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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:

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:

How do I use the gallery racing game?

  • 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.

Students will start their knowledge engines when you begin your race session with the Start 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!

Students will now race to answer the question placed within a MimioStudio Notebook page using their MimioVote handheld units. The teacher can place a Progress 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 Progress template anywhere within your lesson, either on the question page, on a page of its own, or randomly throughout the lesson.

The Finish template can be used at the end of the activity, and it will show the top three places in the overall event. The Leaderboard template can be used at the end of the activity, and will show the overall places for the contest.

For more great ways to use the MimioVote, as well as all the MimioStudio products, check out our free QuickLearn 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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Question:

How can I use Mimio QuickVote for my Powerpoints?

  • Submitted By:
    Monika G.
  • Date:
    May. 1, 2013

Answer:There is so much you can do with the amazing QuickVote! Remember you can use the QuickVote for on demand polling with any activity you are doing in your classroom. If you assign a class before polling you can also have results recorded in your Gradebook. Click HERE to watch a great video showing you all about the QuickVote feature! I would also recommend taking our wonderful FREE live QuickLearn sessions. You may find the MimioVote sessions particularly helpful. Click HERE to sign up!

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Question:

How can I allow my students to interact with my Mimio lesson using an iPad?

  • Submitted By:
    Sherri Olson
  • Date:
    Apr. 30, 2013

Answer: The MimioMobile iPad App is now available for teachers and students!


Installing the MimioMobile iPad App for use in your classroom is easy!


First, make sure that you are running the most recent version of MimioStudio software. You can always download the latest version of MimioStudio Software by visiting Mimio.com.


Next, in order to allow your classroom iPads to interact with the MimioStudio lessons on your computer, you must also download the MimioMobile App from the iTunes store. Just search for "MimioMobile" in the iTunes search box.


Finally, activate your MimioMobile App by entering your MimioMobile activation code. If you do not have a MimioMobile activation code, you can purchase one within the software, from your Mimio sales representative, or from Mimio.com.


Click on the link for more details about MimioMobile


You might also be interested in exploring our free Mimio Quicklearn training sessions. We are now proud to offer a Mimio Quicklearn session devoted to MimioMobile!


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Question: Is there a way to incorporate pictures into a self-paced test? I have pictures that go with my MimioVote questions that don't show up when I would print the test.

  • Submitted By:
    John G.
  • Date:
    Apr. 29, 2013

Answer:Thank you for such a relevant question. The MimioVote's versatility allows a teacher to create assessments as either teacher-led or self-paced. The self-paced method to which you were asking about will just print the text of the questions and no images. This doesn't mean that you can't have both for your students to view when they take a printed test. Here is what I typically do if I'm giving a self-paced test with images. There are three methods I use depending upon the number of images I've incorporated into the questions:


1. This method is simply cutting and pasting the images onto the "printed-out" test if there are relatively few images.


2. If I have images with every question, I will print the notebook pages, as is, by going through File > print from the notebook. This way you have the option to choose the number of notebook pages to display per printed page. Once again, the number you choose for a single page, depends on how "wordy" you were when you made up the questions. The text and image size decreases if you print multiple notebook pages on one sheet of paper.


3. This last option you have is to save the test as a PDF file and then print that out which will have each question with images on full sheets of paper. Since this option will print 1 notebook page per sheet of paper, you could potentially have a large number of pages due to how many questions you had.


I hope one of these methods will work for you. If you get the chance check out the many other tips and suggestions highlighted on Ask a Master!


If you would like to learn even more about how to use your MimioVote Assessment System and MimioStudio Gradebook in your classroom, check out our FREE Mimio Quicklearn On-line and On-Demand training sessions.

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Question: Does Mimio have any function to make video recordings?

  • Submitted By:
    Mike S.
  • Date:
    Apr. 29, 2013

Answer: Are you wondering how you can make a recording to add to your MimioStudio Notebook lesson? I would recommend using our wonderful Mimio Recorder which you can find under the APPLICATIONS button on your toolbar. As long as you have some sort of microphone you can record all actions taking place on your computer as well as the audio coming into your computer.


Click HERE to watch a great video showing you how to use the recorder!


To learn even more about how to use MimioRecorder in your classroom; sign up today for our MimioStudio Advanced Quicklearn Session


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Question:Does Mimio offer any lessons that can improve my students reading fluency?

  • Submitted By:
    Jackie Szemplak
  • Date:
    Mar. 2, 2013

Answer:


Thank you for such an outstanding question during National Read Across America Week!


National Read Across America Week is a national event that is celebrated by schools, libraries, and homes across the country. Read Across America day began several years ago in conjunction with Dr. Suisse’s birthday with the goal of encouraging students, especially young children, to read.


As a classroom teacher myself, I understand that all educators are teachers of reading. Encouraging my students to read is an essential part of young person’s education. As a parent, the time I spend reading with my young children is precious. Early reading helps children build a foundation for a lifetime of success in Language Arts.


To answer your excellent question; Mimio offers a research-based and proven supplementary reading instruction program for a variety of elementary grade levels and learning needs. This includes the MimioReading Comprehension Suite and the MimioSprout Early Reading. Students can engage in both of these programs on classroom computers, home computers, and using MimioReading for iPad App.


The MimioReading comprehension suite is a state-of-the-art instructional program that provides broad and effective lessons for schools that want to improve their reading comprehension performance in grades 3-8.


For beginning readers, the MimioSprout early reading suite is a K-2 supplemental program that ensures reading success for every child, guaranteed. The program takes a non-reader or beginning reader up to mid-2nd-grade reading skills in less than 30 hours of individualized online instruction.


MimioReading software works by assessing and adapting continuously to student performance. Success is celebrated at every point of progress, and corrective feedback is always delivered in a way that is informative and encouraging. Value is added through earning systems that include coins and coin redemption, but primarily focus on building value in successful mastery of the program objectives, and ultimately, the ability to read.


While teachers and principals love Mimio’s research- and evidence-driven individualized reading programs because of the great results, students will tell you how fun and engaging they find every moment of the instruction. I have seen students at my school become better readers after using MimioReading. I have also seen my PreK daughter start to excel with MimioSprout.


Click here to learn more about MimioReading programs and to inspire a lifetime of reading in your students during National Read Across America Week!

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