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Ask a Master allows you to contact a Mimio Master to pose a question, raise an issue, or explore a situation on any topic. Masters are practicing teachers, tech coordinators, and other educators who have completed a rigorous course of study on how to use interactive teaching and interactive technology products in the classroom. Their answers to your queries will add new ideas and methods to your teaching.

Question:

I found a seating chart in the 2019 back to school gallery pack. I'd like to use it but am having difficulty manipulating the chairs and names on the page and don't fully understand the pullout instructions. Please advise.

  • Submitted By:
    Cynthia S.
  • Date:
    Aug. 28, 2019

Answer:

Good question and here are a few suggestions. There are 2 seating charts to choose from, one that is already arranged in a classroom setting and the second can be set up to reflect your needs. In your case, I suggest using the second one, unless you have your classroom set up similar to the the first one. The pull out instructions say to double click on the word"name" then change it to one of your students' names. Now "select" both the name and the desk by using the "shift" key to select the second item (either the name or desk). Once they've both been selected (with 2 editing boxes visible), go to Format>Grouping>Group. This will make them 1 object. Continue doing the same as you go through your class list. Once completed, you can give the chart a name, save it as a PDF and print off a copy. As always, should you get the chance, peruse the many tips and suggestions that can be found in the Ask a Master section of MimioConnect.

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Question:

I can't seem to change the orientation of a PDF file that I inserted into a notebook page. Can it be rotated?

  • Submitted By:
    Phillip P.
  • Date:
    Jul. 28, 2019

Answer:

There is no way to directly change the orientation of a PDF file from inside MimioStudio Notebook.That would need to be done prior to inserting it into the notebook. If you don't have access to the original PDF file outside the notebook then you might try the following:
1. Save the imported PDF page in Mimio Notebook as a JPG file.
2. Save with the original orientation, size, and resolution.
3. Next, drag the saved JPG file into your Gallery as an image. Give it a name if you'd like.
4. Lastly, drag the image file from the Gallery back onto a Notebook page. Select the image and use the rotate handle to rotate the image to desired orientation.

Thanks for a great question and as always, should you have the time, check out the many tips and suggestions that can be found in Ask a Master!

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Question:

Can I use my MimioStudio software to create a tutorial for my lesson that needs a step by step visual?

  • Submitted By:
    Peter S.
  • Date:
    Jun. 24, 2019

Answer:

Absolutely! Whether you need to explain a math problem, science equation, conjugate a verb or simply show a concept visually, MimioStudio allows you to do it simply and effortlessly. The MimioStudio software comes equipped with a recorder located in the toolbar under applications. Once it is accessed, you have three options on recording: entire desktop, window, or a specific area. The video is saved as an .AVI file and can be played back in a few formats. There are detailed instructions which can be found in Chapter 10 of the MimioStudio user's guide. It can be accessed by following this link:https://mimio.boxlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MimioClassroom_UG_Win_en.pdf Creating mini tutorials is so important for many students to be able to have that visual extension of whatever might have been taught in class then get reinforced outside of the classroom. It also is a way to explain to students who might have been absent from class what to do to with regards to a classroom lesson. In the past I have even created a worksheet for the student to complete, that compliments the concepts of the tutorial similar to taking notes in class. Have a fun time creating some mini tutorials for those concepts that could use a little clarity in your own words and description instead of having your students searching the Internet for explanation.

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Question:

I just wanted to know if there is any special precautions I need to take with my equipment over the summer?

  • Submitted By:
    Sabrina M
  • Date:
    May. 16, 2019

Answer:

Good question! Each school district may have different protocols for how the equipment should be stored over the summer: in a central location or in your classroom or even keeping it up if it's not portable. So, my first thought would be is to check with your building tech department or whomever may be the designated administrator of technology. If this isn't the case in your situation and it's up to you to store your own equipment then follow these simple steps:
1. Unplug all equipment.
2. Remove your MimioTeach and store it in a secure location along with the dongle (USB stick).
3. Make sure all batteries are removed from any device because the summer months tend to heat up and those batteries could leak and destroy your equipment.
4. Make sure everything is stored together: cords, devices(MimioCapture, MimioVote, MimioPad, MimioView) pens, etc. because that will make it easier in the Fall for setting up.
5. When the summer is over check your computer/laptop for any software updates that might be available or your technology staff might have done over the summer. There always could be some new features and tips that were released to make your Mimio experience easier and fun while being educational!

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Question:

Is there a quick way to delete/erase/reset all the work that's been done on a page in a lesson or even the whole lesson at the end of a class so that it can be used with the next class or the next day?

  • Submitted By:
    Tracy
  • Date:
    Apr. 4, 2019

Answer:

Good question! There are a few things that can be done. The easiest is to just close out the lesson WITHOUT re-saving. This way the changes that were done on each page will not be saved and you'll have the original, untouched lesson. Another thing that can be done is to make a copy of the lesson before its been written on (so that you'll have a master or original). You would use the copy. Some teachers work through the same lesson with multiple classes and may not necessarily end at the same point with each class. By saving the lesson after each class (using some sort of class notation in the title) will allow the teacher to open up the lesson to the exact point of wherever they left off. Some teachers also like to have the annotated lessons of all the work that was done in class to be able to save it that particular class website (if they have one) or print it out for students to peruse who may have been absent or may need reinforcement. Give one of these methods a try based on whatever your needs or preferences might be!

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Question:

While I was at school, I logged onto MimioConnect and added two lessons to my favorites. I went to access them from home and noticed that my favorites was missing from my profile. Is my profile different at school then at home? How else could I have accessed those lessons if my favorites doesn't work?

  • Submitted By:
    MaryAnn I.
  • Date:
    Mar. 15, 2019

Answer:

Your profiles are not different. There just may be a small technical issue on your home computer/software. If you reset your MimioConnect password, your favorites simply should reappear. If you can't reset going through your profile, under "edit profile", then you can click on "Forgot Your Password" on the homepage and go through that process to reset. Tagging those lessons as part of your favorites by clicking on the “Add to favorites” blue link underneath the lesson plan or activity should allow you to access them from any location once you log onto MimioConnect. Another way to make sure you have access to those specific lessons is to simply download those lessons and save them to a flash drive and open them up on other devices that have MimioStudio software installed. As always, if you get the chance, peruse through the many other tips and suggestions you can find on Ask a Master.

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Question:

Is it better to import/insert a PDF file to write on it or should I keep it outside of the notebook and just use a feature from the toolbar to write on it?

  • Submitted By:
    Samantha Q
  • Date:
    Feb. 26, 2019

Answer:

Annotating or writing on PDF inside or outside of a notebook page is really what you prefer and how you'd like to save the annotated PDF. If you use the file outside of the notebook, you'll need to open it and position the file to an acceptable size on the screen. Once you use the "screen annotation" tool from the toolbar, it freezes the file so you can write on it but you won't be able to manipulate the file (scroll up or down) because screen annotation freezes the screen. When you are done, simply press ESC on your keyboard or right click and select “CLOSE.” You will find a copy of your annotated page in your Gallery inside the Screen Annotations folder of the notebook. If you insert the PDF file into your notebook page, the whole file will resize to fit the screen. Write on it, mark it up and now the PDF becomes part of your lesson and you can continue to additional pages in the notebook or just save the mimio file to your computer for future use. As always, should you get the chance, check out the many other tips and suggestions found on MimioConnect.

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Question:

Is there a way to preview a gallery/.mcf file before you download it?

  • Submitted By:
    Caryn U.
  • Date:
    Jan. 4, 2019

Answer:

Previewing content on the website is reserved for the lesson/.ink files. Gallery files work differently because of their complexity which can include images, templates, multimedia, and even lessons. Gallery files can be opened in your own gallery through downloading them then looking at the file's contents. If at that point the gallery file is not what you were looking for, then you can simply highlight its name and delete it from your gallery. You have the ability as well to upload your own gallery files that you've created to share out with other members. As always, if you get the chance, peruse the other many tips and suggestions found in the Ask a Master section of MimioConnect!

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Question:

I'd like to add a hyperlink on one of my pages back to a previous page. Is this something that can be done?

  • Submitted By:
    Phyllis M
  • Date:
    Nov. 27, 2018

Answer:

Thanks for the great question and you absolutely can add a hyperlink to a page! Here is the process involved: After choosing the selection tool, right click on the object or text you would like to hyperlink to somewhere else. In your case it might be the words, "a previous page." Once you right click, choose "hyperlink" from the menu choices. Now within the Action Settings pop up window look at the "Link to" line and assign the hyperlink. You can link to an existing file or Web page, an attachment within your Notebook file (if you have any attached), or another page within your lesson. Hyperlinking to outside web pages is a very common technique teachers use when they need to jump to a website that's connected to the lesson such as PBS kids, NASA,or even you tube to name a few. As always, if you get the chance, please peruse the many other tips and suggestions found through MimioConnect's Ask a Master.

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Question:

I'd like to develop a lesson on general information about voting and elections but couldn't find any premade lessons. Can you suggest any that might help?

  • Submitted By:
    Michele T.
  • Date:
    Oct. 31, 2018

Answer:

I would suggest utilizing the usa.gov website which is packed with voter information including the history of elections and voting. There are vocabulary pages as well as pictures, links, and many topics relevant to our upcoming elections. So much of the information can be easily incorporated into your own lessons for the grade level you teach. The link to the specific section of the usa.gov website is https://www.usa.gov/voting-laws-history. You could even try a google advanced search of voting and elections with the file type preference being PowerPoint presentations. These types of search usually bring up many educational presentations ranging from elementary through high school levels. Happy hunting and creating! As always, if you get the chance, check out the many other tips and suggestions found in Ask a Master.

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