Share this with others:

Workbook’s Custom Toolbars take the clutter away from the page and make it far more friendly in the classroom. You need only add those Workbook tools which you know you’ll use in your language classes. Here are some strong suggestions:

Make sure you put a “select” arrow at each end of the toolbar – this saves a few kilometres of walking by the end of the day! You’ll find it in the “Customise Personal Toolbar” menu, under “Mode Select”.

Your pens and shapes: Include a set of commonly used ink pens, in different colours. A very thick highlighter is really useful as well. Remember to add an eraser of your preferred size: you’ll find these where you found the select arrow (above): under “Mode Select”.

Hide & Reveal tools: Another very helpful ink pen tool is a very thick pen in the background colour. This is useful for painting over items which you might want to later reveal in class by using an eraser to erase the paint. A variation on the background colour ink tool, is a background colour custom polygon. This is a shape, with fill and stroke colours set to your usual background colour. Using this tool you can “blank out” an irregular area of the screen very quickly by clicking the corners of the intended polygon.

Your tools: The next step is to add buttons to your toolbar for those commands which you will use most commonly in your languages classroom. To add these command buttons use the “Customise Personal Toolbar” menu, and look under “Internal Tools”. Just choose the ones you want! Here are some language-specific suggestions….:
ScreenAnnotateYou’ll want to place a “screen annotation” button on your languages toolbar. This will let you instantly jump to your desktop and hence to any other application, and use your Workbook pens to annotate over any relevant text or images etc (and snapshot save these back into the Workbook).
Many languages teachers like to use the spotlight tool in class to add focus to a particular part of the display.
It’s really helpful to add the “Insert Media” and …
… the “Resource Finder” buttons; these let you find and insert images and videos etc on the fly should this be appropriate.

Your folders: The next step is to insert quick-link buttons to folders in your computer or on your network, where you store your content for lessons. By accessing these folders from the toolbar during class, you will be able to drag-and-drop resources instantly onto your Workbook canvas. This is really helpful for creating instant activities with prepared collections of words, images, media, sounds etc.

Web shortcuts: Many languages teachers frequently use on-line lesson activities, which are much more convenient to reach in class through a single one-click shortcut off Workbook’s custom toolbar.

See the example on the left of a Custom Toolbar prepared for Languages. It’s possible now to remove most if not all of the other toolbars through the “View”>>”Toolbars” menu, as you won’t be needing them anymore!

Share this with others:

Format chose Zinterlock as the easiest, most consistent and cost-effective way to flush mount cabinetry onto walls.

Manzana Xorro Christmas 2015
Share this with others:

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.

Share this with others:

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
Share this with others:

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
Share this with others:

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
Share this with others:

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.

Share this with others:

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 […]

Share this with others:

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
Share this with others:

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.