We have just released some new tickets for our Fall Courses. If you haven't signed up your child yet, now is your chance! Space is limited, so please make sure to register ASAP to guarantee your spot. Typing Courses for Kids Courses for children aged 7 +. Learning to type will be the best gift you can give your child today. Courses are available on weekdays and Saturdays. Learn to Type at the Newmarket Public Library We are excited to announce that we will be running two of our courses at the Newmarket Public Library: • 10 Cool Computer Tips and Tricks ‒ August 19th and 28th, 2014 • Typing Classes for Children ‒ September 10th to October 21st, 2014 (on Wednesday evenings) Robotics for Kids Join us for some robotic fun! Learn how to build and program Lego Robotics. All students are welcome ‒ both inexperienced and experienced [...]
Voice to Text - Who is really listening? I am often asked about the future of the keyboard especially as voice to text is becoming more prevalent. I saw this article today that understands the movement from voice to text and raises a few valuable questions about our privacy. Who is really listening to what we talk about? "The Missing Keyboard, the Big Blab, and the Danger of the Wearable Device" by Rebecca Abrahams. Read more...
We are back. It is so nice to be back online with our new brand - Qwertynomics - Formally Touch Typing 4 Life. We have been working hard behind the scenes on our products, online courses and classes, so that we can offer MORE of a customized, personalised service to MORE of our valued clients around the world (an ever-growing audience!). So far our clients have been so thrilled, satisfied and happy with our solutions and results, that we only rely on word-of-mouth, client testimonials. We are now teaching to 21st Century Skills for life, using modern and highly successful blended learning for all ages. We are now asking everyone, part of the QWERTYNOMICS learning community, to support and assist us with this undertaking in a meaningful way. PLEASE take a look, learn something new and share it with friends and your circles of influence!! Our new content will be [...]
This will be the last blog in 2013. We are looking forward to 2014. Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas. We will be moving sites in the new year. Come and visit us at Qwertynomics.ca. Take a look at our new courses for the new year.
"Many schools aren’t teaching typing anymore because they figure students already are proficient at using keyboards. That’s a wasted opportunity and students are missing out on an essential life skill." It is like learning to swim and drive and a skill that needs to be taught correctly. I recently found this article on the MIT Technology Review website by Anne Trubek - August 15th 2011. As a teacher and a parent I discovered this problem over 10 years ago. Since then we (including over 2000 students) have been working on a solution. 7 years ago Touch Typing 4 Life was born and now Qwertynomics is fully established as one of the most fun and effective ways to learn how to type. Most children start typing on cell phones and computers long before they take keyboarding classes, so many schools, noting this trend, have stopped teaching typing. “The kids already know how [...]
Today is my 40th Birthday and I have just received the most thoughtful present ever from my lovely husband Robert. He has combined some of the passions in my life, my love for organ and piano repair with my obsession with old typewriters. The craftsmanship of the earrings and necklace are impeccable. The personal service/customization and delivery options that the company provided was apparently amazing. We would highly recommend the wonderful jewellery to all those with a passion for vintage and steam punk art. The owner Anne from St Louis, USA has some great products. I would recommend taking a look. Here is the link to her Etsy page. www.thekeyofa.etsy.com Thank you Anne and Robert for making this day special.
Image from www.ladieslearningcode.com Learning to code is vitally important to our economy and everyone has the ability to learn. There are lots of places to learn to code but I would recommend Ladies Learning Code in Toronto. Ladies Learning Code is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that runs workshops for women (and men) who want to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Today they have chapters across Canada, a thriving girls' programs called Girls Learning Code, Kids Learning Code and a permanent workshop space in Toronto. Take a look at their event page and see if they are running a course near you. http://ladieslearningcode.com/events/
Typing and Coding go hand in hand. We use typing to interact with the whole world today. Children are on computers from an early age and it is important to teach them how to use computers correctly and safely. A non-touch-typist has to make sacrifices in order to sustain their productivity. They spend more time hammering out code, then in order to keep up, they have less time doing something else. When it comes to programming, there are only so many things you can sacrifice! For those hunting and pecking at the keyboard or looking at the keyboard when typing code, they are taking thier eyes off the screen and mistakes can easily happen. Learning to touch type is empowering as you can almost type as fast as you think. Why would you want it any other way? Not being able to type is like being an actor without knowing [...]
Everyone in this country should learn how to program a computer…because it teaches you how to think. - Steve Jobs What is the best age to start teaching kids to code? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjc6UX-BFks
This week is coding week. We are starting this week by introducing you to 7 apps to get children started with a little coding. The following sites and apps can help children who have an interesting in gaming and learning to the beginning of coding. If they have basic reading skills they can grasp the basics of thinking and planning in order to make things happen. This is the whole purpose of coding. They can create quizzes, interactive games, animations and more. All of these coding apps are appropriate for elementary students. These require no coding background or expertise and best of all, many of these tools are free, or almost free. Daisy the Dinosaur Platform: iPad Cost: Free! From the makers of Hopscotch, Daisy targets the youngest coders. The interface is similar to Hopscotch but much simpler. There is only a dinosaur to move and only basic functions to use, but [...]
This week is "Hour of Code" week, but what do we need to learn first. Children learning to code is the next hot topic on the market. Whether your child will grow up to be the next Zuckerberg, programming is a highly useful skill for them to learn as it teaches them creativity, communication skills and vital problem-solving skills. The foundations to coding should begin with learning how to type. I am not just talking about hunting and pecking at the keyboard, but proper touch typing. Did you know that there is a difference? If you look at your hands whilst typing, even when you are using all of your fingers, you are not typing correctly. By learning to touch typing correctly you will never need to look at your hands again saving you time and increasing your productivity.The necessary knowledge of typing is a foundational skill that applies to [...]