News

The revamped Learning@schools conference is only a month and a half away and we’d love to see you there – mostly, so that we can show you the all new Xorro Q class room response solution that uses any web-enabled device.

Using the Resource Finder

December 8, 2011

Use Workbook’s Resource Finder to instantly locate safe, copyright-checked image and video resources on the internet, and deploy these to your activity (or save them for later).  

Ways to start your IWB day part 1: Everyday Calendar Page Watch the video Download the Workbook file An easy way to start a lesson is by using a calendar page. This page can be re-used every day and uses the following techniques: infinite clone, cut and paste and drag and drop. Open an empty page. […]

Maths Name: QuickMath Address: http://quickmath.com/ Description: QuickMath will automatically answer the most common problems in algebra, equations and calculus faced by high-school and college students. Name: Math goodies Address: http://www.mathgoodies.com Description: Math Goodies is your free math help portal featuring interactive lessons, worksheets, and homework help. Science Name: Exploring the planets Address: http://www.nasm.si.edu/etp/ Description: Exploring The Planets highlights […]

Name: Awesome highlighter Address: http://www.awesomehighlighter.com/ Description: Easy to use site that provides you with the ability to highlight all over a webpage and then saves your highlighted sections in an easy to access webpage. Name: Addition Machine Address:http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/additiontest.html Description: Basic addition machine, fun and basic to use. Name: Subtraction Machine Address:http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/subtractiontest.html Description: Basic subtraction machine, fun […]

Name: Classroom ClipartAddress: http://classroomclipart.com/ Description: Free clip art resources for use in the classroom Name: Geosense Address: http://www.geosense.net/ Description: Geography knowledge test site Name: Babelfish Address: http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_txt Description: Easy to use language translator Name: Visual Simulations Address: http://visualsimulations.co.uk/simulations.php Description: Simulation software for teaching science with an IWB. They incorporate bold visualisation and real-time scientific models. Name: Interactive Address:http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ Description: Interactive math and science activities Name: New Zealand Edge Address: http://www.nzedge.com/ […]

Name: Puzzle touch Address: http://puzzletouch.com/ Description: Create your own interactive puzzle. Name: Classroom Clipart Address: http://classroomclipart.com/ Description: Free clip art resources for use in the classroom Name: Roy the Zebra Address: http://www.roythezebra.com/ Description: The site is home to a package of interactive games, stories and resources that have been developed to help emerging readers learn to read. It’s […]

This month’s tips and ticks section takes a look at an easy way to create basic sentence exercises. Click here to watch the video.                       Basic sentence exercise: Using an empty page (ideally in 2Touch Workbook, Notebook, or PowerPoint) create a rectangle that will be used as the sentence making space. Create individual words using […]

Change at the top

March 3, 2011

At the end of 2010 Manzana was hit with the news that managing director, Karen Rolleston, would be leaving Manzana to pursue an alternative career path. As a result, Pablo Garcia has taken over the reins as director for Manzana for the beginning of 2011. Pablo had previously held the position up until Karen’s arrival in […]

All new WordPad2 clickers

February 16, 2011

The all new WordPad 2 responders have arrived and provide students with even more functionality for responding to questions you pose. Expanding on the current WordPad responders, WordPad 2 introduces a QWERTY key board, full colour screen, separate joy pad controls, full language and math character support, new ergonomic design and multiple other features. The […]

Both primary and Secondary Name: Neo K12 Address: http://www.neok12.com/ Description: Online educational videos and games Name: Google Image Swirl Address: http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/ Description: Fun twist on Google image searching Name: The Innovative Educator – 100 video sites every educator should bookmark. Address:http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2010/02/100-video-sites-every-educator-should.html Description: A list of 100 video sites ideal for educators Primary Name: Online Audio Stories Address: http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/ Description: Range of online audio stories Name: Imagination Cubed Address: http://www.imaginationcubed.com/index.php Description: Online interactive whiteboard Name: Woodlands […]

If you’re currently using Windows 7 then take a look at the tablet pc input panel. Made for a tablet pc, the tablet pc input panel is ideal for use with interactive whiteboards (especially 2Touch). It provides you with the ability to use your handwriting (on the screen/board), convert it to text and then place […]

Secondary Name: MIT – Open courseware Address: http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm Description: MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT Languages Name: Live Mocha Address: http://www.livemocha.com/ Description: Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community Name: Word2Word Address: http://www.word2word.com/course.html Description: Free online language courses Name: Maori.org Address: http://www.maori.org.nz/kotereo/ Description: An online Maori language course and listings of resources. English Name: Read Print Address: http://www.readprint.com/ Description: […]

To watch the video follow the link below: Pull tabs/Question tabs video Techniques used in creating pull and question tabs Ordering Grouping Hide and reveal Use of images, lines and text Pull tabs are a way of hiding an object or question from the students. The idea is to hide the object/question behind either another related […]

Primary/Intermediate websites Name: make your own weather forecast Address: http://www.watbot.co.uk/ria/wxforecast/  Description: Fully interactive map and tools that allow students to present their own weather forecast. Name: Cool science Address: http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/  Description: Huge collection of science based resources from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Name: Inner body Address: http://www.innerbody.com/  Description: Resources for learning about the body Name: Out on […]

Name: Help Kidz Learn Address: http://www.helpkidzlearn.com/index.html Description: Range of free online games. Name: Shaun the sheep bleat game Address:http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/cartoons/shaunthesheep/games/bleat/index.shtmlDescription: Uses animated sheep to help create various sounds. Name: Virtual drumkit Address: http://www.kenbrashear.com/ Description: A virtual drum kit Name: Primary Interactive Address: http://www.primaryinteractive.co.uk/ Description: Range of interactive games for Primary. Name: BGfl Address: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/15.cfm?s=15&p=250,index Description: Primary math games Name: Amazing space Address: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/ Description: Blurb from the site – We promote the science and majestic beauty of […]