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Infra red (IR) or radio frequency (RF) handsets?

The key question to ask yourself is how many students or trainees will I want to use the system with at any one time. If the answer is 64 or less then the infra red system will suit you admirably.

There is a lot of nonsense talked about infra red by manufacturers who only sell radio frequency handsets. With our new fast one way IR technology the Optivote IR8 system has speeded up the response gathering time to offer classrooms and groups of up to 64 users a fast efficient and cost effective solution.

The tried and tested infra red technology suits classrooms with its robust performance. If you wish to address larger audiences (over 64) such as first year university lectures, school year groups or large conferences then you would be well advised to invest in the RF systems

The Optivote RF systems offer a greater range and speed of response than the IR options. One common application is to use 32 pad RF systems in training or classrooms on a regular basis and combine these into a much larger system for large gatherings. If this is your preference then the RF system will suit you better. There is no risk of interference as each individual system is set to work on a separate channel and is only combined into multi-channels when you want to use different systems together.

Simple or Alpha Numeric Handsets?

Careful consideration needs to be given here. It may seem obvious to choose the RF18 handset with its increased functionality but do you really need it and more importantly will your users be able to intuitively use it.

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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.