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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:

Why are there blue borders around some of the objects I place in my lessons and then some have no borders? Can they be removed?

  • Submitted By:
    Taryn P
  • Date:
    Sep. 16, 2015

Answer:

They can be removed. Any multimedia item you place into your mimio notebook will have that blue border. This simply tells you that it's not locked in place and can be moved or manipulated. To remove the blue border, select the item and either RIGHT CLICK and select LOCK or go to FORMAT>LOCKING>LOCK. This will lock the item in place. You can do this with any or all items you place on a page. If you want to manipulate and/or move items again, simple RIGHT CLICK and select UNLOCK ALL or go back and choose FORMAT>LOCKING>UNLOCK ALL. I hope this helps solve your issues!

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Question:

I am teaching a math class this year. I have seen on some lessons various types of graphing paper. Where can I find them to download into my lessons? Does Mimio have some?

  • Submitted By:
    Becky H.
  • Date:
    Aug. 21, 2015

Answer:

Absolutely! Once the software has been downloaded, you need to go to your mimio notebook and open up the gallery. The gallery has numerous types of graphing templates which can be double-clicked or dragged into a notebook page. The templates can be found in the "Mathematics" folder then look at its sub folders. One folder should say "graphs." When this folder is opened, click on templates and scroll down through the list of choices. Find what you're looking for and add it to you lesson. Happy creating and as usual if you get the chance peruse other tips and suggestions in the Ask a Master section of MimioConnect. Have a great school year!

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Question:

We just received our Mimio Teach systems and I'm not sure where to start with a Mimio lesson nor how much should I include?

  • Submitted By:
    Stacey K.
  • Date:
    Jul. 23, 2015

Answer:

The most important thing to remember is to start simple. For your first attempt don't try to clutter your pages with as many of the Mimio features that you find on MimioConnect's lessons. You might start off by just using a few mimio tools (pencil, eraser, text, shape, etc.). From here you might attempt to import a word document, PowerPoint, or .pdf file that you already have stored somewhere else in your personal files to mark up or use. On the Mimio.com website, you can find some great, quick tutorials (On demand training under the "Training" tab) which take you step by step through many of the functions of your Mimio. There is also a link on the homepage of MimioConnect that you might check out entitled, "Are you new to MimioConnect?" Here you'll find some great quick start resources. If you're not that adventurous, why not browse through the "Lessons and Activities" section of the MimioConnect site and use a lesson already designed to meet your personal needs. Once you get started, don't hesitate to stop back here with a few more questions to help you get through those first lessons. Enjoy creating and Good luck!

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Question:

How can I incorporate an eBook into a Mimio lesson?

  • Submitted By:
    Elizabeth L.
  • Date:
    Jul. 2, 2015

Answer:

There are many good quality eBooks on the Internet and they add so much to your Mimio interactive teaching in your classroom when used effectively. Depending upon your objectives, there are a couple of things that you can do to incorporate eBooks.
1.If you want to project the pages of the eBook for classroom use, such as marking them up, then you could project them on your board, outside of a Mimio notebook page but you need to have the toolbar on the screen. Click the annotation button on the toolbar (last icon in lower right hand side of toolbar) and the screen will freeze to allow you to mark up the page. This allows you to highlight text, analyze paragraphs, isolate vocabulary, determine author’s style, study images, etc. To leave annotation mode, click the button to the left of this button on the toolbar (called the mouse). This will “unfreeze” the page so you can move onto additional pages and continue the process. All annotations get saved in your gallery for future use or reference in the "Screen annotations" folder.

2.Much of the above mentioned uses can also be accomplished through another feature called “screen clipping.” The screen clip method allows you to be more precise with particular images or text that you want to concentrate on instead of whole pages at a time. Screen clips actually get placed right into your notebook page. Let's say no illustrations are used in the book. You could create/add your own to the pages to bring the words of the eBook to life that you choose to screenclip into the notebook. Students can even draw their own sketches of what certain parts of the book means to them and add them to the pages in the Mimio Notebook file instead of using the ones that may have been provided by the book as well.

The possibilities are limitless. Get creative and let your imagination carry you into new ways of instructing interactively and engaging your students! 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:

What are the advantages to using a mimio pad other than being able to walk around the room? Are there advantages for the students? Any help in this area would be appreciated, thanks?

  • Submitted By:
    Mary Jo Tomaras
  • Date:
    Jun. 12, 2015

Answer:

There are several benefits of having the mimio pad. First of all, as you did state, it does give the user mobility so that they don’t feel tied to the board. Another benefit would be having a student at the board working through a problem with the mimio pen while you can take control from the mimio pad giving assistance to the student at the board should it be needed. The mimio pad is great for collaborative group work as well. If you had multiple mimio pads in your classroom, then each group could use their own to add to work that might be displayed on the board such as a graph or table. The groups could take turns inputting their data or responses from their seats. Remember that you can have only 1 device, such as a pad or pen, at a time controlling the actions on the notebook page. The Control feature allows the teacher to assign control of the displayed lesson to any student’s MimioPad or MimioMobile enabled mobile device, and to take back control as needed. The Collaborate feature of MimioStudio software allows teachers to conduct collaborative activities using the MimioPad tablet or mobile devices equipped with the MimioMobile™ app. The pad is also great for brainstorming sessions. The concept or idea can be started from the board then the mimio pad can be passed around the class adding to the concept. The mimio pad is advantageous for those students, for whatever reason, can’t go to the board. It allows them to contribute and be actively engaged in a lesson through using the pad from their desk. Some teachers have even said that they prefer using their mimio pad over being at the board because it allows them to move freely around the room, keeping control of class dynamics but more importantly they aren’t obstructing anyone’s view of the board due to their position in front of the board. The possibilities of its uses are only bound by the user's creativity and imagination!

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Question:

How can I get the MimioMobile app for my classroom? Is there a free version of the MimioMobile or just a paid license version?

  • Submitted By:
    CindyP
  • Date:
    May. 4, 2015

Answer:

Thank you for such a good question because there are a few steps involved in getting the MimioMobile application for your classroom and devices. Currently the devices that support the app are the iPad 2, 3, 4, and mini as well as iPhone 4 and above, iPod Touch (4th generation and above) and finally Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or higher. You will need to simply contact a Mimio representative to purchase an annual MimioMobile license for your classroom computer or laptop (at which time you will be given an activation key) and then every mobile device in your room can download the app for no additional fee. The difference between the licensed and free versions is that the free one allows teachers to connect up to three devices only.

The MimioMobile app links quickly with a simple point-and-click to the teacher's MimioStudio software. Just scan the QR code displayed on the whiteboard, and connect instantly. The app allows up to nine (licensed)student devices to work simultaneously on a MimioStudio lesson, with each student's work displayed at the front of the classroom. You can use multiple device types, Apple and Android, at the same time as well as phones, MimioPads, and MimioVote assessments. For a brief video on the MimioMobile app simply follow this link: <a href="http://www.mimio.com/flash/video_player/mimiomobile.html" title="http://www.mimio.com/flash/video_player/mimiomobile.html">http://www.mimio.com/flash/video_player/mimiomobile.html</a> 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 share a lesson with a group after I have already uploaded it to MimioConnect or can I do it when I upload my lesson the first time to MimioConnect?

  • Submitted By:
    Stephanie C.
  • Date:
    Mar. 24, 2015

Answer:

This is a question that has a fairly simple fix. What you will need to do is click on your “View profile” next to your picture. From there, choose “Lesson Plans and Activities.” A list of the lessons that you’ve uploaded will appear to the left. Click on the lesson you need to modify. Once the lesson comes up, you should have a few tabs across the top, one of which allows you to “edit.” Click on that tab. Scroll through the form that you originally filled out but this time when you come to “Groups,” which is right below the “file attachment,” choose the group you’d like to add it to as well. Lastly, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on “Update.” Now it’s been added to the group. If you are uploading your lesson for the first time, simply choose the group you'd like to share it with as you come to the "Groups" section on the lesson submission form before you click on submit the lesson. Don't forget to read through the other Ask a Master questions and answers for additional tips and suggestions!

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Question:

Is there a way to print assignment grades from Mimio Grade book?

  • Submitted By:
    James B
  • Date:
    Mar. 9, 2015

Answer:

Thank you for your recent submission to Ask a Master. You can generate a variety of reports from MimioStudio Gradebook. Reports are generated as HTML files and are displayed in your default Web browser. The following types of reports can be generated:

Class Grade Report- a grade report for all students in the selected class
Class Activity Report - a detailed report for the selected activity which includes the grades
Student Summary Report- a summary report of all activities for the selected student
Student Activity Report - a detailed report for all selected activities for the selected student.

You can generate reports from the Class, Activity, and Student panes in Gradebook or from the Report menu. For more information on generating reports, please check out the MimioStudio Gradebook section of our "On Demand" videos by following this link: <a href="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/On-Demand-Video-Tutorials.aspx" title="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/On-Demand-Video-Tutorials.aspx">http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/On-Demand-Video-Tutorials.aspx</a>. As always, if you get the chance, peruse our Ask a Master section of MimioConnect for more tips and suggestions for effective lesson development and instruction!

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Question:

I created a lesson to use with my MimioVote system. When I open the lesson, the buttons are not showing up at the bottom of my computer screen to allow voting to begin.

  • Submitted By:
    Kathy P.
  • Date:
    Feb. 4, 2015

Answer:

The MimioVote system sometimes may need to be re-synced to your computer and it sounds like that's what is needed for your MimioVote and computer. I have supplied the link to a sheet which details the steps to take to accomplish this. If you get the chance, please take a few minutes to peruse the Ask a Master section for more tips and suggestions to effectively use your Mimio equipment as well as creating dynamic and engaging lessons. Have a nice day.
Link to Re-syncing Guide:

<a href="http://www.mimio.com/~/media/Files/Downloads/Support/Documentation/RefCard_Resyncing_MimioXI_Teach_Vote_Pad.ashx" title="http://www.mimio.com/~/media/Files/Downloads/Support/Documentation/RefCard_Resyncing_MimioXI_Teach_Vote_Pad.ashx">http://www.mimio.com/~/media/Files/Downloads/Support/Documentation/RefCa...</a>

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Question:

I'm looking for an example in a Mimio ink file where items can go back to a word bank if the item selected and placed on a diagram such as a part doesn't belong on it. I know how you can order the property of an object to move it behind, forward, etc. But what about moving it back to the actual word bank (such as cell parts) if the student selected an organelle that doesn't belong on the diagram. Is there something on MimioConnect?

  • Submitted By:
    Harper S.
  • Date:
    Jan. 23, 2015

Answer:

Yes, there is something on our site that will help you create this type of activity. This build-able feature can be found on MimioConnect as a gallery file. Download the gallery (link below) right into your own gallery. When opened, look at the templates. The drag-drop templates, I believe are the ones you are looking for. When you get the chance, check out all the other features in this gallery pack as well. There are many great features in this pack to enhance your lessons! As always,if you get the chance, check out the many other tips and suggestions that can be found on Ask a Master.
Gallery link:
<a href="http://www.mimioconnect.com/content/lesson/new_updated_dynamic_tools_3272011" title="http://www.mimioconnect.com/content/lesson/new_updated_dynamic_tools_3272011">http://www.mimioconnect.com/content/lesson/new_updated_dynamic_tools_327...</a>

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