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Manzana’s websites of the month 

From ANZAC day to NZ frogs, this month’s websites are a bit of everything.

Name: NZ Frog
Address: www.nzfrogs.org

A collaboration between the university of Otago and Victoria University, NZFROG is a New Zealand website based around the research, education and conservation of New Zealand frogs. Filled with teaching/education resources, NZFROG goes into great, research based, detail to explain the importance and need for research on our unique and very endangered webbed digited friends. It can also be tied into the curriculum for other aspects of the environment as frogs are indicators of environmental health.

Name: Panoramio
Address: http://www.panoramio.com/

Description: Using Google maps as a base, Panoramio is a collection of photos from everyone’s favourite places in the world. Whether it’s as close as Huka falls in Taupo or as far away as Barcelona you can view pictures from around the world. By simply typing in a country or destination your class can look at photos from their favourite places around the world – whilst also adding there own.

Name: Toy Theatre
Address: http://www.toytheater.com/index.php
Description: A range of unique games that allow students to create music, learn about art, improve their math and reading skills, and memory tests.

Special Anzac day websites

Name: Anzac day guide
Address:http://www.anzac.govt.nz/images/header/header_img_left.jpg

Description: Launched on 18 April 2005 to mark the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, this website includes information on the significance of Anzac Day, how it is commemorated today and a virtual guide of the Gallipoli peninsula featuring stunning interactive panoramas. It also includes searchable records of all New Zealanders who died at Gallipoli.

Name: TKI
Address: http://www.tki.org.nz/r/hot_topics/anzac_e.php
Description: The tki index holds a collection of different resources for teaching your students about ANZAC day.

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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.