Checklist to Start the School Year Off Right!

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jul 13, 2016

It’s still summer, and we hope you’re taking time to relax and recharge your batteries. But if there’s a little voice in your head reminding you that another school year lies ahead – and you’ve promised yourself that you’ll be more prepared this time around – we can help you get a handle on things with this helpful checklist. It covers the pertinent categories: students, parents, curriculum, technology, organization, classroom management, and self-care, plus miscellaneous. With the checklist in hand, you can silence that nagging little voice and get back to the important work of summer: relaxation, with a bit of time spent reading, learning, and growing as a professional! 

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, tips fpr teachers, back to school

How to Create a Makerspace in the Classroom

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, May 5, 2016


America has always had a culture set on dreaming up possibilities and then taking action to make them happen. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in the United States (and, in some cases, don’t even know about yet) is due to the “maker” mentality. Because the art of making is inherent to the very fabric of our culture, it’s central to 21st learning.

Childhood has long been a time when young minds are allowed – indeed, encouraged – to play and “make.” It’s important to understand that allowing students to be makers opens the doors to both personalized and authentic learning.

The current Maker Movement in education puts greater emphasis on allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and – most of all – dream of possibilities. Creating a classroom makerspace seems to be a natural progression in today’s schools.


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Topics: Lessons, Activities, curriculum, The Maker Movement

Holiday Traditions and Activities for the Classroom

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Merry and Oh So Bright!

Everyone is counting down the days to holiday break – students and teachers alike. To power all of us through the end of the year, we’re bringing you some holiday cheer today. We asked fellow educators, administrators, and Mimio parents to share the holiday traditions that are observed in their schools and classrooms. These stories put a smile on our faces and also gave us some great ideas for next year.

Wonderful holiday traditions bring fun, the joy of giving, and the spirit of learning to one and all. Enjoy!

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Topics: Holiday, Lessons, curriculum

10 Tips for Creating Good Looking and Effective Lessons

Posted by Lindy George on Wed, Oct 7, 2015

Learn ways to help you make lessons that are easy on the eyes and the mind!

Do you sometimes find yourself wanting to create a lesson that will wow, but end up just staring at a blank screen? Don’t worry – it happens to all of us. Maybe it’s writer’s block, a creative road block, or you’re just plain stumped. When that happens, following these 10 tips can help you get you back on track and on your way to creating a truly great lesson. They center around 5 key areas: interactivity, aesthetics, instruction, originality, and collaboration.

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Topics: Lessons, collaborative learning

5 Instructional Design Components That Will Help You Create a Better Lesson

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Feb 19, 2015

When you build lessons do you sometimes have trouble knowing where to begin? Or do you get stuck in a rut, re-creating the same thing over and over? We know how important it is to not only create engaging lessons, but ones of high quality. We have compiled 5 key ways to improve your lessons to make them more interactive and effective.

Lessons that achieve positive learning outcomes with students often contian the following instructional design components:

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Topics: Lessons

Get Off to a Good Start with Our FREE Back to School Content Pack

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Get ready to get organized!

The first day of school is just around the corner – are you prepared for the 2014-15 school year? To help you start the year off right, we’ve got a Content Pack filled with "housekeeping" classroom templates and resources for customizing activities. This free Content Pack, available from the MimioConnect® online teaching community, will help you and your students get ready to get down to business.

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Topics: Lessons, Activities, curriculum

Best Guides and Case Studies from Mimio in 2013

Posted by Dan Winkler on Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Over the past year, Mimio created two informative guides to help educators with some of the challenges they currently face in their classrooms. Mimio has also documented the stories of some dynamic and creative educators who are using Mimio products. These case studies highlight how they have benefited from our hardware and software to facilitate engagement and instruction. If you missed any of these publications, you can download them now from the link below.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Lessons, Mimio, MimioMobile, Classroom Collaboration, curriculum

Free Earth Day Interactive Lessons

Posted by Alyssa O'Mara on Tue, Apr 2, 2013

Free Earth Day Lessons

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Topics: Lessons

Announcing the New MimioScience - Educational Software Addresses NGSS

Posted by Paget Hetherington on Mon, Mar 18, 2013

Today we are proud to announce the launch of MimioScience™ interactive lessons. This state-of-the-art software, one of the first to address the upcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), comprises an extensive series of 75 interactive whiteboard units that provide more than 225 high-quality lessons for students in grades 3-8.

“Science education in the United States is frequently described as ‘a mile wide and an inchMimioScience interactive lessons deep,’” said Manny Perez, Mimio’s general manager. “As schools attempt to cover everything from physical science to life science, nothing is taught or learned in sufficient depth, a problem that really plagues science education. Our goal in developing MimioScience was to design a teaching tool that effectively and efficiently distills science teaching to its fundamental core elements: concepts, principles, and processes. The lessons’ targeted activities give students a way to apply and extend what they’ve learned through application and inquiry.”

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Educational Software, Lessons, Science Lessons, NGSS, STEM Lessons, MimioScience