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Don’t be fooled by the smiles radiating from the 2Touch development teams faces, the next 12 months are going to very busy. Having recently received an R&D grant, from TechNZ and Enterprise North Shore, the development team now find themselves immersed in a quest to enhance classroom collaboration through the use of multi-touch surfaces.

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The development team

Although the development team will expand on the multi-user work that is being undertaken on Workbook software, the focus will be on ‘challenging true collaboration’. The team will look towards developing new ways of getting users collaborating around shared spaces, such as tables or touch-enabled walls, and will provide opportunities for multiple students to work on the same surface and document at the same time.

2Touch director Karen Rolleston is not only excited at the prospects the grant will give but is enthusiastically seeking educator input via focus groups set for late February/March. Karen comments that “we’d particularly like to hear from any educators that would be interested in providing their thoughts, ideas, and feedback through out the development process”

If you would like to be involved in what is one of the most innovative ICT collaboration projects undertaken in NZ then please contact Karen at karen@manzana.co.nz

About TechNZ:

TechNZ is the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology’s business investment program and is designed to support companies and people undertaking research and development projects that result in new products, processes or services.

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Format chose Zinterlock as the easiest, most consistent and cost-effective way to flush mount cabinetry onto walls.

Manzana Xorro Christmas 2015
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This summer, the University of Auckland Department of Civil Engineering has supplied eight student interns to work with Xorro on developing a targeted learning solution. These interns have been working alongside another seven interns from Massey University contributing to product development in Xorro Workboook and Xorro-Q projects.

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Label questions in Xorro-Q
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Flexiroller, BalanceBox, Zinterlock
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Whether it’s raising an 84″ display to above head height for crowds, or bringing 55″ interactive screens within easy reach of pre-schoolers, better design adds up to winning flexibility, sturdiness and safety. Getting it wrong means less value from your display, and substantial costs and safety issues. We take a look at the latest & best options for securing, lifting and moving large displays, keeping safety and durability foremost.

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This week, after months of beta testing and progressive improvements, Xorro finally released version 2.0 of the powerful whiteboarding software Workbook (also branded Alphateach and Imergo Aqua in other markets). Workbook was originally written by 2Touch for use with 2Touch interactive whiteboards. Since 2013, Xorro has taken over all software related developments, and today Xorro Workbook is […]

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