Let’s Take A Look On How Dirty Our Keyboards Could Get




tIn this video, Alex Choi sheds a light on how not a lot of people think to clean their keyboard. For the best touch typing possible, consider cleaning your keyboard semi-regularly and don’t worry about typing on dirty keys.

Original post at Buzzfeed Youtube Channel


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10 Interesting Crafts You Can Create Out of Keyboards




Checking this post out will give you a wealth of crafts and uses for your keyboard that you never knew you could easily do! Everything from secret hiding places to rings and magnets, no longer is your keyboard just a device for touch typing.

1) Frame it up! Oh the beauty of upcycling…


2) Express your love to someone with this lovely keyboard chains


3) Level up your ring accessories with these cuties


4) How about necklaces and keyboard?


5) Earrings, ladies?


6) Create a new toy for your kid from your old keyboard


7) Put into good use the old keys as refrigerator magnets


8) Pencil Cup – the keyboard edition!


9) Unique Tabletop from Apple Laptop Keys by VicolopPagliaCorta


10) Wall hanger made, once again, from Apple Laptop Keys


The last two upcycle designs were made by artist VicoloPagliaCorta. The Typesy Team were really impressed with how they created something new with old apple laptop keys.

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Which Should You Focus On First in Typing: Accuracy or Speed





When you’re first learning to touch type, it can all seem overwhelming: it’s a whole new world of muscle memory and patterns and rhythms to teach your fingers. After a while, though, a junction will become clear to you: You can focus on attaining perfection in accuracy or you can focus on typing as fast as is humanly possible—but you likely won’t be able to do both.

Which, then, is more important? 

Let’s talk about accuracy. After all, consider this: If you’re typing some one hundred and fifty words a minute, that’s great — but if your copy is riddled with errors and every third word is horribly misspelled, then that’s going to get you nowhere. 

More practically, it’ll take you just as long (or longer) to go back and fix all of your mistakes than it would have taken you to just have typed a bit slower and made sure it was right the first time! 

Speed will come with familiarity, but it’s likely a good idea to start slow and make sure that your words are written the way you want them to be. Here are a few ways to work on improving accuracy in your typing: 

Learn Proper Technique: There are many ways to type, but there is one way to type that is considerably faster than the rest! For example, don’t type exclusively with your two index fingers when there’s a much easier way to learn using all ten of your digits. It’ll take some time to do, but learning the right way to type is the first step in being both quick and accurate in your typing. 

Find a Fun Way to Practice: Although typing is almost considered a ubiquitous skill, you do have to teach yourself how to do it — and that involves a certain amount of practice. However, if you don’t want to practice, you’re probably not going to do it! There are many online games you can play to practice your typing skills—for example, TypeRacer. Have fun!

Make Sure your Keyboard is In Good Shape: Even the best typist needs a good keyboard! If one of your keys is broken, you’re not going to be able to get much done. Making sure that your keyboard is in good shape is crucial for being able to get your work done properly.

Reward Yourself For Your Accomplishments! Make micro-goals and meet them! For example, consider making a goal of typing one full paragraph with no typos. Once you’ve met that, go play a game or take a break—then come back and write two full paragraphs perfectly.

When you’re typing, it may seem like a great idea to type as quickly as you possibly can — but when words are the media, accuracy is actually key. It doesn’t matter what your words per minute number is if no one can understand you! Therefore, work to improve your accuracy first. Speed will come with time. 


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Test Your Knowledge About Keyboarding Shortcuts Now




Take this quiz and find out just how well you know your keyboard shortcuts. You’ll take on 12 questions that will either prove you know your shortcut well or tell you that maybe it’s time to get to know your keyboard better and learn more about typing. It’s quick and fun, and a great way to test your typing knowledge.


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Touch Typing Basics





What is Touch Typing?

Touch typing is a method of typing that involves centering your hands on the keyboard using a specific position. A touch typist does not look at the keyboard while typing and uses all ten fingers to type. 

What Makes it Different?

If you aren’t using the touch-typing method, you are likely hunting and pecking. Hunt and peck typists generally use only a few fingers to type and frequently look down at the keyboard to find key locations. 

A practiced touch typist can type with much more accuracy, focus, and speed than a hunt and peck typist. When you don’t have to look at the keyboard to type, you can concentrate more on the material you are copying, or listen more closely to the presentation being given. 

You can also look at the screen while typing and identify errors as they appear. Editing on the go can improve accuracy and prevent future mistakes. 

Why is it Important?

You can’t deny that technology grows more important each day. Most jobs in business, academia, healthcare, and media require a high level of skill with computers and typing. Many jobs even require a specific typing speed (which is usually higher than what hunt and peck produces). 

If you are interested in finding a new career or advancing in your current job, it is definitely worthwhile to improve your typing ability. 

How do I Start?

Home Position

The first thing to learn about touch typing is the home position for your hands. This is where you will place your hands on the keyboard when you start typing, and it is where your hands return throughout the typing process. From the home position, you move your fingers across the board to access different letters and keys. 

Here are where your fingers should be placed for the home position:

On your left hand:

Pinky finger ? a

Ring finger ? s

Middle finger ? d

Index finger ? f*

On your right hand:

Index finger ? j*

Middle finger ? k

Ring finger ? l

Pinky finger ? ;

*The ‘f’ and ‘j’ keys have small bumps to help you feel your way to home position without having to look at the keys. All keyboards should have this feature. 

Key Positions

The home position also sets up the way that you find each individual letter. One of the goals of touch typing is to minimize the amount of movement that each finger has to make. Consequently, each finger is ‘assigned’ to a different set of keys. 

For example, the index finger of your right hand is always used for the ‘j’, ‘h’, ‘u’, ‘y’, and ‘n’ keys. As you start learning to touch type, you will want to try and learn each of these key assignments. But over time, your fingers will do the work for you and the entire process will be done without thought. 

Keyboards & Equipment

One of the best ways to learn touch typing is to use a keyboard cover. Many of the benefits of touch typing come from not looking at the keyboard while typing. For beginners, this can be a daunting process. It is difficult to resist the temptation to look for the keys, so covering it up completely can be helpful. 

You may also wish to find an ergonomic keyboard to make typing more comfortable for you. Standard keyboards are not the best fit for everyone, and it can be discouraging to be uncomfortable while learning a new technique. Once mastered, touch typing should feel very natural and flow easily from your hands. 

At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is practice. Find an online course or an in-person tutor and get to work. It may take some time, and you may need to unlearn some bad habits, but it will all be worth it in the end. 


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Improve your Muscle Memory to Master Touch Typing Using a Vibrating Gloves You Can Create at Home




This video shows how far a father will go to help his son get over his bad typing habits. Using the DIY spirit, he made a pair of Haptic Gloves that stimulate his son’s fingers by giving them a little vibration, and in turn telling him which finger to use. For alternative touch-typing options, visit typesy and you won’t hunt and peck anymore.


Original post from IEEE Spectrum Youtube Channel


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Beginners’ Guide in Touch Typing




Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash


Why is Typing Important?

It has never been more important to practice good typing. 

The academic and professional words are becoming increasingly dependent on technology and are looking for individuals who possess strong typing skills.

If you have a method that works well for you, you can certainly stick with it. But if you have been thinking about improving your typing, you should learn the touch-typing method. 

What is Touch Typing?

Touch typing is a method by which you type without looking at the keyboard. You center your hands in a specific position and distribute the typing work among all ten fingers. If you are currently typing using only a few fingers, you may be comfortable, but you are not reaching your full typing potential. 

How do You Learn Touch Typing?

To learn touch typing, you need to learn the specific keys assigned to specific fingers. After that, you practice, practice, practice. It may be slow at first, but muscle memory will eventually take over and turn typing into a process as automatic as driving a car. 

Home Position

Using a standard QWERTY keyboard, touch typing involves a specific home (or starting) position for your hands. When you begin typing, and after each word is complete, your hands should be positioned as follows: 

Left Hand Right hand
Pinky finger Letter ‘a Pinky finger Key ‘;
Ring finger Letter ‘s Ring finger Letter ‘l
Middle finger Letter ‘d Middle finger Letter ‘k
Pointer finger Letter ‘f Pointer finger Letter ‘j

 

A helpful trick for learning home position is to find the small bumps on the ‘f’ and ‘j’ keys. These bumps help you find where to place your pointer fingers each time you reset your hand position. You should be able to move your fingers to the correct spot without even looking at the keyboard. 

Key Assignments

Touch typing also involves hitting specific keys with specific fingers. For example, you will always use the middle finger of your left hand for the ‘e’, ‘d’, and ‘c’ keys. 

When you are first starting out, it is helpful to try and learn these associations. With time and practice, your muscle memory will take over and you won’t have to think about it anymore. 

Next Steps for Learning

Ok, you have now seen the basics of touch typing. You are probably wondering what you need to do next. Fortunately, there are a huge number of resources available for learning to touch type. 

You can find some great options through Udemy and Typesy.

Equipment

If you have the resources, it is a great idea to find an ergonomic keyboard that feels comfortable for your hands and wrists. The key to typing faster and for longer periods of time is to be comfortable and focused. If you have a keyboard that causes you to strain or contort your fingers, you will not be able to reach maximum efficiency.

You may also want to invest in a keyboard cover while you are learning. It is very important when touch tying to keep your eyes off the keyboard. If you have been doing it incorrectly for years, it will be very hard to break this habit. The best way may be to make it impossible.

Practice, Practice, Practice

As with any new skill, there is no better trick than simple practice. Take a course, find the right equipment, and settle in for many practice sessions. 

Once you’ve mastered touch typing, you’ll wish you hadn’t waited so long! 


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Man Won Fortnite Using a Kiddie Keyboard




Watch as this man wins big at Fortnite using a simple kiddie keyboard. With the proper typing skills, it does not really matter what keyboard you use! Serando puts his touch-typing skills to the test while entering the Fortnite battlefield, and as you’ll see, just so happens to do pretty well. To beef up your touch-typing skills, visit Typesy.

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Advantage of Being a Touch Typist




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Today, much of the world lives online. More and more jobs focus on computer and technology skills, such as programming, coding, and developing. If you have been thinking about improving your typing ability, you should learn the touch-typing technique. 

Touch typing is a style of typing that centers the hands on the keyboard and engages all ten fingers, not a few. A good touch typist does not look down at the keyboard when typing. This can help you reach typing speeds of over 60 wpm! Below are a few of the top benefits to touch typing. 

Top Benefits of Touch Typing

Speed

The most significant advantage to touch typing is that it is much faster than hunting and pecking. A touch typist uses muscle memory to learn where the keys are and don’t need to look down at the keyboard when typing. If you are trying to type notes from a book or presentation slides, it will take much more time to look down at the keyboard every few words. A good touch typist can usually type up around 80 wpm, which is much faster than the average hunt and peck typist.

Focus & Accuracy

Along with speed, touch typing significantly improves your ability to focus on the material that you are typing and end up with more accurate results. When you can watch the screen as you type, you can identify errors as they happen and correct them as you go. When you are only typing with two of your fingers, not only is your speed decreased, but your focus is divided as well. You will be more likely to retain information that you are hearing or copying when you are not also thinking about the location of keys on the keyboard. 

Comfort

If you have to spend a great deal of time at a computer, you know how tiring it can be. Aside from the strain on your eyes from staring at a screen for hours at a time, typing can be physically demanding on your hands and wrists. A strong touch typist is more likely to maintain good posture and form, which reduces fatigue and chance of injury. 

When you learn to touch type, your hands are centered on the keyboard and you are able to spread the workload among all of your fingers instead of just a few. Minimizing the movement of each finger helps extend your potential typing duration. 

Career Options

These days, typing is an essential part of many jobs. Even students are expected to do a great deal of typing by the time they graduate. There is an essential number of jobs that not only require the ability to type but the skill to type at a certain speed. 

If you are entering the job market or looking for something new, improving your typing skills opens doors to an extensive range of career choices. A few jobs for skilled typists include paralegals, data entry assistants, administrative assistants, and transcriptionists. Even if you don’t think those fields are for you, excellent typing skills will never hurt your prospects. 

If you have been typing with the hunt and peck style for years, it may be intimidating to think about learning a new technique. And truthfully, it may be. You may find that you have to unlearn bad habits before you can relearn touch typing, and it may take a substantial time investment. But improving your typing skills is one of the best things you can do for your mind, body, and career.


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The Secret of Being an Educator




This post answers some age-old questions that we have all had about the reality of being a teacher, good and bad. It’s hilarious and relatable. This post uses bold, touch typed text and memes to portray a question and answer via meme format. With the proper typing skills, you could easily replicate the simple charm of this post.

TEACHERS are superheroes in every generation. They don’t mind working off all semester long to help children succeed in life. They teach the students about the past and guides them with their future endeavors. However, some questions are commonly asked by a lot!


Did they work out a way on how to discipline students?


Are they really that stressed out at the of the school year?


What do they do once school year has ended?


So, what are your thoughts on this?


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