Volume 1 Number 1

Published: 30 October 2008

Responsible Editor: Iuliana Marchis


1. Teaching of Multimedia Presentation Creation

Ingrid Nagyová, Milan Turčáni

Abstract: Multimedia presentation has its well-founded place in classwork and in the teaching process itself. Multimedia enables teachers to speak to their pupils and students through pictures and sounds. Computer presentation accompanies the teacher in the teaching process that thus becomes more comprehensive, well-considered and effective. In addition classwork supported by multimedia activities is more interesting and attractive for students. There is no doubt that the competence and skill in creating a multimedia computer presentation is one of the essential attributions of a teacher at any level of the educational system. We would like to outline the way of our realization of presentation creation teaching at Pedagogical Faculty of Ostrava University in Ostrava, Czech Republic.Our experience indicates that presentation creation must result from a detailed plan which is worked-out in advance. For the creation process itself, the student must be backgrounded with sufficient knowledge and skills in the presentation creation software (MS PowerPoint) – to create a template preset and shot succession, work with objects and animated effects, timing, etc. We give both onsite and online courses or a combination of both forms of lessons.

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2. Use Of Knowledge bases In Education Of Database Management

Tibor Radványi, Emőd Kovács 

Abstract: In this article we present a segment of Sulinet Digital Knowledgebase curriculum system in which you can find the sections of subject-matter which aid educating the database management. You can follow the order of the course from the beginning when some topics appearance and raise in elementary school, through the topics accomplish in secondary school. It is noted that you can find the necessary equipment park and the preliminary convenient mathematical knowledge appropriate to the subject for theoretical and practical acquisition of the high-level database management in high schools, since the scientific definitions of relational database use the conceptual group and relationships of theory of sets in math.

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3. Experiences with new approach to use of information technologies in education

Kateřina Kostolányová

Abstract: Paper describes approach of Department of Information and Communication technologies (KIK) on Pedagogical Faculty of University of Ostrava in Ostrava (PedF OU) to development of information knowledge and skills of students of OU with the aid of modern methods and education technologies with support of information technologies (IT). It surveys the application and development of these methods in the course of approximately last seven years.

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4. Solutions to environmental-educational problems through the integration of competences

Lenke Soós, Margit Kovács 

Abstract: The importance and significance of the environmental education, as one of today’s accentuated assignments is unquestionable. The reasons for these are approached from different perspectives, both by specialists and by educators/pedagogues, but also by the entire society. In this article – selecting from various possibilities- we shall demonstrate what this all means in practice, by presenting the so-called valley-settlements’ formation and structure, their long-ago functioning ethnic peculiarities, and today’s environmental problems.

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5. Science teacher competencies in a knowledged based society

Adrienne Kozan Naumescu

Abstract. Science teachers’ competencies are analyzed in this paper. The importance of teachers’ competencies is underlined and also the importance of competencies in so called “good practices” obtaining, is studied. The definition of science teachers competencies and their taxonomy are very important in understanding the educational reform in European context. . The recent literature and many reforms in the field of science teacher education suggest that teacher preparation has a “threefold structure” with the anchoring pillars being Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK), Pedagogical Knowledge (PK) and Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK). Science education programs should pay more attention into the learning of science in social and technological context. The reform in the educational field has to pay a special attention on science teachers’ competencies.

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6. The reception of the educational decentralization and curricular reform among the Hungarian teachers from Romania

Lilla Péter

Abstract: Choosing of the theme was determined by the Central-Eastern European educational reforms, the role of the educators in the process of changing in the educational system and the enlargement of the social demands towards the schools.  The aim of our the research is on the connection between the educational reforms and the educators. Partly, it is due to the short term negative effects of the educational reform the fact that the Hungarian teachers from Harghita county have a negative opinion about the present situation of the educational system. Also they had a positive opinion on the changes of the curriculum, on the separateness of the curriculum, fact that assures them the possibility of optional subjects, flexible class frame, alternative course books.

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7.  Developing Intercultural Competencies using activities with different media

Iuliana Marchis, Liliana Ciascai, Joaquim Saial

Abstract: The aim of this article is to present some activities with multimedia, which can be used in intercultural education. The first part of the article presents those intercultural competencies, which have to be developed by the teacher. The second part presents some activities using different type of media for intercultural education purposes. All of the activities are tested in school/university, and the students’ work is analyzed. Studying the products made by the students is very important for establishing if an activity is successful or not, if it contributes to the development of intercultural competencies. Thus the last part of the article contains an analysis and evaluation of all of the presented activities.

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8. Development of pupils’ transfer skills by means of hands’ on activities with artisan materials in natural sciences classes

Liliana Ciascai, Luminiţa Chicinaş

Abstract: Hands’ on activities with artisan materials used in order to realize different practical devices helpful in learning process are one of the most frequently used activity in science classes. Usually, the main strengthnesses of these activities are: a deeper learning, an increased motivation of pupils for actively learning and development of practical skills. The aim of our paper is to find out if using systematically hands’ on activities in order to realize different practical devices contribute and develop also pupils’ transfer skills such as: communication, interpersonal, planning and problem solving as well as using TIC and media, respectively inquiry and data operating. The target group consists in 51 teachers with rich experience in hands’ on activities used in order to realize different practical devices.  The inquiry was done by means of a questionnaire based on the list of transfer skills. Results obtained shows that, as teachers answered, hands’ on activities provide, on the top of developed skills, planning and problem solving activities, followed by inquiry and data operating and handling abilities. Reduced presence of communication, interpersonal skills, respectively TIC suggest us the need of rethinking of the context for this kind of activities by promoting team work and cooperative learning as well as team documentation activities that might improve the state of the art above mentioned.

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