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

How Will I Improve My Typing Speed & Accuracy





The fastest typist in the world once typed 216 words in one minute (click here for wikipedia proof). Although you may not yet be able to beat Stella Pajunas-Garnand’s 1946 world record, you can still improve your typing speed with a few simple techniques!

Ergonomics and Posture

The easiest way to improve typing speed and accuracy is to work with your body. Although it might seem more comfortable to practice typing in bed, or sprawled out on the couch, these positions can put a lot of strain on your body and wrists, which can make it difficult to type quickly and accurately. What you gain in comfy coziness, you lose in typing quality.

The best way to type is sitting straight up at a flat surface, like a desk or table, with your elbows positioned at right angles away from the keyboard. Bending your arms, like hunching over a laptop or tablet, can strain your body and make it harder to type. Feel free to rest your wrists on the table, but try not to put any weight on them – you want your hands to feel free and airy if you’re going to beat those world records!

Touch Typing

All the fastest typists in the world do something that can seem almost impossible to someone first starting out in the typing game – they type without looking at their keyboards to double check where the letters are hiding.

Touch typing, like many skills, comes with practice. Eventually, you will notice that your fingers naturally move to the center (the “F” and “J” keys on a QWERTY-style keyboard) of the home (middle) row. Your muscles will hold on to the locations of the letters and help you keep your mind and eyes on the words you type. Not having to hunt for every letter, but instead trusting that your fingers will find the right place on the keyboard, will improve your speed, and being able to look up at what you’re typing rather than down at your fingers improves accuracy.

To get better at touch typing, there is only one method: practice. This brings us to our next section –

Repetition and Practice

Repetition may not sound very exciting, but the more comfortable you are with your task, the faster you’ll go. The best way to improve typing speed is to keep practicing, using services like Typesy. Focusing on gameplay turns typing practice from a boring task to something fun and relaxing, like playing any other video game. Playing games and completing timed typing speed quizzes will force you to respond to stimuli quickly and accurately to proceed, and taps into your competitive spirit. (How do I know you have a competitive spirit? You looked up a blog about how to type faster!)

The average typing speed ranges from 38-44 words per minute, so don’t worry if you aren’t quite at a level to beat Stella’s long-lasting world record. But with time, effort, and ergonomics, you can get faster and faster. Now start typing away!


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Typesy EDU: Single Sign-On Ready





Now more than ever, typing is part of adult (and teen and tween!) life. Whether it’s on a phone or on a computer, typing has become part of our schooling, our professions, and our personal lives.

Unfortunately, typing can be a dull business if it’s approached like a hurdle we have to overcome to be successful. Luckily, Typesy doesn’t believe that typing needs to just be useful – it can be fun as well! Our game-based approach gives kids the chance to improve their typing and their sense memory of the keyboard (as well as eating ghosts in Pac-Man).

Learning with Typesy is even easier now that we have partnered with Clever, Classlink, and Google Classroom. This partnership means that our users can enjoy our services with one single sign-on  – logging in to Typesy will also log you into your Clever, Classlink, or Google Classroom account. All of your student information and lesson plans will be at your fingertips at the click of a button.

Clever, a company made by and for educators, helps to connect students and teachers with software that makes their lives simpler. Teachers enjoy the means to set up new applications easily while giving their students fast, easy access to their information, lessons, and resources. Our partnership with Clever removes the roadblocks to student learning represented by complicated login systems. We now offer Clever Single Sign-On and Secure Sync (a rostering program) for no charge. To learn more about Clever, click here.

Since 1998, Classlink has been helping educators connect with students online with a cloud-based technology that localizes data and resources so that educators have easy access. Connecting students who are each using their own devices for a variety of learning tasks – or doing something solitary like learning to type – can be tricky work, but Classlink provides the tools to keep every student on the same page. Typesy and Classlink will work together with one-click technology to help students stay engaged and committed to their own learning. Classlink’s website can give you even more information.

Google Classroom allows educators to create classes, hand out assignments, and collect completed work to mirror their real life classes. Homework can be easily integrated with classwork, so the learning doesn’t have to stop when students leave school. Our partnership with Google Classroom makes your life easier by centralizing your assignments and your students’ typing work. Click here for more information about Google Classroom.

At Typesy EDU, we connect learning to fun in a productive, thoughtful way. Clever, Classlink, and Google Classroom help us do it by streamlining login, centralizing information, and allowing educators to communicate about the work their students are doing. Our newly-introduced single sign-on technology means that improved typing is only one click away.

Typesy EDU: Single Sign-On Ready

Typewriter vs Keyboard: The Double Space Syndrome





The space bar occupies the biggest space on the keyboard, but it doesn’t usually take up the most space in our minds. But for dedicated typists, the space bar is at the center of a brutal battle between tradition and modernity, age and youth.

I’m writing, of course, of the contentious question of Sentence Spacing.

Few issues are as hotly debated in the world of typography as the choice between a single space and a double space after the end of a sentence. You may not even notice the difference consciously while reading, but trust me – you notice.

Double Trouble

Before the 20th century, sentence spacing was inconsistent. Although many European typists preferred single space, there was no universal rule. Once the typewriter was invented in the late 19th century and spread amongst the writing population, double spacing replaced larger amounts of space between sentences in many style guides of the time to improve consistency and readability.

As more students learned to type to the sound of clacking typewriter keys, a double space was the best way to distinguish one sentence from another. Older typefaces and typewriters use something called monospaced type – every letter receives the same amount of space on the page. At the end of a sentence, the best way to tell that the sentence is over is by adding an extra space.

As a result, most people who learned to type before the 90s grew up with a double space. Getting rid of this habit can be very difficult.

(Single) Space: The Final Frontier

As computers took over from typewriters, and the number and type of fonts boomed, the need for double space to distinguish sentences disappeared. Letters moved from monospaced to proportional, with smaller letters receiving less space than their wider counterparts. As the spacing on the page became more dynamic, and easier to read, the single space regained its place as the preferred distance between sentences.

Style guides adopted the single space as a more streamlined, efficient way of typing, but the real push for change came from publishers, newspapers, and other print-based media. For these companies, double space was a waste. Despite the benefits of readability, the larger space after the period represented an extra millimeter that could be full of words, and extra time which dedicated typists could spend producing new content. Shifting to a single space meant saving assets in the form of added words on the page, and fewer pages overall.

Who Uses Single Space?

Single spacing is recommended in most style guides, from the Chicago Manual of Style to the Modern Language Association, the Associated Press Stylebook, and the Gregg Reference Manual. These style guides cover journalism, academic writing, legal documentation, and business writing. People who did not grow up in the age of the typewriter generally use single space as a rule, due to the efficient, visually pleasing nature of the convention.

For the most part, the disagreement between single- and double-spacers is limited to dark corners of the internet. Although double spacing has its supporters, single space has been the rule of writing in most contexts since the late 90s, and it should stick around for a while. Learning to type this way will help you produce academic and professional work that you can be proud to submit.

So keep working on your single-spacing, and stay tuned for more updates on the battle between single and double space.


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eReflect Announces Keyboarding Software Rebranding: From Ultimate Typing to Typesy





Ultimate Typing, popular keyboarding software from eReflect, unveils a new name and a new look to better align with users’ learning goals and ambitions.


eReflect announces the rebranding of its popular typing software and app, Ultimate Typing. The typing tutor is now named “Typesy” but the software and app that lets students and professionals improve their touch typing skill and speed through interactive games, exercises, and step-by-step video tutorials is essentially unchanged.

Typesy continues to offer the features that Ultimate Typing users know and love: video tutorials that guide the learner through each touch typing activity; adaptive learning and customizable learning goals; fun, interactive games and exercises; and a user-friendly, intuitive interface that makes learning on any device easy and seamless.

The move from “Ultimate Typing” to “Typesy” was a conscious effort by eReflect to better align its keyboarding app with the demands and expectations of modern users. In part, the change in name is due to the way more and more people are accessing the typing tutor: through the mobile app. The shorter name is easier to locate on a list and display on a smaller screen, making it more efficient for the user. The name also reflects the increased emphasis on focused typing instruction, although the program’s popular video instruction courses that cover ergonomics, employment tips, and other topics related to keyboarding are still included for free with Typesy.

With its catchy and easy-to-remember name, Typesy will now better align with its market in the education industry, as its new name now more accurately voices the professionalism and efficiency of the keyboarding software. Marc Slater, managing director at eReflect commented about the launch of the Typesy brand, saying:

“We are so excited to share the news of our Ultimate Typing rebranding. After a successful three-year run with Ultimate Typing, we felt it was time to upgrade the product’s image and feel to better communicate the needs of today’s users. People interested in learning to touch type want the reassurance that the program or app they’ll invest in is efficient and user-friendly, and these are just two of Typesy’s features that the new name eloquently expresses.”

Over the years Ultimate Typing has been constantly evolving. The development team regularly enriches the typing tutor with new features. In 2015, the Typesy touch typing program became exclusively cloud-based, letting users access their profile and training material at any time, anywhere, and from any device.

“Typesy will continue offering its top-quality touch typing activities and games that thousands of users across the world have already enjoyed and learned from,” Slater added.

With up to 5 licenses per product purchase, Typesy is particularly popular with families and small businesses, as they can use the individual profiles to practice and improve typing speed and technique. With unlimited paired devices, users can access any Internet-connected device to play the typing games and activities through the app.

One of the most highly anticipated product updates in Typesy has been its transformation into a cloud-based program available both at enterprise level and as Typesy EDU for schools and other educational institutions. The cloud version is also available for for individuals and families. The cloud-based keyboarding software syncs Typesy profiles across devices, provides unlimited installs, and gives users the ability to practice in groups.

One of Typesy’s most celebrated features, its social integration with Facebook, has been proven to help users stay motivated and focused on their typing practice due to the ability the app offers to share typing milestones and achievements with friends and family.

With its new brand image and upcoming product feature expansion, Typesy 2019 aims to become the go-to solution for people who want better typing skills, and for educational organizations that want to provide students with top-level typing techniques and performance.

Typesy lets users acquire a highly desirable skill in today’s marketplace, save time and money by typing fast and accurately, and improve the essential skills that benefit their personal and professional lives. eReflect plans to continue enhancing Typesy with new features and functionalities to enable more users to acquire this skill in 2019 and beyond.

Designed by touch typing experts and using the latest learning technologies, Typesy lets users learn to touch type accurately and quickly with just a few minutes of keyboarding practice per day. Users successfully completing Typesy’ typing training are qualified for a Typing Certification and a free verification process so that they can show their typing credentials to prospective employers and schools.

What is Ergonomic Keyboard & How Is It Designed?





Ergonomic keyboards are keyboards designed for professionals, students, and anyone else who is required to touch type repetitively and for long amounts of time

An ergonomic keyboard has specific design features to ensure a pleasant and pain-free keyboarding experience, even if you touch type for the greater part of your eight-hour long work day.

Ergonomic Keyboards: A Definition

To understand what an ergonomic keyboard is, you must first understand why they were created in the first place.

Normal keyboards are not what you call optimal when it comes to how they’re designed. They often value form over function, or are just plain painful to use, hear, and work on.

Common keyboards, usually older versions, are not ideal for repetitive keyboarding because they haven’t been designed with user comfort in mind. They force you to place your wrists at uncomfortable flat positions and over time they damage or inflame your tendons, often resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome (among other health issues).

On the other hand, an ergonomic keyboard has been designed for optimum user comfort and performance. It keeps your wrists and hands at a position that feels more natural for your wrists, making it easy to touch type for hours on end without any issue.

An ergonomically designed keyboard offers the support you need to touch type without putting your hands’ health at risk.

Ergonomic Keyboards Recommended by Health Professionals

Ergonomic keyboards are designed for minimizing your risk for repetitive stress injury and carpal tunnel syndrome. As a result, by using such a keyboard you can touch type for more hours without worrying about wrist or finger inflammation. Of course, applying the whole spectrum of ergonomics at the office is what will ensure you stave off any office-related injuries. An ergonomic keyboard is not a cure-all.

Health professionals recommend the use of ergonomic keyboards in the workplace as they can help the user touch type faster and avoid muscle and tendon strain.

How are ergonomic keyboards designed?

There’s no standard layout for an ergonomic keyboard. However, you can probably identify a typical ergonomic keyboard by its curvy, modern, and well-designed structure.

A preferred layout is the split-keyboard ergonomic keyboard, in which the keys are separated into two distinct areas, one for the left and one for the right hand.

However, the majority of QWERTY keyboards nowadays are also ergonomic in the sense that they feature things like:

1) A palm rest that’s often slightly elevated and with a soft cushion to offer comfort to your wrists and palms.

2) A slanted position that feels more natural for your wrists. This is the optimal wrist position to avoid repetitive stress injury. Ergonomic keyboards give you the support you need to lay your wrists horizontally.

3) Contours that have the advantage of reducing the amount of effort it takes to strike a key, and also enabling you to place your arm and wrists in a position that feels more natural to you. In other words, ergonomic keyboards are shaped based on the natural contour of your hand (rather than forcing your hands and wrists to assume an uncomfortable position that strains your muscles and ligaments).

Even if you don’t use an ergonomic keyboard or cannot afford one you can use ergonomic accessories like a palm support rest or a stand-alone numeric keyboard to make touch typing more comfortable.

 

7 Skills Every Millennial Needs In 2018





Where do I start? A study by Change for Education recently revealed that 6 in 10 millennials lack basic tech skills. Mind-boggling, right?

It turns out that even though we spend about 35 hours per week on digital media, millennials tend to be unexpectedly illiterate when it comes to using technology to solve simple problems. The result, the nonprofit group says, is that about 13 million US millennials are oblivious to the impact their poor tech skills are having on their future success.

The research brought to light a paradox: that digital natives are not necessarily tech savvy.

The good news is that this is something we can, and should, fix.

I’ll only highlight one more thing from this particular research study, but it’s critically important.

You can boost your earnings by one-third with a small boost to your tech skills.

Yes, that’s all it takes to land a more profitable job – simply improve some easy tech skills.

So which skills are essential?

Vocabulary Improvement

Okay, okay, it’s not like your life always depends on the exact words you choose to use (although I could think of a couple of scenarios where specific words could put you in great danger). The thing is, words matter. Words create our reality and help us make sense of our experiences. But more importantly, words help us think better, think critically, and think more.

Improving your vocabulary means having more concepts to think about and speak with. A good vocabulary helps you make the best first impressions, whether that’s with a new acquaintance or a job interviewer.

Speed Reading

Going through your Facebook feed with lightning fast speed doesn’t qualify as speed reading. (What a pity, I know!)

Being a speed reader is fun. Scratch that. It is essential. Just consider the sheer amount of reading you need to go through every day right now. Now think about all of the text you could be absorbing if you could do that reading even faster. The knowledge you can potentially accumulate in just a few weeks is mind-blowing.

Touch Typing

Yes, we might be speaking in emojis these days rather than actual words, and retinal scanning may replace passwords for online banking at some point, but for now, written communication via conventional words is not going away.

So learn to touch type. And learn it the right way – not that awkward hunt and peck method that makes you look like you’re a Martian seeing a QWERTY keyboard for the first time.

Digital communication is here to stay. From catching up with your friends to taking online courses boosting your knowledge in multiple fields, you need touch typing efficiency more than ever.

Your soft skills and personality might impress a potential employer, but you also need hard skills like how to make a presentation and efficiently operate software. You need the ability to present data in a comprehensible visual way, using words as well as images, and your keyboarding speed has an impact on how well you do that.

IT Skills For Everyone

If you think that IT tech skills are only something designers, programmers, and other tech-related professionals need, think again.

Basic skills such as email etiquette, understanding and compiling spreadsheets, interpreting and reporting graphic and numeric illustrations, and of course doing sound online research are survival skills in the competitive marketplace – and if you don’t have those skills, you won’t be winning that competition.

To take your career into the next decade, even a millenial needs to focus on keeping up to speed on these essential tech tools.


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