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Mimio 2015: Looking Back, Leaning In

Posted by Dan Winkler on Tue, Dec 22, 2015
 Dan Winkler
 Mimio Chief Technology Officer

Mimio remains faithful to its mission of developing outstanding technologies that let us meet the future with confidence. We continually push ourselves to consider how and where Mimio products will be used, over the long term. Increasingly, that means identifying and developing technologies that you, our customers and partners, will need to be successful.

Each year since we opened our doors in 1997, we have designed and delivered educational teaching technology solutions that reflect our singular philosophy: to make learning more engaging for students, with technology that makes it easier for teachers to do what they do best – teach.

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Topics: classroom assessment, Mimio, collaborative learning

“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

How to Create A Culture of Staff Collaboration for 21st Century Education

Posted by Paul Gigliotti on Thu, Dec 3, 2015

 Building a T4PD Community, Part 1

In November of 1986, a provocative article appeared in the New York Times with the simple title, “Debating Classroom Technology.” The article posed many intriguing questions about the future of technology in the classroom, at a time when educational technology was still in its infancy. Schools and teachers across the country were struggling to determine whether classroom technology might someday impact student learning: Could technology actually reform the way knowledge is transmitted? What is so compelling about this article, almost 30 years later, is that educators are still searching for the answer to that question.

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Topics: Education Technology, collaborative learning, Training, education industry

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

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

20 Ways Students Can Learn from One Another

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Sep 30, 2015

20 Tips for Encouraging Student Collaboration

As you’ve no doubt noticed, collaboration is a hot idea these days in both schools and the workplace. Encouraging students to learn from one another not only facilitates positive interaction; it also gets them ready for the future. Collaboration can be fun, since it’s a good break from the one-sided learning model. But sometimes you need to take steps to ensure maximum engagement from students. Read on for 20 effective tips for encouraging collaboration.

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning

7 Tips for Your Collaborative Classroom Makeover

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Learn How a Few Simple Steps Can Encourage Collaboration in Your Classroom

We often forget how much the physical classroom and its tools can shape what we do and how we do it. We “fail to notice the ways in which space constrains or enhances what we intend to accomplish.”* While the word “makeover” may sound like a dramatic transformation, it only takes a few small changes to make our classroom spaces much more collaborative. Those small changes can be very impactful to learning. Here are just a few ways you can give your classroom a “collaborative makeover.”

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning

NEW Mimio Spring Webinar Series Launches February 10th

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Feb 5, 2015

Mimio’s new webinars highlight such key topics as collaboration, effective lesson design, and the benefits of an online community.

Mimio is extremely excited to kick off the Spring Webinar series with our first session, Classroom Collaboration with Mimio on Tuesday, February, 10, 2015. The Spring Webinar series is hosted by educators who use Mimio every day in their classrooms or districts to engage and inspire their students. That's exactly what they will do for you in informative sessions covering topics from collaborative learning to integrating technology simply and easily into your lessons, and learning about the advantages of our online teaching community.

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Topics: webinar, collaborative learning, curriculum

5 Strategies for Creating a Collaborative Classroom [Free Guide]

Posted by Paget Hetherington on Mon, Nov 4, 2013

Creating a collaborative environment in classrooms is a key method of empowering students to live and thrive in the real world. Discussion, cooperation, open-mindedness, a variety of viewpoints, higher-order thinking skills, different curricular areas, disagreement, and debate are all elements that help students learn how to collaborate with others and thus become better educated individuals.

But how do educators incorporate collaborative learning models into their instruction? Start by setting expectations for your students, clearly explaining the process, and following these five collaboration strategies.

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning

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