Typesy Added Feature: Class Overview





Having a way to see a class as a whole versus sifting through each individual student’s profile can really help an educator stay organized and in control of each class. The new Class Overview page will let admins do just that. Admins can now have complete control over each class and the assignments for each class. 

When you enter the admin interface and choose any class the default view will now be a class overview screen instead of the student’s screen. The Class Overview will display how many students, teachers, and active curriculum there are for each individual class. It will update in real-time as students, teachers, and assignments are added and removed. 

The recent tests and assignments section will show who has or hasn’t completed each task on the list. All of these features will combine to create an easy to use and streamlines process by which admins and teachers can keep track of the performance of all of their students. This can be done at the individual level, of course, but how time-consuming would it be?

Having the ability to see how a class is performing on a whole is a great way to keep everyone on the same page and working together. It also helps you to quickly see who has completed the current assignments and who still needs more time to work on it. If one student is consistently behind you will be able to quickly identify that issue and help the student before it becomes an ongoing problem. 

Overall, having a Class Overview page proves to be helpful to the admin, teacher, and students. It allows the admin to quickly and easily access each class’s stats and then decide which students they may need to look twice at whereas before the admin would have to dig through the list, and ultimately may end up not getting to everyone. 

These are now issues of the past. Class Overview is another way in which Typesy has shown that they care about their users and want them to truly be able to learn and excel.


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How Touch Typing Can Help You Land a Good Career




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Are you looking for a career change? Entering the job market for the first time?

If so, it might be worthwhile to reassess your typing skills. Good typing is practically a required skill for most professions these days. Employers are looking to hire people with strong computer skills and the ability to carry out tasks quickly.

If you aren’t interested in a computer-based job, knowledge of good typing will never hurt your career prospects. Learning to touch type is simple, often free, and can be the best way to secure employment in today’s market.

For the six positions listed below, advanced typing skills will help set you apart from other candidates.

Medical Transcriptionist

Work in the healthcare industry is always a good idea. Medical transcriptionists transcribe recordings for doctors and other medical professionals. There is some special training involved, and you will need to possess some medical knowledge to understand terms and correct usage. However, most of the work can be done from home, and the faster you type, the more you can earn!

Typing speed: 80-100 wpm

Data Entry Clerk

Data entry jobs are fairly self-explanatory and involve entering data into an electronic database. This job is extremely typing-heavy and requires high speeds and accuracy.

If you are looking for an entry-level position, this is a great option. There is always a need for data entry, and you can likely secure either full or part-time positions in a number of fields.

Typing speed: 80-90 wpm

Administrative Assistant

This might be the job most commonly associated with advanced typing. It is a detail-oriented position that can be found across sectors, from medical settings to large corporations. Administrative assistants can be entry-level workers as well as high-level employees (sometimes called executive assistants).

Administrative assistants are expected to have strong communication skills as well and are generally responsible for intraoffice messaging, document creation, dictation services, and report generation.

Typing speed: 60-80 wpm

Editor/Proofreader

Editors and proofreaders may work in publishing houses or be freelance workers. They can be tasked with editing novels, manuals, or research articles. Being a proficient typist will help meet deadlines set by your employer or client. It will also help you become more detail-oriented and able to catch mistakes in documents.

Typing speed: 50-70 wpm

Paralegal

Paralegals work in law offices and generally provide administrative support to attorneys. In this role, you can be asked to conduct research, document organization, and dictation services. As most law offices are on tight deadlines and schedules, you will need to be fast and efficient.

This can be an exciting career with good benefits and exposure to the law and criminal justice fields.

Typing speed: 60wpm

Freelance Writer

Finally, strong typing skills can secure you a job as a freelance writer. This is helpful if you are either unable to find full-time work or would like more flexibility in your schedule. A freelance writer is usually asked to work quickly and paid by the project instead of by the hour. As a result, the faster you can type, the sooner you can start a new project.

More and more jobs today rely on technology and computers. To make sure that you remain sought-after and employable, improving your touch-typing ability is essential.


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Touch Typing as Brain Activity




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Today, typing is just a normal part of our daily life. But did you know it can actually be making you smarter? 

When you type, your brain is using a number of cognitive processes that you are likely unaware of. If you’ve been typing from a young age, it may be as automatic to you as breathing or driving a car. But in reality, touch typing involves interaction between language, visual, and motor skills simultaneously. 

By activating many different parts of your brain at the same time, touch typing is a great brain-building exercise that increases neural pathways and improves function and memory consistently over time. It is starting to be considered a fundamental piece of cognitive learning for children as well, along with reading and writing. 

Here are some of the ways touch typing is helping improve your brain function:

Improving Memory

When you type using the touch-typing method, you are activating quite a lot of memory skills. Muscle memory in your fingers and hands tells you the position of the keys and the spacing between them. You also have to remember how to spell words and the functions of all of the different keys.

When you are utilizing these two different types of memory simultaneously, you are strengthening that section of your brain. If you want even more benefit, try turning off auto-correct. When you make a mistake, correct it immediately by deleting the word and retyping it. This helps you build your vocabulary with correct spellings instead of consistently making the same mistakes. 

Engaging Both Hemispheres of the brain

Touch typing requires the use of both hands at the same time. So, while we might favor a certain hand while throwing a ball or writing on paper, we don’t do that while touch typing. 

This kind of activity activates both hemispheres of the brain and challenges the hand-dominance that is present in other activities.  Most of our daily activities end up leaving the less-dominant side of our brain dormant or inactive. When typing, you are engaging your motor skills as well as your language processing centers and strengthening connections across the entire brain. 

Strengthening Hand-Eye Coordination

In the same way typing encourages connections between each brain hemisphere, it can help with the connections between the “seeing” and “doing” centers of your brain as well. 

If you have difficulty with coordination, learning to type will be challenging at first. But practicing typing will actually improve your hand-eye coordination across the board. As you get better at typing, you may even get better at throwing and catching! 

It turns out that the benefits of touch typing are greater than initially thought. In addition to improving overall computer use communication skills, typing can actually make you smarter. It is a brain-strengthening exercise that engages many different processing centers of your brain simultaneously. 

By practicing touch typing, you can improve your memory, language, and motor skills among many others. The repetitive and consistent nature of this activity makes it so we can focus on our work unaware of the complex cognitive process happening in the background. 


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Touch Typing Hacks You Should Know





There is practically no way to avoid typing in today’s society. In fact, you almost certainly had to type something in order to read this! While smartphones and tablets often utilize a different keyboard style, most of us still have to work with a standard computer keyboard occasionally. 

Being comfortable with typing is the best way to turn a potentially frustrating task into a valuable skill. Strong typing skills make you more efficient in your work and give you access to a wider range of jobs and opportunities. Some positions actually require a certain typing proficiency and speed as part of their qualifications. 

If you are looking to improve your typing skills, or are just learning the touch-typing method, here are five typing tricks and hacks you should know. 

Unlearn Your Bad Habits!

If you have been hunting and pecking for keys for years now, you probably have to start your touch-typing journey by unlearning what you already know. For some, this is as easy as covering the keyboard when typing so you cannot look at the keys with your eyes. Still others go so far as to use an entirely different keyboard layout

Find a Tutor

There are many typing tools and programs available these days. You can find excellent ones online to use at home or at work, and you can also look offline for in-person classes or personal tutors. As with most skills, practice is the best way to improve your typing performance. And with the high-quality products that exist today, there’s no need to tackle this challenge alone. 

Utilize Shortcuts

Once you understand the basic mechanics, you can start to build shortcuts into your typing style. You can instruct your computer to auto-correct abbreviations of your choice (such as “bc” for because) and save a lot of time and focus. This is especially handy for taking notes in class or transcribing interviews. 

Sit up Straight

Something that most of us overlook is the importance of posture. If you have to do a lot of typing, an uncomfortable posture will greatly diminish your endurance and ease. When sitting and typing, make sure that you keep your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Having your arms bent downward can eventually cause wrist pain and discomfort. Keep your back straight to avoid putting pressure on your neck and low back. 

Find your Perfect Keyboard

While touch typing is certainly more comfortable than hunting and pecking, nothing beats a comfortable keyboard. Hands come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so it makes sense that a keyboard that works for one person might not work for another. If you find yourself having to stretch and strain to reach certain keys, trying looking for an ergonomic keyboard that better fits your hands. 

Conclusion

Whether you are an experienced typist or just beginning the journey, these tips and tricks should help you become more comfortable with a keyboard. Technology is becoming more and more important to our daily lives, and typing is no longer a luxury but an essential skill. Efficient typing increases accessibility and opens the door to opportunities such as online learning, remote telework and even telemedicine. And as technology continues to grow and improve, you should be sure to do the same!


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Typesy In-Focus: Text Selection and Creation





Having the ability to customize the text and vocabulary words used in the student’s and class’s curriculum opens up a whole new world of teaching possibilities. You can change the vocabulary and create text within the Typesy app. Gone are the days of slipping through a spelling class followed by typing random letters for practice. 

Now both can be merged into one class that not only provides the students with a chance to practice their spelling and keyboarding but also allows the kids to have fun while they are learning these valuable skills! Having fun while learning improves retention rates, which results in better spelling test results and faster, accurate touch-typing skills.

Text selection and creation can only be done in the play section of the curriculum page, not in the course section. This is important to remember as you are walked through exactly how to customize the text and vocabulary in your student’s word list.

The first thing you will need to do is go to the curriculum page. Next, you will need to select “Play” and click the name of the current exercise. Once you are within the current exercise you can select the “+” in the upper right-hand corner underneath the profile icon. Now you can add and remove vocabulary words into the word lists provided.

Typesy comes with a huge array of appropriate words built-in to their word lists, but the ability to personalize each class or student’s list sets Typesy above the rest. It can be hard to fit different lessons and classes into a school day. It can be even harder to get students motivated enough to have to switch between too many classes. Allowing keyboarding and vocabulary to be merged into one class opens up your schedule and allows the kids to have one less transition.

Transitions and packed schedules are hard for students and their educators. Let Typesy ease some of that burden by using text selection and word list creation within their touch-typing curriculum. They have consulted with professionals and educators from all over to bring you a way to allow the kids to learn while they learn to type.


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Tips to Be More Productive In Your Workplace





When faced with the sprawling hours between nine and five, it’s easy to think that we have limitless time to get things done — only to be faced with a daunting to-do list at three in the afternoon. Don’t find yourself in this situation! Prioritizing efficiency early on will make your workdays flow much better. 

Here are seven tips to help aid you in finding your flow: 

#1 Keep Your Goals Small

Working through your to do list is a positive feedback cycle — meaning that the more you get done, the more you’ll want to get done. It’ll be helpful, then, to keep at least the first couple of items small, so the activation energy required to begin is relatively low.

#2 Take Breaks

Your brain needs them to function — and if you don’t set aside time for rest, your brain will take it anyway, reducing your productivity over the long-term. Get up and go for a walk — you might have a great idea en route anyway!

#3 Constantly Review Your Routine

Don’t take for granted that the way you’re doing things is always the best way to do things. Thinking creatively about ways to optimize your actions is what separates the successful from those who could really be doing better.

#4 Post Your Vision 

Keep reminders of your long-term goals in plain view. That way others can keep you accountable, and you’ll constantly have reminders of why you’re doing what you’re doing.

#5 Add “When” to your To Do List

To do lists are very valuable tools for getting things done, but it’s easy to check off the simple things and ignore the bigger-ticket items on our lists. Therefore, don’t shy away from adding specific times that things need to get done to your to do list.

#6 Celebrate Effort, Not Achievement

Getting things done warrants celebration, of course — but sometimes, life doesn’t go quite that way. If you’ve worked hard, give yourself a pat on the back. Yes, it’s crucial that our efforts are meaningful and productive, but don’t punish yourself if you only made it halfway to a goal. Reframe that sentiment: You made it halfway to a goal!

#7 Make Sure You Have the Right Tools and Equipment

If getting things done is unnecessarily difficult, you’re making your life harder than it has to be. When you’re putting things on your to do list, look over your goals with a critical eye and make sure that everything listed is actually within the realm of possibility. If it isn’t, then you’re going to have to change that, whether by investing in updated equipment or training.

Getting things done is the bedrock of efficiency. However, sometimes it’s hard to work up the enthusiasm or energy to be productive! Incorporating one or more of the tips listed above should help you in reaching your goals. Add a few of them into your everyday routines, and after that you can watch your productivity soar to heights unknown. 


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Typesy Feature Update: Home Screen





The most important screen in any app or software is the home screen. If the home screen is hard to navigate and makes no sense then it turns users off to using the entire product. Why? Simple. Because it is frustrating and annoying, and there are more products out there with a better user interface. Typesy wanted to ensure that would never happen to their users.

They have updated their home screen and made their already awesome user experience even easier! The new and updated home screen has four major sections, each one showing vital information and allowing you to easily monitor progress. It is intuitive and simple to use. 

The first section, located in the top left corner, is the vital statistics area. This area leads to the courses that need to be completed and the games that are available. It also has a link that allows you to see improvement and progress. You will be able to see all of the important curriculum details here.

The next section, located at the top right of the screen, is the current level. This will be displayed with the use of animated odometers showing current typing speed and current typing accuracy. The higher the student can get on the odometers, the more they have progressed in their learning! 

The bottom left corner of your screen will let you know what’s next. This feature allows the user to see what they are working on. It includes a reminder to finish the current project. There is also a section that specifies what is coming due and what can be completed next. This feature has been created to keep the user on task and up to date with their learning.

The final section is at the bottom right, and it is often the favorite section of Typesy users. This section is made to highlight and showcase the current mastery level and progress of a student. Everyone loves to be able to see how far they have come in a tangible way, and this section allows each user to do just that!


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Typesy Added Feature: What to do Next





Learning new skills can be overwhelming. It can be even more overwhelming when you already have a busy schedule. That is where Typesy’s new feature comes in handy! The “What to do Next” section of the home screen is amazing at helping you stay on task and keep up with skill-building even when you have a busy schedule and a million other things on your mind. 

This feature will appear on your home screen and remind you to complete tasks that you have either already started or need to start. You will also be reminded if you have an assignment due or overdue. There will be an area where you can click to continue the task, so you don’t even have to figure out what to do when it reminds you. 

Once you have finished with one course you will be reminded and encouraged to move on to the next. For example, if you are learning about the home row and just finished up a course, you will be reminded that the next step is to move on to the “ASDF” section. 

Let’s check out an example of how this is helpful. Let’s say you are halfway through a course on the home row. You will log on, and in the “What to do Next” section you will find a reminder telling you to pick up where you left off. You click on the reminder and you are brought to the course where you can now finish it up.

Once that is complete you can return to the home screen. Now you can see what has been completed, and a prompt, for example, “Continue with Home Row! 80% completed!” This serves two purposes. One is to help you more easily navigate to your next required course, and the other is to continue to motivate you to continue on to reach 100%. 

The What to do Next feature is a great way to stay motivated and on-task. It also allows students a quick view of what they have to do and helps them pace themselves and set a good schedule.


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Touch Typing: A Skill That All STEM Students Should Have





Typing has long been a skill that has been taught in schools. But it’s a skill that is an absolute need for students who are in STEM classes. STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) students and those who go into STEM fields will mostly rely on technology and computers. And that means the skill of typing will be needed in order to navigate computers and even type of all kinds of documents. Knowing how to navigate a keyboard is tricky. Especially when you need to do it at fast paces where the room for error will probably be scarce. But rest assured, once a student hones in their skills on touch typing, it will better prepare them for what lies ahead in all STEM-related activities. 

In fact, touch typing should be required prior to taking any kind of STEM classes. Without knowing how to use a keyboard or computer, then the student will struggle mightily. And at the same time, they won’t be able to familiarize themselves with software that will be used for certain classes. There are many opportunities for students who study STEM for the intent of making it a career. And a lot of employers are looking for those who are handy and know their way around a computer. Most of the time, it doesn’t necessarily mean having the ability to hack into a complex security system (although that shouldn’t be a good idea to begin with, let alone hacking into anything at all). 

Poor typing and computer skills will also be a detriment to a student’s overall productivity. On top of that, they will also face the inability of utilizing modern-day technological devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and so on. In a world where most of the population relies on technology, the last thing a student wants is to fall way behind the curve while the rest of the world types away. Whether it would be a text or a simple email, that student would feel lost. 

So it’s important for students to start early on learning how to touch type. Rather than make it complex and challenging, teachers should find creative ways to make it fun for students to learn how to type. They can participate in games or challenges that will not only help them improve their skills but also reward them for their efforts. 

It’s better to find a fun and personalized way to prepare them for not just STEM classes and jobs, but also the real world as well. Typing is a skill that should not be scoffed at by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it will take a student much farther than they’ll realize in terms of their education. 


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Typesy EDU: Tour Check & Universal Help Button





If you have ever found yourself stuck and confused on a website or app with no idea how to get to what you need, you will appreciate Typesy’s new Tour options! From now on you can choose the “Tour” option in the “Help” menu for the home, users, classes, class, account, and support pages. 

The Tour Check is available on the admin interface and will allow you to quickly and easily learn to navigate the different pages you access on a regular basis. This can save you a lot of time and frustration. There will never be a reason for you to feel confused again. The “Tour” option is not the only updated help option.

The Universal Help button will be at the top right corner of the admin interface, no matter which screen you are on, and it will provide you with three options. These options will be “Tour current page”, which we already discussed, and “Support” and “Submit Bug/Feedback”. 

The Support option will lead you to the “Admin Support” page where you can find any help you need to figure out how to navigate or resolve an issue within Typesy. It is a great tool to have, and can really help you get to the bottom of the problem. If you can’t get the help you need in support, there may be a bug involved. 

Submit bug/feedback is exactly what it sounds like. If something is not working quite right, or you are following the directions of support and there is still an issue, you may have encountered a bug. Typesy does everything to avoid bugs, but they happen. A bug is a glitch in the software, and the more people report them the faster they can get fixed. Never hesitate to report a bug or send Typesy feedback.

Having a universal help button is the most convenient and easy way to ensure that teachers and admins always have a way to access the help they need when they need it. This is just another way Typesy proves they care about their users.


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