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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 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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Tracy Tishion Mimio Master Mimio Moderators Mimio Site Manager Mimio Certified Trainer

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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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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