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)
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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."
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!