Mimio Educator

How to Hire a Teacher with Strong Instructional Technology Skills

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 8, 2017

We are now at the time of the year when teachers are retiring or relocating to other schools. Administrators are looking to hire new teachers who will help take their schools to the next level in all aspects of education—especially in the area of technology.

What are some ways that principals can bring in educators who will be leaders in the area of technology? There are the basic ways to find out more about candidates, such as reference checks, resumes, applications, and cover letters. However, the traditional methods of exploring great candidates aren’t always enough to help find the right person. What are some other methods of discovering a candidate’s technical expertise and potential? Here are some ideas:

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Technical Challenges, education industry

10 Training Tips for a Successful Technology Integration

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Wed, May 17, 2017

We know what it’s like to attend a one-day professional development event and never have any follow-up training. It is just as frustrating to listen to a trainer and not be able to practice what you learned because the equipment is not readily available. Additionally, many of us have struggled through a training never being able to touch a piece of technology equipment.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Technical Challenges

Best Practices for Grading Tech Integration

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

When it comes to technology, most schools don’t assign separate grades for “computing.” Most of us in the EdTech world probably wouldn’t suggest doing that anyway. Technology should be integrated rather than being treated as an add-on; it is just part of “what we do” in the classroom, and not a separate subject.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, classroom assessment, Technical Challenges

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 Technology Rules for Your Classroom

Posted by Jessica Thiefels on Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Ask any teacher who has experienced it: having technology in the classroom is exciting and motivating for students. All they need is a certain amount of freedom to run with the technology and feel empowered. However, letting students loose on the Internet, or even within certain tools, isn’t always safe or conducive to a productive learning environment. 

This is where technology rules come into play. With certain guidelines in place, students can take charge of their learning journey safely. The following tips can help you with this process. 

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Topics: Education Technology, Technical Challenges

Notes from Hingham High: Student Tech Squad Solves Teachers’ Ed Tech Problems

Posted by Sarah Coughlin on Thu, Oct 9, 2014

Hingham Tech Squad Comes to the Rescue, Students Learn in the Process

When I returned to teaching after leaving the corporate ed tech world, I was gung ho to start spreading classroom technology throughout my school. I knew that technology had an important role to play in education – that it could engage and motivate students by making the classroom more exciting. But I soon realized that not every teacher had the resources to make that a reality. Some had little or no background in technology. Some weren’t sure where to start when it came to incorporating these new tools into their lessons. And almost no one had the time to learn to use new technology.

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Topics: Education Technology, Technical Challenges

Overcoming the Technical Challenges of Mobile Devices in Your Classroom

Posted by Dan Winkler on Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Dan Winkler, Mimio Chief Technology Officer

When it comes to using mobile devices in the classroom, we’ve found there are many common concerns among teachers. Everyone recognizes the great potential of the technology for bringing learning to a more personal level and for getting students engaged by using devices they already know well. But most teachers worry about overcoming the technical challenges of mobile devices in the classroom. We believe that our latest release of the MimioMobile™ app addresses the key challenges, as explained below.

How difficult is it to set up and implement mobile devices in my classroom?
One of our main goals when creating the MimioMobile app was to find a way to easily integrate the student and teacher mobile software experiences into the daily workflow of our other interactive classroom technologies.  Our QR Connect process connects student and teacher devices to the MimioStudio™ software with a simple point-and-click. You scan a QR code with the teacher or student mobile device, and you’re up and running. By spending time on details like these, we reduce the technical barriers so that
teachers can focus on teaching.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, MimioMobile, MimioStudio, Technical Challenges, Mobile Devices, Educational Apps

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