Let this Off-Season Be Not Completely Off

9 juli 2018Bálint Mátyás

For kids, summer is not only a perfect time to do, let’s say, absolutely nothing, but also a great opportunity to work on their “craft”, practice and deepen their knowledge in areas in which they’re really interested or improve their skill-set where they feel a little bit stuck.If you think about it, that is almost the case for professional athletes as well. After a long, grinding season they still need to prepare for the next challenge both mentally and physically, which makes it essential to improve every aspect of their game as much as they can during the “off-season”. This is even more true of this year as the best football players in the world are currently playing on the biggest stage in their career thanks to the FIFA World Cup, so their well-deserved break is yet to be taken.

That being said, let me give you some ideas and recommend a couple of randomly selected tools from mozaWeb that you can pass along to your children in order to get them ready for the next season at school or just to pass the time on rainy days during the vacation period!

1) Translators and interpreters of the future - Lan(g)ame

What is the most important when learning a foreign language?

“Words, words, words”, says Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and rightfully so.

Learning a new language is really cool and fun, especially if you get enough positive feedback to make you feel that learning comes easy. However, if we’re not using the language every day, it’s equally easy to get out of rhythm and forget most of the expressions we picked up previously. Any language teacher can tell you that active and passive vocabulary are not the same at all so we have to make sure that we keep our “database” as up-to-date as possible.In Lan(g)ame, just select the language pair you wish to practice and try to score as many points as you can by determining the meaning of words.

Kids will surely enjoy it, because it’s quick and truly fascinating. What’s more, the wide array of available languages in the app may give them some extra motivation to start learning something new as well!

2) Euler would be proud - Maths games for the Summer

“Counting and multiplication? Can’t think of a better way of spending the afternoon.”

Well, sometimes it’s more than difficult to make our children feel that way, but combining something so... let’s put it nicely, theoretical with a cool game might just be the right solution.Oh, and if we’re talking about Maths, we have to mention the all-time favourite, the one and only Number Hero, which is also a sneaky way to get the kids to practice mathematical operations.In this game, the rule is pretty simple: if your answer is correct, you are free to jump to the next island. If not, well… you’ll be eaten by a weirdly satisfied shark who is gentleman enough to wear a handkerchief in the water. Tough luck.

3) Hobby historians and skilled experts of human history - Time Machine

The good news is that there is a whole variety of ways to expand your knowledge in the subject of history outside of the classroom, such as visiting museums, historical buildings, going on a sightseeing tour or talking to your grandparents to learn more about local and contemporary history.Besides that, we can offer the Time Machine tool which is basically an interactive timeline where you can search for any historical individual and put them in the center of a diagram. Around the selected person a whole bunch of similarly significant people will appear, but you have the option to manage the results as the profession, nationality, or time period can be also set.Once you have the whole crew on your plate (for example, William Shakespeare with his contemporaries and fellow writers), you can generate an exercise with one click . The goal is to match the names with the images on the tray which is an exceptionally good way to refresh the memories about important historical dates and figures.

What else can be done for an active summer?

 

  • Spending 15-20 minutes with these apps each day,
  • going out into nature,
  • reading for fun,
  • taking up a sport as a new hobby.

 

The possibilities are of course endless...but let this be a motto: learning can and does take place everywhere. Not only for us, adults, but also for our children, two and a half months are just too long and too much precious time is wasted on being completely off.

On behalf of the whole Mozaik Team, let me wish all of you a wonderful summer full of memories and adventures... see you in September!

Easily manageable, cost-effective, and up-to-date… let’s be honest, it can be a real struggle sometimes to find the perfect tool for the great scientist of the future. That’s why I’d like to explore our newest application, LabCamera (available within the mozaBook software or as a stand-alone solution) and quickly introduce its main modules.

LabCamera is an exploration and data logging laboratory which makes it easy for students and teachers to carry out scientific observations and measurements. You only need a computer, the software, and yes, as the name suggests, a standard webcam. The main strength of the software lies within its simplicity as you can build the best technology ever, if no school can afford or implement it, it will not be much help to students in the long run. That being said, let’s take a closer look at some LabCamera features!

1.) Kinematics

To put it simply, graphs are cool and kids love them in Physic lessons, especially if they can get them in real-time. First, take the footage of your webcam or a pre-recorded video, select a couple of objects (colorful balls, toy cars, etc.), then let the Kinematics module track the movement of the object for you. In the final graph that can be exported with one click, students can analyze all the details about the speed or acceleration of the selected object.Be prepared for future conversations at home, like:

“How was school, honey?”

“Nothing special… we just analyzed a horizontal and vertical graph of displacement, velocity and acceleration of some balloons.”

2.) Time lapse

Some processes in nature, such as ice melting, can be difficult to observe and even more difficult to successfully track, so the time lapse function can be a lifesaver here. The software takes still shots and stitches these images into a coherent stream of video, while your task is simply to set the playback speed of the video.Of course, time lapse also comes in handy during joyful moments in the kitchen, such as baking the perfect muffin.

3.) Motion cam

With the Motion cam function, students are able to capture intimate moments in nature. The trick is quite simple, yet incredibly effective: the camera records only when it detects movement in front of the device.The benefit? You don’t have to wait endless hours in the garden or in the forest for your best hummingbird pal to show up; it spares a lot of time for you and makes it easier to edit and manage your videos for class.

4.)  Microscope

Did you know that you can take macro photos with your webcam? This is exactly the feature that the Microscope module was built for, but as always, it’s possible to analyze 3rd party images as well. Once you’ve turned yourself into a professional photographer / scientist, you can learn more about proportions, sizes, and even measurement methodology.In this case, I’ve just measured the length and area of a sugar molecule in two steps.

5.) Universal logger

The most valuable asset of the Universal logger is that it’s possible to log any type of measurement instruments in school or at home. Whether a digital or fluid-based display, the software picks up on the signals of, let’s say, a thermometer with the help of the built-in camera and connects it to your computer.

The real fun comes in when you decide to track not one, but three devices at the same time and carry out comparative experiments. All in all, it’s definitely a super versatile and helpful tool.

6.) Pathfinder

Your starting lineup is the same as in the previous cases. The webcam is doing the background work, while you’re analyzing the results of the experiment. Have you ever tried to see through the European flight radar or the chaos created by a bunch of ants?Here you go, the heat map might just be the perfect solution for class.

7.) Graph challenge     

It’s an old, but universal truth that kids learn the fastest and the most efficient when they don’t even realize they are actually learning. This tool is a great opportunity for students to channel their inner imitation artists as the main rule is to follow the predefined curve, while the software is following your moves.

For exciting presentation videos and further information on the different modules, please visit the LabCamera website or the product info site on mozaWeb where you can find a super helpful user manual as well.

Want to try it for free? Download the installer file from here and enjoy!

Mozaik visits Kazakhstan - S01e05

15 maj 2018Maxim Chigrin

We are really pleased to inform all of our readers that the delegation of Mozaik Education has returned from our latest  trip abroad. This time around we travelled to a quite unique country - Kazakhstan. What really made this journey special was the fact that it was the 5th time the Mozaik crew landed in this amazing Central Asian country.Our six-day visit was packed with different events and venues where we presented our state-of-the-art educational solutions to the public. It all started with Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS), located in the fabulous city of Almaty. Currently, Kazakhstan is on the verge of big changes in education, which is implied by the shift to the trilingual model of schooling (now pupils are taught Kazakh, Russian and English). NIS already serves as a good example of how such things can be implemented and work in reality.

We were also offered a campus tour in order to take a close look at the school’s infrastructure and it’s safe to say that we were quite impressed by what we had seen and could only wish all schools around the globe were similarly well-equipped. Finally, we gave a presentation about mozaBook and mozaWeb in a huge conference hall to the teachers of the school which was followed by a lively conversation with the participants who were all extremely excited.The next day we were fortunate enough to visit the Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University in Almaty, which is one of the leading institutes in Central Asia. Presenting to university experts is also a wonderful opportunity for us to grow as we can also learn a great deal from these visits. At Mozaik we never miss the chance to share not only our experiences, but obtain new ones as well. After our presentation, we also agreed on a mutual cooperation so we are looking forward to hosting a delegation from Abai National University at our headquarters in Szeged, Hungary soon.The highlight of our visit was attending the International and Practical Conference “Modernization of Educational Resources: Experience and Perspectives” organized by the scientific republican educational centre “Uchebnik”. Geographically, Kazakhstan is sandwiched between Russia, China and the Middle East, which is a huge advantage for the country. Combining the best practices from all over the world, Kazakhstan is striving to become one of the largest hubs in various fields of expertise, and obviously, education is no exception.

The two-day event was dedicated to addressing the most problematic and burning issues of today’s education in the area. We think that some of the solutions have already been found within the walls of the Kazakh State Women’s Pedagogical Institute, but of course, further questions are yet to be explored.A big step forward, the memorandum of cooperation signed by the Scientific Republican Educational Centre “Uchebnik”, the Kazakh State Women’s Pedagogical Institute, and Mozaik Education can also be viewed as recognition of our collaboration on bettering education in Kazakhstan over the past few years.Taking into consideration that Hungarians and Kazakhs share bits of their heritage and history, we do not say a final goodbye to this wonderful country, but we just say it for now.

Thank you for the invitation!

Six months ago we had the chance to host three amazing German teachers at our dedicated training center in Szeged, Hungary. The media team of the Mittelpunkt Elementary School travelled all the way from Haiger with a clear purpose: learn about the mozaLearn system as much as possible, then implement our digital solutions, mozaBook and mozaWeb in their wonderful elementary school, called Mittelpunktgrundschule Haiger.After successfully completing the 3-day training, the team got equipped with the knowledge that they could pass on to their fellow educators in their hometown school. They downloaded and activated mozaBook on all the five interactive boards of the institution so there was nothing left standing in the way of beginning the real work with the educational software in the classroom.

According to Lukas Hoeser, the leader of the Media team, it was clear from the the very beginning that mozaBook could offer a wide range of possibilities to everyone in the school, no matter what subjects they teach. “After a few lessons, our teachers in the school have quickly realized how motivated and focused the students are in the classroom. All of them are eager to come forward to work with the board and that’s the most important”  said Lukas.In their detailed report they highlight some practical advices and experiences with mozaBook as well that proved to be especially helpful in case of specific subjects. For instance, in Science education the 3D animations have been a huge boost for the kids to understand how external and internal organs work and what certain body parts are responsible for.But they also mention other areas, such as German lessons in the 4th grade, where now the teachers can easily engage the little ones in classroom activities with the help of the subject-related tools in the software and the digitized images from children’s books and short stories. The students got simply hooked on reading and they can’t wait to discuss their ideas and thoughts in the classroom!

As Lukas says mozaBook has become the part of the everyday life in our school. It spares a lot of time and effort while we’re preparing for lessons; what’s more it motivates not only the students, but also the teachers in their daily work.”In the next couple of months, the leadership of the elementary school is planning to equip the building with even more interactive boards and continue the use of mozaBook and mozaWeb.

From all of us at Mozaik Education, we would like to extend our thanks to all the enthusiastic teachers of Mittelpunktgrundschule Haiger for helping Mozaik to shape the future of education.

It’s just so good to hear stories and positive feedback like that!

Sechs Monate ist es nun her, dass wir in Szeged, Ungarn zu Gast waren. Nach drei spannenden Tagen, in denen wir eine Einführung in die Möglichkeiten des Mozabooks bekommen haben, waren wir davon überzeugt unbedingt mit der Software an unserer Grundschule arbeiten zu wollen.Schon während der Schulung staunten wir häufig darüber, wie innovativ und anschaulich sich Unterrichtsinhalte mit Hilfe des Programms präsentieren lassen. Zurück in Deutschland warteten wir voller Vorfreude auf die Lieferung und Installation unserer neuen digitalen Tafeln. Nach den Herbstferien war es endlich soweit und wir konnten das Mozabook zunächst auf fünf Tafeln downloaden.

Alle Klassenlehrer, die eine Tafel in ihrem Klassenraum nutzen konnten, bekamen von Mozaik einen Zugang, ebenso wie alle Fachkollegen in den betroffenen Klassen. Alle Kollegen, die nicht wie wir vom Medienteam das Glück hatten eine Schulung in Ungarn zu besuchen, bekamen eine Einführung in die Grundfunktionen der Software als Starthilfe. Inzwischen steht das Medienteam als Ansprechpartner für Fragen zu komplexeren Funktionen zur Verfügung. Viele Kollegen begannen direkt in Eigeninitiative das Mozabook in ihren Unterrichtsalltag zu integrieren. Die intuitive und häufig selbsterklärende Bedienbarkeit erleichterte allen Lehrern den Einstieg. Auch die zahlreichen Videotutorials boten dabei wichtige Hilfe. Am wichtigsten war jedoch, dass alle Lehrer schon nach wenigen Unterrichtsstunden feststellen konnten, wie motiviert, aufmerksam und begeistert die Kinder am Unterricht teilnahmen. Jeder Schüler wollte an der Tafel mitarbeiten. Dabei fiel den Kindern die Nutzung der Schreibwerkzeuge und anderer Tools von Beginn an sehr leicht.

Im Folgenden zeigen wir euch einige Unterrichtsbeispiele, die wir in Form von interaktiven Präsentationen in den ersten Wochen und Monaten erarbeitet haben:

Sachunterricht (Naturwissenschaft / Geografie / Geschichte)

Im zweiten Schuljahr fand eine Unterrichtseinheit zum Thema Haustiere statt. Eine Gruppe beschäftigte sich dabei mit dem Hund und konnte anhand des 3D-Modells die Körperteile und äußeren Organe kennen- und bestimmen lernen.

Im Geografie-Unterricht des vierten Schuljahres konnte altes Kartenmaterial des Landkreises digitalisiert werden. Auf diese Weise war es möglich den Schülern auf der Tafel übersichtlich die Grundlagen der Topographie näher zu bringen. Die Kinder präsentierten ihre Entdeckungen zu Flüssen, Städten, Dörfern und Gebirgen, zeichneten diese ein und beschrifteten.

In der Sexualerziehung des vierten Schuljahres waren außerdem die 3D-Modelle sehr hilfreich. Den Schülern konnten so sehr anschaulich die menschlichen Geschlechtsorgane, die Ovulation, die Menstruation, die Befruchtung von Eizellen und die Entwicklung eines Embryos bis zur Geburt präsentiert werden. Teilweise standen sogar nützliche Animationen zur Verfügung, die den 3D-Modellen Leben einhauchten.

Für einen physikalischen Versuch des zweiten Schuljahres zum Thema „Thermometer und Temperatur“ konnte in einer Gruppenarbeit das Versuchsvideo zum Flaschenthermometer verwendet werden. Den Kindern wurden schrittweise der Versuchsaufbau und die Versuchsdurchführung präsentiert. Anschließend experimentierten die Kinder in Gruppen selbständig. Die abschließende Frage im Verlauf des Videos regte zum weiterführenden Nachdenken über die Funktionsweise eines Thermometers an.

Deutsch

Im vierten Schuljahr lesen die Kinder aktuell einen Kinderroman zum Thema „Verliebtsein“. Einzelne Bilder des Romans wurden digitalisiert, um diese mit den Schülern besprechen zu können und das Leseverständnis zu überprüfen. Dies motivierte die Schüler beim Lesen und förderte die mündliche Kommunikation. Außerdem erarbeiteten die Kinder ein Lesetagebuch. Die verschiedenen Aufgaben zu den einzelnen Kapiteln wurden in Tabellenform an der Tafel präsentiert, sodass jedes Kind zu jeder Zeit eine Übersicht zur Verfügung hat.Um im Deutschunterricht des zweiten Schuljahres die unterschiedlichen Satzarten abzufragen, wurden mit Hilfe des Testeditors verschiedene Aufgabenformate entwickelt. So konnte die Lehrerin am Ende der Einheit feststellen, ob alle Unterrichtsinhalte von den Schülern erworben wurden.

Anschauliche Übungen mit Bildern aus der mozabook Galerie für den Deutschförderunterricht. (Hier in Verbindung mit der Tabellenfunktion)

Mathematik

In Mathematik erleichtern und ergänzen die vielseitigen Tools, Spiele und Zeichenwerkzeuge den Unterricht täglich.

Die Lernuhr hilft bei der Einführung und Übung der Uhrzeit.
Das digitale Geld wird dafür genutzt das Bezahlen und Wechseln von Geldbeträgen zu trainieren.

 

Die Zahlengerade half bei der Einführung in den Zahlenraum bis 100 des zweiten Schuljahres.
Rechentafel und Einmaleins und Zahlenkreis unterstützen die Schüler bei der Automatisierung von Grundrechenarten.

 

Wir hoffen mit diesen praktischen Beispielen einen kleinen Einblick in unsere tägliche Arbeit mit Mozabook geben zu können. In den nächsten Monaten ist die Ausstattung weiterer Klassenräume mit digitalen Tafelsystemen geplant. Die technischen Voraussetzungen werden derzeit geschaffen.

Das Mozabook ist mittlerweile Teil unseres Unterrichtsalltags geworden. Es erleichtert die Planung und Durchführung des Unterrichts und motiviert unsere Schüler ebenso, wie die Kollegen, in der täglichen Arbeit.Das Medienteam der Mittelpunktgrundschule Haiger

 

500,000 downloads and counting

23 april 2018Bálint Mátyás

We are delighted to have reached 500,000 downloads with our Human body (male) app on Google Play and App store. On this wonderful occasion, let me give you a short introduction to this app, created from the relevant 3D model in our Media library, and recommend other Mozaik applications that are also available for tablets and smartphones.

1.) The Human body (male) application is designed mainly for students to make biology lessons more exciting, interactive and, last but not least, understandable. Nonetheless, as you can tell by the huge number of downloads over the past few months, one does not have to be a pupil to be fascinated by the animation as it can be interesting for anyone who is eager to explore how our body works.

Frequent users of mozaBook and mozaWeb must be familiar with the different camera views and possibilities that the application has to offer. We can choose general overviews of the human body and examine our skeleton or muscles, but we can take a closer look at more detailed and precise views as well, like the cardiovascular or the reproductive system of human beings.No matter which camera view you pick, the scene will  always be easily rotatable and zoomable - all you have to do is just simply drag your finger on the screen. Moreover, if you happen to have a basic VR headset deep in the drawer, it’s high time to get it out and go for the built-in virtual reality mode. It’s superb fun!  In case you’ve downloaded the app, learned every minuscule detail about joints and muscles, what’s more, the secrets of our respiratory system has already ceased to amaze you… well, let me recommend our other 3D animations that are also freely accessible on Google Play, like the Otto engine or the Acropolis.

2.) Besides these stand-alone 3D apps, the traditional mozaBook application is also available for Android and iOS devices, so now you can take your interactive books and presentations anywhere you go and use them offline on your smartphone or tablet if you wish.

3.) Finally, the mozaik3D app, previously known as mozaWeb 3D viewer, has just got a brand new user interface and loads of really helpful functions, such as login, subscription, filters, 3D infosheet, and related 3D scenes. I would suggest giving it a try since you can access 5 items per week totally free, without a subscription.

The updated version of the app will soon be available for iOS devices in the App Store.

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