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The use of interactive whiteboards in the teaching of secondary school English begins with the very basic use of text and breaking it.

Punctuation and Grammar

There are a variety of ways in which you can use an IWB to enhance the teaching of grammar. Taking sentences, eliminating punctuation from them, and then asking your students to point out where the punctuation once existed is a basic example of an interactive activity.


A basic grammar ‘hide and reveal’ exercise:

  • Type a sentence at the top of the page with various grammatical errors.
  • Copy the sentence and paste it into the middle of the page.
  • Use the pen feature to draw over the sentence, correcting the mistakes.
  • Type the sentence again, error free, at the bottom of the page.
  • Draw a box over the top of the error-free and pen-correct sentences. Ensure that the box covers up both of the sentences.
  • In class ask students to identify what the problems with the top sentence are.
  • Draw an student suggested changes over the top of the sentence and then reveal the hidden sentences to compare.


Using the basic functions of your IWB software you have the ability to break down a poem and highlight the various literary (verse form, etc) techniques being applied.
The use of attached sound clips and imagery (give context, evoke feelings) can add a different dimension to teaching poetry.


The ability to combine screen annotate and capture features with the study of film
An example of using video and screen capture within a lesson is the capturing of motifs and symbolism that appear in a film. When a visible motif (such as the feather in Forest Gump) appears, pause the film, annotate over the screen (using the screen annotate tool) identifying the motif/symbolism, then capture the screen with the annotations and

Essay writing

Use mind-mapping connectors to construct a flow diagram of essay planning. Link the various steps to individual pages that display examples from previous essays.

You can also take previously written essays (whether they are scanned pictures or in a word document) and, combining them with screen annotate tools, highlight and identifying key features (whether they are good or bad).

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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.