Within the last year the Mimio has emerged on the Purchasing Conference list as a viable option in the classroom. This was a hard sell for me. There are obvious portability advantages, but with SMART already having established a presence in our board, I was hesitant to endorse it widely, without perpetuating two systems, and stretching support too thin.
That changed after an experience with the Mimio Capture at ISTE. The marker-based unit, that eliminates the need for a projector, and doesn’t need to be oriented in order to work, has changed my mind. I still believe that technology needs to be in the hands of the students, and still feel that the IWB technology tends to feed into a “Sage on the Stage” style of teaching; but I acknowledge a place for that, and think that the Mimio Capture provides a versatility that the large SMARTboard does not. Looking at this makes the “portability” of the SMARTboard, on those large awkward carts, seem archaic. I was struggling with how to explain this fully, so I made a video.