We are representing the Faculty of
Information & Communication Technologies at FON University, Skopje. Our team consists of the folowing members: Darko Bozhinoski (a student
in third year), MSc. Gorgi Kakasevski and the
Dean of our faculty, professor Solza Grceva.
project our goal was to raise awareness of the children from the early ages
about nowadays world’s situation according to the climate change problems defined in MDG.
The goal of our project is to encourage the teachers to use the opened data
from different sets of the World Bank to stimulate the
children and raise awareness about the problems defined as Millenium Development
Goals(MDG), because children are our future.
Climate change is potentially one of the most critical issues facing the world –
one that will affect all parts of the planet and all future generations. It is
crucial that all of us begin to understand the probable causes, likely affects,
and how our everyday choices have global consequences.
Climate change is expected to hit developing countries the hardest. Its effects
pose risks for agriculture, food, and water supplies. At stake are recent gains
in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, and the lives and livelihoods
of billions of people in developing countries. Children are our hope! Involving
the children in the climate change awareness process and teaching them about the
consequences for their actions would have a great impact of the world’s future.
With that idea on mind, we decided to make a new concept using the data of the
Climate for Children
The aim of our project is to make a prototype of multimedia interactive
presentations and games which will be used on interactive boards in classroom.
This presentation will use different sets of opened data that will make the
learning process easier and more
interesting. Using the opened data with the new technologies like Interactive
boards, teachers can really improve the students’ experience making a big number
of multimedia interactivity presentations that will be available for a broad
range of people including other teachers and students.
Audience response technology has proven the ability to deliver stimulating
learning environments. The Professor of Sociology Professor of Sociology Robert Hanneman
said: “It really does break up some of the lecture – it does energize the
audience - the students learn better when there is some level of emotional
arousal - the higher the energy, the greater the learning. This technology does
seem to have that kind of positive effect on the energy of the room.”
we can say that presenting
this content on Interactive boards will definitely make the learning process
more attractive and fun.
Interactive boards provide rich learning environment that integrates with
traditional classroom layouts and collective activities. They boost creativity,
encourage collaboration between students and teachers, and allow moving away
from teacher-centric to a more personalized constructive learning. This will definitely increase
teaching productivity by combining the power of traditional multimedia with the
ability to navigate the content more flexibly.
About the Presentations
We’ve made a serial of interactive multimedia presentations
and games using different sets
of data from the World Bank and the United Nations. We had test our
presentations and games on pilot schools and
we encounter a positive response
from them. The students were really excited about the presentations and in the
survey we’ve made about them we saw that they really liked this new way of
learning and they offered us a full support. They were encouraged to give ideas
that will help them to better understand the world problems and we are planning
to use this ideas for the following presentations.
In the presentations are included different sets of data including climate and
general set of data from the World
Bank and data from the Human Development Reports.
embedded codes the students can interact with the presentations, finding data
for a specific country that they are interested in and using these presentations
to discover how they can contribute to solve a particular problem. In these
presentations different maps from different parts of the world are also included
presenting the data for a specific indicator. On the presentations you can find
a big number of different games and assignments that contributes for stimulation
of the students for better learining and understanding the material. This
concept can really bring students closer to the problems that the world is
facing nowadays and everyone will have a great benefit from it.
As the part of an UNESCO project our university was involved in making a portal:
http://freelearning.edu.mk/ which was
started this year. The aim of this portal is free sharing of materials that will
improve the learning process of the elementary and high school students in our
country. On this portal students and teachers can make profiles and post
different materials for different subjects. Because of that, we put these
interactive presentations on this portal. This can lead students to understand
better the reasons and the consequences
of the climate changes. This system was really popular among the students and
the teachers in our country because it represents a place where all the students
no matter where they live and study may be included and have an access to
different kind of materials like quizzes, videos, assignments, lectures,
For our prototype we used the Promethean's software, ActivInspire which enables educators to bring lessons to life via their interactive, multi-media whiteboards.
You can find our multimedia interactive presentations and games on the following link.
In this project our goal was to raise awareness of the children from the early
ages about nowadays world’s situation according to the problems defined in MDG.
We’ve made a serial of interactive multimedia presentations using different
datasets. Our goal is to create a huge range of interactive presentations and
games and to include these problems in the education process using the latest
technology and encourage the teachers to use the opened data to stimulate the
children and raise awareness, because children
are our future.
Our future work will include:
- Expanding the scope of the interactive multimedia presentations for every
indicator from the opened data from the World Bank
Expanding the interactivity including different kinds of games and exercises in
- Translating the presentations in other languages: German, Italian, etc.
Promoting the presentations in the elementary and high schools in our country
and on other sites for sharing materials