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On Thursday the 27th of November Melbourne Grammar hosted an evening with 2Touch. Among the evenings presenters where: 2Touch advocate and teacher, Scott Watkins, as well as 2Touch visionary, Pablo Garcia. The evening ranged in topic from: student collaboration, to capturing ideas, and even the intuitive nature of touch.

Teacher and 2Touch advocate, Scott, spoke about instantly recording and saving student ideas that come up during lessons. “It’s about capturing the genius that happens”. Scott also mentioned the need to “record the journey that the class goes through, ensuring that any of those miracle ideas are captured by 2Touch and stored”. By saving the “journey” it can then be revisited later on in the year, triggering memories, with a simple touch of the 2Touch board or what Scott called the “double click time machine”.

Scott also mentioned 2Touch’s ability to facilitate teachers attempting to engage students through speaking “the Generation Y language”. By capturing/annotating over the likes of YouTube and Google Earth you are using the technology and multimedia programmes that your students use everyday, instantly presenting the lesson with tools that they are very familiar with.

Pablo Garcia, one of the principal designers behind 2Touch, used his session to focus towards collaboration, looking closely at 2Touch as a shared surface from which students can gather around and exchange ideas. “It’s the right tools for the right teachers”, commented Pablo, “giving every student the chance to exchange ideas on the same shared surface and continually incorporating that into the lesson – that’s why 2Touch is a wonderful growth tool”.

With around 15 principals and HODs in attendance, the evening proved to be a useful insight into current school usage on, and beliefs towards, interactive whiteboards, as well as everyone benefiting in, what was to most, their first exposure to 2Touch.

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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.