HP Interactive mobile technology in Mathematical and
Project manager Prof. Dr. Dušanka Perišić
Project coordinator Doc. Dr. Snežana Radulović
The main goal of this project
was to improve the teaching/learning environment of a selected course in Plant
using integrated mobile HP technology. Mobility and a unique on-screen inking
capability of the tablet pc were one of the major tools in the redesigned
Several assessments were performed
Dividing 102 students into two groups: Treatment groups and Comparison groups. Both groups were pre- evaluated using the same questionnaire.
2. Giving one month advanced classes in GIS, using a mobile classroom,
a. Indoor lectures and exercise (at the University)
b. Outdoor lectures and exercise, during five days field work in Deliblatska
pescara Nature Reserve
As the practical work of ecological
and ОЕ017 involved
observational and analytical work, both indoors (data analyses) and outdoors
(field and sampling techniques used to characterize vegetation), the
focus of this work was to improve mapping and field-data collection that included: synthesise data from a variety of sources
and in a variety of formats; analyse
spatial vegetation data; present
information in maps; use a global
positioning system (GPS) in ecological research - using the GPS receiver; georeferencing air photos; creating shape
file, analysing biodiversity. Mobility of technology was highly important in
the field work, as it allowed mapping and field-data collection using a computer-based method,
manipulating and analyzing data about spatial distributions of different vegetation
types and protected species.
3. Comparison across topics
4. Analysis of courses' outcomes
in terms of attendance at lectures, numbers of enrolled students, grades and
level of students' independent work.
documentation (students’ tests, final exam documentation, project
questionnaires and students’ projects) will be kept as a University archive,
and available to the HP CSR contact person.
clear, full summary after the semester report will be sent to the HP CSR
presentations of lectures given, exercises, photo gallery and video
documentation are attached to this draft report.
Europian Sahara - Deliblato Sands - a place of
Deliblato Sands is
located in the southern part of Serbia between the River Danube and the western
Carphatian slopes. It is 354 km long and approximately 11 km wide and it
extends as an ellipse in the direction of south east tonorth west. Deliblato Sands
represents a unique phenomenon in Europe by its genesis, orography, climate and
specific flora and fauna, so it was called the European Sahara at one time.
The region is famed for its high degree of endemism, including many unique
plants, reptiles and insects. It is also home to one of the greatest variety of
mammals in Europe, with such rarities as European molerats, marbled polecats
and at least three packs of grey wolves.
The Deliblato Sands is a geo-morphological formation of eolian origin, of
exceptional beauty and wide-ranging scientific importance. It is of diluvial
origin. It is an isolated complex of sand masses with a distinctly undulating
dune relief in an area of over 380 km2, of elongated ellipsoid
shape, surrounded by the expanses of the cultured steppe of the Panonian Plain.
The dunes of
yellow and grey sand with maximum elevations of ca 200m above sea level (Pluc - 192 m; Crni vrh - 189 m.) stretch
in a straight southeast-northwest direction like the whole complex of the
Sands.The physical properties of the sand and soil are the reason for the
specific hydrology and meso-climate of this area. There are no surface
watercourses and the only hydrological facilities are dug and drilled wells
(some 30 of them), from 100-400m deep, and three permanent natural waterholes
in smaller depressions in the south-eastern part.
The masses of the
windblown sand of what used to be the "European Sahara" are today
mainly stabilized by vegetation, restored by man in planned fashion during the
past 170 years. About 16,000 ha is under forest - mainly cultivated pure stands
of Scotch and black pine, black locust, poplar, etc., and somewhat less under
mixed stands of linden, English and pubescent oak, poplar, flowering ash, and
other species. In addition to the cultivated forests, in the Deliblato Sands
there are smaller preserved remains of originally autochthonous forests of
English oak with linden and Lily-of-the-valley (Convalaria majalis).
fauna in this reserve includes species found in steppe habitats: desert ant,
ant-lion, Banat falcon, imperial eagle, steppe
gerbil, ground squirrel, mole rat, steppe skunk and others. For some of them
Deliblatska peščara (Deliblato Sands) is the only or one of few remaining
habitats in Serbia.
A distinctive feature of the reserve is the permanent wolf population (20 individuals) .
This protected natural asset also covers part of the River
Danube with marshes and aits. Waters abounding in fish and a number of
hatcheries represent an important gathering-point and mass wintering grounds of
waterfowl. This is why Deliblato Sands was designated as an Important Bird Area
in 1989 (IBA). It is also the nesting place of many rare species such as little
egret, yellow heron, ibis and sand-martin. Small cormorant - a highly
endangered species in Serbia
- has its only safe nesting place here.
last and largest oasis of sand, steppe, forest and marsh vegetation which once
dominated the Pannonian Plain, SNR ‘Deliblatska peščara' is one of the most
important centres of biodiversity in Serbia and Europe as well as the most
important steppe in Serbia. This reserve, therefore, represents a unique study
site for science.