Manzana News

22Sep 2008

Going to ULearn this year? 

September 22, 2008

Manzana has two presentations that you definitely don’t want to miss this ULearn. 

09Sep 2008

Bea’s tips and tricks #3

September 9, 2008

Bea’s tip this month is all about creating a very easy but effective classroom activity devised around hiding and matching text. The first step is to simply think of an easy matching exercise that you can do on any interactive whiteboard software. For example, you have two groups of words, one group beginning with the letter ‘A’ […]

08Sep 2008

Website of the month

September 8, 2008

Delicious.com – User: ManzanaNZ A site many of you will already be familiar with. Delicious.com (known to long time users as del.icio.us) is a ‘social book marking site’ that categorises users’ favourite websites under distinct headings. At first seeming rather basic, once you start searching topics (or tabs as they are known) delicious offers up a very addictive […]

29Aug 2008

With the escalation in adoption of interactive whiteboards (IWBs), debate has intensified on the choice between pen-controlled and touch interfaces.  Now, new optical touch technology developed down-under transforms the iwb from a specialised appliance, to an integrated part of everyday furniture.

28Aug 2008

Manzana is pleased to announce that as of immediately we will now be supplying New Zealand schools and businesses with the kiwi made interactive whiteboard, 2Touch. Built on advanced  optical technology, 2Touch also requires no special drivers or software to be installed.  

16Aug 2008

Voting systems seem to have “come out of the woodwork” over the past two years, and now various solutions are available to meet the basic needs.

However, as with any new category, interested educators and trainers should closely consider their objectives when choosing a student response solution. The technologies have evolved admirably to deliver most wishes, but because how the solutions will be used in classrooms varies immensely, no one solution will meet all wishes.

Vendors too often emphasise features only available for their solutions, with the result that educators may not discover opportunities to meet their needs better.

26Oct 2007

Formative assessment is properly regarded as a key to achieving significant step-wise improvements in student learning outcomes. However, the embedding of formative assessment techniques present many challenges. Several leading NZ schools are now using student response systems combined with enabling software, to embed formative assessment into everyday classroom practices.