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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'm looking to create a matching game of pictures and their Spanish name companion. Is there something like a template available that I can use or modify to meet my needs? I thought I saw something with popping balloons but can't locate it. I'd appreciate any help.

  • Submitted By:
    Alice
  • Date:
    Oct. 25, 2017

Answer:

We can certainly help you out with your lesson development needs. Just follow this link below which will take you to a template that can be downloaded and inserted into your own Mimio notebook file. Once the file is in your notebook, you'll see 2 slides. The first is a sample and the second one is the editable one. There are directions which can be pulled out from the side but I have listed them here for your convenience:

LINK: https://www.mimioconnect.com/content/lesson/concentration_board_templates

1. Double Click on text box in each square.
2. Change text to create matching game.
3. Using the select tool - click on the edge of the bubbles > drag to cover text boxes.
4. Click Format>Locking>Lock.
5. You're all set!
Happy creating and as always, if you get the chance, check out the many other tips and suggestions found in the Ask a Master section.

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Question:

Can you tell me what is the most current version of MimioStudio and which Windows/Mac operating systems does it support? My school has a variety of operating systems and I'm not sure if they are all supported. Also, where can I download the software from?

  • Submitted By:
    Frank G
  • Date:
    Sep. 30, 2017

Answer:

All good questions and we've got answers for you. The current version of MimioStudio is 11.54. The operating systems supported by this version are: Windows 7,8,10 and Mac 10.9, 10.10, 10.11. Below is the link to the software downloads page (just click on the first one, MimioStudio Classroom Software).
Link: mimio.boxlight.com/software-downloads

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Question:

I'm new to Mimio. Are there some short video tutorials that could get me started?

  • Submitted By:
    Rachel L
  • Date:
    Sep. 1, 2017

Answer:

Welcome to Mimio and MimioConnect! We are so glad to have you as part of our dynamic, educational community of professionals. There are many videos of varying lengths and details that you can explore but to get you up and running. I highly recommend the following topics which focus on Mimio basics and much more:
*Setup
*MimioStudio Basics
*MimioMobile
*MimioStudio Toolbar Basics
*Formatting Objects
*Gallery
*Saving
*Adding Content
*Presenting Lessons
*Advanced Topics
*MimioStudio Gradebook
*MimioVote Assessment

Just follow this web address to bring you to the topics page of videos. After each topic name, you'll see an arrow. Just click the arrow to see a drop down menu of video choices on that specific topic. Here's the address: mimio.boxlight.com/video-tutorials

Enjoy exploring and learning! Check back in if you need further assistance. We're always here to help.

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Question:

Some of the texts I use in class are in the form of eBooks. Do you know of some ways to pair eBooks with my Mimio?

  • Submitted By:
    Kate B.
  • Date:
    Jul. 26, 2017

Answer:

This is a great question because eBooks are becoming a very accessible and cost effective way to deliver traditional textbooks and literature that was only available in print form. Many eBooks can be downloaded into a pdf format which allows you to insert them into notebook pages. Below is a list of a few suggestions of what you can do with the eBook once inserted:
1. Highlight text for discussion or analyzing
2. Select specific words for vocabulary development/ definitions
3. Locate passages which answer/support essential ideas or themes of the story.
4. Read aloud passages for gaining fluency and comprehension
5. Insert graphic organizer pages for character traits and/or comparisons, plot development, 5 W’s, and related skills.
6. Insert notebook pages where pictures can be sketched to explain a passage.
7. Analyze an author’s style by citing examples.
8. Make predictions by highlighting instances of foreshadowing.
9. Record lesson and class comments for those who were absent or need to use as a study guide for future assessments.
10. Develop/practice research and note-taking skills.
11. Insert video clips, found on the Internet, to bring clarification to complex passages.
12. Analyze and/or interpret charts, graphs, and tables.
Even if an eBook can’t be inserted, project it outside the notebook and develop your lesson incorporating Mimio tools and applications like screen annotation and even quick vote. Don't forget that good teaching practices infusing student centered objectives and engagement are still the focus, so whatever your lesson ideas are, Mimio makes it a better way to learn. As always, we encourage you to check out the other posts on Ask a Master for many more tips and suggestions.

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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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