Xorro Workbook Whiteboarding software
Xorro Workbook is...
Workbook is whiteboarding software, used with any interactive whiteboard or display, or just on a Windows computer (Mac OS users - check out Silverfox).
If you’ve used whiteboards much, then you already know what’s essential to whiteboarding: easy access that anyone can use; plenty of room to express any idea; simple and intuitive tools. Workbook whiteboarding software combines the simplicity and ease of use we all love from whiteboards, with the productivity benefits of your computer.
With Workbook, you’ll be putting shapes, text and images onto your whiteboard in no time at all. Just like your conventional whiteboard, you can use pens to write in ink… only now you’re writing in digital ink, and its being stored in your computer. You’ll set up your favourite pens (they never run out of ink!) and your favourite tools. Workbook’s page extender and page sorter means you’ll never run out of whiteboard space. Everything is instantly scaled, rotated, moved on the page or between pages. That’s where it all starts... Look further and you’ll also find the usual interactive whiteboarding features: spotlight, magnifier, full screen views, screen capture, screen annotate, cropping, transparency eyedropper, format painter etc.
Flowcharts, mindmaps and concept diagrams become “formalised” in a few seconds. Add links and sounds to objects on your whiteboard page to integrate process maps. Start videos on the whiteboard page at the touch of a button; play live camera or web feeds to keep your workgroup up to the minute.
Because Workbook opens SMART Notebook file, you'll be able to access your favourite resources. Finding and sharing Workbook files is made really easy through your free membership in the Xorro-ED Community.
We all know the resources are out there on the web, but how can you find and filter them easily when you need to?
Workbook’s Resource Finder lets you instantly find appropriate image and video resources on the web, and drag these to your Workbook canvas. Finder takes care of the copyright filtering and appropriateness checks for you. Save loads of time and become confident in your in-class inquiry searches!
You’ll love Workbook’s integrated concept-mapping which lets you instantly build mind-maps and structured diagrams on-the-fly.
Workbook’s connectors hook together text, shapes, images and media into structured diagrams which can be collapsed or expanded at will. Add links and “jumps”, web content etc to develop your concept maps from 2D visual views, into complete interactive guides.
Working with video
Workbook’s live video and web feeds let you display, annotate, record and capture from multiple web cam (or other camera) feeds right on the canvas.
Great for those Science experiments, drama, student presentations! Whether it's a live camera feed, a webcam, a YouTube clip or a saved video from your network: you'll be annotating and capturing snaps in no time at all.
Xorro-Q integration means that your audience will be participating in your Workbook activities using their cellphones, tablets, laptops etc – in fact, any device with an internet connection.
Using Workbook’s custom Q-Launchers, you can launch questions straight from your page. Participants’ replies can be dragged onto your page, or to other software (eg for brainstorming). Votes are tallied and scored automatically. Xorro-Q’s simple dashboard allows you to control what’s on show, see who has or hasn’t responded, and even “mute” inappropriate responders!
Open and Interoperable
Workbook is designed with your flexibility of use in mind. We realise that you want to be able to use Workbook with any interactive device, not just those from a particular vendor. Your license permits this, so you are free to choose your software separately from your hardware.
Because many whiteboarders have used competing tools such as SMART Notebook in the past, Workbook allows files created using these tools to be opened, edited and shared. So – if you’re looking for smartboard software (but not necessarily for use only with a smartboard) then you need look no further! Similarly, the “.iwb” file extension is also supported so you can access resources created by educators using other interactive whiteboard manufacturers.
We have designed Workbook to be highly customisable. We know that every user’s situation is different, so why expect a senior year Maths teacher to use the same tools as a primary school teacher, or a university lecturer to use the same tools as a call centre manager?
Workbook provides tools for a great many purposes; only a few of these will be needed by most users. That’s why you can choose and organise selected tools in custom toolbars. Your custom toolbars can also provide one-click links to folders anywhere on your network, so you can instantly find and drag text, image and media resources to your Workbook canvas just when you need to. Custom toolbars can be positioned to suit your needs as well, and they can be shared with your colleagues.
In this way, your Workbook remains free of clutter and visual distractions, and achieves the simplicity and ease of use for which we are well known.
Xorro-ED is a free resource-sharing community for all educators. Workbook integrates with Xorro-ED, so you can search for and share interactive whiteboard activities, presentations instantly. Resources are ranked for usefulness. Optimised filtering ensures your searches yield the most relevant resources. Check Xorro-ED out now
The Workbook Resources Pack is a collection of free images, objects and backgrounds, organised by topic. Install this to have these collections available directly from your Workbook canvas.
Xorro Workbook Brochure (1MB pdf)
Download Workbook software. This installs a 30 day free trial, which converts to a permanent licence on registering Workbook. 2Touch customers are entitled to free registration.
Download the Workbook Resources Pack Installer (51 MB). This is a useful collection of free images, objects and backgrounds, organised by topic.
Video Tutorials and Tips:
- Getting started with Workbook
- Finding your way around Workbook
- Learn the Workbook Basics
- Tools Talk for Workbook
- Customising Workbook to work for you
- Doing the Magic: Whiteboarding Tips & Tricks
The Workbook User Manual is available on the Xorro Software Updates site.
Need more help or want to report a bug: Email Support
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