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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 write on a PDF file. Do I use the screen annotation to do this? I'd like to repeat this and re-write on it for each one of my classes. Can you erase a screen annotation?

  • Submitted By:
    Cheryl P
  • Date:
    Jul. 11, 2017

Answer:

There are a couple of ways to write on the PDF file. You can insert the PDF file directly into a notebook page from wherever you have it stored on your computer. Just click on Insert>File on a notebook page and locate the stored file. You can re-insert the page with each class or simply erase the mark ups on the one page you inserted. Another option would be to simply open a PDF file outside of the notebook page but have your toolbar open to activate the screen annotation mode, which allows you to mark up the file. Remember that screen annotations are automatically saved in your gallery for future reference. You can even annotate the file with a certain class name which can be printed off for students to have a copy. You'll be amazed with the many possibilities and creative ways to use the MimioStudio's screen annotation. As always, if you get the chance, peruse the many other tips and suggestions that can be found in MimioConnect's Ask a Master.

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Question:

For Earth Day I thought it would be great to include some of the Teacher's Domain content but I don't know how to find the resources or put them into my own lessons. Please advise.

  • Submitted By:
    Joanna G
  • Date:
    Apr. 30, 2017

Answer:

The Teacher's Domain content is part of a large, online library of public media resources for teachers to incorporate into their science and social studies lessons. Content material ranges from pre-K to 12th grade. Please follow this link to the location on MimioConnect that houses the resources and their suggestions for use: https://www.mimioconnect.com/teachersdomain. To incorporate videos and supplemental content into your lessons, follow this link which gives you suggestions on how to insert and use these resources in your own lessons and gallery: https://www.mimioconnect.com/content/qa/incorporating_teachers_domain_co.... As always, if you get the chance, please browse the Ask a Master section of MimioConnect for additional tips and suggestions!

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Question:

I have a lesson created in Google docs yet I can't seem to insert it into a notebook page. How do I accomplish this without having to recreate it?

  • Submitted By:
    Chris P
  • Date:
    Apr. 3, 2017

Answer:

Good question which has a straightforward answer. As you may be aware of, your Google docs are not stored on your local computer like traditional documents. They are stored in your "cloud" to be easily shared out with others. So, what this means is that you'll need to download the file to your computer before you can insert it into the Mimio notebook. There are a few ways to do this and here is just one: have your file open in your Google documents, then go to File and choose download. You will have several choices of downloadable file types such as a .pdf or Word document (if you have a document opened) or .pdf or PowerPoint (if it's a Google presentation opened). Once they have been downloaded and saved somewhere on your computer as one of those downloadable types, they can now be inserted into a notebook page. Just keep in mind that those files, once inserted into the notebook, become static and no changes can be made or animations activated to the documents themselves. Remember that you still have the originals back in your Google docs home. For more tips and suggestions, check out the other Ask a Master questions and answers on MimioConnect!

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Question:

I'd like to create a quiz using the MimioVote. Do I need to have the MimioVote plugged in to my computer to be able to create and access the question templates and preview the quiz once I've made one?

  • Submitted By:
    Amber
  • Date:
    Feb. 19, 2017

Answer:

Good question! When you create a quiz or any type of MimioVote assessment, the only equipment you need is a computer with the MimioStudio software installed on it. You can open the notebook gallery, drag the desired question templates and fill them in with the appropriate questions. Questions can be completely text based or have a combination of text and pictures. MimioVote assessments can be embedded in a Mimio notebook lesson where you can have a few instructional slides followed by a few assessment slides or you can just create an assessment all by itself. Once you have completed the assessment, you can go back and preview for errors, omissions, or additions. When you are ready to give the assessment to a class, this would be the time to plug in the MimioVote device. If all is working correctly, you will see the MimioVote toolbar across the bottom of your notebook page. For additional help with the MimioVote device, check out the section for this device in the MimioClassroom User guide by following this link: https://mimio.boxlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MimioClassroom_UG_...
As always, if you get a chance, check out the many tips and suggestions found throughout the Ask a Master questions and responses!

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Question:

Can I create a table with multiple columns and rows within the Mimio notebook or do I somehow have to insert one from somewhere?

  • Submitted By:
    Philip H.
  • Date:
    Dec. 29, 2016

Answer:

You are actually able to do both. It just depends on your needs and/or use of the table. If you created a table using an outside program such as Word or Open Office, it can simply be screen clipped into the notebook page. The alternative is creating the table within the notebook. To do this, begin by clicking on View > Grid from the notebook page menu. Once the grid feature pops up you have a variety of choices. The one that really needs to be addressed is the size of the spacing of the boxes in the grid. The larger the number, the larger the spacing. Number input is from 1 to 1000. The other choices aren't as necessary. If you'd like the grid to appear on the notebook page, simply check the box that says, "display grid on screen." Once you've clicked OK, it flips back to the notebook page with the grid specifications on it. Now, use the line tool from the tools menu and create the lines for the columns and rows of your table. Try to make sure the ends of each line touch one another, if they don't you'll need to "Select All" from the Edit drop down menu and then group all the lines together so you can freely move the table around. As always, if you get the chance, check out all the other tips and suggestions found in MimioConnect's Ask a Master section! Happy creating your customized tables.

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Question:

How can my students use MimioMobile with their Chromebook devices?

  • Submitted By:
    Alicia
  • Date:
    Nov. 16, 2016

Answer:

Great question! Chromebooks connect to MimioMobile through the web at this address: http://mobile.mimio.com. Once you get to the web address, you will see the options available to you for connecting. You can connect every mobile device in the classroom with the purchase of just one annual MimioMobile license. Details on how to purchase the annual license can be found on http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Products/MimioMobile-Application.aspx. Without the license, you are allowed up to 3 devices to connect at a time. As always, if you get a chance, check out the many tips and suggestions offered in our Ask a Master section!

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Question:

My school just received MimioTeach units with a few MimioViews. Can you tell me how the MimioView works?

  • Submitted By:
    Nancy Z.
  • Date:
    Sep. 23, 2016

Answer:

Welcome to Mimio! The MimioView is a wonderful compliment to the MimioTeach, as with all of our products. The MimioView is a document camera which integrates seamlessly with the Mimio Studio software. It operates with one USB cable which plugs into your computer for its functionality and power. Once the power button is turned on you have the ability to project student work, 3D objects, live specimens, attach a microscope and view microscope slides, and even video. The unit comes with 2 side LED lamps which provide focused light on the magnified object. The images can be rotated or zoomed in as well as freezing and saving the image to the notebook or gallery for use later. Most of the MimioStudio tools also work with the images for markup and/or annotation. Using the MimioStudio Recorder, you can record your interactions with the MimioView object/document into an AVI movie file. There are many possibilities to using your MimioView which are only limited by your imagination! Enjoy the Mimio products and if you get a chance check out the many other tips and suggestions found in our Ask a Master section.

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Question:

It's a new school year and I'd like to delete my previous year's classes, students, and activities. How can I do this or should I just add more classes to my existing grade book?

  • Submitted By:
    Mark W.
  • Date:
    Aug. 23, 2016

Answer:

What a good question for the start of a new year. You can save your classes to a flash drive (USB stick) to have them as a reference to the activities you did throughout each marking period or term last year. They could also be printed out. Another option would be what you suggested, delete the classes with the students and activities and then start clean. I would highly recommend that you follow this link below and watch a video created by one of my colleagues that explains the whole deletion process.
Link: http://www.mimioconnect.com/content/qa/how_can_items_be_deleted_mimiostu...
Whatever you choose, we wish you a happy and productive school year!

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Question:

I would like to annotate a website for my students to help them navigate and utilize a site for their work. I'd also like to be able to print it out as well as saving it as a PDF to publish on my website for the students who were absent. Is this a possibility?

  • Submitted By:
    Paul B.
  • Date:
    Jul. 28, 2016

Answer:

The answer is yes and the screen annotation tool is a mimio feature that users many times overlook on the toolbar. Using your mimio notebook's toolbar, you can activate the screen annotation mode once you have gotten to the Internet page of your choice. This will allow you to mark up certain pages, but remember it will freeze the view of your screen, so you won't have the ability to scroll down on a page. To have more of the screen in the frozen view, you could use the zoom level of your screen then freeze the screen. Don't forget that screen annotations are saved in the Gallery inside the "Screen Annotations" folder. You can print them when they are in the notebook page just as you would any other notebook page and notebook pages have a variety of formats that they can be saved in and then printed, such as a PDF. Enjoy using this versatile tool and if you get the chance check out the many other tips and suggestions in MimioConnect's Ask a Master!

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Question:

I have viewed a number of the Mimio pre-recorded webinars and have found them to be extremely informative. I would like to use them as part of my own professional development for technology. Is there a way to obtain a certificate for continuing education units after watching/participating in these recordings?

  • Submitted By:
    Cindy D
  • Date:
    Jun. 16, 2016

Answer:

Absolutely and you are so right. The Mimio Webinar series of live events and recordings are very informative and packed with lots of great suggestions, examples, and tips to enhance your Mimio experience in the classroom. Each live webinar or the pre-recorded webinars offer continuing education units via a certificate of completion once the webinar has been watched (by live participation or watching a recording). To obtain one for the pre-recorded webinars, you'll receive a link at the end of the viewing experience to click on in the chat box, take an assessment, submit it, and then a link will be emailed to you for the certificate. To obtain a complete listing of webinars, just follow this link: http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Events/Tradeshows-Events.aspx. As always, if you get the chance, check out our Ask a Master section for additional tips, trick. and suggestions!

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