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. 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."