Tutorial Videos: Xorro Workbook & AlphaTeach

Tutorials on how to get the most out of your Workbook or AlphaTeach whiteboarding software:
1. Getting started with Workbook
2: Finding your way around Workbook
3: Learn the Workbook Basics
4: Tools Talk for Workbook
5: Customising Workbook to work for you
6: Doing the Magic: Whiteboarding Tips & Tricks

1. Getting started with Workbook

So you’re ready to get started? Great!  In case you get stuck, these videos will provide some help around downloading and installing your software.

In case you need more help, also see these articles: What is ‘whiteboarding’, and how does Workbook help? ● Getting Started with Xorro Workbook ● Problems with completing Workbook / Alpha Teach Activation  

2. Finding your way around Workbook

These videos provide a very quick orientation to Workbook’s layout: your whiteboard “canvas” (or page), page sorter, the various toolbars, the menus, a few of the key tools.

3. Learn the Workbook Basics

Let’s get you using the software…. These videos show how easy and quick it is for you to start whiteboarding.

Related Help articles: A Blank Canvas: Page properties, dimensions etc in Workbook ● Objects on the Workbook Page: Ink, text, lines, shapes, images, videos, animations, web streams… ● Actions on objects: Moving, resizing (scaling), rotating, changing properties, flipping, stacking, grouping, linking….

15Jul 2014

Any object’s properties can be changed instantly in Workbook.  Change fill, stroke, opacity, line properties, label properties etc…. Right click on the object and select “properties”, or (once the object is selected) just hit the relevant button the Properties toolbar.

15Jul 2014

On the Page Sorter, each page thumbnail offers a menu through which you can access a number of page formatting options.  You can right-click on the thumbnail, or just click on the down-arrow in the upper right corner of the thumbnail to access this menu of options.  Using this menu you ca adjust page size and orientation, background colour (or image i background), set grids and switch them on or off, clear pages of any content, and delete pages altogether from the Workbook.

15Jul 2014

Video demonstration on how to set the page background…. Backgrounds can be coloured, and they may have an image applied to them in various ways. Putting items in the background means they cannot be changed by mistake while using the canvas. Grids can be sued as well as backgrounds.

15Jul 2014

The Grids function lets you display a grid as a background.  It’s much more as well however!  You can choose from square or isometric grid types, or otherwise apply lined, handwriting or music score templates to your pages.  You can also (with square or isometric grids) apply the popular “snap-to” functionality, resulting in perfect alignment of objects to the grid coordinates.

22Jul 2014

You can integrate videos into your canvas in Workbook and AlphaTeach, and much more. This video shows you how to pause and replay videos embedded on your canvas; how to annotate over them with digital ink; how take snapshots and build a storyboard…. all in the blink of an eye!

4. Tools Talk for Workbook

So you’ve mastered writing and drawing, lines and shapes…. and you’re ready to discover a few of the tools that make Workbook / AlphaTeach so very powerful….

15Jul 2014

Annotation Mode in Workbook / AlphaTeach is also known as “Glass Mode”. Here’s where you can use your favourite Workbook pens or other tools right over any software or document in your computer. This is a great way to extend the power of Workbook to any other tools on your computer. Mark up documents; draw on images, maps and charts; use the magnifier or the spotlight to focus viewer attention on part of your screen…. It can all be done using Annotation Mode.

15Jul 2014

The built-in (“internal”) web browser in Workbook / AlphaTeach makes it even easier to integrate web presented materials with your classroom activities. You can manage the view easily, and write or draw over the top of the web page without having to move away from your Workbook whiteboard page. Perhaps best of all for those interactive pages, you can take snapshots to record your progress, and build them up as a “stack” or a storyboard for later….

15Jul 2014

Select and use stamps such as tick marks, crosses, happy faces etc, to instantly apply frequently symbols onto the canvas. Drag them to create “magic pen” like streams of your chosen stamp. Great to apply speech bubbles, highlight key items, mark right / wrong etc.

5. Customising Workbook to work for you

Setting up well is the key to making Workbook work for you.  Get your icons, buttons and controls sized correctly for your needs: it only takes an instant to do it, and pays big dividends in your enjoyment of our software.  Your whiteboarding context sets you free to think, create, organise and communicate freely. This requires instant, easy access to just the tools and resources that you need.  Setting up your toolbars, and sharing these around your department, wins productivity for everyone and eliminates confusing unwanted clutter from your screens.  Why have it there if you don’t need it?  Learn how to make life easier and more productive in the following videos….

01Mar 2010

So you’ve learned to set up your preferred tools in your toolbars… Now discover the productivity boost from putting toolbar links to your favorite folder locations, so you can go straight from your Workbook page to a resource library, select and drag whatever you need straight onto the canvas – where and when you need it!

6. Doing the Magic: Whiteboarding Tips & Tricks

As you will know, it’s not the software that creates a great learning or presenting experience; it’s the facilitation.  These videos just scratch the surface to get you thinking on how you can make your activities more effective for their users or viewers.  The sky really is the limit!  Join the Xorro community to access loads of resources on many subjects prepared by people like you.  We hope that you’ll share your resources with them too!