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Staff at 2Touch’s North Shore office are celebrating what has been another successful year for the innovative New Zealand company. Not only has 2Touch managed to achieve significant growth in both the New Zealand and Australia markets, but is putting the finishing touches on multi-user software for their boards.

Based on Auckland’s North Shore, 2Touch is the brain child of entrepreneur Pablo Garcia. Described as an ‘interactive whiteboard’ 2Touch is the combination of optical touch technology and a standard whiteboard to create a 2.4m wide touch screen ideal for classrooms and boardrooms.

Since the first 2Touch was installed in February 2007 it’s been a kiwi success story. With over 70% of all boards exported to Australia, 2Touch has found itself as an emerging technological force in a market that has remained relatively unchanged for the past 10 years. 2Touch director, Pablo Garcia commented that 2Touch’s success is down to its unique selling points. “We’ve had an amazing year, specifically in Australia. It’s a mix of our technology and unique positioning that is setting us out from the rest”.

In terms of technological advancements, 2Touch possesses the ability for multiple users to be interacting with the board at once. With their in-house designed software, 2Touch Workbook, 2Touch is one of only a few IWBs that can support multi-users and, more specifically, without requiring extra pens. But it’s the arrival of Windows 7 and its multi-touch capabilities that has 2Touch most excited. The new platform enables developers to provide software which supports more effective collaborative, multi-user activities.

Mr Garcia sees a very bright future for 2Touch through the emergence of Windows 7 and the multi-user functionality: “As new investment in our classrooms accelerates, educators are re-examining the capabilities they need for improved teaching and learning practices. If we are really serious about directly involving our students in learning activities instead of teaching “at” them, then we will respond to the opportunity to become more student-centric, and to teach more collaboratively. This inevitably drives demand for multi-user capable technologies in our classrooms. Combining Windows 7 with our multi-touch capable IWB, we can at last fully harness 2Touch’s potential for enabling new collaborative teaching & learning practices in the classroom.”

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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.