Our Adventure with mozaBook - King Stephen Báthory Primary School No. 5

2018. november 27.Anna Marciniak

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."

Tags: mozaBook in the classroom, science education, language lesson, educational tools and games, Partner School, Poland, English as Foreign Language, earl y childhood
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