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mozaHomeTown - The Votive Church of Szeged

2018. március 5.Bálint Mátyás

Although, our work at the international department of Mozaik involves a lot of travelling and visiting exhibitions throughout the calendar year, it always feels great to come home after a long week to our beloved hometown Szeged, Hungary. Our partner training courses are also held on a monthly basis at our Education Centre located in the city of sunshine. However, the sunshine has been far away this February as winter has just reached Europe with freezing temperatures and intense snowing this month.

Now, snow covers every street, every building, and every statue in Szeged, but the biggest wonder of winter is the well-know Votive Church - standing majestically like a fairy tale building, covered in snow.Sometimes winter kicks in with a real chaos in everyday life - issues with the public transport, closed motorways, cancelled flights and trains. But on the other side it can be truly magnificent with all the seasonal gifts, such as Christmas markets, hot chocolate, gingerbread, and yes, breathtaking panoramic view of the Dóm square in Szeged.For today, and for the upcoming frosty evenings, at Mozaik we suggest you to take a seat, get some hot drink, and have a look at the photos of the snow-covered city center by Sándor Ötvös, the Hungarian photographer.For a more detailed look of our hometown’s greatest building, you can also visit our website, open up the Dóm square (Szeged, Hungary) 3D scene and start exploring the Votive Church and its surroundings (unfortunately, the additional snow layer is missing).

Read about the topic in Hungarian and learn more about the history of the Votive Church of Szeged on the website Sokszínű Vidék.

 

This time during the year everybody gets crazy about Christmas, Advent, gifts etc. Neither we forget about the reality around us – if you haven’t done it yet, just have a glimpse at our 3D Christmas Calendar and every-day treats waiting for you there.

However, we would like to share another nice mozaBook story with you. Just a week ago we had a great opportunity to combine our mission to share the good practice about edu solutions with passionate teachers around the globe - as well as help out Santa a bit. We were happy to got invited to Poznań, Poland to deliver mozaBook trainings to a number of ICT enthusiasts. There were a couple of places we visited aroung the city, out of which let us mention the very special one where we spent the day of December the 6th. Thanx to Ms Ewa Superczyńska, the director of the institution, we were warmly hosted by the Poznań Teacher Training Center (ODN by its Polish shortcut), a place that is definetelly one of the most important locations for all the teachers and educators from Poznań.

We offered our time and expertise to methodologists that participate at our mozaBook very basic training and show them how they can implement new digital solutions and modern technologies in school education in Poland. Everybody worked hard there, definetely deserving a reward. So as 6th of December is the day of Santa in Poland and in other countries, we didn't hesite to bestowe a little gifts to all the participants - a mozaBook demo cards so that they can get more familiar with mozaBook later.

Not only did we hold the training itself, but also heard and answered a number of questions raised by the participants. Although we had only for 3.5 hours scheduled time, the participants amased us being able to create their own short presentations with animated objects from our media library as well as from their own resources. Verily, mozaBook again proved to be modern and user-friendly solution for people with different background and expertise-level.

Remember, if you haven't tried it yet, Christmas is all-year-round here with us - there is always a monthly trial period waiting for you! Enjoy and share the good practises with others!

mozaBook at SCHOOL 2017

2017. december 12.Bálint 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

2017. október 31.Bálint 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

2017. október 4.Bálint 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.     

Kosárba helyezve!