Wednesday, January 2, 2008

To MIMIO or not to MIMIO

One of the goals of this blog is to talk about some of the teaching practices I am using in my classroom. Currently the new exciting thing I am doing is using a MIMIO for all my direct instruction. The MIMIO is a new technology similar to a SMART board used in many classrooms around the country. The term that is used to describe both is "interactive white board."

Differences Between the Two

I have not used a SMART board so I know very little about them, but I believe they are functionally the same as a MIMIO. Meaning they can accomplish the same thing. The big difference is that the SMART technology is a white board in and of itself. The MIMIO is designed to be installed on an existing white board. Because of this the MIMIO requires much less hardward and thus imys much less expensive. As well the MIMIO is much more portable around a school than a SMART board. Conversely, I would imagine that the MIMIO is more likely to have technical problems. As well the MIMIO requires you to calibrate it before use. I would assume the SMART board would not require this. Whatever the case is, I don't have a preference or reccomendation between the two, but I can say that I have been 100% satisfied with the MIMIO so far.

An Example of a MIMIO

I have yet to create a video about a MIMIO. This was the best I could find on youtube:

I plan on creating some videos showing how I do different things on MIMIO. I plan on posting a series of MIMIO tutorials in the next couple of months.

I will end this post with another video I have created for the tutorials I am creating. They can be accessed in the top right corner of this blog.

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