Meet the Parents (also known as the annual school Open House!)

Many educators like to showcase the technology available to them right in their classrooms on Parents' Night or Open House. We, at mimioConnect would like to ask all of our members (who have mimio's in their classrooms) to use them for Open House and let us know: 1) How did you incorporate it into your Open House and 2) Discuss how the parents reacted to the technology. As always, we have another great website to pass along that has some good resources to make any educator's Open House a success: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/open-house/resource/6522.html This resource comes from the TeacherVision website.

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Submitted by Tracy Tishion Mimio Master Mimio Moderators Mimio Site Manager Mimio Certified Trainer on Sep. 7, 2009

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Reading/Language Specialist

I teach small group and I love the ideas that you have given me to show the parents how effective our school uses technology to reach their child. My parents usually float in during our orientation and I will be excited this year to be able to incorporate some of what the students will be doing. They always feel like they are a part of their child's education when they are able to see and interact with their child's technology. Thanks for the ideas :)

  • Posted:
    Jun. 3, 2013
wcacraft
Posted by
Jerri Craft
Downloads: 66

Something new!

I've used the same PowerPoint presentation for years; making a few tweaks on a yearly basis. I loved the ideas on the Teacher Vision site. I will definitely be using some of these ideas next year. Love the idea have using the Mimio to have parents sign in. Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted:
    Feb. 17, 2013
pinkj19
Posted by
pinkj19
Downloads: 245

Thank you!

I love the link you provided! I teach in a title 1 school, and the majority of my parent's don't speak english. This would be a great way to SHOW them the things that their kids are going to be doing in my classroom without having to worry too much about the language barrier. I could also have multiple text boxes in multiple languages to help with that issue as well. It seems so simple yet I never thought to do this. :)

  • Posted:
    Feb. 14, 2013
tiberj
Posted by
Jackie Tiberio
Downloads: 40

TickleMe Plants and the Plant and Animal Vote Question Pack

Thanks for the great activities. I show my parents a live TickleMe Plant for open house and how the Plants and Animal Pack works. Then I send home seeds for the parents to grow their own TickleMe Plant with their children. TickleMe Plants are the only interactive plants that will close their leaves and lower their branches when tickled- See video of the live plant at www.ticklemeplant.com
Parents are thrilled to take home the TickleMe Plant gift for their children and to share about the exciting Plants and Animals Activities and Vote Questions Pack which includes over 40 one page activities and over 100 multiple choice Vote questions, focusing on hundreds of the plants, animals, habitats, and food webs included in the gallery. The kids an parents never forget the TickleMe Plant growing experience either.

  • Posted:
    Aug. 30, 2011
kidsgardner
Posted by
kidsgardner
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Good Thoughts on Your Comments

Thanks all for sharing your ideas. This is a great idea to have parents use the technology during Open House that their children will be using all year. I like the idea of using the Mimio Pad for sign in. I just wonder if parents will be confused on how it works and I know I will not be able to stand right by it to give instructions because I will be pulled in every direction from different parents and other needs that have to be addressed. I will try having parents go to the board to sign their children in. I may even include it into our scavenger hunt. Someone else said that Open House is loosey goosey. Ours is too! I hope things will go well. I am going to transform my powerpoint I usually share with parents into an ink file and then add interactive pieces into it for my Meet the Teacher night presentation. Thanks all for sharing your ideas!

  • Posted:
    Jul. 13, 2011
Jenny.Kime
Posted by
Jenny.Kime
Downloads: 160

This is wonderful! I love

This is wonderful! I love having all of these open house ideas! We are almost finished for the year, and I'm already planning for next year!

  • Posted:
    May. 11, 2011
angiestaten
Posted by
angiestaten
Downloads: 286

Unfortunately our school no

Unfortunately our school no longer does an Open House in September. Instead we have opening day conferences where families come to visit the teacher and classroom for 15 minutes at a time throught the day. Consequently, it is impossible to show off the innovative Mimio ideas and lessons. Therefore, after my kindergarten students have had time to practice Mimio, I invite the parents to stay at the beginning of the class or to come a few minutes before dismissal time so I can show them some of the things we are learning. They are always amazed at how quickly the studentscan use this technology independently.

  • Posted:
    May. 9, 2011
jeann.beaudry
Posted by
Jeannette Beaudry
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These are really great ideas!

These are really great ideas! I always dread the beginning of the year and open house. This is such a creative use of the technology in our classrooms. Who wouldn't be impressed with what's going on in our classrooms.

  • Posted:
    Mar. 27, 2011
kconiglio
Posted by
kconiglio
Downloads: 128

These are really great ideas!

These are really great ideas! I always dread the beginning of the year and open house. This is such a creative use of the technology in our classrooms. Who wouldn't be impressed with what's going on in our classrooms.

  • Posted:
    Mar. 27, 2011
kconiglio
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kconiglio
Downloads: 128

These are really great ideas!

These are really great ideas! I always dread the beginning of the year and open house. This is such a creative use of the technology in our classrooms. Who wouldn't be impressed with what's going on in our classrooms.

  • Posted:
    Mar. 27, 2011
kconiglio
Posted by
kconiglio
Downloads: 128

I normally show a slide show

I normally show a slide show of our year during open house. This is my second year to use Mimio and I have not thought of using Mimio during open house. I like the idea of showing lessons or using it as a sign in sheet. I think having the parents use the Mimio and having the students acting as their teacher will help the students to feel more ownership. Thanks for the helpful hints.

  • Posted:
    Mar. 27, 2011
kim.grugel
Posted by
kim.grugel
Downloads: 199

The Meaningful Open House

The Meaningful Open House link through Teacher Vision was very helpful. Good reminders to consider when preparing for Open House. Now if only there was a tip on how to handle nervousness!

  • Posted:
    Mar. 23, 2011
mcglynnm
Posted by
mcglynnm
Downloads: 83

Parent Teacher Conferences

I know this not exactly the same as Open house but since Parents visit the classroom to discuss their childs sucess I feel that this is an a good forum to share my ideas. During parent teacher conferences I will be sharing with the parents the many lessons that I use to enhance their childs learning. I use my mimio daily for phonics instruction, math drills and lessons. Honestly i don't know if i could ever go back to teaching with out it. I think it is important for the parents to understand their children are technology able and that they are active learners in the classroom

  • Posted:
    Sep. 16, 2010
absauceda
Posted by
absauceda
Downloads: 243

sign in

Our Open House is very loosey-goosey, and parents don't usually spend much time in each room. We are required to have parent sign in - so I'm going to have the mimio pad handy, and have parents and students sign in using the pad. The signatures will show up on my board, and from there (if interest and time) I can play with the signatures a bit (text recognition, and such).

  • Posted:
    Aug. 5, 2010
mkalowe
Posted by
Maribeth Lowe
Downloads: 1151

Open House

I use a mimio notebook file that includes information about me, what their student will be learning, and classroom rules and expectations. I use lots of reveals, pop reveals, hidden words in background colors, and erase reveals. I allow the new students and parents to play with the files as I am discussing things with other parents/students. The students and parents love it. They are always anxious to start right away.

  • Posted:
    Jul. 3, 2010
pamschleif
Posted by
Pam Schleif
Downloads: 128

So many opportunities to share the mimio with parents...

When I first read the topic I was excited to see what others were planning to do to incorporate the mimio into their open house or parent night. Then I began thinking that I really did need to read others ideas because our Open House night seems to be changing and the parents are not expected to stay in our room for a while. Not quite sure what to expect for this year. I think I will try to create two different files that I can share with the parents...and will chose which is actually shown depending on the time allowed. I did read where someone said they might have the parents display afternoon or morning transportation. I think this is a great idea. It gets the parents involved and then you also have this information readily available. I'll keep checking back and see what other suggestions or thought people come up with. I usually would share a powerpoint, but as I said this past year the time was really limited and we didn't even have time to share the powerpoint.

  • Posted:
    Jun. 8, 2010
akelly00
Posted by
akelly00
Downloads: 448

Open House

We no longer have Open House but we do have a parent meeting night before school starts. I am thinking about making a slide where they move their child's name to show me what their child will do after school. We have some that ride the bus, walk, are picked up by parents or go to the school program. I will also add my powerpoint to mimio so I can add all the tricks to show them what their students will be doing in class. I think this might also keep them interested! :)

  • Posted:
    Jun. 5, 2010
jiffymmfan
Posted by
Jennifer
Downloads: 239

Open House

Depending upon the grade level, the open house content varies in our district. The high school level, the objective is to give out the syllabus for the class, basic schedules, teacher website info. On the middle school level, the teachers speak about a typical day, what the students will be studying for the year, teacher websites, class expectations. On the elementary level, a bit about the subjects, daily routines, room parent information, assessments that will be done, class newsletters, etc. This coming year will have an added topic for our parents which will be the opening of our parent portal. Parents will be given information on what they will be able to log on to view about their child/children, like demographic info, attendance, grades.

  • Posted:
    Jun. 5, 2010
Tracy Tishion
Posted by
Tracy Tishion
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Open House

With the 2009/2010 school year almost over I have started thinking about the 2010/2011 school year. I would like to have a mimio presentation for my parents for Open House. I am playing around with a few ideas in my head. I definitely want to have part of the mimio presentation be an activity with reveals and pop balloons that parents can then go up to the board and try or use the mimio pad to try. I think that mimio is just as exciting for adults as it is for kids. Plus it will be a great icebreaker for parents to start talking to each other and having some fun with Spanish introductory vocabulary.

  • Posted:
    May. 31, 2010
ksprljan
Posted by
ksprljan
Downloads: 88

Using the mimio for open house

I know that open house is months away but it is exciting to think about how to use our mimios on that day. I teach kindergarten. This is my first year having my mimio. I did not have it when school started in August. Next year, I plan to use my mimio during open house. The kids will love it and the parents will be very impressed with our technology in kindergarten. I agree with you about the mimios being a great icebreaker. Students and parents are often a little nervous at open house. Especially in kindergarten.

  • Posted:
    Mar. 21, 2011
caugst
Posted by
caugst
Downloads: 26

parents night

I agree,i think parents will find mimio as exciting as their children. I'm thinking about sharing a few lessons for parents to participate in as if they were their child. They will then have a hands on approach of how mimio is used in kindergarten.

  • Posted:
    Jun. 30, 2010
jenny carr
Posted by
Jenny Carr
Downloads: 110

Parnet night

I am thinking I will have some slides about the routines, expectations, etc... I also would like to include a few lessons that my students will be completing in the first few weeks as well. That way they will be able to see some of the activities their students will be participating in.

  • Posted:
    Jul. 13, 2010
mscott826
Posted by
Melissa Scott
Downloads: 202

Open House

I will be building a mimio show for my parents this year. I will introduce myself, tell them 5th grade expectations, etc. This will allow the parents who are standing around to have something to do until I am frss.

  • Posted:
    May. 23, 2010
jotoole
Posted by
jotoole
Downloads: 579

Open House

I, too, have always used a powerpoint slide presentation at Open House to inform parents of classroom curriculum and procedures. I plan to make a mimio for Open House for next year. It should be fun to add in all the great tricks I have learned through my mimio classes. The parents will have an idea of the exciting technology that we have at our school and how it will keep their students engaged in lessons. I guess I'd better get started on it now because once the beginning of the school year comes, there won't be time!

  • Posted:
    Apr. 15, 2010
robaumi
Posted by
Michelle Robau
Downloads: 594

open house

I have used a power point in the past and hope to incorporate it into mimio and add some of the fun tricks mimio provides and some sample lessons. I agree this presentation should be started during the summer. The start of the school year is just around the corner and time is extremely precious.

  • Posted:
    Jun. 30, 2010
jenny carr
Posted by
Jenny Carr
Downloads: 110

Open House

I'v always done a PowerPoint slideshow for open house night to review the curriculum, but NOW I can't wait to redo it and use Mimio instead. It certainly shows off the technology that we have and makes the presentation a lot more interesting and exciting!

  • Posted:
    Apr. 13, 2010
Carrahli
Posted by
Carrahli
Downloads: 259

Family Learning Day

I received a grant for 2 mimios, one of which stays in my room, the other floats around the building. I usually do a powerpoint presentation of what parents can expect for their child in 4 grade. This year I used the mimio to do it and the parents thought it was very cool and I was able to "brag up" the grant a little bit, with the added bonus that I have a school board member's daughter in my room.

  • Posted:
    Mar. 22, 2010
kardijod
Posted by
Jodi Kardin
Downloads: 113

At our school, many teachers

At our school, many teachers used their new Mimios to demonstrate their curriculum this year. Since our open house was early in the school year, teachers used some pictures from last year but no one minded. Using the reveals and audio files, as well as web links added pizazz in some cases to imported Powerpoint presentations. Parents were invited to participate in the interactive program and they loved it!

  • Posted:
    Oct. 7, 2009
len3c
Posted by
Len Cohen
Downloads: 89

open house

This is just a great idea I am passing on...I a former teacher...however, I now train teachers using mimio--they love using the spotlight (star) for open house. They place the students pictures and/or names and put the spot light up...as the students come in they are to find their picture by moving the spotlight. Most likely will have to use last year's pictures...or if open house is done after school actually opens, then take pictures then.

  • Posted:
    Oct. 6, 2009
bigred
Posted by
Fayette Adams
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