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AEL - adopted in more and more high-schools all over the country

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Bucharest, January 15th, 2003  - The large series of opened lessons which took place on AEL platform at the end of last year, was an excellent opportunity to notice the way this innovative didactic tool both for pupils and teachers, is evaluated by its target users.

This was also an excellent occasion for the teachers to confirm the teachers? availability to use modern teaching methods and the pupils? ability to rapidly adopt an interactive, very attractive style to assimilate information.

For SIVECO Romania, the company which designed AEL platform, the pupils?, teachers? and other participants? observations constitute valuable suggestions for improving the system, that is for adapting it to the users? requests. 

Thus, on December 10th 2002 at Alexandru Ioan Cuza Scholar Group in Slobozia, a biology lesson took place in the presence of the pupils, teachers and over 25 school inspectors in Călăraşi, as well as of local that coming from French teachers  - because the system is meant not only for informatics training, but also for the global educational process and the teaching of foreign languages fully benefits of the system facilities. On this occasion, Aurel CHELBEA, General Inspector, expressed its satisfaction regarding the didactical tools in Slobozia, comparable, in his opinion, with those he had seen in the French schools he had visited.

The next day continued with a Physics lesson demonstration on AEL platform. It coincided with the Physics Pedagogical Committee which took place in the city, attended by over 40 teachers from all the important towns in Buzău, as well as by specialized city school inspector.

At Nicolae Bălcescu National College in Brăila, the system also benefited of a very favourable feedback. Viorel Mortu, General City School Inspector referred to it as "an extremely valuable solution, which can be used for distance learning, in order to train the children with physical or mental deficiencies or to exchange information between high-schools."

Mortu also declared that he finds this system even more efficient than other similar systems he had seen in Germany or France.

"It is an extraordinary thing and, if we go on with the action of familiarizing the pupils and teachers with these new methods of studying and make the population aware of how important the Internet is for the society in general and for the educational system in particular, than we can really talk in terms of a revolution in the educational process", Mortu added. 

On December 21st 2002, in Constanţa,  AEL was presented at " Distance Learning and of e-Commerce Impact on the Professional and Business Development" seminar, which took place at Ovidius High-school. Numerous pupils and teachers in the town, as well as representatives of the local business attended the event. 

Presented under the form of an opened Biology lesson, with an educational content designed by Softwin and taught by Claudia Neguţ, teacher at Mihai Viteazul High-school in Bucharest, AEL demonstration was highly appreciated for its interactive, dynamic nature, for the facilities of following the catalogue and schedule, for its online testing capabilities  - assisted by the teachers and concluded with awarding the students with grades in the catalogue - for the resources in the database available for the students. 

On December 29th 2002, in the presence of Ecaterina Andronescu, the Minister of Education and Research, AEL demonstration took place under the form of a Physics lesson, taught by Ecaterina Ciobanu, Vasile Alecsandri high-school Headmaster. The audience was made up of students and teachers from both high-schools in Iasi, of the city?s political and economical life personalities.

The event organization was possible due to the involvement of ROMUS Trading, SIVECO Romania local partner. The demonstration had an impact especially on the students present at the demonstration, their numerous questions reflecting a high interest degree.

"AEL is an opened system", declared Florin Ilia, Internet Space Department Manager at SIVECO Romania. "When it is delivered to high-schools, the system already includes educational materials for some of the study objects, but new materials can be added as well. The teachers are provided special mechanisms in order to prepare the lesson, but they can also choose and design lessons according to their own teaching style, according to the school program and, obviously, to the class level of knowledge. Moreover, the databases are inter-connectable, which means that the high-schools can exchange information and experiences."

About Educational Assistant for Schools and High-Schools

AEL (Educational Assistant for Schools and High-schools) is an integrated system assisting pupils, teachers and all the participants at the learning process developed by SIVECO Romania and constitutes the axis of the software applications in the information program of the Romanian schools.

Started in 2001, the program promotes in Romania educational methods aligned to European standards.

AEL system is built up based on modern educational methods, which conform to the three stages generally defining the educational process: obtaining basic knowledge, developing tactical and strategic thinking.

The didactical support offered for teaching includes tutorials, exercises, simulations, problem solving and educative games. The system has an electronic information center based on electronic manuals exceeding the usual text presentation. It contains as well other materials, in different presentation forms, including a variety of multimedia content (video demonstrations, step-by-step presentations, animations). The knowledge base offers search mechanisms by key words, templates, areas of interest.

The system aims to integrate both basic applications (such as programs for typing learning) and office tools, complex simulation devices in different fields and others.

The system also offers facilities for student appraisal:

  • Electronic tests, with assistance for grading;
  • Support for drawing up tests, for choosing, at random, a set of questions out of several possibilities;
  • Electronic catalogue;
  • Chronological data about each student;
  • Participation in competitions, evaluations, simulations, tests at local, regional and national level.

 The assistance for management and monitoring includes:

  • School archives and manuals management, automated electronic distribution and update;
  • School organizational structure management: teachers, students, classes, catalogues etc; 
  • Support for schedule definition and management;
  • Statistical data collection from all over the country;
  • Access to the available data at national level;
  • Manual appraisal system definition at national level; 
  • Information centralization;
  • Performance and the activity monitoring at school and even teacher level, in order to get coherent information, based on the data in the system, both for long and medium term managerial decisions and for establishing long-term policy and strategy. It allows different views over data: different perspectives, different aggregation levels.