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December’s tips and tricks + Download of the month

Interactive Whiteboard tips

Dragging the correct answers into the correct box
Here is a handy trick for when you have an object/question with a list of possible answers and you want your students to work out which are right and which are wrong.
You list your possible answers to one side of the screen, making sure that there is a mix of wrong and right answers, and a filled in object/picture (area for dragging the answers into) on the other side. Now for all the right answer(s) right click on them and then highlight Order – Bring to front and for the wrong answer(s) right click and Order – Send to back. Now when the students come to the board and drag an answer across to the object, if they got the answer correct it will remain in front of the object, if they got it incorrect the answer will disappear (or vice versa you could have the correct disappear and incorrect stay visible).

Basic example
• You have a map of Australia and a list of 5 countries (one of which is Australia)
• Your students must then come up to the board and drag the name of the country onto the map to see whether they know that it’s Australia.
• When the student drags ‘Australia’ on to the map it will remain in front of the picture to signify that they got the question right, if they drag England it will end up hiding behind the picture.

This is a fantastic tip for various exercises such as ‘which ones are prime numbers’, ‘which towns are in the North Island’ (picture of north island), or learning punctuation.

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                    trick for the month

If you want to bring up information that you typically get from rolling your mouse over an icon (e.g. the function of an icon) then simply touch the area of your 2Touch board that is not part of the projected interactive surface and then drag over the icon you wish to see the info.

Download of the month

This month’s unique download is a neat little alphabet game taken directly from the English game show Countdown. Titled ‘the letters game’ it involves 9 random letters and one big clock. At the start of the game the teacher clicks on the vowel and consonants button until 9 randomly chosen letters have appeared at the top of the page.

Once the nine letters have sprung up the clock will begin to countdown and the user now has to drag the letters to the bottom spaces and make the largest word they can in the allotted time. Once the time is up or a word has been inputted you can check whether your word is correct, as well as the numerous other letter combinations.

Download here

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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.