Geographical Maps in mozaBook

2019年5月20日Bálint Mátyás

Besides our printed textbooks and digital solutions, we are really proud of our super detailed and fun atlas collection for the subject of Geography. For interactive boards, we have had these maps for a long time in a separate framework program, called mozaMap and you may have already heard about the compact miniMap tool as well. However, it was high time to integrate these maps into our educational presentation software mozaBook to make everything more manageable and smoother in the classroom.First, simply select the map from your shelf, open it up, and check all the possibilities and map variations you can choose from… five continents, demographic views, populations, the environmental state of the Earth, so literally everything you may need in a Geography lesson is at your fingertips. Let’s select North America and see what we can do with the map:

  • zoom in and out without losing any image resolution quality,
  • write some comment or place appropriate icons and symbols on the map,
  • measure the distance between cities or the size of certain areas and countries,
  • or highlight some really significant details with various colors.

Teachers can easily create blank-map exercises by selecting the cities, setting the necessary guidelines and time for the test.

One of the major perks of transferring these atlases directly to mozaBook is that teachers can use these maps alongside their presentations or textbooks with the help of the split view option. There is no need to leave the interface or open any other program, just place your exercise book and the map next to each other and the lesson can begin.If you are interested in checking out mozaBook powered up with the comprehensive map collection, do not hesitate to download the free version of the software with a 1-month trial period. If you want to learn more about these maps, please visit the relevant page on our website by clicking here.

Do you you have any questions? Drop us a line at office@mozaweb.com and we’ll be happy to get in touch!

Winning an award feels amazing, but winning two categories of the same competition feels even better. We are truly honoured to receive some serious recognition at one of the largest and most competitive program in all of education technology, this year’s EDTECH COOL TOOL AWARDS organized by the American EdTech Digest online magazine.Being recognized in the previous years as the best presentation solution and content provider, Mozaik’s long-time prime product, the mozaBook educational software finished first in the category of “Authoring Tools Solution” in 2019. Our webcam-based science software LabCamera, as a relatively new solution among our product portfolio, has never been nominated to the award before, but won the first place in the “Science Solution” category right off the bat.   

All of our colleagues and team members who put effort into creating mozaBook and LabCamera extremely happy to see that both teachers and our peers love our software solutions, and awards like this give us an immense motivation to continue the work we started years ago.

On behalf of Mozaik Education, we congratulate to all other finalist and winners! To check out the full list, visit the official website of EdTech Awards.


If you haven’t tried mozaBook yet, you can download the free demo version here and build your own interactive lesson plans enriched with spectacular 3D and video content. If you’re a science teacher and would like to give LabCamera a try, please click here to start your journey.

mozaBook at Mittelpunkt Elementary School of Haiger

2019年2月13日Bálint Mátyás

You might remember our lovely partner school from Haiger, Germany as last semester they were kind enough to write a short summary of their experiences of using our digital solutions. In October 2018 we had the chance to meet their media team in Frankfurt at the annual Buchmesse and conduct a quick interview about how things are going in the school, how kids are doing, and you know, about mozaBook itself.

 

Do you feel you were able to successfully integrate mozaBook into your daily lessons?

Absolutely. Following our visit to the Mozaik training center in Szeged, Hungary, we gradually integrated many functions into our everyday lessons. We’ve held short internal training sessions so more and more teachers were able to start working with mozaBook. Currently, almost every teacher has access to the program so we can cooperate with each other within the institution.

We use the mozaBook software for various subjects, but most of our experiences come from traditional subjects, such as German, Mathematics, History/Social Studies, or “Sachunterricht” (Sachunterricht in German primary schools covers Biology, History, Physics, Geography, Chemistry).

What’s more, mozaBook is frequently used for teaching small groups of dyslexic students who have difficulties in reading and writing, and in groups of students who need additional support in Mathematics.

In your experience, has mozaBook cut or increased the preparation time for your lessons?

Based on our experience, every new software, textbook or program needs a little bit more time. As a result, the daily preparation was more time-consuming in the beginning, but once our teachers got familiar with the program and gained some experience, their preparation time was greatly reduced.

The illustration and presentation features are especially time-saving. For example, preparing overhead slides is not necessary anymore, plus we don't have to cut or laminate flashcards, and spend hours with searching for images online.

Overall, the use of new or lesser-known functions require more time, but mozaBook helps teachers in other areas. The workflow has changed in the sense that we spend more time on the computer, but less time with other preparation activities.

Do you find mozaBook easy to use?

Our teachers, who had the chance to attend a training in Hungary, find the basic operation of the software self-explanatory and intuitive. Naturally, there are always questions about certain functions and these questions require some further explanation, but the built-in video tutorials are very helpful in these cases.

Overall, in what ways has mozaBook made your work as a teacher easier? Can you demonstrate the topic of your lesson more easily with the help of the software?

Although we see some necessity to adapt more specific content for the primary school level, the demonstration of different topics is much easier with the Media library items. For primary school students, it is necessary to actively deal with the subject matter in order to get to the bottom of a new topic so using 3Ds and videos is a very appealing way of approaching a subject. This way the initial demonstration of the topic is much easier and more effective.


Do you find pupils are more interested in the subject of your lessons since you have been using mozaBook? How often do they work at the board in class?

Students like the visual appearance of the software, for sure. As they work with mozaBook in class, they can quickly learn how to use simple functions and they find it particularly easy to use different pens, colours, and erasers. Solving exercises and practicing with the Test editor are also quick and easy for them, and you can tell how much they enjoy working on the board with mozaBook by the high level of participation in exercises. The frequency of active use of the software varies, of course, as it depends on the structure of the lesson and the learning objective.

"Since we have been working with mozaBook in class, it is easier to keep the attention and focus of the kids. Through the interactive features, students are more directly involved in the teaching process."

Frontal teaching phases have become more attractive, however, the main deciding factor for the motivated cooperation of pupils remained the teacher, and the student-teacher relationship.

Just for fun, could you please name your three favourite features in mozaBook?

Huh, that’s a tough one. Importing PDF documents into the software is certainly a great feature. Once the PDF is imported, we can display, edit and segment the document so quality print materials and new materials can be also used in mozaBook. It’s also great that we can access the Internet within the software so online content can be also quickly integrated into our lessons.

Another popular feature is using images from the Media library and placing them into an exercise book [presentation]. The Test Editor is another great tool to create interactive exercises for students to prepare for tests, but pencils are also very popular as well as the colour palette which is very often used during class.

What is your general impression of mozaBook?

mozaBook is definitely a software we love to use in class. During the process of equipping our primary school with interactive whiteboards, we came across other solutions as well, but none of them convinced us as much as mozaBook. The possibility to present all types of content within one software is simply amazing and makes our everyday work much easier. In future, we would like to further and expand our work by cooperating with German publishers.

 

(Approximately, 350 pupils attend the Mittelpunkt Elementary School of Haiger and 34 teachers work part-time or full-time at the school. In 2017/18 mozaBook was installed on six interactive whiteboards in six different classrooms, while this year (2018 / 2019) another five classrooms were equipped with an ActivPanel)

Meet Mozaik Education at BETT 2019 in London!

2019年1月11日Bálint Mátyás

Mozaik Education

Started out as a textbook publisher for primary and secondary education almost three decades ago, Mozaik Education has been developing digital educational solutions for 12 years. Localized in 30 languages, today the mozaLearn digital educational system is used in every continent.

Mozaik is continually developing new software, interactive 3D, video and audio content and educational applications to meet the needs of education ministries, K-12 teachers and students, and publishers worldwide. Covering everything from interactive digital textbooks, to complete presentation software for interactive boards, computers and tablets, to school and classroom management, the mozaLearn solution is helping to open a new chapter in the history of education.
 

mozaBook

  • educational presentation software suite developed for interactive touch displays that gives the teachers the resources to create engaging and eye-catching lessons.
  • Alongside versatile presentation functions, mozaBook puts an entire library of interactive content at teachers’ and students’ fingertips, including 1200+ 3D models and scenes, 120+ tools and games, along with audio, video and still image content.
  • Teachers can also add their own files into presentations, create and assign tests and quizzes, and upload their own textbooks to make them interactive. It’s a great way to get the most out of the technology in today’s blended classrooms!
     

LabCamera

  • webcam-based natural science, exploration and data logging software that allows students and teachers to carry out scientific observations and measurements by using a computer
  • It can be easily integrated in classroom teaching in form of group-work and presentation supporting content, but it can enhance individual student involvement and efficient home-learning as well. With the help of built-in sensors, students can test their hypothesis or carry out measurements with everyday objects
  • LabCamera includes seven scientific modules (Microscope, Kinematics, Time lapse, Motion cam, Pathfinder, Graph challenge, and  Universal Logger) to discover the secrets of nature and our immediate surroundings.

 

mozaWeb

  • A browser-based platform for learning at home, providing users with K-12 interactive content to gain a better understanding of the curriculum including subjects, like History, Geography, Chemistry, or Physics. The Media library contains more than 1200 interactive 3D scenes, subject-related tools and games, and a vast collection of audio visual materials and still images.
  • A Free registration provides a restricted access to the content library (viewing max. 5 animations, videos, or tools per week), while a Premium subscription grants an unlimited access to the whole content library and enables students to receive homework assignments and participate in classwork.   
  • As it is a web-based solution, mozaWeb doesn’t require any installation. With their registered personal accounts, students can login to the platform on their tablet or smartphone as well, and use our freely downloadable Android application, the Mozaik3D app to explore our 1200 3D scenes with a few clicks.

 

Interactive 3D SmartbooksThe Click n' Learn series of our interactive 3D books offer the benefits of both printed books and mobile devices to acquire more extensive knowledge. The 20 titles cover several age groups and subjects.

Besides having the high-quality printed version, readers can open and watch related interactive 3D animations on their smart devices with the help of QR codes. In the 3D scenes readers can
    • rotate, zoom, see cutaway views
    • watch narrated animations
    • walk around with the built-in VR feature

These fun non-fiction / educational books cover all age groups and subjects, like Science, Engineering, History, Biology or Geography and they can support home-learning as well.

 

For more information about mozaBook and other products from Mozaik Education, visit www.mozaweb.com

King Stephen Báthory Primary School No. 5 in Łodz has been using the mozaBook software since August 31, 2017. After signing the Partner School Agreement to officially establish our partnership, gradually all 32 teachers and all the students registered their user accounts and were granted access to the mozaBook software and the mozaWeb platform. The software is installed on all interactive boards in the school and after a year of using these tools in our everyday work, we can definitely confirm that mozaLearn offers an integrated learning environment and provide our teachers of all subjects with various educational tools such as videos, animations, and 3D models.

An informal group of authentic enthusiasts of the new software has formed who use mozaBook every day in their work. Thanks to them, the school is perceived as an institution applying innovative teaching methods and promoting the use of ICT tools in public education.

Here are the teachers' reflections on the use of the mozaBook software.

1.) mozaBook in Biology and  Science lessons - Katarzyna Kopczyńska - teacher of Biology and Nature

"The mozaBook world is my world now. I have been using its educational resources for about a year, during which I have become the school leader and coordinator regarding the use of mozaBook in our institution. I train teachers, I advise others and I am also learning a lot in the meantime."

"In Science classes we most often use 3D models that help us explore the secrets of anatomy or we show students videos illustrating a given phenomenon. A biologist shall greatly appreciate Microscope tool which  contains a collection of images invisible to the naked eye that can be further enlarged with a slider according to the teacher's needs. LabCamera – the webcam-based laboratory of natural sciences is another real treat for the teachers who are responsible for all above mentioned Science subjects.

With the help of mozaBook, homework management has become a lot easier as we can assign exercises to selected students, classes and groups. After checking the homework online, students receive feedback in the form of an evaluation. Online homework is very attractive for a student who can use the Internet, and not only learn by traditional methods using a textbook or an exercise book. Students themselves ask for homework, due to its attractive form, created with the Test Editor. Thus, a test placed in the teacher's exercise book can become homework assigned to our students online."

2.) mozaBook in Polish, History, Art and Music classes -Anna Kułak-Kułakowska, Polish teacher

"Learning is not boring anymore, it becomes fun. C’mon, it is the 21st century and teachers should not only keep up with their students, they should be ahead of them!"

"I am a Polish teacher. When preparing my lessons with mozaBook, I make use of resources from the Media library. Unfortunately, there are not many typical tasks, exercises, or resources aimed at teaching Polish; so my strategy is to make use of the resources designed for teaching History, Arts, Geography or Music. Thanks to the 3D models, now my lessons about ancient Greece, ancient theater or mythology are actually interesting for students. We can visit the ancient Acropolis, take a virtual walk, take a look at each temple from all sides, read or listen to the most important information about each object and finally solve some exercises to test the acquired knowledge.

A rich gallery of photos helped me create a lesson on the architecture and art. The 3D animation covering the Greek architectural orders was extremely interesting for children who have not come across this type of architecture so far.

I also use the miniMap tool very often, for example in a lesson about the spelling of geographical names. Grammar becomes more interesting if we can see where a given country, continent or city is located on a map. I would also like to dedicate a paragraph to the demonstration tools (eg. Clocks, Calendar, the Scale tool) : there is, for instance, a Musical instruments tool with which students not only visualize different musical instruments, but also listen to them. I use often the Time machine as well – the tool that takes us back in time to present us people and important historical events in chronological order and show these in relation to important events from both science and history.

Furthermore, mozaBook allows me to pin various items of content to my exercise books, such as short excerpts of text and documentary, or animated films. With mozaBook I can use short, well-animated, funny films from the Media library to enrich my lesson and make it even more interesting while discussing Greek myths."

3.) mozaBook in English language classes - Małgorzata Pawełczyk - English and Early School Education teacher

"If you want to change your routine activities and try something new and innovative, give mozaBook a shot. A good lesson is interesting and the more varied tasks, the more information the students need to search and process, the better the results will be."

"mozaBook gives the teacher the opportunity to move away from typical textbook exercises. In my everyday school practice, I use short videos from various fields, audio recordings, 3D models with ready-made quizzes, and language games in my English lessons. I use the rich mozaBoook gallery of images, famous historical figures, avatars, pictures and word cards for a successful vocabulary practice. I often use Puzzle, Lan(g)ame or Word finder as well.

These tasks make learning more attractive and help students to master their vocabulary and grammar. In addition, they bring dynamism to the lesson and increase the involvement of my students."

4.) mozaBook in grades 1 - 3 (Early Childhood Education in Poland)Anna Aleksandrzak – Early Childhood Education teacher

"At first glance, the materials available in mozaBook may seem a bit difficult or too ”serious” for small children. This could not be farther from the truth. My pupils ask me every day when we are going to do something in mozaBook! They adore 3D presentations, like the rotated African elephant model which also appealed to kindergarten children visiting our school as part of the Preschooler's Academy. Kids were delighted at the opportunity to look at the "stomach" of the elephant, commented on the size of the heart and brain and so on." 

"Personally, I adhere to the principle that it is better to show more, speak more, do as much as possible rather than not using some content because 'you will learn about this in more detail later on'. Therefore, I use all the materials available on the platform and in the software."

"At the beginning of the first educational stage, a set of ready-made tools built-in mozaBook works perfectly well. Children use their finger or a marker to practice how to write letters and this is definitely more attractive than a pencil and notebook which they use at home.

The software offers many simple, but powerful tools for Mathematics as well, which is great because these games can deepen the children’s knowledge of ceratin topics (Chess, Othello, Connect 4 , Tangram).

The tools can diversify our everyday school activities as well. Group work can be summarized thanks to the Evaluation table in which we can write down the teams' achievements. When we're approaching the end of the lesson – well, sometimes we just play with games, like 3D puzzles or building blocks.

mozaBook offers a full range of didactic games – and most of them have a regulated level of difficulty. A popular choice is Number Hero, for instance – the game is based on the well-known arcade game, in which children have to make calculations to overcome obstacles.The software works well during classes for children with special needs, both in the classroom during school time and in afterschool common room sessions. You could argue that it's all somewhere out there on the Internet - yes, but what to look for?! In mozaBook everything is in one place, right at your fingertips."

Mozaik a BETT Awards Finalist in 3 categories

2018年11月10日Bálint Mátyás

The BETT Awards are held in London every year with the most prominent players and stakeholders in education. The judges of the awards are known for their knowledge of ICT educational resources and selected from experienced teachers, education consultants and advisers, and high profile ICT journalists.

While the final ceremony will take place at the Troxy in London on 23rd January, the finalists were announced last week. This year Mozaik got shortlisted in not one, not two, but three different categories so we are truly honoured to get the chance to win it all with LabCamera, Mozaik3D app and mozaBook in 2019.

Our web-cam based science laboratory software, the LabCamera became Finalist in the category of “Classroom Aids for Learning, Teaching and Assessment” which is amazing since it was the first time that we entered Bett Awards with this compact, smart solution.Many of you may already know the program, but for those who haven’t come across or tried LabCamera before, we prepared a short review of the main features here. Kinematics, Motion Cam, Microscope… no matter which area of science you’re teaching, we put everything at your fingertips in one program and we are very thankful for the positive feedback we received from the reviewers.

Mozaik3D app is another first-timer among our products nominated to the award, so we are thrilled that it is running for the title of “Educational Apps” right off the bat. Mozaik3D app is available for Android devices and can be considered as the next step in the evolution of another application, called mozaWeb 3D viewer: all the 1200+ 3D animations in one place, login, subscription, filters, 3D infosheet, and related 3D scenes.Reading about it is also nice, but if you would like to give it a try, please feel free to do so. You can access 5 items per week totally free, without a subscription and the app is freely downloadable from the Google Play Store.

Last, but not least, here is the winner of Academic’s choice, European Business, and EdTech Awards, the mozaBook educational presentation software. After 2016 and 2017, mozaBook got shortlisted in the category of “International Digital Education Resource” again which is, of course, a huge accomplishment for the whole Mozaik team.Only those products can survive in this category which have a proven track record of success in the international education market and able to show evidence that the product has aided teaching and learning in a schools around the world.


Does it provide flexibility to the teacher?

Is it distinctive and innovative?

Does it enable effective learning?

mozaBook certainly does. Let us express how grateful and proud we are that our software is acknowledged as something special and receives recognition not only by our amazing teachers and students, but also from our peers in the education community.The exhibition season just kicked off in mid-October with the Frankfurt Book Fair, but is already in full swing for our crew (Frankfurter Buchmesse, Biblioteka Bratislava, SIMO Madrid). In January, we are returning to exhibit at the largest digital education event in the world, the Bett Show London.

Visit us at Stand F262 to see mozaBook, LabCamera, and Mozaik3D app in action and have a chat about how we can make education better!

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