The Science of Teaching Typing




Touch typing is a crucial skill that students must learn before they enter the worlds of high school or college. Most middle schools offer a class that teaches students how to properly type. Despite some unpopular opinions, typing teachers are a commodity in education and they have an important role in preparing our children for the real world.

The ultimate goal of touch typing is to achieve an automatic and accurate understanding of writing using a keyboard. Our students have to learn to type without having to think about where the keys are on a keyboard. This takes a significant amount of time and there is a science behind how it is done.

Our students achieve this automatic understanding through what is called muscle memory. They learn to remember where their fingers go and then they can simply type based on how they remember where their finger should hit the next key. As the students achieve muscle memory, they begin to use different areas of their brain rather than having to think about locating keys, they can think about what to write next.

While touch typing is a crucial part of the middle school experience, it is also a skill that kids will use for a lifetime.


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Why Typing Should Be Taught in School




Typing is an essential life skill that creates well-rounded children who are ready for the world for which we are preparing them. After all, from sending emails to filling out job applications, the real world requires a great deal of typing proficiency for adult survival.

Aside from real-world applications, typing is also a skill that is essential for a child’s success in school. Not only will children who go to college use a computer for most of their assignments in college, they will also likely use a computer for state testing assignments which makes the school look more successful.

Typing is one of the standards required for teaching in schools that have adopted the Common Core State Standards. Even states who have not adopted the Common Core State Standards have a standard that involves typing proficiency. If this is the case in your state, then it is imperative that your students achieve proficiency in typing.

If we want our children to become well-rounded individuals who are prepared for the world ahead of them, then they need to have a firm grasp on typing skills. Typing will improve job skills and career opportunities for students.


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Touch Typing Ergonomics





As computers and typing have taken over the world, so has a rise in computer overuse injuries like carpal tunnel. If you are going to be doing a lot of typing in your life, in school, at home, or at work, it is important to learn what the best touch typing ergonomics are so you can prevent injuries from typing.

Wrists and Fingers

Your wrists and fingers will take the brunt of your efforts while you are touch typing. If you are typing for hours, you could find yourself cramping. Make sure you are typing on the right keyboard and with the right mouse. If you work in a corporate setting, your company might have special ergonomic keyboards and mice available for you to use that will put less strain on your hands and fingers than normal equipment. At a minimum, make sure you are taking frequent breaks and mixing in some tasks that do not require typing, like a phone call or a meeting.

Eyes should be looking at the top of your screen

You want your monitor and chair to be set up so the top of your screen lines up with your eyes. This puts the least amount of strain on your eyes, neck, and shoulders. If it is not at the right height, you will find yourself hunched over, which is going to injure your neck and shoulders. You also want to minimize glare.

You want your wrists, elbows, and keyboard to be on the same plane, forming a 90-degree angle with your upper arms.

Sit the right distance away from the Monitor

Make sure you do not set your chair height up so that you are sitting right on top of your monitor. Being the right distance away from your screen will help your eyes, neck, hands, shoulders, and basically will have you feeling better.

Typically you want to sit between 20 and 40 inches away from your monitor, and that varies depending on your height and the size of the monitor you are working with.

Do not forget to Stretch your Legs

At a minimum, you should at least periodically get up and walk around the office. You need to keep blood flowing and circulating throughout your body. Make sure you are getting up and walking around at least once an hour, preferably more.

You might want to consider getting a standing desk, or a flexible desk that you can either sit or stand at. You will find your joints and body are happier if you spend less time sitting.

Some Stretches to Incorporate

You could get in the habit of regularly stretching your muscles that are used when you type a lot. Try by stretching your wrists and fingers before you get into a long period of touch typing.

To stretch your wrists, this is a really simple stretch you can do. Simply hold your arms out in front of you, spread your fingers out as far as you can, and hold for five seconds. Relax for 30 seconds, and repeat that process three times. There are a lot of easy stretches you can do right at your desk to encourage blood flow, and some of them really are not that hard to do!

Summary

When you are thinking or the right ergonomics while you are touch typing, it might be natural to focus on your wrists and hands as it feels like they take the brunt of the exertion. Wrists and hand exercises are important and you absolutely should do them. But, do not forget to sit up straight, make sure your monitor is at the right height, and do some exercises to get the blood flowing to your legs regularly.


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Exposing Misinformation on COVID-19 Prevention




In this recent crisis, it is a must that we should filter accurate and factual tips and information. This video will show you the false information circulating on the media regarding COVID prevention.

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Be Amazed by Flower Moon, The First and Final Super Moon of 2020




The world today is bombarded with bad news because of this pandemic. Let’s bright up your day by showing this magnificent moon captured by different individuals and in different locations.


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Typesy in Focus: Blocky





Typesy is a platform that provides an efficient and interactive learning platform for students and employees to learn how to type quickly and efficiently. The site is expanding this focus on the importance of typing skills with the introduction of Typesy Kids. This platform will focus on children ages 5-10 and developing their typing skills, and who better to introduce this feature than our new character, Blocky.

Blocky is a fun-loving and educational mascot for typists everywhere with a specific focus on the engagement and motivation of young children. Blocky will be an integral part of Typesy kids providing constant entertainment and encouragement for the young students on this new platform. This is a very engaging way to educate kids in this age range.

Still in development stages, Blocky will have a compelling back story that leads him to be a motivator to potential expert typists everywhere. His appearance will be that which signifies the importance of good typing skills, but in a more fun way than that sounds on paper. Blocky is a gregarious character that is also not afraid to get down to business and encourage children to try their best and complete assignments.

The importance of an attention-grabbing character has proven to drastically improve the knowledge retention and skill development of children. Catchy design and slogans will greatly improve a child’s desire to learn. There are many examples that you can probably think of to support this concept.

The importance of addressing this age group has become clearer with developments in the understanding of how people learn. It is said that the easiest way to learn multiple languages is to be exposed to them from an early age. This allows the child to better conceptualize a language instead of the translative nature of adult learning.

Since typing has become a primary form of human communication, grasping the attention of younger children and developing their skills early seems crucial. Blocky is Typesy’s attempt to encourage this process in children that will ultimately allow them to get ahead later in life. Teaching children as young as 5 how to type can be greatly beneficial for them.

Typesy Kids is already available in Amazon with the introduction of the fun-loving and educational Blocky. With Blocky’s help, children who use Typesy Kids have the potential to develop a crucial skill early in life. This will be a great asset for them to have all throughout their life.


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Student Engagement: Learning Typing Gamified





How can you introduce typing and keyboards in a fun way to young kids? Utilizing a Gamified Keyboard is going to help you teach kids, and soon they will be begging you to learn how to type. Take advantage of kids’ natural desire to want to play, and build some games into your typing lessons.

What is Gamified Typing?

While you and I probably learned how to type the old-fashioned way on a QWERTY keyboard either on a laptop or maybe even on a typewriter, with tablets saturating the market, kids need to learn a new way to type. They are going to spend more time on tablets and cell phones than behind a computer keyboard, at least in their early years.

Gamified typing specializes in teaching students how to touch type while making it interesting, and students’ attention. Using the keyboard as a “controller,” students use the keyboard to type and earn points and rewards. The fun, competitive nature of gamified typing incentivizes students to continue to practice their typing.

Using Games to Teach Typing Skills

One of the best way to olds kids’ attention is to get them into a game they want to win. You could try a game like Keyboard Builder that allows kids to use the keyboard to build blocks and construction sites. You could also try a game like Frog Pond Patrol, where kids will use hand-eye coordination to learn how keyboard keys can win the game. 

While formal typing games are great and help stimulate learning, you can also try some informal games that measure improvement and accuracy.

Importance of Hand-Eye Coordination

Teaching kids at a young age to type on a tablet by playing games is going to help improve their hand-eye coordination. This is going to help not only improve typing skills, but help them with other tasks in life as they continue to grow up.

Gamified learning is going to teach other skills besides hand-eye coordination. Your students will also learn about winning and losing in a structured environment where the teacher can guide and help process the emotions associated with each.

Active Student Engagement 

One of the most difficult tasks as a teacher is to hold the attention of every student at the same time for as long as possible. To be successful at this, you need to find a myriad of ways to hold the attention of your students. 

In addition to typing games that are played right on the keyboard, you could also track metrics so they can see their progress. Let them see how fast they are typing and what their words per minute are. Set goals for your students and watch as they strive to beat their best score from last week.

Slight of Mind

If you sit a room full of students down in a room, each at their own keyboard, and tell them to type for an hour, they are going to get bored quickly. However, if you take those same students and tell them to play keyboard games on their tablets for an hour, time is going to pass much more quickly. 

Learning will become more enjoyable and they will be more likely to be motivated to continue to come back to class.

Summary

When you are teaching young kids a new skill, like typing, it is important to create activities that will hold their attention. Gamified typing is something that you can use to motivate your students and to hold their focus while they learn how to type. Once you find ways to keep your students attention, you will see their typing skills drastically improve!


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Typesy Feature Update: Design Changes




Typesy continues to strive to improve an interactive learning platform that encourages adaptive learning for students. The tweaks made to the design of several aspects of the site improve these areas. This will make the site even more conducive to learning on an individual level.

One of the biggest changes made was the ability for students to see their present status on the site, incentivizing them to try harder to improve. Several designs have been added to the game aspects that allow students to unlock features based on accomplishments. The site continues to make more engaging designs for the rewards for overall achievement. 

Students can unlock a customizable avatar, for example, based on their level of achievement on the site. there have also been several tweaks made to assist teachers and administrators on the site. the setting menus have been updated to improve ease of use.


Teachers will now find it easier to administer assignments and tests on the EDU mode. Also, the hall of fame option has been added to show the top achievers in your class. This will further motivate students to accumulate high scores on assignments.

The hall of fame feature also allows teachers to display global stats instead of just their individual classrooms. This is a unique function that can show a student where their typing skills stack up against the rest of the world. This and other features have greatly improved engagement on the site.

Typesy’s introduction of other design changes has also greatly improved the draw and motivation to learn on the site. the site has much more of a focus on interactive games that have new and improved functions and characters that will help children learn. A lot of these features are also fun and interactive for adults who are using the site.

Another major design improvement for a more adaptive learning experience is the introduction of dyslexia-friendly fonts. These fonts are easier to read for individuals that may have learning disabilities or a hard time recognizing traditional font types. This is a feature that will greatly improve the universality of use on the site.

All of the design changes have shown to greatly improve engage ability as well as adaptive learning on an individual level. The site has also been updated to become much more user-friendly for administrators and teachers. design improvements are important for all of the site’s users and have greatly improved the quality of the experience that Typesy offers.


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Defining Good Accuracy for Touch Typing





There are a few things to consider with regards to accuracy when you are typing. What’s more important, accuracy or speed? What is considered a good accuracy, and what should your goals be? No matter your preference, set some goals to achieve and go after them! While it is different depending on your age, your studies, or your profession, here are some general goals for you to consider:

Typing Goals

What is the best touch typing goal for yourself? If you are working in a corporate office setting you are going to want to strive for both as much speed and as much accuracy as possible. Some jobs require both to be as perfect as possible. If you are freelancing and working for yourself, as long as you can meet your deadlines, speed might not be as much of a factor, but and accuracy might not be very important either. Freelancers and writers can usually spend a lot of time editing their own work, so you will have time to review any mistakes you make. 

Speed versus Accuracy

When you are thinking of typing, this argument is as old as time itself, or at least as old as the first typewriter. What is the best way to know which is more important, speed or accuracy? You really need to decide what it is you are trying to accomplish with touch typing. Are you furiously racing to meet a deadline and need to type as fast as humanly possible? Or, would you prefer to have less editing to do later, and therefore you should focus on your accuracy? Once you decide upon your goal, you will be able to answer the question of speed versus accuracy.

Create some Touch Typing Goals

You will be most successful in life at almost all tasks, from touch typing to running a marathon, if you set goals for yourself along the way. How do you know if you are improving if you are not measuring? Whether it is speed or accuracy or both, you need to measure your success along the way. Know how many words per minute you were able to type last month, and then measure it again after a month of training. Did it go up? (We hope so). If it did not go up as much as you had hoped, why not? What can you do better this month to improve your measurements?

Can you Incentivize Goals?

Setting goals are one thing, but can you use that to your advantage? Especially if you are teaching young kids, find a way to incorporate the touch typing goals into games. People respond well to challenges, and games can serve as motivation to improve skills. They can also serve as another way to track progress and know what areas still need to be improved upon. Whether it’s online or in-person, find ways to create a friendly competition between your students or between you and some others learning how to touch type. It will make the learning experience easier, faster, and more fun! 

Summary

Both speed and accuracy are important for touch typing, it just depends on your needs. If you are trying to learn touch typing skills or teach young students touch typing skills, you will want to make sure you set some measurable goals. This way you can track your progress as you go, and keep tabs on how your speed or accuracy is improving. This is important both for your morale and motivation, but also so you know what is working and what still needs improvement.


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Top 3 Activities to Help Your Employees be More Productive





An important part of running a successful business is to have productive employees. This requires you as a business owner to make sure that your employees are well trained for the tasks they need to complete and are healthy and happy. The following are the top 3 activities that encourage productivity:

Promote Training and Learning

Encourage Breaks

Team Building Activities

Training and Learning Promotion

The top way to ensure that you have a productive workforce is to make sure that they are properly trained for the job at hand. This, however, is not only to ensure that the individuals who work for you are capable of a job well done but also to encourage their personal growth as overall individuals. Different training and skills development activities can show your employees that you are interested in their personal development as well as they are on the job training. Many of these types of activities will teach several life skills as well as job training.

A knowledgeable employee is generally happier and healthier as they tend to feel more accomplished and helpful to their peers. The reason this is the top activity is because of all of the positive byproducts that are received from well trained and skillful employees. This is a sure-fire way to grow and improve your business.

Encourage Breaks

The number two activity to ensure a more productive workforce is to encourage your employees to take breaks. This does not simply mean that they should just stop working for arbitrary intervals of time. Breaks should be centered around socializing with coworkers and interacting with the people they don’t normally interact within their routine job functions.

This is a great way to build a unified team within your business as it encourages everyone to get along. An overall cooperative work environment is a productive one as well. It is important to encourage socializing and friendliness whenever you can as an employer.

Team Building Activities

To further ensure a unified front, the third top activity is team-building exercises. These are often activities that do not necessarily focus as much on the product of the company as much as it does on co-workers placing their trust in each other. Setting aside time for these exercises are crucial for a productive and smooth-running company.

All of these activities will ensure a more cooperative and knowledgeable workforce. This is extremely helpful in running a productive and successful business.


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