Manzana Xorro Christmas 2015

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.

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.

Flexiroller, BalanceBox, Zinterlock

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.

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 […]

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.

A clean whiteboard is such a joy to use.  One featuring long-lived stains from past use, is not.  This article provides you with the understanding needed to ensure you – and your whiteboard – stay in the first category! This problem has been around for as long as whiteboards have been, so the image at […]

NZ EdTech developer Xorro Solutions has released free access for school educators to its gamification and real-time assessment solution, Xorro-Q.

Xorro-Q enables educators in BYOD classrooms and lecture theaters to ensure the active participation of every single student in instant challenges. Challenges can be prepared ahead of time, or better, created in-class around existing resources and activities such as slide shows, videos etc.

Free Algebra Question Banks

January 21, 2015

Chatting with a customer before Christmas, he enthused on how useful it would be to have large banks of maths practice questions appropriate to his college classes. These could easily be included in contests and games which motivate students to have fun practicing algebra through the term.

Here at Xorro, from concept to reality can take a day or two… This week we uploaded 2800 linear equations problems (in five levels of difficulty) and 2095 problems around factorising and expanding quadratic equations (in 7 levels of difficulty). These resources are shared globally in your Q-Bank. It’s free for any educator to use.

Here are some great ways to use this resource:

February Storyphones Special

January 20, 2015
Storyphone headset

For Feb 15 only: Manzana will supply the 2GB version of the Storyphone wireless listening post systems, at the same price (NZ$1280+GST) as the standard set!

The StoryPhones System is the first complete MP3 digital audio system designed for use in school classroomss for children aged up to the age of 8.

As many NZ schools can now testify: “The possibilities of using StoryPhones to help develop children’s listening, communication and literacy skills are endless!”

Preparing Xorro-Q Activities

October 17, 2014

In this article, we’re going to learn how to prepare activities for use in a future “live” (participative) session such as a class, lecture or presentation. Why prepare questions? So, you’ve already learned about using Xorro-Q for asking “Instant Questions” in session.  The great thing about instant questions is that you can get your audience closely […]

The research is definitive: properly used, audience response techniques and solutions enable educators and trainers to achieve startling improvements in learning outcomes with their classes. Is this surprising?

After many months of development, Xorro has launched their Q-Bank service. Now, any Xorro-Q user can manage all questions ever created for activities in Q, share these with other users (either within the Institution or globally), and import questions from other users.  Tag and categorise questions so you and others will find them instantly next time; organise […]

It has never been easier to instantly assess your students’ ability to interpret an image (a map, diagram, photo, x-ray etc).  Xorro-Q’s “Clickable Image” question type allows you to select and import an image; click to draw “hotspots” on the image; optionally decide on scores to allocate for students clicking on the various zones.  Next […]

Bay of Plenty District Health Board recently deployed a 2Touch 84″ interactive display in one of their meeting rooms. We followed up with Jacky Maaka of the Administrative Support Arm, to see how the new technology is being used.