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Over 90% of the teachers have an open attitude as regards using the new technologies in the classroom

Friday, April 22, 2016

The global trend is customized learning, stress being laid on each student’s specific needs and on using technology as a key instrument

Tablets, intelligent telephones, multi-touch tables - children love them and would spent endless hours paying with them. But did you know how can they be used in the education process?

93.3% of the teachers participating in a study carried out by SIVECO specialists have expressed their preference for teaching materials adjusted to their own approaches in the classroom. Used under teachers’ guidance, these bring major pedagogical benefits to teachers.

International studies confirm this trend. In the USA, for instance, between 96% and 99% of the teachers teaching exact subject matters in the primary and secondary education are using customized educational materials, developed by themselves or by the providers they themselves are selecting. 

These facts have been reconfirmed for Romania too, during the week "Different School". On April 18th and 19th, the teachers and pupils from grades 7th and 8th from School 195 in Bucharest have visited SIVECO headquarters. They have had the opportunity to test the latest technologies applied in education, such as augmented reality, the immersive 3D virtual environment or the multi-touch tables.

“The children were fascinated by the innovation they have seen in SIVECO: the multi-touch tables where they have checked their knowledge and at the same time have discovered new information, working in teams set up ad-hoc, the screen with video-cameras, special spectacles and an interactive pen with which they could study various objects, the utilitarian with which the It applications are executed. I was pleasantly surprised by the working atmosphere in this company, by the goodwill, openness and kindness they had when presenting us the „wonders of information technology. Both the pupils and teachers would like to have the possibility to use the modern IT tools in the learning process”, says Monica Corbuș, Math teacher at School No. 195.

The multi-touch tables  allow a natural interaction, as the educational application can be used by several children at the same time, each of them having a specific role and specific task to accomplish. Thus, these devices stimulate collaboration between pupils and teachers, involve them in group activities and motivate them to experiment. As a result, learning is done through discovery and by building knowledge, and not through mechanical memorizing knowledge.

“The pupils who have visited us this week belong to the digital generation, so that they were delighted to play with the multi-touch table and to experiment the virtual reality. For them learning is done everywhere, anytime through continuous interaction, collaboration and immediate feedback. The applications we have developed combine the compelling information from school with physical activity, with games, from the real life, bringing big educational and interactive advantages to traditional classes”, states Radu Jugureanu, manager of eContent department within SIVECO Romania.

Another innovation that can be applied in education is zSpace, a system of virtual reality, allowing pupils to observe educational objects, the same as in real life. Using a screen with video cameras, special spectacles and a high precision interactive pen, the pupils can manipulate various virtual objects, such as the body’s internal organs, the human skeleton or parts of a car, in order to study them in detail.

Augmented reality, for which SIVECO has developed interactive educational content, provide the most advances immersive learning experience for students. Using a video camera and a computer, the pupils can easily handle various virtual educational objects. The augmented reality allows interaction between the user and the virtual object, whose movement can be controlled by the user and reproduced through digital sensors in real time, without using special glasses.

“In the schools where the use of technology has been adopted in the traditional teaching structure, one can already sense the move from focus on the teacher’s activity to a pupil-centered approach and on building a unique baggage of knowledge. As a matter of fact, the global trend which is ever clearer highlighted is the one of customized learning, where technology plays a key role, allowing for content creation, transmitting information and continuous monitoring of pupils’ progress”, adds Radu Jugureanu.

The innovative eLearning types of applications developed by SIVECO are implemented in over 15,000 schools in Europe, Near East, Africa and CSI. In time, the educational projects bearing SIVECO brand have been recognized as examples of good practice in well-known international competitions, such as International Project Management Association (IPMA), World Summit Awards, eLearning Awards or European Software Excellence Awards.