Celebrate National Swap Ideas Day with Engaging Technologies!

In honor of National Swap Ideas Day today, September 10th, we want to share with you some places to find great ideas for using your interactive technologies from Engaging Technologies and their awesome partners!

We’ll share these ideas…

Classroom Clickers

Try the ideas on our Clicker Activities page for using clickers in your classroom.  We also have a Classroom Clickers Pinterest board for neat things we find educators doing with clickers along the way.

Document Cameras

You’ll find many ideas for using document cameras (no matter what brand) on our Document Camera Ideas page. These ideas will have you thinking outside of the box in no time and finding all sorts of new uses for something that you might only have been using to show worksheets under! Don’t miss our Document Camera Pinterest board for some cool ideas from teachers all over the world!

Livescribe Smartpens

Our site contains smartpen ideas for a variety of subject areas to get you thinking about using your smartpen for more than just taking notes.  We share more websites that are great starting points for smartpen ideas, and don’t forget to follow our Livescribe smartpen Pinterest board for more fun ideas!

Now it’s your turn to share your ideas…

On that same note, we’d love for you to spend some time sharing your ideas with us too, and thereby sharing them with other educators that are implementing these technologies in their

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.  — George Bernard Shaw

Pay it forward and share your great ideas with other educators!


MimioConnect: Swapping Interactive Whiteboard Lessons

One of the very best ways to swap ideas and lessons for using your MimioTeach interactive technology is MimioConnect, Mimio’s free community site for Mimio users. MimioConnect is a goldmine of lessons created by teachers from all over who have willingly shared their work. Download as many lessons as you want, and if the lesson doesn’t work exactly like you want it too, it has at least given you a starting point to work from in customizing the lesson to work to fit your situation.

Mimio recently shared a blog post, The Back-to-School Benefits of MimioConnect, which outlines many of the benefits of MimioConnect at the start of the school year.  However, those same benefits last all the way through the year – networking groups, forums, lessons from Mimio Masters, lesson collaboration, and all of the many lessons plans and content packs that you can download for free!

Seeing how others create their lessons and how they are using Mimio in their classrooms is one way to greatly expand your use of the technology and jump start your use as a new Mimio user!

Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to download an interactive lesson from MimioConnect!

Whether you share far or wide or just with the teachers down the hall, sharing is what makes all of us better teachers. We’ve all experienced the excitement of sharing ideas and generating even great ideas together, but it is easy to, in the hustle and bustle of our daily routine, to put sharing on the back burner.

  • Be diligent in talking to your colleagues about what you are doing in your class.
  • Share ideas online or with teachers in other districts.

Let make every day National Swap Ideas Day!