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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 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:

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 http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Support/Downloads/Windows.aspx Happy hunting!

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Question:

How can I add the self-checking tools to a lesson? IE: the student clicks the correct word and it chimes and is highlighted, or, the reverse, the student clicks the incorrect choice and the buzzer sounds and the words is highlighted in red. Also, from where are the sound effects obtained? Thank you for your kind response.

  • Submitted By:
    Michelle S.
  • Date:
    Nov. 30, 2015

Answer:

Thank you for your recent submission to Ask a Master. We are so glad to have you as part of our wonderful online community of educators! You asked for help on how to create lessons where your students can see whether their choice was correct or incorrect. We all know that no matter the age, students love the instant feedback. First of all, please make sure that you have the latest version of MimioStudio Notebook Software downloaded on your computer. You can do this by going to:

http://www.mimio.com/en-NA/Support/Downloads/Windows.aspx

Your MimioStudio Gallery comes preloaded with some wonderful resources for you to use when creating lessons, including different answer reveals that can make your lessons more interactive for your students. First, open up your Gallery, click on the Gallery folder so that it is highlighted in blue and then enter “reveals” into the search bar at the top. Here you will find various reveals to use in your lessons such as the pop, star pop, color and shade reveals which you can bring into Mimio Notebook and resize to fit over the answer choices. When the students come up and click on the reveal, the answer will be displayed underneath. You can also search the Gallery again for “correct” and you will find various multimedia files such as colored checkmarks, cross areas, along with correct and incorrect answer areas. You can easily drag these invisible answer reveals into Mimio Notebook and resize them to fit over the answer choices. When the students come up and click on an answer it will show them if they are right or wrong instantly! To reset, simply click on the answer again. Your students will love the sound and animation! As part of our new MimioStudio Software, your Gallery comes with wonderful Question Templates that are designed to use with the MimioVote System. However, you can still use the question template if you do not have the MimioVote. To do this, open your Gallery, go to and expand the Questions and Results folder, open up the Questions folder. Now, choose the template you’d like, drag it out into MimioNotebook, resize as needed and add in your question and answer choices and you are ready to go! Left clicking once inside the template will open up the text fields where you can enter the question and answer choices. Click on the circle to the left of the correct answer choice and you will see a green check appear. You can change other settings by clicking on the icon in the lower right hand corner of the template. Once you finish, click outside of the template and it is ready to use. To reveal the correct answer simply click on the blue button at the bottom center of the question template. Also, there are a few other reveal gallery files on MimioConnect that you may like. Simply conduct a search for “reveals” and download the files you like. Now you should be ready to create some amazing lessons that will keep your students fully engaged and provide instantaneous feedback during your lessons!

You are also wondering where to find sound effects to add to your lessons. There are many sound effects that are already in a folder in your Gallery so all you have to do is search for “sound effects” and you will have access to all of them. You also have the option of using any sound effect that you have on your computer or have downloaded. Please remember to search on MimioConnect for sound effects as well as I know there are several .mcf’s that are available for download. I hope this helps and please feel free to contact me with any further questions that you may have. Have a fantastic week!

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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:

Can you have two flash files (like a sound and a check mark) attached to one image?

  • Submitted By:
    Janet C.
  • Date:
    Oct. 6, 2015

Answer:

You certainly can! This video demonstrates a technique where you have the ability to use a sound effect and a sign of validation (check or x mark) with a single picture, The video's step by step process will enable you to try this technique out on some ideas you might have otherwise thought impossible! Watch the video and pick up a tip or two!

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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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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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