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Tips and tricks

To kick start the New Year we have a couple of basic, but helpful, tips and tricks.


The Right Click


On both, the 2Touch Interactive Whiteboard and the smartboard, to gain the right click menu simply hold your finger down on the screen for slightly longer than you normally when selecting or highlighting items.  This will then open up the menu that a right click with your mouse would normally produce.




A neat tool found in most whiteboarding software programmes is the transparency button.  Whilst a picture is selected you can use the transparency button to fade it in and out, making the picture more transparent and reviling anything that may be lurking behind the picture (i.e. another picture).  It’s a great little tool for showing progression or layers.  The likes of the human body are a great example.  You can layer a picture of facial muscles under a picture of a face.  You then slowly (using the transparency button) fade the face away to reveal the muscle structure underneath.


Download of the month


Name: Jepoardy



This month’s internet download is a fantastic resource for getting your class together, working in teams and collaborating over questions.  Its format is based on the American game show Jeopardy and allows for multiple players. Now not without going into the finer details, Jeopardy (there is plenty of info online about how to play) uses a basic game board with a set of 30 questions, each question has points attached (harder the question the more points gained for answering correctly).  The download comes with a few premade question sets which are good fun, but the key is that you can make your own question templates and create your own skin for the game board.  It’s a very cool download and well worth checking out.



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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.