Items Tagged as "Tools"

Video Codec Pack (Windows and Mac)

Summary:
Have MimioStudio and getting a codec error when playing videos? This is the latest version of the K-Lite Codec Pack (designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play 99% of all the movies that you download from the internet.

Creating mini tutorials using Mimio

Tracy Tishion's picture

Can I use my MimioStudio software to create a tutorial for my lesson that needs a step by step visual?

Answer: 

Absolutely! Whether you need to explain a math problem, science equation, conjugate a verb or simply show a concept visually, MimioStudio allows you to do it simply and effortlessly. The MimioStudio software comes equipped with a recorder located in the toolbar under applications. Once it is accessed, you have three options on recording: entire desktop, window, or a specific area. The video is saved as an .AVI file and can be played back in a few formats. There are detailed instructions which can be found in Chapter 10 of the MimioStudio user's guide. It can be accessed by following this link:https://mimio.boxlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/MimioClassroom_UG_Win_en.pdf Creating mini tutorials is so important for many students to be able to have that visual extension of whatever might have been taught in class then get reinforced outside of the classroom. It also is a way to explain to students who might have been absent from class what to do to with regards to a classroom lesson. In the past I have even created a worksheet for the student to complete, that compliments the concepts of the tutorial similar to taking notes in class. Have a fun time creating some mini tutorials for those concepts that could use a little clarity in your own words and description instead of having your students searching the Internet for explanation.

Question sender: 
Peter S.
City/State: 
Wisconsin

Summer Storage Tips

Tracy Tishion's picture

I just wanted to know if there is any special precautions I need to take with my equipment over the summer?

Answer: 

Good question! Each school district may have different protocols for how the equipment should be stored over the summer: in a central location or in your classroom or even keeping it up if it's not portable. So, my first thought would be is to check with your building tech department or whomever may be the designated administrator of technology. If this isn't the case in your situation and it's up to you to store your own equipment then follow these simple steps:
1. Unplug all equipment.
2. Remove your MimioTeach and store it in a secure location along with the dongle (USB stick).
3. Make sure all batteries are removed from any device because the summer months tend to heat up and those batteries could leak and destroy your equipment.
4. Make sure everything is stored together: cords, devices(MimioCapture, MimioVote, MimioPad, MimioView) pens, etc. because that will make it easier in the Fall for setting up.
5. When the summer is over check your computer/laptop for any software updates that might be available or your technology staff might have done over the summer. There always could be some new features and tips that were released to make your Mimio experience easier and fun while being educational!

Question sender: 
Sabrina M
City/State: 
Alabama

Resetting a Page or Ink File after Its Been Annotated

Tracy Tishion's picture

Is there a quick way to delete/erase/reset all the work that's been done on a page in a lesson or even the whole lesson at the end of a class so that it can be used with the next class or the next day?

Answer: 

Good question! There are a few things that can be done. The easiest is to just close out the lesson WITHOUT re-saving. This way the changes that were done on each page will not be saved and you'll have the original, untouched lesson. Another thing that can be done is to make a copy of the lesson before its been written on (so that you'll have a master or original). You would use the copy. Some teachers work through the same lesson with multiple classes and may not necessarily end at the same point with each class. By saving the lesson after each class (using some sort of class notation in the title) will allow the teacher to open up the lesson to the exact point of wherever they left off. Some teachers also like to have the annotated lessons of all the work that was done in class to be able to save it that particular class website (if they have one) or print it out for students to peruse who may have been absent or may need reinforcement. Give one of these methods a try based on whatever your needs or preferences might be!

Question sender: 
Tracy
City/State: 
Arizona

Lost "My Favorites" feature.

Tracy Tishion's picture

While I was at school, I logged onto MimioConnect and added two lessons to my favorites. I went to access them from home and noticed that my favorites was missing from my profile. Is my profile different at school then at home? How else could I have accessed those lessons if my favorites doesn't work?

Answer: 

Your profiles are not different. There just may be a small technical issue on your home computer/software. If you reset your MimioConnect password, your favorites simply should reappear. If you can't reset going through your profile, under "edit profile", then you can click on "Forgot Your Password" on the homepage and go through that process to reset. Tagging those lessons as part of your favorites by clicking on the “Add to favorites” blue link underneath the lesson plan or activity should allow you to access them from any location once you log onto MimioConnect. Another way to make sure you have access to those specific lessons is to simply download those lessons and save them to a flash drive and open them up on other devices that have MimioStudio software installed. As always, if you get the chance, peruse through the many other tips and suggestions you can find on Ask a Master.

Question sender: 
MaryAnn I.
City/State: 
IA

Previewing Gallery Files

Tracy Tishion's picture

Is there a way to preview a gallery/.mcf file before you download it?

Answer: 

Previewing content on the website is reserved for the lesson/.ink files. Gallery files work differently because of their complexity which can include images, templates, multimedia, and even lessons. Gallery files can be opened in your own gallery through downloading them then looking at the file's contents. If at that point the gallery file is not what you were looking for, then you can simply highlight its name and delete it from your gallery. You have the ability as well to upload your own gallery files that you've created to share out with other members. As always, if you get the chance, peruse the other many tips and suggestions found in the Ask a Master section of MimioConnect!

Question sender: 
Caryn U.
City/State: 
North Carolina

Adding a Hyperlink on a Notebook Page

Tracy Tishion's picture

I'd like to add a hyperlink on one of my pages back to a previous page. Is this something that can be done?

Answer: 

Thanks for the great question and you absolutely can add a hyperlink to a page! Here is the process involved: After choosing the selection tool, right click on the object or text you would like to hyperlink to somewhere else. In your case it might be the words, "a previous page." Once you right click, choose "hyperlink" from the menu choices. Now within the Action Settings pop up window look at the "Link to" line and assign the hyperlink. You can link to an existing file or Web page, an attachment within your Notebook file (if you have any attached), or another page within your lesson. Hyperlinking to outside web pages is a very common technique teachers use when they need to jump to a website that's connected to the lesson such as PBS kids, NASA,or even you tube to name a few. As always, if you get the chance, please peruse the many other tips and suggestions found through MimioConnect's Ask a Master.

Question sender: 
Phyllis M
City/State: 
Michigan

Embed or Hyperlink a Video?

Tracy Tishion's picture

Is there a benefit to embedding a video in the Mimio lesson over hyperlinking the video?

Answer: 

There are benefits to both of these options when dealing with incorporating a video into a lesson. If you embed a video then you have access to it immediately without having to go out to the Internet where you might encounter connectivity issues, removed content, or broken links at some point. If you hyperlink the video then you don't have the space/size issue of the lesson being saved on a flash drive or computer where the video could possibly take up a large amount of space. Remember the compatible file types for video embedding. They can be viewed from going to Insert then File from the menu bar on a notebook page. Click on the drop down arrow next to the blank space for “Files of Type” and see the formats for video. Also, in dealing with hyperlinks, they can be attached to text (word or phrase) or an object (like a picture). Just right click on the text box or object, choose hyperlink from the drop down menu and supply the URL of the website address for the video. So, essentially the decision is based primarily on your preference because they both have benefits. If you get the chance, check out the other tips and suggestions found in the Ask a Master section of MimioConnect!

Question sender: 
Amber S.
City/State: 
MA

A template for a Matching Board-Concentration type Game?

Tracy Tishion's picture

I'm looking to create a matching game of pictures and their Spanish name companion. Is there something like a template available that I can use or modify to meet my needs? I thought I saw something with popping balloons but can't locate it. I'd appreciate any help.

Answer: 

We can certainly help you out with your lesson development needs. Just follow this link below which will take you to a template that can be downloaded and inserted into your own Mimio notebook file. Once the file is in your notebook, you'll see 2 slides. The first is a sample and the second one is the editable one. There are directions which can be pulled out from the side but I have listed them here for your convenience:

LINK: https://www.mimioconnect.com/content/lesson/concentration_board_templates

1. Double Click on text box in each square.
2. Change text to create matching game.
3. Using the select tool - click on the edge of the bubbles > drag to cover text boxes.
4. Click Format>Locking>Lock.
5. You're all set!
Happy creating and as always, if you get the chance, check out the many other tips and suggestions found in the Ask a Master section.

Question sender: 
Alice
City/State: 
Canada


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