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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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Nutrition Leaders Offers Reformulated Millennium 500 German Grade Creatine


Indialantic, FL (PRWEB) March 05, 2015

Nutrition Leaders, a premier purveyor of health, diet, and sports nutrition products, is pleased to offer reformulated Millennium 500 Creatine to its customers. Available from the store’s official website, Millennium 500 is a German grade creatine supplement that has been micronized to more quickly increase muscle hydration, promote muscle recovery, and aid with overall strength gains in users.

Creatine is a naturally occurring compound that acts as a reserve energy source in the body and helps fuel muscle contractions when regular ATP stores are exhausted. This is critical for athletes such as sprinters and bodybuilders because it allows them to go faster or move more weight than they ordinarily could.

“In terms of supplements, creatine is an absolute must for anyone looking to get stronger or quicker,” says Nutrition Leaders spokesman Kimba Vasquez. “By taking micronized Millennium 500, individuals will be able to put in higher quality workouts and recover sooner, both between sets and between sessions. This leads to incredibly rapid gains in terms of strength, muscle mass, speed, or what have you.”

When reformulating Millennium 500 creatine, Nutrition Leaders kept everything the same except for the granularity. This micronized version now features powder that is fine rather than coarse, which enhances the absorption rate dramatically.

“Millennium 500 is a pure German grade creatine that is about as high-quality as you can get through retail channels,” Vasquez says. “The micronized form is way more effective than ever before because it gets absorbed very quickly. And it’s not packed with dextrose like other brands, so consumers get more net creatine powder for their money. A 500-gram container of Millennium 500 will last a good 2 1/2 to 3 months or more when used as suggested, so our customers get the great results they expect and still have cash left over to pay their gym fees.”

Millennium 500 German Grade Micronized Creatine is available now at http://www.nutritionleaders.com.

For more information about this or any of Nutrition Leaders’ other health and sports supplements, please visit the site today.

About Nutrition Leaders: For nearly 25 years, Physical Addictions has been the only store in Brevard County that specializes in sports nutrition, including vitamins, muscle builders, and hard to find products, including fat burners and more. As of 2014, Physical Addictions has merged with the online store Nutrition Leaders, and remains dedicated to providing an unmatched sports nutrition shopping experience. The friendly knowledgeable staff is always ready to help with any of your health and fitness goals.







Announcing a new color grade plugin from Pixel Film Studios, ProGrade Spring for Final Cut Pro X


Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) February 16, 2015

Theme and plugin developers from Pixel Film Studios have announced a new color grade pack for Final Cut Pro X entitled ProGrade Spring

“ProGrade Spring allows users to add a spring color grade to their media with absolute ease,” said Christiana Austin, CEO of Pixel Film Studios. “We’ve given our users the tools needed to easily color grade their media inside FCPX.”

Spring is here with ProGrade Spring color grade presets and tools. With ProGrade Spring users can professionally color grade any scene with fully customizable color grades. Users have full control over temperature boost, climate, value, highlights, mid tones, shadows, exposure, contrast, clarity, sharpening, and more all within Final Cut Pro X.

With ProGrade Spring users have over 60 fully customizable color grades, a color wash, a customizable vignette, a media mask revealer, a noise overlay, a selective sharpening tool, and tint overlay. ProGrade Spring gives users total control over temperature, temperature intensity, climate shift, climate intensity, saturation, value, highlights, mid tones, shadows, contrast, clarity, sharpening, and more all with a click of a mouse all within Final Cut Pro X.

With ProGrade Spring users can quickly set the mood of any project with Spring color grades. With a drag and drop users can apply each effect to their footage, and with a few adjustments users can further customize each preset with a click of a mouse. With ProGrade: Spring footage will never look the same again all within Final Cut Pro X.

With ProGrade Spring on-screen controls users can simply adjust the position and scale of the color wash, colorized vignette, and selective sharpening with a click of a mouse. With easy to use on-screen controls users of any experience can get the best look that fits their media and style with a few quick adjustments all within Final Cut Pro X.

ProGrade Spring was professionally designed to work seamlessly inside of Final Cut Pro X. As a FCPX effect, each ProGrade Spring preset can be dragged and dropped onto the users media and previewed in real time. With the published parameters found in the FCPX inspector, users have the ability to make further adjustments with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Established in 2006, Aliso Viejo, California-based Pixel Film Studios is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple FCPX. All Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.