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The art of Math

Over time there has always been one defining factor at schools: most kids have ‘reserved’ feelings towards math. Maybe it’s the number factor, maybe it’s the equations or maybe it’s the fact that x + y shouldn’t equal anything because they are letters. But Manzana is proud to offer the hard working math teachers of this country …

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Websites of the month

             Starfall 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 …

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Julie King takes home the top prize thanks to Manzana and 2Touch

Manzana would like to congratulate JULIE KING for becoming the lucky winner of the 2Touch wireless slate with 2Touch workbook. Julie was placed in the running for the slate after she attended the 2Touch launch night held at Manzana’s offices. A current member of staff at Sommerville Special School, Julie, attended the 2Touch evening to …

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Bea’s tips and tricks #3

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’ …

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Website of the month

Delicious.com – User: ManzanaNZ A site many of you will already be familiar with. Delicious.com (known to long time users as del.icio.us) is a ‘social book marking site’ that categorises users’ favourite websites under distinct headings. At first seeming rather basic, once you start searching topics (or tabs as they are known) delicious offers up a very addictive …

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New horizons for touch enabled interactive whiteboards 

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.

Points to consider when choosing your voting system hardware. 

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.

Achieving Effective Formative Assessment 

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.

Educators proclaim better learning through student response

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.  …

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King of Quiz

Whangaparaoa Primary School principal Steve Collins was a winner at the Learn @ Schools Conference, in Rotorua (February 2005). He competed against other principals in a general knowledge quiz run on a Classroom Performance System (CPS).  The contest ran throughout the three day conference. Semi-finals were held each day to whittle down the participants. Eighteen finalists …

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