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Manzana has been working closely with several leading high schools in the adoption of CPS response solutions in selected areas. A key difference of this solution compared to others available from response system vendors, is the emphasis on a very close integration of the technology with changes in teaching practice.

Effectively used, class response solutions enable a classroom culture which insists on the full participation of every student continuously through the learning activity. Teachers and students both benefit from the continuous feedback based learning, encased within a highly motivational framework where students are continuously challenged to demonstrate understanding and to extend it.

All too often however, we have observed that response solutions are embraced by schools as an occasionally used device to provide entertainment or collect opinions (“voting systems”), rather than as an enabling technology essential to formative assessment. Because the tools are used infrequently, in isolation, and without the investment of staff time to evolve effective practices, these schools do not achieve the learning outcomes promised by the technology.

The Manzana CAP (Classroom Achievement Plan) PD program delivered to our CPS pioneer schools is outstanding in its emphasis on embedding practice change early in the classroom experience, so that schools can quickly demonstrate benefits from the promise of real-time formative assessment. Included in the program are such heady issues as effective questioning techniques, based on leading education research, and teacher strategies associated with managing and responding to continuous feedback.

Feel free to inquire about joining our CAP program or about adopting CPS.

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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.