This weekend saw the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, which over 4 years, grew to claim the lives of over 9’000’000 （Yes thats 9 Million) service personnel from countries around the world. During WWI, across Europe, the flower of the red poppy became a symbol for remembering all those lost in War. As part of the commemorations this weekend in London, British artist Paul Cummings placed 888’246 ceramic flowers around the Tower of London – one flower for each soul lost from countries around what was then the British Empire.
Cats new typing skills If a hundred monkeys banging away on typewriters could eventually come up with the works of Shakespeare, how long would it take one cat to write a joke? Typing is not just for humans. Meet Snuffles? http://youtu.be/UJ_GuRwvFQE Many thanks to KGOU. See original article.
Paul Smith was born with severe cerebral palsy. In his Oregon nursing, Smith types away with one finger tirelessly. However, he's no author. In fact, he considers himself an artist, and once you see what he's creating you'll certainly agree. http://youtu.be/svzPm8lT36o?list=FLOCo8MSsMgE6DkBBwwsVttw As a touch typing specialist I would not usually promote hunting and pecking at the keyboard, but this is an exception. Paul Smith was born with severe cerebral palsy. He has a special talent, one he has had since an early age. He is unable to use a typewriter like it was intended; in fact, he only uses the letters and symbols on the top row. Paul creates beautiful art using his typewriter, recalling memories and copying from photographs and real works of art. An artist at work. Take a look and see if you agree. We have been teaching how to create this kind of art (ASKII) and [...]
Ontario testing of students' literacy and math skills to go digital KATE HAMMER EDUCATION REPORTER — The Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, Sep. 10 2014, 11:48 AM EDT Thank you Kate Hammer for this article. It is interesting to see that Ontario is piloting the digital testing. "The agency responsible for measuring the reading, writing and math skills of Ontario students announced Wednesday that it will be going digital. Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is poised to introduce an online version of its Grade 10 literacy test in November. About 1,200 students at 30 high schools will take part in a pilot version of the tests in the coming weeks, sitting at computers instead of at desks with a booklet and a pencil." See full article. Online testing in schools I would like to ask a few questions. Are we testing students' knowledge or their ability to use a computer to [...]
Touch Typing vs Hunting and Pecking Did you know there is a scientific difference between "hunting and pecking" and "touch typing" when typing. Someone who hunts and pecks at the keyboard may be using 2, 4 or even all their fingers, but if they look, even just once, they are hunting and pecking. A touch typist knows the location on the keyboard through muscle memory and does not look at the keyboard when typing. This allows the typist to type faster, almost as quick as the thoughts can come into your head. This cannot be achieved with either hunting and pecking or handwriting. Touch Typing - Why is the Cerebellum is important The cerebellum is located at the base of the brain, just above the brain stem, where the spinal cord meets the brain, and is made of two hemispheres. It is shown here by the large blue cog. It plays an [...]
This is probably the most essential shortcut when using a browser. Do you find it frustrating when you have asked Google for a specific word and it takes you to a webpage with thousands of words. Here is a simple solution. Shortcuts...my favourite when browsing the web. PC users Hold down Ctrl + F to find the word or words you are looking for. MAC users Hold down Command + F and type the word you are looking for. Go and try it straight away.
Handwriting is just as important as learning to type. It is all a matter of balance in the 21st Century. Let's allow our children the ability to learn both effectively.
Tom Hanks has decided to enter the tech game and create a new app with a little nostalgia. It’s called the Hanx Writer. The app turns your 21st Century iPad into an old-school manual typewriter. This app has now shot to the top of the iTunes App Store rankings, coming in as no. 1 in both the Productivity section, as well as Overall. His instructions were simple: Don’t make it gimmicky and make sure that it can work with a Bluetooth Keyboard. By using a separate keyboard, you can really get the full effect of seeing the blank white page slowly fill with black type. "I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really, it's for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad," says Hanks. “There’s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a [...]
A successful summer Joshua Clements – Founder of Sci-tek.ca has successfully finished this summer with his new company SCI-TEK.CA and is now getting ready to take his final year at High School. Yes, he is still only 16 years old and has running Spring and Summer courses this year with great success. He joined the Summer Company program with the town of Newmarket in May, 2014 and this enabled him to successfully start up his own company. Sci-tek.ca specializes in teaching children and young adults Robotics, Programming and all things computer science. He has been working with groups of children in a variety of locations, local libraries and classrooms and all his students have had lots of fun. To see his students achieve such a high level of success in his programs gives Joshua a justifiable glow of satisfaction. New courses will run on Wednesday nights and Saturdays. [...]
York Small Business Enterprise Centre: Featured on 12th August 2014. Click here to read the original Article When Zoe Clements lived in England, she was renowned as a trailblazer for being the first teacher to launch, deploy and introduce touch-typing to the school curriculum in London. Yet, when she came to Canada four years ago, she found herself having to start all over again. Here, Clements had no existing, established reputation, network or notoriety, nor any funding capital or financial resources for the entrepreneurial undertaking she was about to embark upon. She did, however, have a BIG idea about the way in which she could help people hone their typing skills using the modern “QWERTY” keyboard (a name resulting from the top-left keyboard keys.) Clements then founded the company called Touch Typing 4 Life, which has since been rebranded as QWERTYNOMICS. She has spent the past four years continuing to develop [...]
Whoever thought that typing was boring never has attended a Qwertynomics typing class. Typing is not like in times gone by, the clickity clack of the keys on an old typewriter today we hear the laughter of students having fun as they type. “Typing is the pen and paper of the 21st century and one of the most fundamental skills used today. All students deserve the right to learn to type correctly from an early age and before poor habits are formed. We help students to succeed through awareness, education and correct skills training, we change lives by improving grades, health, and teaching a lifelong skill.” Let me share a one of many success stories. It is hard to choose just one as there are so many. I will be using a false name to protect their identity. Joe was 11 years old. A different child who was popular with [...]