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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 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 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: <a href="https://mimio.boxlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MimioClassroom_UG_Win_en.pdf" title="https://mimio.boxlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MimioClassroom_UG_Win_en.pdf">https://mimio.boxlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MimioClassroom_UG_...</a>
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:

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: <a href="http://mobile.mimio.com" title="http://mobile.mimio.com">http://mobile.mimio.com</a>. 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 <a href="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Products/MimioMobile-Application.aspx" title="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Products/MimioMobile-Application.aspx">http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Products/MimioMobile-Application.aspx</a>. 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: <a href="http://www.mimioconnect.com/content/qa/how_can_items_be_deleted_mimiostudio_gradebook" title="http://www.mimioconnect.com/content/qa/how_can_items_be_deleted_mimiostudio_gradebook">http://www.mimioconnect.com/content/qa/how_can_items_be_deleted_mimiostu...</a>
Whatever you choose, we wish you a happy and productive school year!

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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: <a href="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Events/Tradeshows-Events.aspx" title="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Events/Tradeshows-Events.aspx">http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Events/Tradeshows-Events.aspx</a>. 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 <a href="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Products/MimioMobile-Application.aspx" title="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Products/MimioMobile-Application.aspx">http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Products/MimioMobile-Application.aspx</a>. 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:

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 <a href="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Support/Downloads/Windows.aspx" title="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Support/Downloads/Windows.aspx">http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Support/Downloads/Windows.aspx</a> Happy hunting!

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