Harmony Early Childhood Center Breaks New Ground in Use of Mimio Technology, Equips 27 Classrooms
Successful pilot in special needs early learning classrooms spurs preschool center’s purchase of MimioTeach and MimioMobile
CAMBRIDGE, MA — Nov. 5, 2014 — Harmony Early Childhood Center, a preschool center serving children ages 3-5 years old in Olathe, Kansas, has equipped 27 of its classrooms with MimioTeach™ interactive whiteboard bars and MimioMobile™ application licenses. The purchase expands the use of both Mimio products from a two-classroom pilot that took place during the winter and spring of 2014 as part of a bond-funded district initiative to test different types of educational technology and identify those that best met learning needs at each grade level.
The MimioTeach bar converts a conventional dry erase board into a full-featured interactive whiteboard for a fraction of the cost of conventional fixed interactive whiteboards. The MimioMobile app works on the iPad, iPod touch devices, iPhones (4 and up), and Android tablets, allowing these mobile devices to work in concert for collaborative learning activities as well as for formative assessment.
The MimioMobile app was integrated into another of Harmony Early Childhood Center’s pilots, a 2:1 iPad program. “Some might think that mobile technology is too complex to be a learning tool in preschool classrooms,” said Dan Winkler, Mimio’s chief technology officer. “But the two teachers involved in Harmony’s pilot – early childhood disabilities teachers Kim Buenger and Paige Moran – have proved that the technology can have a big impact. Both of them did amazing things with MimioMobile.”
One example of a MimioMobile-enabled preschool lesson explored transportation. Buenger and her three-year-old students tried it out the day after her initial training with the system. “We sorted transportation by air, land, and water,” Buenger explained. She was excited about how well the app and iPads worked in her classroom. Buenger also uses the MimioTeach device for circle time, on a daily basis.
While Buenger had been familiar with Mimio devices from her teaching days in Arizona, Moran was new to the interactive teaching technology. Nevertheless, she also displayed ingenuity in the creation of mobile lessons. One example from Moran’s class was a circle time attendance activity in which the class dragged student pictures to the onscreen “school.” Moran also created circle time counting and singing activities via the MimioMobile app and the iPads.
“I visited Buenger’s classroom and saw firsthand how she was using our technology with developmentally delayed preschoolers,” said Winkler. “With Mimio in 27 more classrooms at Harmony, I’m sure we’ll continue seeing impressive ideas and approaches from the center’s teachers.”
The complete MimioClassroom™ suite of interactive technologies is used in over 600,000 classrooms worldwide. In addition to the MimioTeach system, the suite includes the newly available MimioBoard™ touch board, which features six-point Touch 360° interactivity – the highest number of standard touch points available – for best-in-class performance; the MimioDisplay™ LED touch display; the MimioProjector™ interactive projector; the MimioView™ document camera; the MimioPad™ wireless pen tablet; and the MimioCapture™ ink recorder. The power behind all Mimio products is the award-winning MimioStudio™ classroom software, a single, intuitive program that runs Mimio hardware as well as interactive devices from other manufacturers.
Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. A portfolio company of Skyview Capital, Mimio creates award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware and software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms.
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