Touch Typing Research and Development

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My ‘domain’ and passion: providing advisory and consultancy services to individuals, businesses, schools and all levels of users of technologies, devices and applications, from all walks of life and levels of mastery! Developed a touch typing program to teach children and adults how to touch typing giving them a skill for life.

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Coding and Typing – Hand in hand

By | February 10th, 2017|Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

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 their 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 [...]

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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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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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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 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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War, it’s not just a game on the computer

By | November 4th, 2014|Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

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.

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One Cat Typing

By | October 16th, 2014|Humour, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

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? Many thanks to KGOU. See original article. 

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Ontario testing in schools goes digital

By | October 15th, 2014|General, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

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 [...]

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How Touch Typing is training your Brain to type effectively

By | October 15th, 2014|General, Supporting Special Needs, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

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 [...]

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Handwriting vs Typing

By | October 11th, 2014|Supporting Special Needs, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

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.    

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Actor Tom Hanks Releases Typewriter App

By | September 3rd, 2014|iPad Tips and Tricks, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

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 [...]