mozaBook at SCHOOL 2017

December 12, 2017Bálint Mátyás

We love being on the road and presenting our innovative education solutions, but it’s also great to see our partners demonstrating the mozaLearn system at the biggest expos and edu fairs of the world. Fortunately, the last two weeks of November were extremely busy, as while our team was participating in the Interpädagogica exhibition in Salzburg, our partner company, Officeday presented mozaBook and mozaWeb at the exhibition SCHOOL 2017 in Lithuania.Officeday was among the 104 exhibitors who represented themselves at SCHOOL 2017, which was held in the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre, called "Litexpo”. SCHOOL is considered to be the most significant annual event of the local educational community for a good reason! This is where school founders, heads of education centres and schools, representatives from businesses and NGOs, teachers, students and their parents meet to learn and share their best practices.

This year 17,800 visitors - students, teachers, and parents - attended the exhibition, during which state-of-the-art devices and educational solutions, such as mozaBook, were presented. Furthermore, the organizers made sure that the schools and municipalities would have the opportunity to share good examples and experiences as more than 170 training sessions were organized, combined with creative hands-on workshops.Besides its new products for schools, Officeday successfully introduced mozaBook with its brand new 3D models, videos, tools and games at the exhibition; during the show, they organized several events for the visitors to test and experience the software first-hand.What is more, they delivered an amazing presentation of mozaBook at the expo. In the first part of the presentation Lukas Genys gave a comprehensive technical overview of the mozaLearn system and the Mozaik brand, then the second presenter, Asta Jankauskiene took the stage. Asta, who is the first mozaBook expert teacher in Lithuania and works in Klaipeda Gedminu Progymnasium, introduced mozaBook as a learning tool for teachers, gave some tips and demonstrated how to prepare the best lessons with the software.

We’d like to thank the entire Officeday team for their hard work at the exhibition and all the visitors for stopping by and trying mozaBook. The winter holidays are almost here, but so many new experiences are awaiting next year. See you in January at the largest EduTech Fair, Bett 2018 in London!

It’s not hard to make a case for the interactive 3D models being the most eye-catching content mozaBook has to offer, so it would be a waste not to take all the additional advantages they can provide for teachers and students. Among the Tools and games, one can find two brand new applications, the 3D puzzle and the Rotating game, with the help of which skill development has never been more fun!  

3D puzzle

Every kid loves puzzles and the benefits of playing with puzzles has been well documented over the years. Puzzles significantly improve not only the cognitive skills of children in the early stages, but also the fine motor skills, and, of course, memory. Focusing on these aspects, at Mozaik we aimed to take this one step further by developing the 3D puzzle in mozaBook. Our 3D puzzle can effectively improve and develop spatial perception and consciousness, which are extremely important in every walk of life (as a basic example, just think of riding a bicycle).

Spatial perception can be defined as being aware of our relationships with the environment around us. Therefore, when our spatial perception functions ideally, it allows us to make sense of our surroundings, as well as situate and orient ourselves in them.     

That being said, your task with the 3D puzzle is to place the colorful objects in the right place with the help of the shadows on the walls and on the floor. The rule is rather simple, however, completing the task is far from easy.

The game helps you interpret the environment more effectively and make the necessary adjustments. Thanks to the interactive interface, the kids are able to zoom in, rotate, and move the screen in order to use the shadows as helping guides.

Rotating game

Rotating game is another skill development tool in mozaBook where the main goal is to assemble fragments of broken 3D models by rotating them.

 At first glance, it might seem almost impossible to rotate the fragment panels (looking nothing like a meaningful object) into the right place to copy the target object, however, as while working on the task, we’re getting closer and closer until we eventually find the right balance and the image starts to come together.

Certain advantages need to be mentioned in the case of both games. First of all, they can provide the children with a specific goal during playtime, and accomplishing this goal brings instant satisfaction and a sense of pride to the little ones (and speaking from personal experience, yes... to the big ones as well). Moreover, both the 3D puzzle and the Rotating game require special skills that are rather important nowadays, namely creative thinking and problem-solving skill.

The children have to make decisions: which object goes where.

Analyze the situation: which way should I continue rotating.

Finally, they have to come up with new strategies to solve the exercise when they feel stuck.

 

Create  a mozaWeb account to try all the Tools and games for free!

 

mozaTravels - Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

October 31, 2017Bálint Mátyás

Amazing weather, a huge line for the currywurst stand, four halls, the best authors and publishing houses of every genre, and lots of incredible experiences… if it is October, then it’s time for the Frankfurt Book Fair!

Mozaik Education returns to exhibit at the largest book fair in the world every year, and as expected, this year’s Buchmesse was business as usual: perfectly organized professional trade fair running as smooth as ever and hosting a record number of visitors. 

Traditionally, the first three days of the fair are mainly about business meetings, which comes with introducing, presenting and showcasing our educational software and platform to potential partner publishers while trying to find a common ground and the next steps to build a fruitful collaboration. Just to mention a couple of countries represented themselves at our booth during the five-day span (without aiming to give an exhaustive list): USA, Germany, Italy, Norway, Malaysia, UK, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, etc.

Then the weekend rolled around and a huge crowd of parents, students and teachers gathered around our stand to check out, for instance, some of our best 3D models or the presentation possibilities, and give the exciting tools and games a try.

Of course, some of the biggest mozaBook fans would never let us down so they came back again and again during the show; no wonder, it’s not easy to leave the coolest games behind.

On Saturday, our team was thrilled to host the members of the Lingua Hungarica teacher’s association who all seemed enthusiastic by the wide range of possibilities mozaBook can provide for an educator, and they were already eager to use our software at the classroom.

While no two exhibitions are alike, it’s always worth hitting the road to a trade fair since Mozaik Education stand is usually one of the busiest and most buzzing spots in the entire exhibition. Frankfurt was no different: it served as a perfect opportunity for us not only to promote our educational solutions, mozaBook and mozaWeb, but also to get instant feedback from the end-users and discuss some burning questions with the stakeholders in education. With excitement on their faces, many of the visitors asked our team: Is this what the future of education looks like?  Well, we certainly hope so. But one thing is for sure:  we are proud to say that mozaBook means not only the future, but also the present, as it is used in more than 2,000 schools in Hungary and in 25 countries worldwide thanks to our distributor and publisher partners, as well as  the incredibly active pilot schools.  

Thank you for visiting us, see you next year! Please, find the upcoming exhibitions on our website in the Where can you meet us box, and for more photos, please, visit our Facebook page.

 

mozaBook is Back With New Features This Fall

October 4, 2017Bálint Mátyás

Summer is officially over (I’d better not kid myself, it’s almost mid-autumn) and this means that the students and teachers around the world are anxious to continue their exciting collaboration in the classroom. The sleepy mornings with yawning faces, fully packed backpacks, and noisy buses are back so I’m more than happy to present you some of the mozaBook developments and features we were working on in the past few months. I know this is a busy period for all of us in the education sector, but please make sure you enjoy the ride in the meantime.

Magic pencils… for real magicians in the classroom

Teachers get a whole set of new and exciting drawing options this semester, but, in my opinion, the three absolute greats from the new pencil collection are the “fade-out”, the “shape-” and the “text recognition” pens.

For instance, in case you’d like to highlight or emphasize some very important detail on the screen, but don’t want to mess up your nicely designed and well-structured presentation, the fade-out pencil is an ideal choice.

My other favourites are totally state-of-the-art features, namely the text- and the shape recognition pens. By selecting these options we can write something, or draw any shape on the screen with our own hand, and it becomes a formatted text or, let’s say, a perfectly shaped circle on the display as the system recognizes our “occasionally-a-bit-messy” handwriting or drawing. Do I have to tell you how neat it looks on the board?

The shape recognition pencil:

Table… for thorough understanding   

Teaching some really complex part of the curriculum can come with serious challenges when our main aim is to make pupils fully understand the logic behind the scenes. For many of us, visual learners, it’s much easier to realize and catch the differences, as well as the similarities via systematized comparison so a table always comes handy for a teacher to summarize the lesson or illustrate their point. With mozaBook, drawing up a perfectly customized table from scratch couldn’t be easier!   

Simplified toolbar and icons.... for those who know exactly what they need on the screen and where

It can be really frustrating when something we really need is nowhere to be seen. Wait, isn’t that tiny hammer icon… no, it must be in the corner somewhere... oh, of course it’s on the tray. One of the main goals of mozaBook is appealing to all learning styles and taking into consideration  the needs of the students. However, at the same time, we focus heavily on the teachers’ requirements as well to ensure their comfortable work in the classroom. Now, they are able to select the tools they use a lot (e.g. Media library, Games, Classwork) and lock these icons on the screen wherever they wish.

The selected icons along with the adjustable simple interface suit the educators’ needs: nothing more, nothing less.     

New Feature in 3Ds - Freehand Drawing

September 25, 2017Lidia Vašut

When you use mozaBook on a regular basis, you are bound to encounter tweaks and updates here and there. When we enabled our 3Ds for VR goggles, for instance, everybody noticed immediately, but people are usually unaware of the upgrades as they consider it natural. For us, that is a sure sign that mozaBook becomes more and more handy for everyday use at school.

This time, we will focus on  such an “inconspicuous” feature.

 

Work hard, preparing screenshots and saving it to your exercise book whenever you want to point out, let’s say, a particular object within a 3D? From now on, you can simply start using a brand new feature that lets you draw on each and every 3D model in real time with no need for time-consuming and unnecessary additional operations.

 

So, how does it work? Open your favourite 3D or grab the one you want to present to your students in the classroom (History teachers, have you seen one of the latest, Napoleonic Wars?), click on the Local Menu (accessible at the bottom corners of the window), and there you go! The new feature, marked by a pencil icon – the very first up there – awaits you to make the teaching experience as smooth as possible. Click on DRAW to enable the feature, choose the color you find most appropriate (FYI, you can also adjust the line thickness), select the pen on the left of the toolbar, and point at the object you want to direct your students’ attention to by sketching a line, a circle or an arrow.

 

Try it yourself as I did with my favourite, the Colosseum 3D, for my Art classes. The feature can be used literally everywhere. Below you have a glimpse at the annotated Colosseum cutaway:

And another frame from Animation:

Remember, whenever you are done with drawing, but still want the feature to remain active for other views, just deactivate it by clicking on the pencil icon. This way, all drawings disappear at once. Want the 3D to rotate again? Simply close drawing mode. 

Everything what you have jotted down dissapears. However, should you like to have images taken from a 3D model in your exercise books, don't forget you can always use the Screenshot icon from the Menu bar and the image will be placed into their exercise book. Feel free to work on your pasted image further using numerous built-in mozaBook tools, e.g. with the help of  the one called Edit picture.

 

If you feel like sharing your ideas on how to further improve mozaBook with us, feel free to get in touch either via the FEEDBACK option within the software, by filling in the website contact form, or jotting down a message to office@mozaweb.com.

Spice up your language class with the Media library

September 11, 2017Bálint Mátyás

I’d like to turn your attention towards the Media library and focus on its exceptionally versatile nature which can effectively ease the burden on teachers if they can use its advantages in the classroom. I’m well aware of the fact that our Media library doesn’t need my marketing lines here praising the content since it speaks for itself, but let me recommend you some possible ways to utilize it, first in a simple language class, then in bilingual education. Are you ready?

Imagine this: as an English teacher, you walk into a crowded and noisy classroom noticing some some of the guys have just finished copying the homework, but they already look bored of the upcoming the 45 minutes. No need to worry, today’s topic is tourism, everybody loves travelling, you’re sure it’s going to be all right. Hoping the best, you ask them the first warm up questions regarding the topic, in order to ease the nerves, set on edge by the short, but traumatizing school bell and the mere fact that they have to say something in English. Do you like travelling? Why do people travel abroad?  

Unfortunately, what you can hear, my friend, is the sound of… well, silence (kudos to the great Simon & Garfunkel).

To avoid this situation you can decide to show the students one of the 3-5-minute educational videos about tourism. It’s always easier to make language learners a little more proactive if they have something to grasp, in terms of general ideas or required vocabulary.Most of the videos have English narration, but as you can see, it is also possible to watch them with subtitles, available in various languages. For instance in this short, but quite comprehensive video on tourism, you can hear about the general notion of tourism, popular destinations, and various reasons of people travelling somewhere in their leisure time. This way the passive vocabulary of the students gets activated and the lesson has already kicked into gear.

We also have the option of choosing among the exciting and very detailed 3D scenes and showcasing them in the class. Discover the mysteries of Great Britain’s most well-known symbol, the Stonehenge! It's easy to raise the students’ interest with the help of these 3D scenes, resembling their favourite video games, and make them think about the topic. Then you can simply select some parts of the written text and go for the built-in gap-filling exercise, or create a new customized test with the Test editor tool. The narrated and labelled 3D scenes can play a huge role in bilingual education as well.  In many countries there is more than one official language so the immediate necessity for students to learn more languages simultaneously is a valid concern. In addition, as a result of globalization, more and more parents choose to enroll their children at a dual language institution in order to open up more and better career opportunities at home or even abroad.

In many other countries, such as the USA or Germany, people face different challenges when talking about bilingualism since the number of ‘language learner” students (who need language support services in order to succeed in school) is very high because of the significantly multicultural environment. This issue might be really controversial, as there is no general consensus about which educational system is the most effective, but these students could benefit a lot from mozaBook Multilang for sure. The language of the interface and the content can be switched at any time during the lesson so the students are able to check out the problematic terms in their mother tongue. This way, educators can make sure they won’t be left behind.As you can see, mozaBook can give you all the tools you need in a language class and put them at your fingertips in order to provide the students with a supportive and creative atmosphere where learning becomes fun and teaching becomes more efficient. Combining these possibilities with your own ideas, one thing is for sure: it’s going to be an exciting year at school! 

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