Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What is Life? Global Warming or Cooling(地球温暖化それとも寒冷化)

Good morning everyone. We got 4 cm of snow in our area last month, which was the first of this year. How was it around your town? 


Today's theme is the Global Warming, which is considered as threat for all human kind, you know?. Since the industrial revolution, the number of population and the amount of wastage of fuel has been increasing exponentially, especially in last 20 years. By these industrial growing, rising of atmospheric temperature are reported at various area of the world. 


Also in this country, most of us noticed that the summer has become sweaty and more lethal than our childhood. And we hear that such warming phenomena are expanded in various area of the planet.


For many years, meteorological observation and political force have searched the reason of these dramatical changes, which should be familiar for people. And finally, they have decided the candidate. It's carbon footprint, known as CO2.


Just five years has passed from the release of "Inconvenient Truth" produced by Al Gore, who was a vice president of United States. He emphasized and concluded that the global warming is occurring by the increasing of carbon footprint emitted from industrial activity. Because his movie comprises many shocking environmental alterations, most people have believed his insistence of the movie.


By the way, are you remember that the concentration of gas dissolved in water are decreasing by heating of it? Most people leaned the theory as basis of nature in high school, right? Even though you have forgotten the fact, you may know the bubble in cola?


Do you know the INCONVENIENT TRUTH of Inconvenient Truth? If you want to know in detail, please watch the movie shown in below.


As I mentioned many times, we should have objective view and active thinking for everything, Ok? Today's class is over. See you next time.


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

What is Life? VIRTUAL or REAL?

Good morning everyone. I am very sorry without updating this class by a kind of personal reason. Anyway, let me introduce something surprise about education today. As a few people may know, the great application and tools for learning were shipped yesterday, in which developed by Apple. Apple has been focusing on education market for more than twenty years.


However, the actual tools for learning in many school or University had been replaced Mac by PCs in last decade. But such condition of school is changing since the iPad. iPad has been used as interactive learning tools by mainly use of Web contents, and some iPad application.

しかしながら、学校や大学でのそうしたツールはこの10年間の間にMacからWindows PCに取って代わられてきました。しかし、そうした状態はiPadの発売以来変わってきています。iPadは主にWebコンテンツや教育目的のアプリを利用する事でインタラクティブな学習ツールとなってきました。

Apple introduced phenomenal software based on Mac and iPad as textbook. Those two software are iBooks 2 and iBooks Author, respectively. You can see all of that in Apple Special Event. iBooks 2 is Virtual or Real Textbook which can replace actual one with the iPad. And iBooks Author is an authoring tool to construct interactive textbook containing Texts, Photos, Movies, and also Keynote Presentations!

この度、アップルはMacとiPadの使用を前提とした驚くべき「教科書」アプリを発表しました。それがiBooks 2とiBooks Authorなのです。 それらをアップルのスペシャルイベント(英語)で見る事ができます。iBooks 2はiPadに教科書を詰め込む事が可能で、実際の(教科書本)を置き換えることが出来るのです。そして、そのデジタル教科書をつくるためのツールがiBooks AuthorというMac用アプリケーションで、文章、写真、ムービーに加えてキーノートで作成したプレゼンテーションまでも含む事が出来るのです。

Surprisingly, Phill Shiller as Senior Vice President of Apple expressed the main object of the products at the start of the keynote speech as following. The aim of those are advancement of education level of students in U.S. How are Japanese textbook publishers and government think about it? If you have already possess much contents should be show others, would you try self-publishing with iBooks Author on your Mac? It's very simple and easy. 

驚くべきはアップルの上級副社長Phill Schiller氏がこの発表の最初に語った「このプロジェクトはアメリカの教育レベルを向上させる為のもの」と語った事です。日本の政府(文科省)や教科書出版社はどのように感じていますかね?もしあなたが誰か他の人に教えたい何かをたくさんもってるのであれば、Macで教科書を作ってみてはどうでしょうか。

If you have never seen the Special Event, please check it out. You must be blown away! You can believe that the iBooks 2 made iPad as a REAL textbook not a virtual one ever.

もしまだこれまでアップルの発表を見た事がなかったのであれば、是非ご覧ください。きっと驚いて虜になること間違い無しです。さらに、iBooks 2がiPadを真のデジタル教科書にすることを理解できる事でしょう。



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