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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:

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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Question:

I am getting ready to upgrade my iPad to an iPad Air. Can it be used with MimioStudio?

  • Submitted By:
    Chrissy Meyer
  • Date:
    Jun. 14, 2016

Answer:

Good question! Any iPad from the iPad 2 on, including the Apple iPad Air and Air 2, can be used with the MimioStudio software just like your previous iPad where you'll need to download the MimioMobile App from iTunes onto your new device. Once downloaded and opened, you can connect to your MimioStudio lessons as you've done in the past. More information on the MimioMobile App can be found at http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Products/MimioMobile-Application.aspx. As always, if you get a chance, check out MimioConnect's Ask a Master section for additional tips and suggestions!

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Question:

I created a page with a lot of objects that needed to be locked down but a few I need to remain movable. Is there a way to get around going to Select All and locking everything down or doing every object individually?

  • Submitted By:
    Megan J.
  • Date:
    May. 1, 2016

Answer:

Great question and I have experienced the same predicament you have. There is a fairly easy solution. You can do partial and full lock downs with minimal steps. First of all, to do a quick lock down of everything on the page, have one object selected then click on CTRL + A. Every object will be selected then just lock them. To do a partial lock down, still do the the step just mentioned but with the CTRL key depressed, deselect objects one at a time that you don't want locked. I hope that you find this technique useful. If there is anything else you need assistance with, don't hesitate to check back in or peruse the bank of suggestions and tips in the Ask a Master section of MimioConnect. We are always here to help.

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Question:

How can I create a lesson using MimioVote?

  • Submitted By:
    Angela C.
  • Date:
    Mar. 5, 2016

Answer:

Thank you for contacting the MimioConnect staff about the Mimio Vote product. This particular product is a valuable diagnostic tool for the classroom teacher giving them immediate and accurate feedback on their students' understanding of content presented. Tracking, downloading, and printing results are as easy as 1-2-3! There are a number of templates found in the Studio software gallery that you can use to create assessments on topics of your choice. These templates are found in the "Questions and Results" folder. Templates include Text questions such as Multiple Choice (2,3,4, and 5 answer choice formats), True/False, and Yes/No formats and Universal questions which allow for image insertion as well as there being results/charts to accompany the data collected on the assessment, which can all be displayed. The templates are a great way to begin the process of creating your own mimio based assessments just by choosing a template, inserting it onto a page and filling in your own question and answers. I would also highly recommend looking into taking part in one of the Mimio QuickLearn sessions which are free, online sessions where you can get expert help on a wide range of Mimio topics. There are two sessions geared specifically for the Mimio Vote system (Set Up & Support and Creating Assessments). This link will bring you to the page description of these sessions: http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/QuickLearn-Overview.aspx. Congratulations on your new purchase and enjoy creating!

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Question:

I would like to use a font size larger than size 72. Is it possible to use a font size that is not displayed in the text editor box list?

  • Submitted By:
    Jacqueline J
  • Date:
    Feb. 5, 2016

Answer:

Absolutely! That's a good question and one that has a fairly easy solution. Follow these steps below:
1. Open a notebook page.
2. Open the text editor from the applications toolbar like you're going to type text on the page.
3. Click on Format then Font from the top menu bar of the notebook page.
4. Once the Font box opens, click inside the "size box" and type in the desired font size number and click OK.
5. Start typing in the text editor box and it should reflect the size you chose in step #4. It will remain this new size until you chose another size from the text editor or the method explained above.
Happy creating!

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Question:

How can I view a lesson without having to download it?

  • Submitted By:
    Michele Cummings
  • Date:
    Dec. 27, 2015

Answer:

For every lesson that you search and then click on to download, several options could come up, Open, save, or the file gets placed directly into your download folder. For whichever option you select, you need to have the latest version of Mimio Studio software installed on your computer or you won't be able to view the lesson. Once the lesson is opened, you can simply view the lesson. If you don't want it then just close out of it without saving. If you do want it, then you can choose File...Save as and decide on the location for the file. If you are using Chrome, Firefox or Safari as your Internet browser, then the files get downloaded to a "download folder" on your computer. Once downloaded, you can click on them immediately to open or if the download window closed, then go to your download folder (usually found in My Documents) to click on the file to open. There are 2 basic down loadable files: lessons come in the form of (.ink) files and gallery contents come in the form of (.mcf) files. Remember that if you don't have the Mimio software installed, you'll need to do that first. The download is available at http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Support/Downloads/Windows.aspx Happy hunting!

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Question:

How can I add the self-checking tools to a lesson? IE: the student clicks the correct word and it chimes and is highlighted, or, the reverse, the student clicks the incorrect choice and the buzzer sounds and the words is highlighted in red. Also, from where are the sound effects obtained? Thank you for your kind response.

  • Submitted By:
    Michelle S.
  • Date:
    Nov. 30, 2015

Answer:

Thank you for your recent submission to Ask a Master. We are so glad to have you as part of our wonderful online community of educators! You asked for help on how to create lessons where your students can see whether their choice was correct or incorrect. We all know that no matter the age, students love the instant feedback. First of all, please make sure that you have the latest version of MimioStudio Notebook Software downloaded on your computer. You can do this by going to:

http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Support/Downloads/Windows.aspx

Your MimioStudio Gallery comes preloaded with some wonderful resources for you to use when creating lessons, including different answer reveals that can make your lessons more interactive for your students. First, open up your Gallery, click on the Gallery folder so that it is highlighted in blue and then enter “reveals” into the search bar at the top. Here you will find various reveals to use in your lessons such as the pop, star pop, color and shade reveals which you can bring into Mimio Notebook and resize to fit over the answer choices. When the students come up and click on the reveal, the answer will be displayed underneath. You can also search the Gallery again for “correct” and you will find various multimedia files such as colored checkmarks, cross areas, along with correct and incorrect answer areas. You can easily drag these invisible answer reveals into Mimio Notebook and resize them to fit over the answer choices. When the students come up and click on an answer it will show them if they are right or wrong instantly! To reset, simply click on the answer again. Your students will love the sound and animation! As part of our new MimioStudio Software, your Gallery comes with wonderful Question Templates that are designed to use with the MimioVote System. However, you can still use the question template if you do not have the MimioVote. To do this, open your Gallery, go to and expand the Questions and Results folder, open up the Questions folder. Now, choose the template you’d like, drag it out into MimioNotebook, resize as needed and add in your question and answer choices and you are ready to go! Left clicking once inside the template will open up the text fields where you can enter the question and answer choices. Click on the circle to the left of the correct answer choice and you will see a green check appear. You can change other settings by clicking on the icon in the lower right hand corner of the template. Once you finish, click outside of the template and it is ready to use. To reveal the correct answer simply click on the blue button at the bottom center of the question template. Also, there are a few other reveal gallery files on MimioConnect that you may like. Simply conduct a search for “reveals” and download the files you like. Now you should be ready to create some amazing lessons that will keep your students fully engaged and provide instantaneous feedback during your lessons!

You are also wondering where to find sound effects to add to your lessons. There are many sound effects that are already in a folder in your Gallery so all you have to do is search for “sound effects” and you will have access to all of them. You also have the option of using any sound effect that you have on your computer or have downloaded. Please remember to search on MimioConnect for sound effects as well as I know there are several .mcf’s that are available for download. I hope this helps and please feel free to contact me with any further questions that you may have. Have a fantastic week!

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Question:

My district utilizes the Google Apps for Education platform for communication, collaboration and its productivity package of writing tools. Can Google docs and Google presentations be inserted into a Mimio notebook page like Word and PowerPoint?

  • Submitted By:
    Sharon M.
  • Date:
    Oct. 28, 2015

Answer:

Thank you for this very, relevant question since many districts have moved to "cloud-based" applications and management due to 21st century demands like acquisition of specific information literacy and technology skills as well as recent initiatives like B.Y.O.D.(bring your own device or technology) in our schools. With reference to your question as to whether or not Google docs and presentations can be inserted into a Mimio notebook, the answer is yes! Here are the steps that you'd need to take. As I'm sure you are 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. To do this, just have your file open in your Google documents, then go to File and choose download. You will have a choice of downloading 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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