MimioReading Comprehension Suite and MimioSprout
5/30/2013 By: MaryAnn Karre
www.mimio.com • Pricing: MimioReading starts at $2,750 for 25-49 students; MimioSprout starts at $2,500 for 25-49 students.
MimioReading is a research-based reading
comprehension program, which has been designed
to supplement individualized adaptive reading
instruction and whole-group reading lessons for
students in grades 3-8.
Quality and Effectiveness: MimioReading uses
instruction and activities to teach students strategies to master the
four primary components of comprehension: finding facts, making
inferences, identifying themes and the “main idea,” and learning
vocabulary in context. These lessons extend the effectiveness of the
MimioSprout Pre-K-grade 2 reading program. A print assessment
is used to determine the students’ level of language comprehension
and readiness for MimioReading. The program is compatible with
all interactive classroom technology platforms, whether they are
delivered via interactive whiteboard or interactive projector. Teachers
can quickly and easily produce reports of class and individual student
progress. Parents can log into the program to assist students while
they work at home and receive automatic email updates about a
Ease of Use: It is fairly simple for a teacher to set up a classroom,
using My Mimio Page and, once created, teachers can access reports,
change settings, add, remove, or group students, enable or disable
home access, and print materials from any Internet-connected
device. The Teacher’s Guide provides step-by-step instructions.
Students can quickly start the program by clicking through a desktop icon
and selecting their names. They can get help with unknown words by
clicking on them, and they will hear a pronunciation and short definition.
Parents can open the episodes and reports just as easily, using a username
and password that is emailed after the teacher enables home access.
Creative Use of Technology: Mimio programs are now available for
iPad through the iTunes store, but they require iOS4.3 or later. This app
will only work for owners of the MimioReading comprehension suite.
The episodes contain built-in animations. Students can spend “coins”
that are earned for completing units to view animations or play games.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The lessons, each
of which is about 20 minutes in length, satisfy requirements of the
Common Core standards. The program is designed to improve reading
comprehension for students in grades 3 through 5. It also provides
effective intervention for those in grades 5 through 8, although the
instructions and animations may be too simplistic for older students.
• MimioReading provides research-based instructional content that has been tested
in real classroom environments and is aligned to the Common Core standards.
• MimioReading comprehension suite provides schools with effective, one-of-akind
supplemental reading programs for individual, group, and full classroom
• The program strengthens home-school partnerships by providing teachers
and parents with access to the same lessons and student reports, accessible
through any Internet-ready device, including iPads.