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Sir Keith Park’s satellite class at Bader Intermediate has had the honour of having their art work displayed at the Auckland International Airport. A mix of charcoal drawings, carvings, paint, natural flora and ceramic tiles, the work is a mix of many individual parts put together to show case community and Te Reo.

The art work embodies various aspects of Māori culture, with the students using Māori legends and kiwi plants (Harakeke, Koru, Tiki) to symbolise the people and community around them, as well as the journey that we all go through in life. The work also places a thoughtful and important message/emphasis on Te Reo. The students incorporated into their drawings the ideas of no matter who you are you can learn Te Reo and that the only way Te Reo can continue is through the people.

One of most motivating pieces came from an 11 year old student whose vision for the future was that “Māori must not just grow as a language, but as a people”.

The class used their 2Touch board to plan out the project. Using multiple multi-media tools and Easiteach software the class researched traditional Māori art work. By completing tasks on the 2Touch they were able to save all the steps they went through, giving them a record of the journey they’ve been on to create the work.
Class teacher, Lysandra Stuart, and range of other educators also used the 2Touch board to present the project and share information at a hui they held.

The work is a great testament to the idea that no matter who you are, and how others may perceive you physically, it’s what’s up top that counts.

Manzana would like to thank Lysandra Stuart for supplying us with the pictures and information regarding the project.

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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.