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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:

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:

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:

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: <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 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: <a href="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/QuickLearn-Overview.aspx" title="http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/QuickLearn-Overview.aspx">http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Training/QuickLearn-Overview.aspx</a>. 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:

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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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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