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Holly Fritz-Palao

Creative Manager Holly Fritz-Palao joined Mimio early in 2008. Working closely with Mimio’s marketing and executive teams, Holly is responsible for keeping Mimio’s brand and messaging true to the company’s mission of creating a better way to learn. She works with educators, writers, and designers to create informative content about the rapidly evolving world of educational technology and the ways in which it is impacting classrooms, teachers, and students.

She previously spent seven years with Graphique de France, an international publisher of stationery, posters and calendars. Initially as a graphic designer, and then moving into the role of Creative Director.

Holly holds a BFA from Pennsylvania State University, and also studied at Massachusetts College of Art. As the mother of twin boys, she sees the true importance of education and technology, and can attest that technology is shaping how they learn each day.

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20 Teacher Memes That Totally Get Your Daily Struggles

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The semester is about halfway done for most of you, which means you’re probably well into preparing your students for their end-of-semester assessments and projects before they’re distracted by the winter holidays. We know this can be exhausting, and you deserve a break––even if it’s just for the duration of this blog post.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Five Emerging Trends in EdTech

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Oct 8, 2019

As we inch closer to 2020, we can look back at the significant strides and innovations in educational technology and the ways EdTech has redefined traditional education in the first two decades of the 21st century. Technology has become an integral part of the everyday learning process, with students, teachers, parents, and administrators all using important devices and software each day to increase efficiency and improve learning outcomes.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

10 Highly Rated Podcasts for Teachers

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Oct 2, 2019

As a busy teacher, it can be hard to find the time to sit down and read teaching blogs, articles, or books for motivation and professional development. Luckily, we live in the golden age of the podcast, making it possible to listen to this same motivational and educational content while you’re doing something else, like commuting to school, organizing your classroom, or making dinner at home.

Because podcasts are easy to record and publish, there’s an extremely rich market of content to choose from. Weeding through all this content can take time, but we’ve done the research for you and found 10 inspiring and interesting podcasts with great reviews and ratings. All of the podcasts on this list are rated 4.5 stars or higher on Apple podcasts, so you know they’ll have great content!

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Topics: education industry, Educational influencers, tips for teachers

Five Change-Makers Shaping the Education Space

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Industry Influencers Leading the Way

As we enter a new school year, we thought it would be interesting to look at the change-makers leading the way in EdTech this year. Previously, we created a comprehensive list of the top 20 influencers in education technology, and earlier this year, we shared 10 more industry leaders. The EdTech industry is constantly growing and changing, so today we're sharing five more innovative influencers making active change to shape education for the future.

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Topics: education industry, Educational influencers

The Importance of Hearing for Learning

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Aug 6, 2019

We know that if students can’t clearly see a lesson, they can’t be expected to retain the information. But did you know the same is true of hearing? Clear audio is essential to learning, but hearing loss, temporary impairment from an illness, and common classroom sounds can all get in the way of student learning.

View our new infographic to learn more about the role of hearing in the learning process:

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Topics: Classroom Audio

Expanding Proprietary STEM Solutions to Programming and Robotics

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jun 27, 2019

As educators, we know how important STEM learning is to ensure our students succeed not just in the classroom, but out in the real world as well. Students need to develop the critical skills that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom as tomorrow’s engineers and innovators.

Modern Robotics merged with Boxlight earlier this year, enabling us to introduce the Mimio MyBot educational robotics system. This system was conceived and developed to fulfill a need in robotics and coding in the classroom without the added complexity common in most systems. The MyBot system helps students engage in learning experiences, preparing them in emerging STEM fields including software, robotics, and technology.

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Topics: Educacion STEM, Robotics

Case Study: Four Steps to a Successful K-12 Technology Transformation

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Jun 20, 2019

Like many school districts, Washington’s Monroe School District was suffering with technology and equipment that was anywhere from eight to 12 years old in a world where anything older than four is considered a dinosaur. “We had all sorts of different equipment across 376 instructional spaces,” says Rachelle Butz, executive director of digital learning and infrastructure for the district. “It was problematic from a learning standpoint because teachers won’t use technology if they can't trust it to be reliable when they are delivering lessons.”

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Topics: Flat Panel Displays, Case Studies, Whole-Class

10 Summer Opportunities for Teachers to Recharge and Learn

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Summer vacation is a great time for educators to get some much-needed rest and relaxation after a busy school year and intense testing season. However, getting too relaxed can make for a rough transition into the next school year. To take full advantage of your well-deserved free time, it’s important to fill your summer with productive, fun, and fulfilling activities that will leave you refreshed and ready to dive into another great year come fall.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Another Successful Year for Boxlight STEM Day

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, May 29, 2019

On May 3, we celebrated the fourth Boxlight STEM Day (#BLSTEM) in conjunction with TAG-Ed’s Georgia STEM Day (#GASTEMDay). Students around Georgia, as well as several locations in Latin America, participated in lessons conducted with the Boxlight Labdisc. STEM Day is a hands-on, inquiry-based learning event designed to help students discover critical STEM skills and understand how STEM disciplines apply to the world around them. Lessons ranged in topics from heart rate and light absorbance to Newton’s second law.

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Topics: STEM, Educacion STEM

Implement Effective Whole-Class Learning

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Apr 30, 2019

Whole-class learning is a key aspect of the modern classroom. This practice is designed to put students at the center of the educational environment so they’re more engaged, more collaborative, and more motivated. The teacher still drives the instruction and facilitates the learning—whole-class solutions simply make teaching easier and learning more exciting.

Many students grasp new ideas more quickly through whole-group learning, especially if the material is interactive and engaging. Ready to bring whole-class learning to your classroom? We’ve created a resource library to help you select, implement, and provide whole-group instruction—no matter your budget or needs.

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Topics: Whole-Class, tips for teachers

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