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             starfallStarfall Starfall is a site that many of you may already know. Regularly rated among the top 10 educational websites, Starfall offers very distinct and in-depth interactive activities geared specifically towards helping children learn to read.The interactive activities
Starfall contains a multitude of interactive activities: Starting of with sound and touch screen activities for each letter of the alphabet, to interactively helping the on screen rat ‘Zac” write a letter to his grandparents and even working together to create and understand the calendar.
Starfall also offers a large range of digital books, where each word can be sounded out, with a variety of topics from Greek mythology, to Chinese fables and classic folk tails.

Name: Starfall
Purpose: Highly interactive site based around helping kids to learn the basics of reading.


Korero Maori (please excuse the lack of macrons due to html difficulties)

Set up by the Maori Language Commission, Korero Maori aims to “raise awareness about the Maori language by increasing opportunities for people to learn and use it”. Korero Maori introduces you to the basics of te Reo through interactive applications. The use of recordings and games immerses you in the Maori language and encourages users to listen and speak the language. The website also offers reasonably experienced users the chance to maintain and further their use of the language.

Korero Maori also offers insights into the Maori culture and how the people, and the language, developed. Protocols and the myths and legends of Maori culture are also examined.

Korero Maori has also focused on creating a positive online community for the learning of te Reo. Korero Maori users can sign up for the free language club where they can speak to and learn from fellow te Reo speakers – regardless of their learning level.

Name: Korero Maori
Purpose: Interactive site that opens up the world of te Reo online for both learners and advanced speakers.

International Children’s Digital Library

The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a free to use, online book site that references and stores children’s stories from all-around the globe. ICDL has been set up to provide an online resource that showcases the variety of language and stories that entertain and educate children worldwide. Their mission statement reads “support the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community – who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas”

ICDL offers users the chance to search for books via their (the books) country of origin, language, title, author, keywords, type and even colour of the book. Once found, the books can then be read in multiple different formats and adjusted for projected reading through a cunning spiral layout.

A New Zealand perspective
ICDL has collected a range of New Zealand stories available for you to read and display via a data projector. Although limited to around 50 books, there is a collection of both English and te Reo stories provided by the national library of New Zealand.

Name: International Children’s Digital Library
Purpose: Huge online children’s book site, offering digital books from all-around the globe.

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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.