Looking Back on 2012: Technology, Training and Education

18 Dec

Staring at a blank screen and trying to capture the highlights of the past year in one blog entry can be a bit daunting, given all the changes and growth we’ve experienced. The educational landscape as a whole went through many changes and created a unique climate when it came to providing educational technology and professional development. Learning Exchange did its best to adapt to these changes in curriculum, administration and emerging classroom technology trends.

In February we introduced KUNO educational tablets and CurriculumLoft digital curriculum management to our product mix. Our customers, with one-to-one learning initiatives, appreciate the security these products provide. When subsequently used, teachers and parents can rest assured that the content students consume is safe and education-focused.  We strive to increase awareness of these products through webinars and school conventions/conferences. We look forward to attending the CurriculumLoft Summit for resellers in Indiana early next year–our goal is to come away with the knowledge and ability to provide more effective training and support to our customers using these solutions.

Mimio Interactive Teaching Technology continues to be a large focus of our business and becoming a gold-level preferred partner of Mimio has proven our dedication in getting the MimioClassroom suite of products in schools all across Wisconsin. In 2012, Mimio launched MimioStudio ActivityWizard, along with a new version of their award-winning MimioStudio classroom software. Then later this year, Mimio introduced their first MimioBoard (an interactive whiteboard). What Mimio plans to release in 2013 is still under wraps but we’re told that it’s going to be one of the best years for Mimio yet! Manny Perez, Mimio’s General Manager, shares a little of what they’re anticipating in his latest blog:

“We will dramatically expand our offering of interactive tools, providing even more flexible solutions to our customers. We will make it even easier for our users to create and share lessons. We will bring mobile devices into the fold. We will allow for flexible learning styles, including whole-group, small-group, and individualized instruction. We will take Mimio’s standard of seamless integration and ease of use to the next level. We will take our unique instructional design capabilities into an exciting new subject area. And these are just a few of my favorite things.”

On the Mimio training front, we piloted our first online Mimio training back in September and have another session scheduled to begin February 5th. We had over 6 different school districts go through our Mimio Professional Development Annual Service Plan this past year and we are continuing to add schools to this large group of individuals that are devoted to expanding their Mimio teaching skills.

We appreciate your support this past year and are grateful to be your resource for interactive teaching technology. We look forward to a bright and happy new year of 2013.

Cheers,

Cat

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