Manzana News

09Sep 2008

Bea’s tips and tricks #3

September 9, 2008

Bea’s tip this month is all about creating a very easy but effective classroom activity devised around hiding and matching text. The first step is to simply think of an easy matching exercise that you can do on any interactive whiteboard software. For example, you have two groups of words, one group beginning with the letter ‘A’ […]

29Aug 2008

With the escalation in adoption of interactive whiteboards (IWBs), debate has intensified on the choice between pen-controlled and touch interfaces.  Now, new optical touch technology developed down-under transforms the iwb from a specialised appliance, to an integrated part of everyday furniture.

28Aug 2008

Manzana is pleased to announce that as of immediately we will now be supplying New Zealand schools and businesses with the kiwi made interactive whiteboard, 2Touch. Built on advanced  optical technology, 2Touch also requires no special drivers or software to be installed.  

16Aug 2008

Voting systems seem to have “come out of the woodwork” over the past two years, and now various solutions are available to meet the basic needs.

However, as with any new category, interested educators and trainers should closely consider their objectives when choosing a student response solution. The technologies have evolved admirably to deliver most wishes, but because how the solutions will be used in classrooms varies immensely, no one solution will meet all wishes.

Vendors too often emphasise features only available for their solutions, with the result that educators may not discover opportunities to meet their needs better.

26Oct 2007

Formative assessment is properly regarded as a key to achieving significant step-wise improvements in student learning outcomes. However, the embedding of formative assessment techniques present many challenges. Several leading NZ schools are now using student response systems combined with enabling software, to embed formative assessment into everyday classroom practices.

31May 2007

The research is definitive:  properly used, student response systems such as CPS enable educators to achieve startling improvements in learning outcomes with their classes.  Is this surprising?It shouldn’t be.  Only by adopting these solutions can educators (and the group as a whole) achieve instant regular feedback on the class’ readiness and understanding of the topic.  […]

24Jan 2007

In December Manzana introduced the first batch of digital clipboards to its clients around New Zealand.  Manzana’s Digital Clipboard allows a user to write using ordinary ink on ordinary paper, but enjoy the privilege of saving a digital copy of this and being able to edit it later.   This is the perfect tool for capturing notes […]

01Jan 2007

As of 1 January, Manzana has relocated to new offices at 192C Wairau Rd, Wairau Valley on Auckland’s North Shore.The new premises provide for a warehouse facility, a dedicated training area, and larger, more comfortable air conditioned offices for the expanding team.  Parking on site and nearby street parking will accommodate groups of visitors comfortably.  […]