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Last December, just before Christmas, Mozaik was invited to the beautiful, historic city of Cluj-Napoca to speak about digital education at the local Babes-Bolyai University. The reason? A few of the institution’s professors had been to the Transylvanian ICT conference earlier in the Fall where they had met some of our colleagues presenting mozaBook. After reviewing our products, they were so impressed they asked us to prepare a lecture on the relevant issues that might be viewed as causes for concern and motivate our team to move forward. Our host - Ms Magda Illyés, a wonderful psychology professor - had a course on digital education and incorporating digital content into teaching/learning last semester, so our presentation was the perfect conclusion to her class.
Although presenting to a Hungarian audience is not always easy (we usually present or give lectures in English), it was an amazing opportunity to interact with soon-to-be teachers and get their take on the challenges of education today. It is always very constructive to add a new perspective so one can examine everything from a different point of view; not to mention this was a great way for us to get valuable feedback on what we are doing.
The first half of our presentation was about the successful usage of digital content with already existing materials in the modern classroom, while the second part was more about the features of mozaBook and the benefits of using the mozaLearn system for both teachers and students. By providing a quick overview of the situation of education today, we were able to take a closer look at how educators are caught between traditional values, an old-fashioned curriculum/methodology and the digital world we - especially students - live in, along with how teachers can use various devices and technology to their advantage in the classroom.
We hope our audience enjoyed the guest lecture as much as we enjoyed our visit. It was truly an honor to be invited to talk to the next generation of teachers. We are confident that they will be able to utilize all this information soon.
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