Sunday, May 15th, 2011 - DYMO/Mimio Interactive Teaching Technologies
Seamlessly integrated interactive whiteboard technology breaks through design barriers to create educational tools tailored to teachers’ needs

Sydney, AUSTRALIA : Interactive whiteboards are becoming a standard fixture in Australian classrooms. The world’s largest and most distinguished design competition has recognised the developments in design and has awarded DYMO/Mimio the prestigious international red dot Award in the product design category.

In summarising the award, a panel of 36 design experts highlighted the innovative and creative solutions, in this case it happened to be one that was developed for the classroom. MimioClassroom, with its multiple product components that work individually or seamlessly integrated as a product suite, turns standard whiteboards into interactive devices simply by attaching a compact, lightweight bar, projector and computer.

Recent studies have already shown interactive teaching technology has a positive impact on students and teachers, providing greater engagement in the classroom and increased retention rates. In particular, one study found the use of interactive whiteboards was associated with a 16 percentile point gain in student achievement . This red dot Award further acknowledges the work and thoughtfulness that DYMO/Mimio put into its design, one that is teacher and student inspired, designed in the way in which students think.

Jurors reviewed 4,433 products from over 60 countries to select the newly launched DYMO/Mimio Classroom Suite.

“As always, our jury cast a very careful eye over the products submitted,” says Professor Dr Peter Zec, the initiator of the red dot design award. “Design quality has asserted itself clearly in the judging process with genuine and new creative solutions also being rewarded. Both of these criteria are not just yardsticks for good design, but also for the potential for success on the market.”

The MimioClassroom product suite brings together style and function to create a collection of innovative, affordable interactive teaching products, purpose-designed and built to enable teachers to do what they do best: simply teach.

Every element of the products’ design incorporates the look and feel of traditional teaching tools – from chalk trays to fountain pens – to make the seamlessly integrated system even more comfortable and familiar to teachers.

“We wanted to create a suite of products that had not only a unique and interesting look, but also conveyed an aura of simplicity, were designed with a purpose and also fit naturally within a classroom environment,” said Manny Perez, co-founder, DYMO/Mimio.

“For this reason, as a primary design metaphor, we chose a classic and simple arc with soft and fluid surfaces and edges. For the colours of the new product we drew inspiration from a traditional dry erase whiteboard. We also devoted a lot of time on how students and teachers would hold and use each of the components.”

The DYMO/Mimio Classroom suite includes a range of products:
• MimioTeach™ is the heart of the MimioClassroom suite. MimioTeach transforms any dry-erase whiteboard into a fully-interactive whiteboard to enable interactive learning. MimioTeach is also supported by various other new, innovative features including:
• MimioVote™ Student Assessment System – simplifies assessment, grading and recording-keeping
• MimioView™ Document Camera – incorporates images and video into interactive lessons
• MimioCapture™ Ink Recording System – captures whiteboard images made with dry-erase markers
• MimioPad™ Wireless Tablet – can move around classroom while teaching with the whiteboard
• MimioStudio™ 7 Software – compatible with popular software applications and other ITT software

For more information on DYMO/Mimio ITT, please visit www.mimio.dymo.com; you can also follow DYMO/Mimio ITT on Twitter @MimioTechnology and via Facebook. Download lesson plans and connect with other teachers at www.mimioconnect.com and view helpful how-to videos by Mimio Masters on the DYMO/Mimio YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/dymomimio.

For more information on the red-dot design awards, please visit www.red-dot.de/presse.
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About Newell Rubbermaid Global Business and Technology Solutions
DYMO is the master brand name for the Newell Rubbermaid Global Technology Solutions portfolio. In a world that demands greater productivity and measures it at every opportunity, DYMO provides businesses, educational institutions and consumers with innovative and easy ways to share, manage and organize information with improved efficiency and satisfaction.

Our DYMO global technology brands are organized into four solutions:

• DYMO® / Labeling Identification Solutions include DYMO hand-held label makers, PC connected label and postage printers, plus Industrial labeling tools (www.dymo.com).
• DYMO™ / CardScan® Contact Management Solutions include CardScan business card scanners and contact management software (www.cardscan.com).
• DYMO™ / Endicia® Postage Technologies include Endicia online shipping and mailing services (www.endicia.com), as well as customized postage (www.pictureitpostage.com).
• DYMO™ / Mimio® ITT (Interactive Teaching Technologies) include Mimio interactive whiteboard technology, digital ink recorders, document cameras, student response systems and engaging lesson plan content (www.mimio.dymo.com).

These global technology brands complement Newell Rubbermaid’s strong portfolio of global brands, which also includes Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Waterman®, Parker®, Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®.
Nicky Preston
P: 02 8235 7600
W: www.mimio.dymo.com/en-US.aspx

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