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Mimio

Today I went to a workshop on the new interactive classroom technology they’re installing into our schools called Mimio. The Mimio is a small devices (that sort of looks like something used with a Wii) that magnetically attaches to a white board and when used with a data projector creates an interactive board right on the white board in a classroom. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of the equipment going in because I couldn’t understand why they would get rid of the smartboard technology in the schools. However, I soon understood why. The Mimio allows for all the teachers in the school to have their own device rather than sharing one SmartBoard throughout an entire school. A teacher’s device is their device and they can take it with them wherever they go throughout the day and use it at anytime they need.

Mimio has some AMAZING interactive features that are all accomplished using a “stylus” pen sort of thing that sends a signal to the Mimio that converts the whiteboard into an interactive surface. Mimio provides opportunity for writing practice, math games, science activities and much more. There are many “pre-made” templates and images available as well as the option to upload personal files from the computer. Users can annotate webpages and access online features through the Mimio technology. Mimio has also created an online community for it’s users that allows them to upload lessons and other things for fellow educators to access… FOR FREE!

This only moderately touches on the many things a teacher can do using the Mimio but I can hardly wait to have ours set up in my internship classroom and test out some of the activities with my students! I would love to hear if others have used this technology and have any suggestions, tips, ideas, etc. to make this experience even more cool!

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First Days of School

Well, it’s the end of Day 2 of the first week of school and I have to say – it’s going to be a spectacular semester. We’ve already started developing great relationships and worked on a lot of routines and procedures in the classroom and I’m sure it will only get even better as the months go on.

I have to admit that I sort of forgot what it was like to have a “first day of school” again (other than University). It was amazing to see all the kids so excited to be back at the school and able to see their friends, teachers and support staff. The joy that I saw in some of the smiles of the children was unbelievable. However, there was one part of the day that I could completely relate to – the fact that SUMMER IS OVER and our brains have to get used to “school mode” again. It was quite entertaining to watch the students as they transferred from summer mode to school mode. It’s no longer as easy as simply getting up and going to the washroom whenever they need to, or getting a drink of water at any time of the day. However, the class I am working with has been EXCEPTIONAL with their procedures and routines thus far and have really been able to get back into “school mode”.

Today was the first time I had an opportunity to sit and think about some of the activities I want to do with the students and this brought me back to thinking about technology. The schools are investing in some new technology (I believe it’s similar to smartboards but I’m not even 100% sure what it is) and I really hope that I get an opportunity to test it out in this semester of internship. Our classroom is smaller than we’d hoped and we have 27 students and 2 teachers in it mostly all the time, so, it is going to be harder for me to use a lot of the technology based learning that I was hoping to incorporate into the classroom. Luckily our school does have a “laptop cart” that we have access to so I am for sure hoping to do some activities using Voice Thread and maybe even a little blogging. I’m excited to start planning a little further so I can actually try some of my ideas out on the kids.

The first two days, as mentioned, have been great and I can hardly wait until I have more opportunities to teach the students lessons that I have worked on and planned. It’s going to be a busy semester for sure, but I’m very excited to get into it!

– Miss Brown

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