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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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FitClick Announces Launch of Innovative Talk-to-Track Diet App for Mobile Users


Vienna, VA (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

Diet and fitness service FitClick has just released its Talk-to-Track mobile app, which uses innovative voice-transcription auto-tracking technology to track a user’s calorie intake. The FitClick Talk-to-Track app allows users to count calories by audibly recording foods using their smartphone’s keyboard mic.

As the only diet app with the company’s patent-pending natural language analysis technology, Talk-to-Track is able to interpret spoken or typed diet entries to identify food items and calculate calories. Talk-to-Track can track a user’s calorie consumption over the course of days, weeks, and months.

The innovative FitClick Talk-to-Track app stands out among all other calorie-counter apps for its dynamic technology and unparalleled ease of use. As James Mrowka, President and Co-Founder of FitClick, states, “By allowing users simply to state the food they’ve eaten, our app is much easier to use. Other apps require users to enter each food item individually, search long lists of food options and enter food quantities. With our app’s voice-to-auto-tracking technology, users can track meal items and quantities all at once, without ever needing to use their mobile keyboards. Talk-to-Track has reduced diet tracking from a tedious multi-minute process into something that is done in mere seconds.”

The Talk-to-Track app also leverages learning technology, allowing the app to recognize common foods and quantities a user eats for highly accurate tracking.

The FitClick Talk-to-Track app can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS phones, and maintains no additional features that require purchase. In addition to tracking calories, the FitClick Talk-to-Track app also breaks down food by carbohydrate, protein, fiber, and fat content for a comprehensive look at nutrition. Users can also customize the app’s daily calorie goal to meet specific weight loss objectives.

About FitClick

FitClick, a business unit of Genesant Technologies, is a free social fitness community with online resources for diet, fitness, and weight loss. Founded in 2009, FitClick features a host of content and tools related to health and fitness in addition to its new Talk-to-Track app, including free diet plans, calorie counters and food journals, BMI and body fat calculators, healthy recipes, exercise demonstration videos, workout trackers, and more. For more information, visit http://www.fitclick.com.







Craig Koniver MD Introduces Innovative IV Nutrient Therapy for Athletes

Charleston, SC (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

The ultimate challenge for consumers is to find real health information. Stories and articles are shared every day regarding nutrition, diets, and supplements. These “factual” stories change every day (one day eating fats is in, the next day it’s out) and it is hard for the consumer to decide which is correct. This is particularly true for athletes of all types: from weekend warriors to professional athletes as the quest to understand how to optimize health and performance is daunting.

This quest is what motivates, Craig Koniver MD, an Organic Medicine Specialist, who sticks to science and common sense. While many see “medicine” or “fad diet” options as the solution to their problems, Dr. Koniver instead truly helps patients, including athletes, optimize their health and performance through natural means.

But finally, after fifteen years of working on several different natural health modalities, Dr. Koniver has created one that makes people feel different, better, more alive….immediately. The results truly showcase how one can optimize their health and performance naturally.

Dr. Koniver, whose practice is based in Charleston, SC, has recently launched FastVitaminIV™, an innovative Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy initially designed for athletes to optimize their performance and health. FastVitaminIV™ allows athletes to receive the critical nutrients needed to fuel their muscles, cells and brain in a matter of minutes. FastVitaminIV™ programs are currently being developed for ‘non-athletes’ as well who can benefit from Dr. Koniver’s innovative means of IV Nutrient Therapy.

“IV Nutrient Therapy is the only direct method of getting vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other nutrients into the bloodstream quickly,” stated Dr. Koniver. “It takes no work on the part of the digestive system which is crucial as it is estimated that over 83% of the nutrients taken by mouth never get absorbed.”

Now, for the first time, athletes of any level can get all of those essential nutrients quickly, efficiently and without any concern of contaminating substances. Without these nutrients, it becomes very difficult for athletes to perform at their highest level. The result is that “extra edge” that so many athletes are looking for.

“Beyond all of the necessary exercise and practice it takes an athlete to train his or her body to compete, the muscles and cells absolutely require certain key nutrients to work at the highest efficiency,” added Dr. Koniver.

Each FastVitaminIV™ contains only sterile nutrients, is PED-free and takes three minutes to administer. FastVitaminIVs™ are administered as a “push” because speed is crucial when it comes to nutrients entering into one’s system. The faster they enter, the more immediate and longer lasting results occur. This is a breakthrough in health performance.

The benefits include being more focused, feeling more energetic, greater ability to lose weight, optimal athletic workouts, higher levels of endurance, improved memory to name a few.

Dr. Koniver recently traveled to Los Angeles to introduce the new FastVitaminIV™ to a select number of Olympic and Professional Athletic Trainers and other fitness enthusiasts. There are currently FastVitaminIV™ programs being created for both collegiate and professional sports teams with the goal to help individual athletes and teams compete at the highest level.

“It is exciting to see athletes really being able to be true peak performers by utilizing FastVitaminIV™ and helping them achieve these very high levels of success is gratifying,” added Dr. Koniver.

For more information on Dr. Koniver and his FastVitaminIV™ program, please visit http://www.FastVitaminIV.com.







Scholarly Gateway of Asia: Japans Ritsumeikan University to open innovative Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015


Kyoto, Japan (PRWEB UK) 17 March 2015

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, one of Japan’s top private academic and research institutes, announces the opening of its Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015. The RU Osaka-Ibaraki Campus will be a ‘Gateway of Asia’ for academic excellence and innovative research.

Ritsumeikan University (RU), Kyoto, announces the opening of its Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015. The Campus was designed to be a hub in Asia for education and research in a unique campus-environment specially designed to promote interaction between students, academic staff, entrepreneurs and industrialists, and residents of Ibaraki and surrounding areas.

The Campus is 99,000 square meters and in April 2015 will be home to approximately 6000 students. In 2015 undergraduates will be able to take courses at the College of Business Administration and College of Policy Science and in 2016 courses will be offered at the College of Psychology.

The graduate schools are Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Policy Science, Graduate School of Technology Management, and Graduate School of Management.

The Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus is located in close proximity to major railway stations in the Kansai region of Japan being about 20 minutes from Kyoto, 10 minutes from Osaka, and 60 minutes from Nara.

RU statistics for research funding

1. RU was ranked 3rd for the amount of research funding (1.1 billion Yen) from Grants in Aid for Scientific Research from MEXT in 2014 for private universities.

2. In the same year, RU was ranked 4th in the actual number of grants selected (490) for Grants in Aid for Scientific Research.

3. Over the past five years, RU was 1st in the number of grants selected in the disciplines of Human Geography, Business Management, and Sociology.

4. RU was number one amongst private universities for commissioned research (2.3 billion Yen and 235 commissions) from private industries in 2013.

5. In October 2013 RU was the only private university to be selected out of 190 applications for two trial research bases of the prestigious MEXT ‘Center for Innovation Program (COI STREAM). Although the funding of the trial research base, ‘Developing a Regional Model for “Slow and Local” Innovation in Food and Agricultural Industries” will come to an end at the end of March but an upgraded version of the trial base “Health Innovation to Promote Exercise in Life” (the new name of the project: “Bright Future for All Ages with Health Innovation by Daily Exercise”) will be an on-going project. The funding for the latter base is currently at 19,500,000 Yen.

Unique features of the Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus

1. The design of the campus and approaches to education and research are based on the three concepts of ‘Gateway to Asia’, ‘Urban Co-Creation’, and ‘Regional and Social Collaboration’. The Campus will act as a hub in Asia for international networking and collaborative research.

2. The Campus will house the ‘Ritsumeikan Global Asia Research Organization’ and ‘Ritsumeikan Asia Japan Research Institute’ as part of RU’s plans to establish the Osaka-Ibaraki Campus as a center for RU to conduct research in Asia.

3. Courses such as the “Asia China Business Program” offered by the College of Business Administration will focus on a deeper understanding of issues in management, commerce, and policy making in Asia.

4. For the first time in Japan, the ‘Ibaraki Chamber of Commerce and Industry’ is located inside the RU Osaka-Ibaraki Campus.

5. The whole of the Campus is one mammoth learning space with the ‘Commons’ providing not only private study rooms but also multi-functional open space along the 200m by 18 m concourse, accessible to students, staff, affiliated industrial partners, and members of the local community. .

6. A library with 800,000 books and seats for 1100 people, and a ‘garden library’ on the roof with a lawn and tables.

7. The lecture rooms have glass walls for ‘visible teaching’ and the chairs and tables can be re-arranged to suit the needs of teachers and students.

8. A 1000 seat concert hall for ceremonies and musical events that is open to the members of the local community.

9. The ‘Camping Kitchen’ restaurant with international food for lunch between studies and a special a la carte menu for dinner.

Further information

YouTube video of Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0F250KKTpk&feature=player_embedded

YouTube video of Tabata Protocol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c8alBX7Zro&list=PLjORaP_c5ZY2O_fLzhdsQHqHwxVMfsmWr

Enquires about enrollment on courses, research, industrial collaboration, and careers contact:

Kevin Hsien (Mr.)

Ritsumeikan University, Office of Public Relations

EMAIL: pr-web@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Telephone: 075-813-8146

Postal Address: 1 Nishinokyo-Suzaku-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8520 JAPAN

About Ritsumeikan University

Ritsumeikan University is one of Japan’s foremost private academic institutes for education and research with roots going back to Prince Saionji’s private academy of the same name, established in 1869. It was officially founded in 1900 by his protege, Kojuro Nakagawa, as the Kyoto Hosei Gakko (Kyoto School of Law and Politics), later to take on the name “Ritsumeikan”. The name is derived from a passage in the Jinxin chapter of the Discourses of Mencius, and means “a place to establish one’s destiny through cultivating one’s mind.”

Ritsumeikan has become an integrated academy with a rich culture of individuality and international awareness accommodating a total of 49,000 students. The current Ritsumeikan Academy has campuses in Kyoto, Shiga, Hokkaido, and Oita and encompasses two universities, four high schools, four junior high schools, and one primary school. Ritsumeikan fosters the learning and development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens. Three out of the four Ritsumeikan high schools have been designated by MEXT as Super Science High Schools (SSH). Ritsumeikan High School and Ritsumeikan Uji High School have been selected by MEXT for the Super-Global School Program (SGH). Ritsumeikan Uji High School has been certified as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) school. Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School and Junior High School has been selected by MEXT as the Super Shokuiku (dietary education) School (SSS).

In 2014, both Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University were selected as the designated institutions for the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This project is established to support Japanese universities aiming to elevate comprehensive internationalization, to collaborate with preeminent universities overseas and to reform the universities toward a globalized environment. Both Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University were selected as Leading-Global type (Type B) where both universities look to focus on the promotion of internationalization.

For more information, please visit

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/

Osaka-Ibaraki Campus (Ibaraki, Osaka)

The Osaka-Ibaraki Campus is expected to facilitate collaboration with industry and government institutions, promote the Ritsumeikan Academy’s activities on the frontline of social collaboration and is fully equipped with facilities which can provide an exchange space for general use. The three main concepts are “Asia’s Gateway”, “Urban Co-Creation” and “Regional Cooperation”.







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Sport-Tiedje Names Octane Fitness Zero Runner


BROOKLYN PARK, Minn., USA (PRWEB) February 17, 2015

The unparalleled Zero Runner from Octane Fitness, LLC has been given the Gepard award for most innovative product of the year from Sport-Tiedje, one of Europe’s largest specialty fitness retailers. Debuting in 2014, the Zero Runner offers all the benefits of running but eliminates the stressful impact to the body.

“The Zero Runner is totally unique, and gives exercisers a way to run without repetitive stress to their bodies,” said Sebastian Campmann, managing director at Sport-Tiedje, which is based in Germany and has 22 stores in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. “It has created a new category of zero-impact running, which will greatly benefit many people worldwide.”

The annual awards from Sport-Tiedje are determined by a jury of 25 people, including store managers and department heads, who evaluate hundreds of products to select winners in four categories: best supplier, best product, best service and most innovative product. Sport-Tiedje will present the award to Octane Fitness at the FIBO Trade Fair in Cologne, April 9-12.

Sport-Tiedje has more than 30 years of expertise in the fitness equipment business, with 270 employees and 6000 fitness products represented.

“Our partner for seven years, Sport-Tiedje is clearly a leader in the industry in Europe, and we are honored to again be recognized by these experts,” said Leo Schreuders, managing director of Octane Fitness’ subsidiary in Rotterdam. In 2010, Sport-Tiedje named Octane’s Q37 series of standing ellipticals the most innovative product.

Zero-Impact Running

The Zero Runner uses mechanical hip and knee joints that replicate human biomechanics in running, with independent pedals allowing runners to replicate their natural running gait, just like outside. Users control their motion throughout their run, and the Zero Runner follows the runner’s movement through the initiate, pull-through, lift and extension phases.

The Zero Runner offers multiple benefits:

    Run without impact – runners can add mileage without risking overuse and injury
    Race preparation – longer runs can combine miles or kilometers outside with Zero workouts to maximize stamina, maintain form and reduce impact
    Active recovery – the Zero Runner enhances conditioning but eliminates joint stress and “junk miles/kilometers”
    Cross training – CROSS CiRCUIT®, which combines running with strength training and flexibility intervals, provides the exercise selection, and runners focus on improving overall performance
    Longer career – the Zero Runner removes the harmful pounding that can limit a runner’s longevity
For more information and videos of the Zero Runner, see http://www.zerorunner.com.

Octane Fitness Background

Relentlessly fueled to reinvent zero-impact cardiovascular exercise, Octane Fitness has perfected the elliptical machine, introduced a new category with the xRide® recumbent elliptical, designed strength-infused cardio with the unique CROSS CiRCUIT®, created exercise in a new direction with the LateralX®, reinvented running with the Zero Runner® and is leading smarter training with SmartLink™. Defined by standout innovations, and driven to deliver more effective, efficient and rewarding workouts, Octane is engineering elliptical domination.

About Sport-Tiedje

Sport-Tiedje, which has its headquarters in Schleswig (Germany), is Europe’s largest retailer for home fitness equipment, and at the same time, one of the most prestigious online retailers for fitness equipment worldwide with 22 stores in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. The company also supplies gyms, companies, institutions, sport clubs, hotels and physiotherapists with professional equipment. The offering includes fitness products of renowned manufacturers as well as high-quality own brands totaling to over 6,000 products. In the fiscal year 2013, the company generated a turnover of EUR 45.8 million. Sport-Tiedje employs approximately 270 people. For more information, visit http://www.sport-tiedje.com.

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