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So… you make presentations to audiences. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple, instant way to involve your audience in your questions, using their own cellphones, tablets etc? Especially if along the way you identify the individuals, their interests and needs, collecting opinions, understandings, even full text ideas…..

Two years ago, developers in the 2Touch team started working on a project they dubbed Xorro-Q. By September 2011, an early prototype demonstrated the concept:
– A desktop toolbar which allows a presenter to focus audience attention on the content without distraction of web pages or specialised applications;
– Ability to ask a question – any question – instantly and easily, right from a slide show, video, or whatever other context is on screen;
– Receive answers from the audience – both voting and text – back on the screen and be able to integrate these instantly with your applications of choice;
– Participation requires no special devices – any one with a browser can participate in real time, and form factors suiting cell phones through tablets and laptops are perfect;
– The presenter can see at a glance how the participation process is going;
– All data is saved for later access and analysis.

Once Xorro-Q was finally released in September 2012, it was aimed squarely at Manzana’s key market of K-13 schools. Much to our surprise however, earliest adopters for this solution have varied greatly including associations wanting to communicate with their memberships at group meetings and conferences; University lecturers dealing with large classes of many hundreds of students; trainers needing to assess while playing video.

Now as Xorro-Q enters its second generation, new functionality has even greater appeal to anyone wanting to communicate and involve an audience:
– a new Q-Launcher Toolbar is more elegant and even easier to use;
– feedback and marking can now be automated;
– the range of question types is expanding very fast.

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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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This week Xorro releases version 2.2 of its Workbook whiteboarding software, co-branded Alphateach in the UK and Europe. The new version includes features such as PDF import, enhanced design of the ruler tool, added grid functions and much more.

Student response systems in use in class
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Recently we followed up with Dr Michael Rehm from University of Auckland’s Business School, on how he uses student response systems such as Xorro Q in his courses.

Label questions in Xorro-Q
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In September Xorro quietly released Label questions for the Xorro-Q audience assessment platform. Label questions provide a flexible and fast assessment tool suited to any topic.

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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Xorro-Q provides a simple game-like context that motivates students to practice algebra concepts. Using any browser (no plug ins or downloads needed) your students can “play” a problem-based algebra activity set by you. Xorro-Q’s Free Facilitator is ideal (and free) for groups of less than 33 participants. Test your own linear algebra skills on the sampler in the article. Then read on to find the simple instructions to get underway with your own Free Facilitator access.

Zinterlock: your secure mounting solution
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Manzana and 2Touch Australia have developed Zinterlock: an extremely low-cost, ultra-secure yet very simple flush-mount solution for mounting large, heavy, fragile or valuable items onto walls.