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Write emails in a quarter of the time?

By | September 9th, 2015|Adult learning, General, Supporting Special Needs, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

What if I told you it's possible to write emails in a quarter of the time? Well, believe it or not, it is possible. Yet 80% of people haven't realized how easy it is to do. And that makes me sad :'( ... because it only takes 10 hours to learn do). First, understand these two basic facts: The average person types at 25 WPM The average person reads at 300 WPM In other words, the average person can read roughly eight times faster than they can type. That poses an interesting question ... Why in the world are we still hunting and pecking at the keys??? It doesn't make any sense. We type eight times slower than we read, so why do we continually peck away at the keyboard? We are literally wasting time. And since the average worker spends 28% of their time in email, I'm willing to do anything in [...]

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Week 3 – Rebus Word Challenge

By | September 5th, 2015|General, Humour, Rebus|0 Comments

See the words, see the rhyme, take the challenge,  it's Rubus time.

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Week 2 – Rebus Word Challenge

By | September 4th, 2015|General, Humour, Rebus|0 Comments

See the words, see the rhyme, take the challenge,  it's Rubus time.

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Take the Rebus Word Challenge

By | September 3rd, 2015|General, Humour, Rebus, Social Media|0 Comments

We love to play with words and text at Qwertynomics. Have you ever heard of a Rebus? A rebus is an illusion device that uses pictures or text to represent words or parts of words. We have modernized the Rebus and now only use words for our Word Play. We challenge our students to stretch their minds and create their own word games by using the new typing skills they have learnt. This allows them to create some very interesting challenges for each other. Through our Social Media we would like to test your brain too and share these with you. Every Thursday at 1 pm we are going to post a new challenge. See how quick you can guess them. Share with friends and test their brains too and see if they can guess what they are quicker than you! Are you ready?

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Gift of Learning

By | December 10th, 2014|Adult learning, Children's Health, General, Technology in Education|0 Comments

Are you looking for something different to give as a gift this year. Whether you are looking for a gift for a child, teen or adult we have something for you. We offer gift vouchers for the full cost of a course or maybe you would just like to contribute a little to the gift. It is your choice. Each gift is sent to you directly. Please give us a call to discuss your custom needs. Deadline for last orders to be sent is the 17th December 2015. Call us at 905 235 2269

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Schools will start teaching typing instead of longhand

By | December 2nd, 2014|General, Supporting Special Needs, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

There are a few countries taking the lead but do they have the teaching techniques and skill they need? I found this interesting article in the Helsinki Times and thought I would share this with you. TEACHING children to write is transitioning to a computer era, as traditional cursive writing and calligraphy will not be taught at Finnish schools after the autumn 2016 and will be replaced with the study of typing skills, reported Savon Sanomat on 18 November. "Fluent typing skills are an important national competence," explained Minna Harmanen from the National Board of Education which is currently finalising the guidelines for the new study of writing. Harmanen acknowledged that waiving handwriting will be a major cultural transformation, but added that schools will still have room for altering their studies: when the teachers want, they can still teach longhand. Typing should be also easier to connect to teaching everyday [...]

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Typewriter History

By | December 2nd, 2014|General, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

Before the age of the computer, typewriters fulfilled our need to write faster than our pens would allow. The gentle click of keys on a keyboard are no match for the loud strikes of a letter key pressing paper to inked ribbon and platen to create an inked letter upon a clean white page. The end of a line of type was signaled by the loud ding of a bell followed by the slamming of the carriage as a new, fresh line of paper appeared. The history of the typewriter is as intricate as the machine itself. Although attempts at a “writing machine” were made as early as the eighteenth century, the first successful typewriter was invented in Milwaukee in the late 1860s. These early machines were crude and the keys had a tendency to jam. Mark Twain was an early purchaser of the typewriter though he complained that it [...]

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Typing on Tablet Computers Might Cause Muscle Issues

By | November 30th, 2014|Children's Health, General, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

Using a tablet computer for a long time, especially when typing, is much more likely to cause muscle problems in the user’s upper body than typing on a physical keyboard, a study conducted by the Northern Illinois University cited by the Daily Mail reveals. These problems are caused by the different nature of the virtual keyboards from the traditional ones – while on a conventional keyboard users can rest their fingers on the keys, but in case of the virtual one they need to keep their hands hovering above the keys to avoid accidental key presses. This can lead to a condition called “prolonged static muscle loading” in the shoulders, when muscles are kept tense and motionless over a longer period of time. According to Jeong Ho Kim, lead author of the study, this prolonged static muscle loading can lead to musculoscheletal disorders, causing discomfort in the shoulders, and possibly [...]

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A Chorus of Keys: Drop the Space

By | November 30th, 2014|General, Humour|0 Comments

The evolution of keyboard is greatly portrayed by The Verge’s “A Chorus of Keys: Drop the Space”. The orchestrated performance of iconic keyboards throughout the ages is presented in honor of IBM’s clicky Model M Keyboard. See different models of keyboards – from typewriters to BlackBerry Curve QWERTY keyboard – all present in one video! Many thanks to The Verge for this brilliant video.

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Can Typing help you stay fit?

By | November 25th, 2014|General, Humour|0 Comments

I have just found this on the internet and wanted to share this with you. Typing OCD has kicked in for me as they are not using a Qwerty Keyboard formation. Would you notice? We all wish to remain fit but because of our busy schedule we rarely get a chance to workout properly. Fortunately, the question appears to have found a question now. Here is a funny keyboard cum punching bag that gives you an option to enjoy work-out session just when you are typing. Take a look at this funny and innovative keyboard that gives the best option to remain fit along with your work.

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Entrepreneur of the Year – Finalist – Video

By | November 4th, 2014|Events, General, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

Finalist ‒ Entrepreneur of the Year Award The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards has been recognizing Newmarket businesses whose business achievements or community involvement have made significant contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Town of Newmarket. This year’s recipients were honoured at the Business Excellence Awards Dinner Thursday, October 16, 2014 at The Manor byPeterandpauls.com. The evening was entertaining from beginning to end with music, live entertainment and dancing. We were honoured to be recognized as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Thank you to everyone who made this a wonderful night to remember.

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Typewriter Art with a difference

By | October 16th, 2014|Adult learning, General, Supporting Special Needs, Technology in Education|0 Comments

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 [...]