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MetaMoJi Reports: Teacher Michael Jephcott Inspires His Young Class With Innovative Mobile App MetaMoJi Share for Classroom to Explain Introductory First Grade Geometry


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2015

MetaMoJi today reported on a unique adaption of Share for Schools. In the small town of La Puente, California, Teacher Michael Jephcott teaches First Grade in one of the smallest and most challenged school districts in Southern California. Resources are slim at Don Julian Elementary School in Bassett Unified School District. The District is located in a working class, racially diverse area in the flatlands of the San Gabriel Valley, on the eastern edge of the vast Los Angeles County.

Virtually none of the parents of Jephcott’s young students have finished college; most of the parents have never been on a university campus. But ask his class en masse where they will go to college, and they will joyfully call out in one voice, “YALE!”

This is an exceptional classroom in an exceptional school district. And on a warm spring morning in Southern California, Jephcott is using the Share for Classroom application from the MetaMoJi Education Solutions suite to teach his energetic college-bound class of six- and seven-year-olds the fundamentals of geometric shapes – years before other California children will encounter a formal geometry curriculum.

Education solutions.

The families of the young students in his classroom may not be able to afford computers at home, but each child in Jephcott’s home room is equipped with a new impact-protected Apple iPad loaded with digital instruction materials developed by their creative teacher personally and embedded inside the MetaMoJi Share for Classroom installed on each electronic tablet.

The early morning prayer chants from a nearby Buddhist monastery compete with the sound of roosters and other livestock that grace the small yards and modest stables surrounding the school. The Bassett Unified School District is more than 100 years old and lies atop lands of an even older Mexican land grant – Rancho La Puente – once just secluded farms, fields and groves that predated the entry of California into the United States.

Despite its rural remoteness from the busier urban streets of the City of Los Angeles 30 miles to the West, Don Julian Elementary School participates in a demanding national “No Excuses University” program that assigns each classroom to a specific, high-achieving university.

“No excuses” curriculum.

Classrooms enrolled in the “No Excuses University” program must meet tough academic goals. Teachers are encouraged to seek out not only with the latest mobile technology the school district can afford but also provide the class with banners and t-shirts proudly decked out with logos from the classroom’s assigned university. Jephcott’s class is focused on Yale University and has even memorized the songs and mottos of that elite Ivy League university. His first graders will gleefully belt out the Yale Bulldog fight song on the slightest provocation.

Jephcott and his wife are both talented and skilled elementary school teachers and enthusiastic world travelers. He holds a degree in environmental design from the California State University system and a master’s degree in education earned with honors at nearby Azusa Pacific University. Jephcott also has met and is identified as an H.Q.T. or Highly Qualified Teacher under tough U.S. federal criteria for demonstrated classroom competence.

Open platform policy.

Don Julian Elementary is one of only three elementary schools in Bassett Unified School District, but the District has a progressive open platform policy which allows selected and innovative teachers to design their own hardware and software environments. Jephcott, with his degree in design, is an Apple enthusiast to the core, so he delighted in designing a classroom environment at Don Julian Elementary around advanced Apple iPad tablets, going hunting then among the available education-oriented mobile apps in the Apple Store. He was very happy to discover the just released MetaMoJi Share for Education app.

Says Jephcott: “Our district believes and is passionately committed to employing technology in ways that enhance learning and teaching. I support that and I believe in using those applications that permit teachers the maximum flexibility in designing and presenting materials to even the youngest students in ways that inspire and excite them. I saw immediately that MetaMoJi Share for Education offered that kind of promise.”

Says Bassett Unified School District Superintendent Alex J. Rojas: “We believe that successful 21st century learning organizations are those who integrate the analog and the digital. In Bassett Unified, our goal is to create and maintain high levels of student achievement.”

Adds Jephcott: “Using the MetaMoJi Share for Classroom app is expanding my reach as a teacher every day as I explore its use and capability. And it never fails to energize my young students when they see that the very latest technology, even an app designed in faraway Japan, isn’t a far-off dream seen on a TV series or summer movie, but a technical literacy they can achieve and explore right here in their own California classroom. Working with Share on their iPad tablets opens them up immediately to the rich world beyond us – and brings all that the world can offer to them in an instant.”

MetaMoJi Share for Classroom™.

The teacher’s own technical prowess and skillfulness is apparent, as he first smoothly guides the young children in his care through traditional arithmetic sums, using Jephcott’s own custom-designed calculation forms inside the MetaMoJi Share for Classroom app and easily findable by each child in their individual files proudly stored in the MetaMoJi cloud.

Jephcott was able to quickly access the completed (or sometimes incomplete) calculation sheet of each student and, if needed, project it for instant improvement or praise onto the class screen using a new Epson whiteboard projector.

The second half of his curriculum that morning was particularly innovative … and also all done inside the MetaMoJi Share for Classroom app. Jephcott was leading these very young children in an advanced introductory session on geometric solids – they had done two dimensional geometric shapes on Share earlier in the week. For the customized geometric solids curriculum, Jephcott embedded a findable “dictionary” inside each child’s Share files – really a shared snapshot of a handmade picture-and-text poster he hung earlier in the week in the front of the class.

Eyes on Teacher!

Whenever the young children were a bit distracted, he would quickly bring up on each of the iPad screens this bold poster: “Eyes On Teacher!” The kids would all point to him and chorus loudly and gleefully in response: “Eyes On You!” and settle down to happy, attentive, raptured silence.

Their talented teacher then held up three-dimensional objects, one by one, and moved among them while lecturing a bit on each singular 3-D shape, making sure the kids were familiar with the names – cube, sphere, cylinder, pyramid, cone.

Jephcott had earlier scattered several odd sets of the objects around the classroom in random places, and now had the students do a joyful treasure hunt. Each child was free to roam the classroom with their impact-protected iPads in hand (still within the Share app).

Share and Whiteboard.

The mission? To track down at least one of each shaped object, photograph it with their iPad camera option linked and embedded inside the Share for Classroom app, then add the name of the object by individually typing it into a caption. Jephcott was then able to selectively pull up any single photo with or without a caption from a student’s own personal file and project it forward to the whiteboard for all the class to admire.

Finally, the students finished the lesson with a casual exercise in discovering and calling out the same like shapes inside other structures and among common objects found in any conventional classroom – globular light bulbs, cube-shaped file boxes, square windows, even cylindrical water bottles.

All can succeed and learn. Says Jephcott: “To teach in our small school district, a teacher must believe in the district’s philosophy: ‘All students can learn and succeed.’ The diversity of our student population and our school staff here is also a great asset that enriches what we can teach and what we can learn even in the First Grade. The enthusiastic technical support each of our teachers receives from the district and from the leadership at Don Julian Elementary only strengthens and accelerates our pursuit of those great ideals.”

About MetaMoJi Share for Classroom ™

MetaMoJi Share for Classroom allows teachers to customize visually engaging lesson plans and collaborate with their students in real-time interaction as they work through the lesson on their tablet computers. Students can work individually or collaborate in groups as defined by their teacher.

Share for Classroom provides all of the award-winning features of the MetaMoJi Productivity Environment, including note taking with multiple styles of pen and papers, tools to work with images and web content, voice recording, handwriting recognition and the ability to edit any content at any time. This allows students to quickly correct their work, change colors of existing writing or drawings, reposition and scale anything on a page and to add effects such as shadows and borders.

About MetaMoJi

MetaMoJi creates products to break barriers between devices and users with revolutionary applications on smartphones and tablet devices. MetaMoJi’s unique innovations give users the comfort of an analog experience with the convenience of digital technology. MetaMoJi’s mission is to contribute to the advancement of human beings with unique applications to collect knowledge, write documents, organize ideas and share them with others. Please visit the corporate site for more information: http://www.metamoji.com







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National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering President and CEO Irving Pressley McPhail to Address Class of 2015 and Receive Honorary Degree at NJIT Commencement


Newark, N.J. (PRWEB) April 22, 2015

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will confer honorary degrees upon two distinguished individuals at the 99th Commencement exercises Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 9 a.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Charles Elachi, Ph.D, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a vice president at California Institute of Technology, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science.

Dr. McPhail was named the sixth president and chief executive officer of NACME on September 1, 2009. He joined NACME in 2007 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining NACME, Dr. McPhail founded and served as principal of The McPhail Group LLC. He served 15 years as a college president or chancellor at The Community College of Baltimore County, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and LeMoyne-Owen College. Dr. McPhail also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Baltimore City Public Schools. He is the co-editor of “Teaching African American Learners to Read: Perspectives and Practices,” published by the International Reading Association in 2005, and the author of more than 50 journal articles, chapters, monographs, and technical reports. He earned a bachelor’s degree in development sociology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in reading from the Harvard Graduate School of Education., and a doctorate in reading/language arts from the University of Pennsylvania as a National Fellowships Fund Fellow.

Dr. Elachi has been the director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) since May 2001. Prior to becoming director, he was JPL’s director for Space and Earth Science Programs beginning in 1982, where he was responsible for the development of numerous flight missions and instruments for Earth observation, planetary exploration and astrophysics. He has been a principal investigator on a number of NASA-sponsored studies and flight projects including the Shuttle Imaging Radar series, the Magellan Imaging Radar, and the Cassini Titan Radar. Dr. Elachi is the author of over 230 publications in the fields of active microwave remote sensing and electromagnetic theory, and he holds several patents in those fields. He received his B.Sc. (1968) in physics from University of Grenoble, France; the Dipl. Ing. (1968) in engineering from the Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble, and both a M.Sc. (1969) and Ph.D. (1971) degree in electrical sciences from the California Institute of Technology. He also has a M.Sc. (1983) degree in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA (1979) from the University of Southern California.

For more information on NJIT’s 99th Commencement, visit the Commencement website: commencement.njit.edu/

About NJIT

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $ 110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to Payscale.com.







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Kimberton, PA (PRWEB) December 29, 2014

Fitbody Personal Training offers outdoor training classes, equestrian boot camp classes, Pilates, and the newly added Cardio Blast Class. Carolyn’s classes are a fun and exciting way to stay fit and healthy. The classes, which are structured as fun and friendly, are held in Phoenixville, PA.

Cardio Blast is a fitness class for the heart. It is quick, fun and will help keep the calories burning all day. Join the class on Tuesdays at 5:30 AM on January 8, 2015 until February 5th. Cardio Blast will take place at the Civic Center located on 123 Main Street Phoenixville, PA 19460. Requiring no yearly commitment, the classes will run on a 6-week schedule, although participants can sign up anytime.

So, wake up with Cardio Blast. FitBody Personal Training, LLC knows 5:30 AM may be early for some, but this short 45 minute class is quick and convenient for those who want to exercise before work. Burn calories with fun Tabata’s and Quick Blasts of Cardio – also known as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This class will kick start everyone’s morning. Sign up today at http://www.fitbodyforeverybody.com and don’t forget to set the alarm on Tuesdays. All levels are welcome.

FitBody Personal Training LLC was started by Carolyn Grashof who has been a group fitness instructor since 1997 and has been practicing personal training since 2002. Carolyn is a highly energetic person and motivates people to get in shape. She specializes in Pilates, cardio kickboxing, spinning, athletic step, pool fitness, interval training, and boot camp classes to name a few. Her expertise also includes posture, strength, cardio conditioning, and flexibility programs to suit her clients’ bodies and goals.

For more information about FitBody Personal Training LLC or Carolyn, visit http://www.fitbodyforeverybody.com or email carolyn(at)fitbodyforeverybody(dot)com.

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Premier Fitness Center Image Bodybuilding in Boulder, CO Rebrands as Image TRX Sport and Adds Dynamic New TRX Workouts to Class Schedule


Boulder, CO (PRWEB) December 30, 2014

Originally founded as Image Bodybuilding in Boulder, CO, in 2010, owner Stacey Purifoy, a former heli-rappeller (which is a firefighter who rappels from a helicopter–similar to a smokejumper), recently rebranded her business as Image TRX Sport to cater to a wider audience with goals of weight loss, strength training, and athletic conditioning.

Image TRX Sport is Boulder’s premier fitness center specializing in TRX workouts using the TRX suspension trainer system. They have over 20 TRX suspension trainer systems positioned away from the facility’s walls, which provides the necessary space for a full range of motion during exercise.

TRX workouts consist of a full body workout using the resistance of one’s own body weight. Classes are customized to individuals with weight loss goals, sport specific goals, injury rehabilitation, and overall fitness. TRX is easy to understand and use, yet can offer a full body workout for beginners all the way up to professional athletes as it blends resistance and cardio training.

Image TRX Sport’s goal is to create trust, honesty, and satisfaction with all clients, and also build an environment where an individual can experience ultimate training and health benefits. Alongside owner Stacey Purifoy, Image TRX Sport now has a total of six certified TRX instructors, which allows for a wide variety of TRX instructor feedback. All fitness instructors at Image TRX Sport are TRX certified for both individual and group training.

“We would love to say thank you to Team Lovato Performance (Elite Triathlete team) for being part of our team here at Image TRX Sport and we look forward to a long partnership together,” says Stacey Purifoy, owner of Image TRX Sport. “Image TRX Sport really enjoys working with some of the most advanced athletes in the country; it’s exciting that we are able to help these incredible athletes with improvements in their sport!”

Already with over 30 classes running per week at Image TRX Sport, they have developed a new TRX Express class for those on the go that still want a fantastic TRX Workout. These classes are only 30 minutes long, but still offer a very strong core workout and muscular strength class. Be ready for some killer cardio in these new TRX Express classes. They run on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00am, 7:30am, and 11:30am.

Based in Boulder, CO, Image TRX Sport helps individuals achieve their weight loss or strength training goals, even including custom marathon training and triathlon training programs. View their full schedule and sign up for TRX classes and events here, or contact Image TRX Sport by phone at (303) 834-5056 or in person at 2750 Glenwood Dr. #3, Boulder, CO, 80304 to jump-start a new TRX-based fitness regime!