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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'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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Question:

I have a few math pages like clock faces and fractions that I'm continually recreating on new pages. I know I can copy notebook pages but is there a way to create a template to place in the gallery for future lessons of these pages?

  • Submitted By:
    Nancy Z
  • Date:
    Oct. 30, 2018

Answer:

You are correct that pages can easily be copied but they, too, can be made into templates. Once you have created that notebook page that you'd like to use in the future, simply click and drag the thumbnail image of the page to the gallery which is open and the template folder is open as well. You will drop the page into the template folder. Now you can right click on the image in the template folder, choose properties, and you'll be able to rename the template to a more appropriate label. As always, if you get the chance, check out the other tips and suggestions found in MimioConnect Ask a Master.

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Question:

Is there a benefit to embedding a video in the Mimio lesson over hyperlinking the video?

  • Submitted By:
    Amber S.
  • Date:
    Sep. 26, 2018

Answer:

There are benefits to both of these options when dealing with incorporating a video into a lesson. If you embed a video then you have access to it immediately without having to go out to the Internet where you might encounter connectivity issues, removed content, or broken links at some point. If you hyperlink the video then you don't have the space/size issue of the lesson being saved on a flash drive or computer where the video could possibly take up a large amount of space. Remember the compatible file types for video embedding. They can be viewed from going to Insert then File from the menu bar on a notebook page. Click on the drop down arrow next to the blank space for “Files of Type” and see the formats for video. Also, in dealing with hyperlinks, they can be attached to text (word or phrase) or an object (like a picture). Just right click on the text box or object, choose hyperlink from the drop down menu and supply the URL of the website address for the video. So, essentially the decision is based primarily on your preference because they both have benefits. If you get the chance, check out the other tips and suggestions found in the Ask a Master section of MimioConnect!

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Question:

My MimioTeach is on and there's a blinking green light but it doesn't respond. What could be going on?

  • Submitted By:
    Francis
  • Date:
    Aug. 19, 2018

Answer:

That blinking green light means that the MimioTeach is looking for the MimioStudio notebook. If your notebook is open and the light is blinking, then this means that the MimioTeach device needs a firmware update. To do this, attach the MimioTeach device/bar directly to your computer via the USB cable included with the bar. Once connected the update will run automatically. When done, remove the cable from the computer and reconnect it to the adapter on wall outlet and the light should return to a solid green color.

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Question:

I'm new to Mimio this year and am wondering how to store my equipment for the summer and how can I work on lessons over the summer if I don't have my equipment?

  • Submitted By:
    Shelley B
  • Date:
    May. 31, 2018

Answer:

This is a good question with a few suggestions for you based on your school situation. Some school districts have guidelines as to what to do with technology at the end of the year. The first thing I'd recommend is check with fellow colleagues to see if there is some procedures in place. Some IT departments collect, label, and hold onto teachers' laptops and equipment to do updates and clean equipment while others let the teachers lock up these things in a classroom closet if that's available. If you are storing equipment in your room, then please make sure you remove any batteries that are used in the equipment. This will prevent them from heating up and melting inside the devices over the hot summer months. If you are able to take your classroom computer (laptop) home then you'll already have the MimioStudio software on your computer to continue to use and create lessons. If you can't take the computer home and have another one at home then you'll be able to download a limited, home version of the MimioStudio software from the website and create lessons that way. You can save them to a USB/flash drive or if you have cloud storage, save them there. Whatever your district protocols are, just be proactive and ask any questions you might have to make sure your equipment can be stored safely and securely, to be ready for you to hit the ground running for the new school year!

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Question:

Do you know of some good resources to incorporate into lessons on Memorial Day for elementary grades? I know I could search Google for resources but that gives me lots more than I'd like to peruse. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

  • Submitted By:
    Tanya S
  • Date:
    Apr. 30, 2018

Answer:

What a good question and I believe I have some good solutions for you. Here is a link to an article on how Memorial Day started which you could share with your students or incorporate it into a Mimio lesson: https://d43fweuh3sg51.cloudfront.net/media/media_files/memorialday.pdf

Also, you could go directly to this site: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org and search Memorial Day which will bring up a plethora of activities, puzzles, articles, videos, images-all of which could be stand alone learning experiences or be combined and put into an interactive Mimio lesson! PBS Learning will most likely direct you to your own state's PBS Learning site which is fine.

Enjoy exploring and creating a star spangled lesson tailored to you and your students' needs!

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Question:

Can the new Chromebook Flips be used with my Mimio files?

  • Submitted By:
    Mary
  • Date:
    Mar. 28, 2018

Answer:

You had asked if there was a way to use the Chromebook flip and manipulate your Mimio files/lessons through this device. The Answer is yes and it's done through web access! Here are the instructions to get you up and running with a Chromebook flip:
1. Open a lesson on your computer, not the Chromebook.
2. On the Chromebook, go to http://mobile.mimio.com
3. Now, inside the lesson page. Go to Tools>Settings>Mobile.
4. You'll see "Connection Information." You want to make sure that your information is the same on the Chromebook for IP Address, Port (second number for Web), and input access code. When you are looking at the Chromebook, click on the word TEACHER so it is in blue, and click on MANUAL for Connection methods. Here is where you can match up the IP Address, Port, and Access code. Once they are inputted correctly, click on "Connect."
5.Your lesson page should now be mirrored on your Chromebook and ready to use!

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Question:

What is the difference between a wide and regular monthly calendar and morning meeting? Can single pages be copied out of the calendar to be used in another .ink file?

  • Submitted By:
    Alyssa C.
  • Date:
    Feb. 26, 2018

Answer:

Two very good questions and both can be answered fairly easy and straightforward. As for the difference between wide and regular calendars, the wide calendar allows for more activity/practice/content per page. You can download both formats on the current calendar for March and see what I am referring to with the additional content per page. The process to copy a single page to a new .ink file is as follows: Right click on the page (from the thumbnail views) you want to copy and choose "copy" from the drop down menu. Now open a new .ink file and right click paste inside the page. It's that simple. As always, if you get the chance, check out the other tips and suggestions found in MimioConnect's Ask a Master.

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Question:

I am looking for lesson ideas on Martin Luther King Jr that are geared towards middle schoolers. Can you give me any advice or lessons on MimioConnect?

  • Submitted By:
    Jessica B.
  • Date:
    Jan. 8, 2018

Answer:

I can give you some suggestions as to where you can find some quality material geared towards middle school. The lessons on MimioConnect are basically designed for elementary students yet with a little modification/additions on your part, they certainly could be used for upper grades. Those modifications could include some of the content from the resources listed below which include crosswords, video clips, timelines, quizzes, and much more:
1. http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/mlk-day-grades6-8.html
2. https://www.nps.gov/malu/learn/education/lessonplansandteacherguides.htm
3. http://www.mlkonline.net/
4. http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson248.shtml
Please let us know if there is anything else you might need. We are always here to help. If you get a chance, check out the other tips and suggestions found on MimioConnect's Ask a Master! Enjoy browsing and creating your lessons!

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