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MimioScience

By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2014
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Company: Mimio, 1 Charles Park, 1st Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142; phone: 877-696-4646; fax: 617-902-2041; website: mimio.com

Price: The price of the MimeoScience interactive lessons is $1,299 per school per year. Additional pricing information is available by contacting Mimio at 877-696-4646.

Audience: Grades 3–8

Format: MimioScience is educational software that works with an interactive whiteboard, the MimioTeach and MimioBoard devices. The software is downloaded from the internet.

 

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Description: MimioScience consists of interactive whiteboard units currently comprising 76 units and 224 lessons based on Next Generation Science Standards.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: This software requires an interactive whiteboard, MimeoTeach, or MimioBoard. Content is available through downloading. Installation: A

Content/Features: MimeoScience focuses on concepts, principles, and processes through the use of interactive science units. The lessons give students a way to apply and extend learning through application and inquiry. Activities are grade-appropriate and tied to a Next Generation Science Standard.

Current units include 28 physical science units with 80 lessons, 18 science processes with 54 lessons, seven engineering and technology units and 18 earth and science units with 54 lessons, and 12 life science units with 36 lessons. This content program is integrated with the MimioClassroom suite of interactive technologies of the interactive whiteboard and projector. With a MimioMobile license, this program can be used with an iPad or iPad mini on the classroom’s interactive whiteboard.

All lessons are stand-alone and include instruction, practice, in-school activities, and suggested extension activities. Assessment is embedded within the lesson. Teachers can modify assessments, practices, and instruction. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Use of MimioScience requires knowledge of interactive whiteboards and the downloading of software from the internet. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Tech Support is available at 877-846-3721. Support is also provided through video tutorials and a Q&A Section. On-Demand Quick Learn Training lessons provide sessions at the user’s convenience that are available on any computer with internet access. The lessons include demonstrations and instructions. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: MimioScience addresses the Next Generation Science Standards using inquiry and application, which are key elements in providing curriculum that helps students learn and succeed. An integrated approach provides the flexibility needed in our modern classrooms. I like the fact that their lessons don’t require specific background knowledge. All needed instruction is included in the actual lesson. Teachers have the freedom to choose the lessons that best meet the skill level of the students in the areas of physical science, science processes, engineering and technology, earth and space science, and life science.

A strong feature of this program is the On-Demand Quick Learn Training lessons that allow teachers to set their own pace and provide easy-to-follow instructions. Product support is offered in a variety of formats including live assistance as well as a Q&A section.

The focus of the program promotes higher-level thinking skills as students are presented with concepts, principles, and processes. It is important that learning focuses on application and inquiry. MimioScience meets this need in an appropriate format. No longer is it beneficial to require memorization of facts. Realizing this, MimioScience interactive lessons identify what students can do and then provide meaningful and timely content.

A valuable resource for teachers is collaboration with others through mimioconnect.com. Educators are provided a forum to discuss ideas and share lessons with peers. There is no doubt that MimioScience offers a valuable tool to provide science skills in a relevant and in-depth format. I highly recommend this program for teachers who are looking for a way to strengthen their science curriculum. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Email: sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.

 


 
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