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EMA took delivery this week of two brand new 84″ interactive LED displays, combined with Workbook software and a five user license for Xorro-Q. EMA Northern’s Manager for Learning, David Foley, reflected on how the decision was arrived at.

As part of EMA’s review of the training resources in the classrooms, a team comprising the Learning Portfolio Managers and a selection of trainers assessed both student response units and interactive display technologies. The team compared the options of projected interactive whiteboards, with the new generation of giant LED/LCD interactive displays. The team concluded that, while a bit more expensive, the 2Touch LED touchscreen is a superior solution that will provide EMA with a better learning environment fit for the 21st century.

Benefits of interactive LCD / LED displays include:
• No on-screen shadow from the user,
• Superior quality of image, especially for video streaming and video-conferencing.
• 70 inch and the 84 inch screens are a similar size to the current projector screens, therefore a large enough image to be seen from the back of the room
• Has a 21st century look about it, a bit like an oversized iPad

Six suppliers were assessed and three made the shortlist. All three had similar hardware products at similar prices, so ultimately the decision came down to the choice of classroom software and student response technology. EMA chose Manzana’s 2Touch LCD/LED interactive displays, with 2Touch Workbook and the Xorro-Q audience response solution.

Benefits of choosing Manzana include:
• Workbook and Xorro-Q both run independently of each other and of hardware, providing the flexibility of deployment and use essential to EMA’s variety of settings including training, meetings, conferences and other events with and without the touchscreen.
• Xorro-Q is web browser based, so audience participants can access it from anywhere using any browser enabled device (mobile phones, iPads, laptops etc);
• 2Touch Workbook is more intuitive to use than other solutions considered;
• Existing content such as PowerPoint presentations could be instantly extended to make use of the new interactive potential;
• Manzana is a New Zealand based company with local designers willing to add functions based on customers feedback.

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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.