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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 create my math lessons on Mimio. I want to post them to my web site as a PDF so my students have access to them from home. How can I do that?

  • Submitted By:
    Larry H.
  • Date:
    Oct. 24, 2013

Answer:

What a great idea! To do this go to FILE>SAVE AS in MimioStudio Notebook and then at the bottom of the SAVE AS menu you will see FILES OF TYPE. Drop down that menu and select PDF from the list there. You will have the option to save the current page, all pages, or a selected page range. You are also able to select the picture size. Once you've selected the above options simply click on OK and you now have a PDF copy of your lesson. Just be sure to save your original lesson first as a regular .ink file before saving it in another format!

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Question:

<strong>I've heard MimioStudio 11 is available. How do I update my software, and what are some of the new features?</strong>

  • Submitted By:
    swenger
  • Date:
    Oct. 14, 2013

Answer:

MimioStudio 11 is here! Downloading and installing the newest version of Mimio Studio is easy! You can download this exciting update by clicking <a href=”http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Support/Downloads/Windows.aspx”><strong>here</strong></a>. Once there, choose your language setting and click “Download Software.” After doing so, your computer will download all of the necessary files need to install MimioStudio 11. Follow the on screen instructions as the program is installed or updated on your computer. If a first time user, activate your software by simply attaching any Mimio product to your computer. This could include the MimioHub, MimioView, etc.
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Some features of MimioStudio 11 include:
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<strong>Enhanced collaborate feature</strong> - When using the MimioMobile application, allows users to share any existing interactive MimioStudio Notebook page
collaboratively.
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<strong>Short-Answer/Numeric/Short-Essay Questions</strong> - Allows teachers to create vote questions that require word or number responses from students who are using mobile devices equipped with the MimioMobile app for assessment. Further instructions can be found <a href="http://www.mimioconnect.com/forum/topic/mimiostudio_features_open_response_questions">here</a>.
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<strong>Animation Support</strong> - Allows teachers to select from a number of animations and apply them to an object or group of objects in the MimioStudio Notebook
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<strong>Object-Level Microsoft PowerPoint Import</strong> - Allows the individual manipulation of objects from an imported Microsoft PowerPoint presentation in MimioStudio Notebook.
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Happy downloading!

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Question:

<strong>Is there a way to do a partial screen shot?</strong>

  • Submitted By:
    Angie Dolan
  • Date:
    Sep. 23, 2013

Answer:

Screen clipping is a great tool to use in your MimioStudio lessons. You can find this valuable tool on your MimioStudio Toolbar - if you click on the 'Insert' icon (4th icon on the right side of the Tool Bar) you will also see a 'Screen Clipping' option. When you choose this tool, you can clip an entire page, or just part of a page or image. You can do the original rectangular clip, or choose an oval, or shape specific (freehand) clip.
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Happy clipping!

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Question:

<strong>This week we celebrate our Constitution. Does MimioConnect offer any lessons to teach the Constitution? </strong>

  • Submitted By:
    Tony C.
  • Date:
    Sep. 17, 2013

Answer:

Great question and thank you for writing in! Our Constitution and Citizenship Day is celebrated every year on the 17th of September. MimioConnect has a variety of lessons that can be downloaded and adapted to meet your personal needs. To locate these lessons you'll want to do a filtered search. First, go to the "lessons and activities" tab on the home page once you've logged in. When you hover over the tab, a list of choices appear. Click on "History and Social Studies." Next, in the content search box, type the word "constitution" and hit enter. Displayed will be a listing of various lessons and activities that you can download and preview. In addition to the MimioConnect content, you might visit these sites for additional suggestions:
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<a href="http://new.civiced.org/resources/curriculum/constitution-day-and-citizenship-day" title="http://new.civiced.org/resources/curriculum/constitution-day-and-citizenship-day">http://new.civiced.org/resources/curriculum/constitution-day-and-citizen...</a>
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<a href="http://billofrightsinstitute.org/mdrcondayplans/" title="http://billofrightsinstitute.org/mdrcondayplans/">http://billofrightsinstitute.org/mdrcondayplans/</a>
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<a href="http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/constitution-day-grades-6-8.html" title="http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/constitution-day-grades-6-8.html">http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/constitution-day-grades-6-8.html</a>
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<a href="http://www.acslaw.org/files/Junior%20High%20Middle%20School%20Lesson%20Plan%20Spring%202008.pdf" title="http://www.acslaw.org/files/Junior%20High%20Middle%20School%20Lesson%20Plan%20Spring%202008.pdf">http://www.acslaw.org/files/Junior%20High%20Middle%20School%20Lesson%20P...</a>
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<a href="http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/lesson-plans/to-sign-or-not-to-sign-the-ultimate-constitution-day-lesson-plan" title="http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/lesson-plans/to-sign-or-not-to-sign-the-ultimate-constitution-day-lesson-plan">http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/lesson-plans/t...</a>
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<a href="http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.php/american-history/1700/constitution" title="http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.php/american-history/1700/constitution">http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.php/american-history/1700/constitu...</a>
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<a href="http://www.teachervision.fen.com/us-constitution/teacher-resources/33630.html" title="http://www.teachervision.fen.com/us-constitution/teacher-resources/33630.html">http://www.teachervision.fen.com/us-constitution/teacher-resources/33630...</a> (printable handouts!)
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<a href="http://crf-usa.org/constitution-day/constitution-day-lesson-plans-kindergarten-middle-and-high-school.html" title="http://crf-usa.org/constitution-day/constitution-day-lesson-plans-kindergarten-middle-and-high-school.html">http://crf-usa.org/constitution-day/constitution-day-lesson-plans-kinder...</a>
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Happy hunting and as always, if you need any lesson planning help, it's just a click away on MimioConnect!

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Question:

<strong>I seemed to have lost the Mimio tools. How do I get it back?</strong>

  • Submitted By:
    Tracy S.
  • Date:
    Sep. 15, 2013

Answer:

Excellent question and one that we see quite often. It is possible that the toolbar gets hidden between different applications you have open if you are switching back and forth. You should be able to open up for Toolbar from TOOLS>MIMIOSTUDIO TOOLS in the top menu of notebook, from the shortcut on your computer or from the paintbrush icon in the lower right hand corner of MimioStudio Notebook. If for some reason you are still not able to find it I would save your document and close out of Notebook completely and then reopen it.

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Question:

How can I combine two mimio voting systems for a larger group of students?

  • Submitted By:
    monika gite
  • Date:
    Jun. 27, 2013

Answer:This is a great question! This can be done with up to 64 Vote units, or two 32 vote sets with charging stations. Make sure each charging station is connected to a source, and plug a USB hub from one of the stations into your computer. Press and hold down the power LED light on each charging station until it blinks (about 20 seconds). Open MimioStudio Notebook, go to Tools - then Settiings. Select Classroom Devices, and you should see both MimioVote units listed. Choose Connect for each - and you now have combined two sets of MimioVotes! One set will be numbered starting with 1, and the other will continue numbering (for example, with 32 unit sets - one set will be numbered 1-32, the second set will be numbered 33-64).

For more information about using MimioVote in your classroom, be sure to check out our free QuickLearn sessions!

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Question:

<strong>How do I use the gallery racing game?</strong>

  • Submitted By:
    Miriam Schechter
  • Date:
    Jun. 5, 2013

Answer:

Thank you for the great question! The MimioStudio Gallery has so many wonderful resources for teachers to use in lessons. The Racing Game can be found in the gallery, and can be used in conjunction with the MimioVote Assessment system.
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Students will start their knowledge engines when you begin your race session with the <strong>Start</strong> template on any MimioStudio Notebook page. Next your students will be positioned for success with their MimioVote handheld units, as the anticipation of the red, yellow and green light countdown starts the race!
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Students will now race to answer the question placed within a MimioStudio Notebook page using their MimioVote handheld units. The teacher can place a <strong>Progress</strong> template on the question page, or on the page following the question, and you will see it will automatically adjusts based upon the answers that students submit through the MimioVote units. The teacher can place the <strong>Progress</strong> template anywhere within your lesson, either on the question page, on a page of its own, or randomly throughout the lesson.
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The <strong>Finish</strong> template can be used at the end of the activity, and it will show the top three places in the overall event. The <strong>Leaderboard</strong> template can be used at the end of the activity, and will show the overall places for the contest.
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For more great ways to use the MimioVote, as well as all the MimioStudio products, check out our free <a href=”http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/QuickLearn-Overview.aspx”><strong>QuickLearn</strong></a> sessions.

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Question:

Is there a way to insert a table?

  • Submitted By:
    Terry T.
  • Date:
    May. 9, 2013

Answer:You will be happy to know that you have a few different options when it comes to inserting a table into your MimioStudio Notebook lesson. I’m not sure which application the table you are trying to insert is formatted in but you can try to copy and paste it in by right clicking on the table, select COPY and then once you are in MimioStudio Notebook simply right click again and select PASTE. You could also do this by using the menu options at the top of MimioStudio Notebook. If the copy/paste option doesn’t work you can always use the screen clipping tool (which is on your toolbar) to clip the chart and add it to your lesson. In this case it would be easy for the students to use various tools to annotate the table. Another option is to simply keep the table in its native application and use Screen Annotation which would freeze the screen and allow for you or your students to annotate the table. When using this method a copy of your annotations is automatically saved in your Gallery for future reference.

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Question:

Monday is Earth Day, and I don’t have time to prepare a lesson! Are there any activities on MimioConnect I can use right away for Earth Day?

  • Submitted By:
    DNewman
  • Date:
    May. 3, 2013

Answer:There are some great lessons on MimioConnect that can help you teach Earth Day concepts to your students. First, our featured Earth Day lesson series offers two levels of activities for your classroom. The K-6 lesson has activities that revolve around recycling, and conserving energy and water. The 7-12 lesson looks at the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources.


If you are looking for an elementary lesson on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – check out this interactive lesson


We celebrate Earth Day in the spring, and with these 4 mini lessons your students can learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, the water cycle, plants, and the weather


If you’re looking for some borders or frames to highlight your own Earth Day lesson, check out this gallery pack that includes many holiday borders.


Teachers’ Domain has many resources available on MimioConnect – including those that can be used in an Earth Day lesson.


Happy Earth Day!

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Question: Does MimioConnect feature any interactive lessons for teaching Math Ten Frames?"

  • Submitted By:
    Craig Bungo
  • Date:
    May. 2, 2013

Answer:Across the nation this week students, parents, and citizens are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week! Teacher appreciation week is a time when we recognize the dedication educators bring to the classroom each day.


The MimioConnect community of educators greatly appreciates all of the devotion and enthusiasm our users bring the site by creating interactive lessons that are designed to engage their students across the curriculum. As a community of educators, we appreciate your willingness to share those lessons with the entire MimioConnect community. During this special week, will be highlighting just some of the thousands of interactive lessons that have been shared recently to show appreciation for our users.


One such lesson was recently submitted by laineym for teachers using “Math Tens” in their classroom. This interactive lesson is designed for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade Math students. Ten Frames allow students to better understand mathematical concepts by seeing the numbers and their relationship to each other.


This amazing lesson takes the Math Tens concept a step further by having students interact with the ten frames in order to solve simple addition problems. The lesson features cloned ten frame images within MimioStudio that are manipulated and moved around on the board to solve simple addition problems.


This interactive lesson would can be used with MimioTeach, MimioProjector, MimioPad, and the MimioMobile App. You may even consider adding some additional Quickvote questions if you have a MimioVote Assessment system in your classroom.


You can preview and download the Maths Ten Frames lesson by clicking on the link.


Thank you for sharing this excellent lesson! The MimioConnect community appreciates your dedication, innovation, and willingness to share this amazing resource!


Click HERE to share a lesson with the MimioConnect community.


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