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Greetings from the whiteboard. My name is Lee Raeburn and I am an education consultant that has recently joined the Manzana sales team. As a former Primary school teacher, I was always on the lookout for new and engaging websites for my students.

For this addition of our newsletter I would like to take a moment to focus on a couple of great freebie websites that might be useful to teachers that are looking to give some of their students a bit of a boost.

Sumdog

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The first one is called http://www.sumdog.com It is an ideal website that allows your students to polish their basic fact skills as well as consolidate key Mathematic concepts. Your kids will be able to access adaptable math activities and monitor their own progress both from school and at home. At the same time they will enjoy the challenges and rewards that it has to offer.

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Khan Academy

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The second website is called www.khanacademy.com this incredible website is perfect for the inquiring mind at any level. With over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, this website is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want and at your own pace.

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Check them out when you get a moment, you will not be disappointed. Well that’s all from me folks, until next time.

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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.