Typing and Common Core – Is It Applicable To Schools Only?





The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics and English language arts (ELA) were established in 2010 to ensure that students are educated with high-quality academic standards in the high school level. With the CCSS, graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in college, work, and life. However, despite the long-term benefits these standards offer, many parents and educators remain hostile toward the CCSS. They believe that the CCSS’s inflexible approaches constrict their amount of teaching freedom, especially for those in the homeschool sector.

A noted issue for homeschooling parents and children is that the CCSS curriculum is strictly classroom-based. Its detractors attest that since the CCSS was conceptualized to guide students into a “unified national learning path”, it’ll be easier to implement it in traditional school environments for close monitoring. The goal for more restricted testing also makes homeschoolers feel like it will be difficult for them to catch up. As a result, many parents are pressured to extract their children from homeschool education.

This is merely a misconception, however. The CCSS has been known to be striving towards integrating their lessons and units with the latest cutting-edge technology and tools. This includes the many paid and free touch typing programs available online. With numerous colleges and professions acknowledging the importance of expert typing as a skill, the CCSS has successfully partnered with a number of touch typing training programs to effectively hit two birds with one stone. This is especially useful for homeschools, as students will be able to learn the same lessons as their peers in traditional schools at the pace and in the style that they prefer.

A touch typing software that offers a Homeschool Edition is Typesy. All the typing lessons in its program are mandated by the Common Core. Parents and children will find it super convenient that they can receive standard education that both can agree on. Learners acquire keyboard skills while incorporating other subjects as well, as Typesy’s exercise activities often feature literary classics. Thus, assignments, tests, and homeschooling in general are easy and manageable, while also in-tune with the Common Core Standards.

As much as they try to run from it, parents and educators have to be aware that the influence of the CCSS has and will continue to increase in the coming years. Forty-five states have already adopted it and they are essential in taking the SAT/ACT tests, so it’ll be more convenient for them and their children to embrace the Common Core instead. The Common Core State Standards were implemented with the students’ best interest in mind. Hopefully, a computer-based typing education will help critics ease into this concept sooner or later.


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Typesy Games: Let’s Have FUN While Learning




Typesy was launched to help people of all comfort levels with typing learn how to use an essential everyday task, and part of our work is making typing fun and accessible so anyone can learn. Read below for descriptions of the games that make our program unique!

Typing Fun


Learning to type means enjoying the experience, in our opinion. These games will help you develop that appreciation.

Clumsy Bird Typing: A small bird is trying to fly through the city. Type words to keep her afloat as she travels to her destination.

Jimbo Jump: Jimbo is stuck on the bottom floor of a haunted building. As you type the words on the screen, Jimbo will jump up, either to avoid the ghosts or to reach the next floor.

Type and Rock: Type words to help crowds of people find a nearby rock concert, but make sure to avoid disturbing any of the people doing homework.

Submarine Dash: Type words to keep a submarine afloat and gather coins, but be careful to avoid the rocky obstacles!

Sea Friends: A group of octopi got separated and need your help to find each other again.

Type Man: This game pairs speed and spatial awareness as you help Type Man navigate around the board without getting munched by ghosts.


Accuracy Building Games

These games reward accuracy, and will help you progress quickly through your touch typing training.

Falling Words: You get five chances to type the words before they hit the bottom of the screen.

Rising Words: Earn success points by eliminating words before they reach the top of the screen. If they hit the top, the game is over.

Focus: Letters will move across the screen, and it’s your job to eliminate them by typing them as they pass under the red X.

Sinking Words: Type the words before they hit the red line at the bottom of the screen or the red line will advance upward!

Speed Boosting Games

These games might be a bit overwhelming when you first start out, but they’ll help you get faster and faster.

Speed Builder: You have a set amount of time to type as many words as possible for a higher score.

Letter Train: Type the words as they move across the screen!

Letter Train II: Like Letter Train, but users type nonsense phrases including punctuation to practice more practical typing skills.

Keyboard Skills

These games combine the accuracy, speed, and fun of the previous games to offer you a holistic approach to touch typing and the development of muscle memory.

Quick Trainer: Type words as you see them and earn points; mess up and lose points!

Key React: Click the letters as they light up to practice your memory of keyboard layout.

Key Memory: Letters flash in a pattern on the screen. It’s your job to remember which letters they were, and to type them in the correct order.

Catch: When the little green balls meet on a square, you have to click the square on your keyboard to “catch” them.

What’s Coming Up

Typesy is always adding new games and ways to learn so typists can practice in ways that suit their learning styles. We hope you enjoy yourself with these games, and that you look forward to the next releases!

Paid vs Free Typing Programs: Which Should You Choose?




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When starting your Touch Typing Training, your first task is finding the right typing program for you. There are tons of options available on the internet, so picking one is only a matter of preference. A major consideration you should make is choosing between paid and free programs. It isn’t just a matter of money; you’ll also want to see if a program’s quality and content is worth your buck.

Having a tough time deciding? Here, we’ll give you a nifty guide on differentiating paid and free typing programs by their characteristics.

1) Course Availability

Paid: To access the courses of paid typing programs, you will have to, of course, pay for them. Prices vary according to your license/subscription and the edition that you have purchased. Your degree of access may also depend on what kind of user you sign up as. For example, Typesy’s EDU edition allows those registered as teachers more admin oversight than their students.

Free: Free programs allow free registration or sign up. There are also programs that do not require an account, such as Typing Club and Dancing Mat.

2) Lessons

Paid: Paid programs have lessons that fit all age groups, where skill assessments designate users to their corresponding levels. Others allow the manual adjustment according to user preference. In most cases, paid software release an assortment of editions that cater to a more inclusive audience.

Free: The lessons in free programs are mostly limited to specific audiences, usually for children. However, there are also others that are especially for adults, like GCFLearnFree. Aside from skill assessments, some free programs also have unique activities. Typing offers one-, three-, and five-minute lessons that fit easily into a busy daily routine.

3) Functions

Paid: Almost all paid programs have software that are compatible with most operating systems, like Typesy’s cloud-based software. Many of these programs offer additional games and challenges, while some don’t. More importantly, they showcase progress reports for Touch Typing trainees. A notable few have distinct features. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing allows you to sync your own content and absorb important information as you type, while Typing Instructor Platinum has over 50 different music options.

Free: Free online programs are available in multiple languages. They offer engaging visuals and games for children and progress reports for trainees to monitor. Touch Typing Study has a variety of screen layouts for users to choose from.

4) Updates

Paid: One of the freebies of many paid typing programs is that they have yearly updates with your continued subscription.

Free: Free online typing programs are also updated regularly, albeit at a more unpredictable pace.

What are you waiting for? Explore all these free and paid programs and start your typing training today.

The Different Editions of Typesy





Since 2008, Typesy has pursued its mission of helping people learn to touch type. We started out with a team of touch typing experts, modern software, and a commitment to dynamic instruction. From our first software, which focused on individuals learning to type, we have created three editions that support learners in the ways they learn best, rather than assuming that one style of learning will fit everyone.

Typesy for Individuals

This is our first version of Typesy, so it is near and dear to our hearts. We have never believed that all typing instruction must happen at school, and so we created a fun typing program for individuals of all ages. Typesy for Individuals is being used by hundreds of thousands of users of all ages; our Classic curriculum in particular is accessible for older users and can help you improve your typing speed and accuracy in your own home. We got our start in motor learning research, typing expertise, and computer science, and we have brought that knowledge into the course for individuals. Typesy for Individuals has room for five users at a time, so customers can share the wealth with their whole families. If you want to know more about this version of our program, click this link.

Typesy for Schools

Several years after we got our start, we created our Typesy for Schools program, intended to support students as they begin to type. The core of the program remains the same – typing instruction, supported by fun games and experts in the field – but we added scaffolding to create an environment in which teachers and administrators can work together to create the learning experience.

In our School version, students are collected into classrooms, allowing them to make progress on the same goals as their peers under their teacher’s tutelage. Whole classrooms will receive the same curriculum, assignments, and tests to ensure that learning is happening evenly throughout the room. Our recent updates also help teachers make sure that their students are learning at the same pace, so they can offer individualized instruction to those who need it. You can check out those recent updates here.

We have also recently added single sign-on technology to collaborate with Google Classroom, Clever, and Classlink, so checking up on your class or logging in as a user is as easy as possible. Click here to learn more about Typesy for Schools.

Typesy for Homeschool

Of course, not all learning happens alone or in an external school setting; many students around the world are taught at home or in small groups. Typing has been added to the Common Core, nationwide standards for what students should know at the end of every grade level, which means that typing is as much a necessity for homeschooled students as it is for our students in public or private schools. Our Homeschool version combines the individual attention and the customizability of our two other versions to ensure that homeschooled students receive the same high quality of typing education as a student in a larger class. This program is very easy to set up, and it has the same curriculum as all the best schools around the country. For more information about Typesy for Homeschool, click here.

Typing has long been an essential part of modern life, both professional and personal, and learning to do so can seem like a necessary evil. At Typesy, we work hard to make the experience fun and rewarding, and we do our part by making the software accessible to anyone who wants to try it.

10 Things You Need To Do To Break Bad Typing Habits




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These days, it seems like people know how to type before they know how to string together a sentence. Habits get ingrained quickly, and leave slowly, but that’s no reason you can’t work on them to improve your typing. The list below identifies some common pitfalls and ways to unlearn them.

1. Hunching over your laptop. You know those movies, with the talented hackers curled over their computers, typing a mile a minute to break into a secure location? Well, they would achieve a lot more if they straightened up and practiced some ergonomics. You type faster and waste less time on strain and injury when you type with the proper physical position. Every time you hit the Enter key, think about your posture. If you’re hunching over, straighten up and try again.

2. Staring down at your keyboard.It’s tempting, I understand. You can only be sure you’re typing the right letters if you look directly at them! However, touch typing is supposed to eliminate the need to look down. Challenge yourself by refusing to look at the keyboard until you’ve finished typing a paragraph. You can orient yourself by placing your index fingers on the F and J keys, which have little bumps on them to help you find your place.

3. Only using two fingers to type. The famous “hunt and peck” method, where you stare at your keys and peck at your keyboard like a chicken looking for food. Learning touch typing will help you eliminate this technique, but you can spur it on by forcing your wrists to stay parallel to the table. If they creep higher, force them down again until you are unable to use your preferred method of typing.

4. Assuming that you remember which fingers are responsible for certain keys. So you’ve started learning to touch type, and you looked at a couple of keyboard maps. You probably won’t remember the geography of the map well at first, so you need to make sure to double check – you don’t want to slide back into hunting and pecking just because you couldn’t remember which finger presses the U key.

5. Ignoring your pinky fingers. As you start to branch out from two-finger typing, your hands might ache. Stretching your pinky all the way out to the Enter key is uncomfortable, but neglecting your smaller fingers cuts down on your productivity and speed. Typesy’s Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map will help you notice which fingers you’re having trouble with so you can keep working on them.

6. Stiff hand positioning. If you’re used to two-finger typing, your hands might be a bit stiff (and your wrists as well). Don’t forget to stretch your hands out and pay attention to your wrists so you don’t hurt yourself. If you massage your upper forearm by your elbow with the end of a pencil, you can ease some of the tension in your muscles for better typing.

7. Using too much force on the keys. Not only does this run the risk of damaging your keyboard, it slows you down more than you realize. We aren’t in the golden age of typewriters anymore – you can press gently on the keys, and you’ll move faster (and probably hurt your fingers less). If you notice yourself jamming the keys, lift your hands off the keyboard for a moment and set them down again to reset your intensity.

8. Learn keyboard shortcuts. Nowadays, computers come equipped with all kinds of handy shortcuts to make your life easier. You can CTRL+C to copy text or CTRL+V to paste it. This may not seem like it’s related to typing, but training your brain to understand the pathways on the keyboard will help you develop. Next time you right click, ask yourself if there’s a shortcut.

9. Focusing on speed and ignoring accuracy. One of the most common typing mistakes is thinking that speed is more important than accuracy. Yes, WPM can be used to measure typing skill, but accuracy is a key consideration for any typing job. Don’t forget accuracy as you learn.

10. Expecting too much from yourself as you first start out. When you start touch typing, it can feel like you’ve lost progress. You will probably move slower and make more mistakes as you get used to this new, more memory-based form of typing. If you get frustrated, just remind yourself that you are doing yourself a favor, and that everyone struggles with touch typing at the beginning. Good luck!

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Typesy Has A New Curriculum For All Users





The basics of typing may have remained the same over the years, small changes in conventions aside, but the way we teach it and learn it should be dynamic and fun. If it’s up to us at Typesy, long gone are the days when learning to type meant boredom and accidental naps, typing repetitive sentences into the computer until hand placement is burned into your brain. We keep our games lively, current, and ever-changing, so that you love typing as much as we do.

With that in mind, Typesy has introduced a new interactive curriculum, available for all editions of the program. Read more for a brief description of each kind of curriculum.

Original Style: The Classic Curriculum

The classic curriculum is all about the basics. Your learning starts with finger placement and technique, with a focus on unlocking the skill of touch typing. You then move on to accuracy and speed so you can rival even the best professional typists. This 42-hour program is good for professionals looking to improve WPM (Words Per Minute) for work, school, or maybe a blossoming career as a blogger. We recommend this curriculum for people over 15 years of age who want to type quickly – 40-50 words per minute, to be specific.

The New Stuff: Interactive Curriculum

We were already committed to a productive, fun way to learn and improve typing, but this update, available to all versions of Typesy, integrates even more teaching methods and activities into the curriculum. It’s best to learn in a variety of ways, to cement the techniques and theories deep into your mind, even with a primarily physical act like typing. We also accommodate learners who learn best through visual stimuli, auditory engagement, and tactile techniques, among others. This version of Typesy is designed to appeal to and support younger typists, starting around seven years of age, as well as our older students.

We use video teaching, exercises scientifically designed to engage with the necessary learning centers to teach typing, and lots of games and activities. This curriculum won’t be unfamiliar to someone who’s used to our classic teaching style, but it has increased interactivity and engagement to keep you invested in learning. With 1156 lessons of all sorts, typists of all ages can improve their typing speed without excessive repetition of content.

No matter what your typing goals are, Typesy can help you achieve them. To learn more about Typesy, click here.

How Important Is Touch Typing In Today’s Age





One of the most challenging typing techniques to learn is touch typing, a relatively recent addition to keyboarding curriculum. It’s slow and confusing at first, and if you’re used to typing faster but with less technique, it will feel like you’ve slammed on the brakes.

So why should you learn this skill, when using your index fingers and Alexa’s voice-to-text technology feel so easy? Many experts agree that touch typing is efficient, accurate, and more physically comfortable than most other methods of typing. Once you’re used to it, it’ll feel like you never typed another way.

What is Touch Typing?

When touch typing, your fingers rest on the middle row of your keyboard. Every finger is assigned a portion of the keyboard, using the “f” and “j” keys as guides for your index fingers (note the little bumps on those keys to remind you where they are!). Once you’ve sufficiently practiced the skill, you’ll be able to use muscle memory to type long expanses of text without looking down.

It feels counterintuitive to not look at the keyboard, when all the letters are right there to look at! But in the long run, you’ll type faster and more accurately when you can trust your fingers to locate the keys, and you’re less likely to get neck pain from looking up and down.

Alternatives to Touch Typing

If you’ve learned to type, you’ve probably tried the trusty method of “hunting and pecking,” otherwise known as the two-finger or Brady method. There’s something secure about typing this way, because you can confirm easily after each keystroke that the letter you selected is the letter you got. However, this method is slower, less accurate, and can cause strain to your body, because it invites poor posture for your hands and neck. It’s a lot harder to type well when you’re battling tendonitis!

How Can I Learn Touch Typing?

Learning touch typing can feel like an impossible task, especially if you have many years of typing behind you.

At first, your typing speed will drop – a lot. You could drop from 40WPM to 15 in a heartbeat. When you’re used to the immediate gratification of knowing that your fingers have found the right key, it’s hard to accept the blind feeling of using your other fingers and not your eyes. However, with practice, you will get used to it, and eventually your fingers will take over. When you see the benefits to your posture, speed, and accuracy, you’ll see why we at Typesy emphasize touch typing so much.

If you want to learn this technique, Typesy is a great method – learning to touch type can be monotonous, and Typesy breaks it up with games and other interactive learning methods that keep you engaged while strengthening your abilities. We believe strongly that touch typing will save you from painful tendonitis and inflammation. This is why both our classic and interactive  curricula focus on touch typing. To learn more about our available courses, follow this link.


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Typesy 2019.2.1 Updates for Teachers




April is beginning and Typesy is rolling out lots of new features to celebrate the beginning of spring.

Okay, so maybe the timing is a coincidence, but we’re still excited to share with you certain changes we’ve made to the software to improve functionality for our teachers. Read below for details of our 2019.2.1 update!

Features for Teachers

Assignment Support

Teachers can assign tests and exams to their students in the software. As of this update, you will be able to give out and collect assignments as well.


Auto-Grade System

Admins will be able to create a template that can be applied to all tasks completed by students, in order to test progress, assignment scores, and exam results. This template will automatically grade submitted work.


Time Setting for Tasks

In a related update, teachers will now be able to further structure their classes by indicating what time of day various tasks are available.


Class Pause

The new time setting feature is supported by class pause, which allows admins to stop all students from logging in to Typesy until the class is unpaused. This gives the teacher time to grade tests after they are submitted (if you’ve chosen not to use our Auto-Grade System, that is!). Teachers can pause classes either one at a time or all at once.

Password Lock

Using this feature, admins can disable student ability to change passwords. They will only be able to log in with prior passwords or temporary ones handed out by the instructor.

Additional Teacher Information

Progress Report Improvement

The Progress Report now includes percentage complete, a progress bar, and which step of the program your students have completed. It is differentiated by course.


Keyboard Knowledge Heat Map

We have added this feature to help teachers identify the areas that are difficult for students and which are more successful. The heat map will glow green where students are doing well and red in areas that still challenge them.


We hope these updates help you as you teach students of all ages how to type. Look forward to more updates in upcoming versions of the software!

What WPM Is Considered A Slow and Fast Typing Speed?





The fastest typists in the world, with speeds ranging from 160 WPM – words per minute – to over 300, don’t “need” to type so fast that no one can hear over the sound of their clattering keyboards. But typing that fast gives them a distinct advantage in their chosen careers, and wins awards to boot.

The average typing speed is about 41 WPM, with an accuracy rate of 92%. There is nothing wrong with typing more slowly than this, but it can impact your ability to take notes, write documents, and keep up with a competitive workplace. Learning to type faster will improve your professional profile.

How to Improve a “Slow” Typing Speed

The average speed for women is 37 WPM, and the average speed for men is 44. If your speed is lower than this, don’t worry – you can make vast improvement with a bit more practice each day. Learning your keyboard’s structure will help you; the more you understand the layout, the faster you’ll be able to type. Beginning typists are famous for practicing the “hunt and peck” method of typing, where you use your index fingers to seek each letter individually. This can be a slow process. If you shift your style to the “ten-finger” style, where each finger of the hand is responsible for a different part of the keyboard, you can train your hand for touch typing.

“Good” Typing Speed and How to Get Faster

Typing at a speed of 57 WPM or higher is very good. The key element that helps faster typists is touch typing. Touch typing is a method where you use muscle memory, not your eyes, to find the keys. Although this can take some getting used to, it’s much easier to type when you don’t have to check to make sure that you have the correct letter or number – and your accuracy improves when you can look at the screen to make sure that your words are coming out as planned. Practice through games and repeated typing exercises, like those represented in Typesy’s interactive curriculum, will train your fingers to recognize the keyboard and progress far beyond your typing speed.

Progressing Beyond “Exceptional”

You may be exceptionally fast, but speed is often accompanied with a lack of accuracy. In order to improve this part of good typing, you may have to slow down. Typesy’s Accuracy Building Course can make a huge difference with its focus on accuracy over speed.

And if you’re looking to get even faster, you can always turn to ergonomics. The difference between exceptional and world champion could be as simple as sitting up straight with your elbows at 90 degrees. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you!

Typesy offers numerous ways to practice, with curriculum designed for different kinds of learners. Whatever stage you are at, you can practice the skills that will help you get faster, develop your accuracy rate, and possibly win some typing awards.

Typesy 2019.2.1 Updates for Users




Springtime is a beautiful time at Typesy. Small animals are everywhere, birds are chirping again, and the flowers are blooming. To celebrate the season, we have released several improvements to help our users learn to type in a more accessible and visually pleasing way.

Read below for the details of our 2019.2.1 update!

Student Use Improvements

Automatic Pause

After ten seconds of inactivity, all of our games automatically pause until you tell us otherwise. We don’t want you to lose your progress just because dinner is ready or the phone rang!

Student’s My Task Screen

We added this screen so students can keep up on their progress. They can look at their prior completed tasks and figure out how much is left for them to complete.


Accessibility and Visual Chanes

Voiceover

We have added a new accessibility feature, which can be turned on in Preferences. When activated, a voice will dictate every word and character in games and activities in the software, making it easier for all kinds of users to practice their typing.


New Design Elements

With this update, we are giving our notifications system a facelift. We have also added some help tools and some changes to our scrolling system and the way charts appear. Jimbo Jump, Type Man, Type and Rock, and Sea Friends feature a new design as well.

Curriculum Info Screen
More information has been added to the program to explain our two curriculum options, interactive and classic.


Survey and Review Magnet

After completion of a course or game, the software will ask for feedback and review so we can keep adding updates to make your life easier. Let us know what you think!

We hope you enjoy the new look and functionality of the software. If it gets you one step closer to typing super-stardom, it’s all worth it!


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Typesy 2019.2.1 Updates for Users