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Users of Xorro-Q will observe new benefits when they start up Q this term. Launching in February are several new question types and improved scoring.

Users have asked for variations on the current core question types:
2-way multi choice: users will now be able to choose a prference between A/B options, True/False or Yes/No.
5-way multi-choice question: A Lichert scale option will allow users to choose between several popular scale descriptors.
Numeric answers: a variation on text responses, in which the character keyboard is replaced with numeric.
The scoring functionality is currently being developed and should be in release by early March. This will allow questions – and different choices within a question – to be automatically scored, with participant scores then being maintained in the Results.

On the QF site, extensive changes to layout have improved user experience and ease of use. Sharing of resources between facilitators through an activity library is currently being developed.

What’s next?
Support for images in questions and in options is a current project priority and should be completed by end of March.

Macintosh users will finally receive the Mac version of the popular Q-Launcher toolbar in late March.

A new version of the Q-Launcher toolbar is to be released in April, and will permit launch of selected pre-prepared activities from the Launcher. These might include for instance, question batches for use in quizzes at the start or end of a lesson.

More distant:
Capture of images from participant devices’ cameras, and bringing those to the facilitator’s screen through a modified form of “text question” has been frequently requested and is high on the list.

We are considering a specialised form to deliver to participants’ devices between questions. This will allow participants to post a question, to see all questions posted by all students in the group, and to vote on which questions they would like answered. In this way, large group settings can promote questions of high shared interst effectively to the facilitator during the session.

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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.