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Manzana’s tips and tricks #4 

Taking the roll everyday through the use of your IWB 

This months trick is an easy to create and neat way of taking the roll every morning through your interactive whiteboard. You simply create a scene (e.g. a tree) and below the scene you place relating items (e.g. birds). The key is to now attach each students name to the individual items (one name per bird) and as each child comes into the class they drag their bird and fly them up to the tree to signify that they are in class. 

Simply open up a blank page on what ever IWB software that you use. Now a popular choice for this exercise is birds up a tree. 
Step 1: 
Choose your background colour, in this case a nice light blue sky 
Step 2: 
Import a picture of a tree, these can come from anywhere: your IWB software package, the net or the clip art on your computer. Make sure the tree takes up a good amount on the page. 
Step 3: 
Find a nice picture of a bird and import that onto your page. 
Step 4: 
Copy and paste a bird for every member of your class. 
Step 5: 
Individually type every student’s name onto the page. Attach each students name to its own bird by moving the name over the bird and grouping the two together. 
Step 6: 
Now line up all the birds along the bottom of the page. Now when each student comes into class they can move their bird from the bottom of the page into the tree. 

You can use a variety of ideas for creating this. You can have cows that get moved into paddock for the day, cars that can be placed on a winding road, rugby players/balls from the grandstand onto the rugby field, it’s really up to you and your imagination. 

Although a basic concept it’s a fantastic way of getting younger students up to the interactive whiteboard everyday. 

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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.