The most asked questions about touch typing

    Is it bad to type with just two fingers?      If you type occasionally, typing with just two fingers shouldn’t really pose a problem but if you type regularly, for prolonged periods of time, it could become problematic. This is because it has been proven that typing with just two fingers, for long periods increases the chances of developing RSI, (Repetitive Strain Injury). This is why it is always preferable to touch type correctly and follow good practice.     Is it hard to learn to type?   No. Typing is a skill which is relatively simple to learn. All you need is a reputable typing software, with a proven teaching method, clear and correct instruction and one that builds muscle memory. Then it’s just practice and a little determination. (Our Accelerated Learning teaching method will teach you to type the a-z keys in just 90 minutes.)     How can I teach myself to type?   Firstly, use an approved and reputable typing software. There are a variety to choose from, from ‘free’ to ‘paid’ products. Some include gaming or video based instruction and some do not. Preferably, choose a software that is research based, has a proven teaching method, clear and correct instruction and one that builds muscle memory and develops speed. If time is of major consideration, choose KAZ. Our Accelerated Learning teaching method, which was developed through science and research and designed to teach typing skills with minimal fuss, will teach you to type quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, it has been tried, tested and proven to work. There aren’t many typing tutors that can back up their courses with scientific research.     How long does it take to learn typing fast?   This really varies from person to person and from one course to another. With our proven Accelerated Learning teaching method, you will learn to touch type the a-z keys in just 90 minutes and complete the whole of the keyboard in just 4 hours. The majority of our users leave KAZ typing at around 50wpm. However, don’t expect to be typing at 100wpm after a week. Learning to type correctly takes time but within weeks you will see a rapid improvement, which should really encourage you.       What about gaming?    Well it all depends on what you want from a course but research has proven that whilst gaming appears fun, it actually delays or extends the learning process, which if you think about, makes sense. If you want to learn to type quickly, choose a reputable software that is proven to work and delivered in a simple and light hearted manner.      What is the best website to learn typing?     There are various websites which offer free or paid courses. Ideally, you should choose a site that is reputable, fully secure and ad-free for online learning. Look for the padlock symbol in the browser bar and always read the data policy and Terms & Conditions before signing up. Additionally, check licensing prior to signing - is it a simple one off annual payment or are there continual monthly fees which only stop once you cancel the subscription? KAZ only charge one annual fee which does not renew automatically. An email reminder is sent out one month prior to the licence expiry, allowing you to renew if you wish to.     What is the best typing program for free?    Some programs may be free but nowadays, with cyber security and data theft a prime concern, the question should be; Is my data and browsing history (and that of others who use this software) safe? One should always read the data policy and T&Cs. The real question that should be asked is why would a course be given away for free?   What about downloading software?   Generally, it is strongly advised against downloading files from the internet but if you do, all downloaded files should come from a reputable source, with the software house clearly displaying their Apple and Microsoft developer credentials.       Why should I pay for a typing program?   Paying for a product indicates the willingness to benefit from a specialised product that is safe to use. Normally, when a product is paid for there is the added incentive to use it and complete the learning.     What is the best app to learn typing?    One which meets the following criteria - teaches correct posture whist typing and informs about RSI. Teaches correct finger placement, using a proven teaching method, includes practice modules to build muscle memory and allows for practice to develop speed and accuracy.       Is Typing 40wpm good?   Yes. Typing at 40 wpm is considered a good typing speed from which you can build automaticity and with practice, increase speed. Our research has shown that 35wpm is the tipping point, when all fingers and thumbs are used. This research is backed up by our work with various bodies such as the MOD and City & Guilds.     How do I start typing?    Most people are normally typing one way or another but often with just 2 or a few fingers. Typing like this will generally limit you to 25/30 wpm, with an increased risk of developing RSI. Choosing a reputable software with a proven teaching method, would be your best way forward. It should teach you effortlessly and you will find that once the skill is automatised you will be able to plan, compose and edit without even realising it, a term we call ‘Think-type’.   Is it possible to type at 200wpm?   Whilst in theory it is possible to type at extraordinary speeds but this is normally in short bursts. However it is always recommended to give fingers a break after 2-5 minutes of continuous typing as this reduces the risk of RSI.     What is the average wpm for a 13 year old?     This obviously varies from child to child and can vary from 15 to 80+ wpm. Children are very quick to pick up the skill, which adds to the mystery of why this skill isn’t on the curriculum in all countries. The earlier a child learns the skill the better. However consider a starting age of around 6/7 years, as hands will have grown sufficiently and fingers develop good dexterity.   How can I speed up my keyboard typing?    Practice, practice and more practice and always maintain discipline… Practice not only on your software but also on emails, essays and at work. It is so important to keep discipline and not resort back to bad habits. If necessary, refresh on the KAZ course as many times as needed.       How do you type special characters?   A good software will demonstrate and teach you how to use the punctuation, shift keys and the number keys. Remember, not all keyboards have a number pad. So, software should teach the number row which is located on the top row of the keyboard.     Can you learn to touch type in a week?    Yes, with KAZ you can. Our Accelerating Teaching method and ©phrases, using ‘brain balance’ will do just that. Our course has been specifically designed to teach you to type the a-z keys in just 90 minutes and the rest is just practice.        Can I learn typing on a laptop?   Yes. Laptops and desktops are ideal for learning, as they all have correctly sized keyboards. However, not all courses work across all devices, such as iPads and tablets. Also remember that correct workstation setup is key for efficient typing. You should be relaxed and correctly distanced from the keyboard. A good typing tutor will explain all this. Some people use extra keyboards or screens for proper workstation setups.       Why does the KAZ course work?   Unlike other typing software, our method is patented, has a white paper written on its effectiveness by the Open University and most importantly, works! The method was tested prior to launch in over 300 adult education learning centres across the UK and only released to market when over 90% (93%) of individuals learned to type the a-z keys in just 90 minutes.     Anything else…?   All our learning modules are just that, learning. You are not hampered in progressing through the course by needing to type at a certain speed, collect badges or watch countless videos. Learning through mistakes ensures you build muscle memory gradually.   However, in the testing and SpeedBuilding modules you can only progress if you press the correct key, which is how we then enforce muscle memory.  Also as all vocabulary is ‘real word’, there is no ‘gobbledegook’ or ‘nonsense words’ which can all confuse or delay leaning.           Why can I trust KAZ?   We’re a real company used by government, schools, business and individuals worldwide. See our testimonials on sites such as We are registered as a company in the UK, clearly display our phone, address and contact details on our website and are registered with the leading data controllers We take data control seriously. Added to that we’re members of BESA, NAACE to name just a few. We are constantly striving to make the user experience better and our courses suitable for all, so always expect exceptional updates to our software!     and lastly to sum up…   Remember specific fingers should only press certain keys. If you learn to type correctly, you can achieve regular typing speeds in excess of 70 words per minute (wpm). It is important to learn correctly as incorrect typing, such as ‘hunt and peck’, can increase the risk of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).   It is widely accepted, in the teaching and learning profession that methods using an Accelerated Learning teaching method are far more effective, engaging and work. Effective learning leads to a higher completion rate, higher satisfaction rate and the skill learned!   It is important to realise that if learning is not delivered correctly, it can be counter-productive.  

06/10/2021 11:53:28


City & Guilds Assured typing test for ‘O’ level stage and above

Digital credentials for students   As a result of the pandemic, there has been a global change in delivering education. Online learning and using a computer have become crucial elements for both teachers and students. Secondary school teachers have recognised the necessity to teach students how to touch type, to prepare them for ‘O’ levels, further education and the workplace. They have been searching for touch typing programs with testing modules from recognised bodies to include in their ‘digital literacy program’ and curriculum. For this reason, City & Guilds have lowered their minimum age requirements for their KAZ ‘City & Guilds Assured’ touch typing test to 14 years of age (for invigilated testing only).   A ‘City & Guilds Assured’ test offers external validation from a trusted global brand, providing a mark of learning quality and credibility   An ‘Assured’ status is only awarded to programmes that meet City & Guild’s strict benchmark standards, demonstrating commitment to quality training     KAZ ‘City & Guilds Assured’ touch typing test The test consists of two parts:   Multiple-choice paper   The multiple-choice paper consists of 15 questions, evenly covering three different areas - 'Correct Posture’ - when sitting at a computer, 'Repetitive Strain Injury’ - meaning, causes, signs, symptoms and preventative measures and 'Touch Typing Technique.’ All these topics are covered in the ‘Flying Start’ module training before the test.   Typing test    The typing test records typing speed and accuracy.   Pass Mark A ‘City & Guilds Assured’ pass will be attained when students achieve the following scores: Words/minute – 35 Accuracy – 80% Multiple-choice score – 80% (12/15)   City & Guilds invigilation guidelines for schools The invigilator is responsible for upholding the integrity of the test and ensuring proper conduct of the examination. The invigilator must also ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities.   Responsibilities of the invigilator: The assessment room is correctly set up, with a sign on the outside indicating that an assessment is in progress   The assessment room has appropriate conditions conducive to sitting an examination – i.e. appropriate heating, lighting, ventilation and level of external noise   He/she is aware of the location of the nearest toilet   The seating plan is appropriate   All computers are in place and in good working order and that an e-Learning technologist is present, to deal with any technical issues that may arise. Spare computers must be available in the room should they be required   Adequate checks are conducted to confirm the identity of all students – photo I.D. is essential   The school has made appropriate reasonable adjustments for students with particular assessment requirements before the assessment date and these are made known to the invigilator     During the assessment, the invigilator must: Supervise the candidates and give their complete attention to their duties whilst the assessment is in progress   Be vigilant and remain aware of emerging situations, looking out for cheating and malpractice or candidates who may be feeling unwell. Any irregularities must be recorded   Move around the assessment room quietly and at frequent intervals   Must have access to a mobile phone (switched to silent), to summon help, should they need to, without leaving the room     Certification Procedure     On successfully passing both the multiple-choice paper and typing test, students will automatically receive a congratulatory message and once the invigilator clicks the ‘Generate the Certificate’ tab in the admin panel, students will be emailed a co-branded digital Certificate to showcase their new skill externally via the web – i.e. social media profiles, C.V.’s and job application forms. The digital badge may take up to 28 days to be emailed, as it is dependent on the City & Guilds processing department.   If students are unsuccessful Should students be unsuccessful in attaining their ‘City & Guilds’ on their first attempt, they may try again as many times as they wish. Although students may re-sit immediately, it is recommended they wait 24 hours and re-visit the ‘Flying Start’ module, which is incorporated into the KAZ training before the test.  

16/08/2021 10:43:32


KAZ Type, BBC Schools Dance Mat Typing and others

(4 minute read) Choosing the correct touch typing software for students can pose a real headache for schools and teachers, simply because there are so many to choose from. At the end of the day, they should all do the same thing, teach students to touch type. So, where do you start and what should you look for? A good typing software should be inclusive, safe and secure, record progress and have an effective and proven teaching method that builds muscle memory, producing results.   BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing                            BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing is a free resource and uses a similar method of teaching as several other typing software. Their teaching method includes videos, colour coded keys, games, badges, loud audio and bright moving visuals, etc.      Image – BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing   Does this method really work? Is there any science or research behind it to say it does? Does in build muscle memory and automaticity and most importantly, is it truly inclusive and suitable for the whole class? Some mainstream typing software claim to be SEN enabled but when you try them out, it is not always the case. Children get diagnosed with differences such as dyslexia at different stages of their school life. Until they are, they struggle to learn due to various challenges such as visual disturbances. If you think about it, how can a child learn to read, spell, write or type when the letters in front of them are blurred, jumping around or moving off the page altogether, accompanied with loud audio and continual onscreen distractions? As mentioned above, if you want to be assured of choosing the right typing software, choose one that is safe and secure for online learning, easy to use, developed through research, tried, tested, proven to work, industry recognised and one that is truly inclusive and caters for the whole class.   KAZ is an inclusive touch typing software suitable for both mainstream and special needs students  Scientifically developed through research by a team of experts responsible for producing 55 RSA/NVQ courses Trialled and tested by 18,000 students per year, over 3 years, in 300 private training centres across the UK Uses a proven Accelerated Learning teaching method, incorporating both brain balance and muscle memory Includes a special module for developing automaticity  All SEN aspects were developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust Includes a unique ©preference screen, minimising visual disturbances before students start learning  Simple in presentation, easy to use and delivered in a light hearted-manner  Safe and secure - KAZ are members of and ensure your student data is protected Teacher’s admin panel allows easy upload of student lists and monitoring of student progress in real-time  Affordable - prices to suit all school budgets Available: Download for Mac/PC, SCORM & Online, the new mode of learning, for practice beyond the classroom   The KAZ course has proven so effective that it was shortlisted as a finalist for several academic awards: Bett Awards in 2006 and 2019, Teach Primary 2019/20 and Teach Secondary 2019/20                                   There are not many typing tutors which have been tried, tested, proven and used by the Open University   KAZ Type Vs Bitesize Dance Mat Typing A Comparison                                                Why teach children how to touch type?   Children are like sponges, they absorb information without even realising it and it has been proven that the earlier they begin learning, the easier it is for them to master a skill. As for neurodivergent students, touch typing offers a new medium for learning and communicating, building confidence and self-esteem. In some cases, it can be life-changing!   Helpful tips  Once you’ve mastered the skill, touch typing is the fastest way to write. It just takes a little dedication and practice but the most important things to remember are:  Don’t rush – work at your own pace Follow the instructions Always start with your fingers on the ‘home row’ and use the correct fingers Take a break when you’re tired of concentrating or when your eyes, hands and fingers are tired    Safety at the computer Take care of yourself and prevent Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Sit with correct posture and follow the guidance below.    Adult & Junior KAZ Bird – Posture Image ©                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

21/07/2021 10:20:12


How to Improve and Become an Expert in Touch Typing - A Complete Guide

  Typing fast is an essential element for completing your daily computer-related work quickly and efficiently, be it at home or the office. Typing at an average speed with just two or a few fingers is not sufficient. In today’s world of computers and technology, you need to be able to touch type fast and accurately.    What is touch typing? Touch typing is the subconscious skill where you learn to type with all your fingers, thumbs and without continually looking down at the keyboard, saving you time and guarding against Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). However, to become an expert in touch typing, you need to master certain techniques.  When touch typing, you need to use all your fingers and thumbs because each key on the keyboard relates to a specific finger or a specific thumb.   Follow these simple guidelines to learn touch typing: QWERTY All keyboards have a similar design, however in this blog we concentrate on the QWERTY layout (the same layout as a smartphone’s touch keys).     Image – QWERTY Keyboard Layout -     Starting position - ‘Home Position’  The starting position for your fingers when getting ready to touch type, or when they are at rest and not typing is called the ‘home position’ and the keys you place your fingers on are called the ‘home keys’. The ‘home position’ is situated on the middle row of your keyboard as highlighted below.   F and J indicators  All keyboards have raised markers (bumps or grooves) on the ‘F’ and ‘J’ keys. These markers are where you should place your index fingers, followed by the rest of your fingers, to form the ‘home position’. The raised bumps and grooves allow you to place your fingers on the ‘F’ and ‘J’ keys by touch, without the need to look down at the keyboard.   Left-hand positioning Position your index finger on ‘ F’, middle finger on ‘D’, ring finger on ‘S’ and little finger on ‘A’. Right-hand positioning Position your index finger on ‘J’, middle finger on ‘K’, ring finger on ‘L’ and little finger on ‘;’ (semicolon).  Position of thumbs In the case of both hands, your thumbs should rest on the spacebar. Correct finger positions for the ‘home keys’ on your keyboard Image – Home Row Keys - Memorise the keyboard structure To learn touch typing, you need to memorize the keyboard layout. There is no need to rush. With regular practice, muscle memory will build and you will quickly get acquainted with the layout of the keyboard. Remember the association of letters and fingers Again, with regular practice, you will learn the correct finger positioning for each key and its association with each letter on the keyboard. As muscle memory develops, you will find your fingers will automatically move to the correct keys, allowing you to type quickly. This is known as ‘think-typing’. A good touch typing softwarewill teach you this. Different software use different methods. Several use colour coded keys but KAZ uses a unique Accelerated Learning teaching method and teach the a-z keys using 5 scientifically structured and trademarked phrases. Their method has been tried, tested and proven to work and teach you the a-z keys in just 90 minutes.     Here is a list of which fingers to use to press specific keys Q, A, Z, Shift, Tab and Caps Lock - Press using the little finger of your left hand  W, S and X – Press using the ring finger of your left hand  E, D and C - Press using the middle finger of your left hand R, F, V, B, G and T - Press using the index finger of your left hand  P, ; , : , ' , ""), / , ? , { } , [ ] , \ , | , Shift, Backspace, Enter - Use the little finger of your right hand  O, l, ".", > - Press using the ring finger of your right hand I, K, ", ", < - Press using the middle finger of your right hand U, J, N, M, H, and Y - Press using the index finger of your right hand  Space Bar - Press using either your right or left thumb     Conclusion   The above are just guidelines to help you become more adept at touch typing but the best touch typing software will take you through each of the steps in order, provide additional information on the importance of correct posture whilst sitting at a computer and explain about the effects, causes, symptoms and preventative measures of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).    The KAZ touch typing course uses a unique and proven Accelerated Learning teaching method. Incorporating ‘brain balance’, its 5 scientifically structured and trademarked phrases teach the a-z keys easily and efficiently, in just 90 minutes.     Additionally, it offers structured exercises to develop muscle memory, promoting automaticity and a speed building module, increasing speed and accuracy. The course will help you meet your goal and become a touch typing expert.      

20/05/2021 10:04:18


Mainstream and Neurodiverse City & Guilds Assured Edition

  Recognition of world-class training   KAZ’s ‘City & Guilds Assured’ touch typing course is suitable for both mainstream and neurodivergent individuals     A ‘City & Guilds Assured’ programme offers external recognition and validation from a trusted global brand, providing a mark of learning excellence and credibility.     An ‘Assured’ status is only awarded to programmes that meet City & Guilds strict benchmark standards, demonstrating a commitment to quality training.     An ‘Assured’ status sets a training program apart from its competitors – confirming confidence and reassurance that its training meets best practice standards.     KAZ’s mainstream and neurodiverse touch typing program was noted to have achieved and exceeded the above criteria and is now ‘City & Guilds Assured’.     How does Assured benefit individuals?   Set yourself apart from your peers, provide a competitive edge with your ‘Assured’ online credentials. Supported by Credly’s Acclaim, ‘Assured’ provides all successful candidates with a co-branded digital credential (certificate and badge), enabling them to showcase their quality skill and achievement externally via the web on social media profiles, CVs and job application forms – equipping them with an extra tool to help gain employment.   How does ‘Assured’ benefit employers? As an employer, ‘Assured’ allows you to:   Motivate employees By recognising their success and awarding them digital certification from a world recognised body.   Attract, recruit and retain talent Demonstrate to your current, future employees and supply chain, your investment in the highest quality training.   Competitive advantage Shine a light on exceptional in-house training by tapping into 140 years of expertise. Show your supply chain, end customers and investors that your training is best in class.   How does the course work? The KAZ touch typing program – ‘City & Guilds Assured’ has been designed for individuals aged 15 years plus, or 14 years of age for invigilated environments.    The program consists of KAZ’s award-winning Accelerated Learning course, plus a ‘NEW’ City & Guilds assessment module, comprising a ‘Multiple Choice Paper’ and a ‘Typing Test’.   Program Duration The program is licensed for one year and is ‘on-demand’ (i.e. the learner can access the course online at any time and progress through the course at their own pace).   Typically, the program takes just 90 minutes to teach the A-Z keys and approximately 4 hours to cover the whole keyboard - all of which can be divided and learned in short modules.   After completing the first four modules, learners should undertake daily practise on the fifth module - KAZ SpeedBuilder, to develop speed and accuracy and aim to consistently attain 35 words/minute and 80% accuracy (‘City & Guilds’ pass mark). How long this will take will vary depending on how much time individual learners dedicate to daily practise. Where possible, we recommend an hour’s practise a day, over a period of a few weeks, unless the learner is already proficient.   Unique Preference Screen The inclusive and multi-sensory program teaches typing skills whilst minimising visual disturbances using a unique 'preference screen', developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust. This opening screen offers learners a choice of preferences, tailoring the course for maximum visibility comfort.       Preferences include: Choice of coloured background/filter screens – for reducing white screen glare   Choice of 2 specific DRT research-based background/filter colours - for steadying letter movement and blurring (the program has been specially adapted to replicate as best possible the effect of these coloured filters)   Choice of dyslexic friendly typefaces (including 2 licensed dyslexic fonts) – for ease of reading   Choice of font colour – for contrast from background screen colour   Choice of font size – for optimum visibility comfort and to minimize fusing and crowding of letters   Choice of Keyboard – for optimum visibility comfort   Once the learner has selected their preferences and can read the sample text comfortably, their options are 'Saved' and applied throughout the course, tailoring it for maximum visibility comfort.   The program also provides an ‘Audio Descriptive’ version, including ‘speaking keys’ and spoken instruction for visually impaired learners and a ‘Text Only’ version with written/visual instruction for the hearing impaired.   Program Structure and Delivery Method The KAZ program uses a unique Accelerated Learning teaching method. Incorporating both 'muscle memory' and 'brain balance', it engages the major senses of sight, sound and touch simultaneously, radically enhancing memory retention and recall - which is why it is so effective. Using specific combinations and progressions of just 11 words in 5 scientifically structured phrases, the method trains the fingers on both hands to work symmetrically and simultaneously – a direct result of both hemispheres of the brain working at the same time –‘brain balance’. No other typing tutor works in this way.   The program consists of 6 modules:   Flying Start – (Introduces the course, the navigational tool, teaches correct posture whilst sitting at a computer and the meaning, causes, signs, symptoms and preventative measures of Repetitive Strain Injury)   The Basics – (Teaches the A-Z keys using 5 scientifically structured and trademarked phrases)            Just Do It – (Offers additional exercises to reinforces the A-Z keys and build muscle memory)   And The Rest - (Teaches the punctuation keys)   SpeedBuilder – (Offers daily practise - increasing speed and accuracy)   City & Guilds Assessment – (Consists of a Multiple Choice Paper and a typing test)   The learner should work through the first four modules in sequence. They should progress through the program at their own pace and return to any module of the course, at any time, should they wish to refresh.    On completing the first four modules, they should then commence the fifth module – KAZ ‘SpeedBuilder’ and practise until they consistently achieve 35 words/minute and accuracy of 80% (City & Guild’s pass mark).   Once they are ready, they should commence the final module – ‘City & Guilds Assessment’, where they will be presented with a multiple-choice paper and a typing test.   Program Assessment The assessment’s objective is to evaluate the learner’s knowledge on what they have been taught throughout the program and consists of:   Multiple choice paper - consisting of 15 questions, evenly covering three different areas - 'Correct Posture’ - when sitting at a computer, 'Repetitive Strain Injury’ - meaning, causes, signs, symptoms and preventative measures and 'Touch Typing Technique.’   Typing Test - (Recording speed and accuracy).   A City & Guilds pass will be attained when the candidate achieves the following scores:   Words/minute – 35 Accuracy – 80% Multiple-choice score – 80% (12/15)   Should the candidate be unsuccessful in attaining their ‘City & Guilds’ on their first attempt, they may try again by pressing the ‘RE-SIT’ button. Although they may re-sit immediately, we recommend they wait 24 hours and re-visit the ‘Flying Start’ and / or the KAZ ‘SpeedBuilder’ module.   On successfully passing the course, candidates will automatically receive a congratulatory message. Once verification has been completed, they will be emailed a co-branded digital certificate and badge, to showcase their quality skill externally via the web – i.e. social media profiles, C.V.’s and job application forms. The badge may take up to 28 days to be emailed, as it is dependent on the City & Guilds processing department.            With its new ‘City & Guilds Assured’ status, KAZ hopes to equip all successful candidates, both mainstream and neurodivergent with a globally recognised credential they can use to help gain employment.           

20/05/2021 09:57:29


What is safe and secure software?

  What is safe and secure software?     There are numerous free programs available for use on the internet. However, when children are learning online, school teachers and parents are responsible for their safety. They need to assure that their children/students and their data is safe and secure and not being spammed, as can often be the case with free software.   “I initially got another typing tutor and was emailed continuously with snippets of information. It continued, in spite of me telling them to stop. I cancelled my subscription and bought KAZ. I’m so pleased I did - it just worked and no spam!” Mary Owen UK.     Why give the software away for free?   Generally, free software is a means for gathering or ‘harvesting’ data and/or for generating revenue from advertising. However, the real concern is what is done with this data?   “Where did they get my information, my email, learn my shopping habits, what I like to eat, read…?”   Data collection is a science, with degrees and doctorates in the subject. Google and Facebook are just a couple amongst many who harvest and collect data. They can establish where, when and how we shop, purchase and browse. Allegedly, elections have been won using this science!         Where do they get our information?   From your browsing history and your favourite blogging/posting sites. Remember, by just browsing, your location and search history can be monitored.   With ‘opt-in’ sites, there is an even larger collection of data, as ‘opting-in’ gives the site the go-ahead to gather more information, such as email addresses, job titles, sectors etc.   Additionally, free courses may place a cookie on your computer, to harvest data and by ‘opting in’, you are allowing them to show advertisements or pop-ups. These may or may not be appropriate for you. How can you guarantee the content from a site you have no control over? We are all aware of ‘cookies’, ‘bugs’ and ‘worms’. Essentially, these are all the same but some are malicious, others are not. So, before you download freeware, check the site is secure, guarantees are in place and if they have a: privacy policy data policy       But I have anti-virus software…   There is a very good reason why we all have some form of anti-virus software installed on our computers, protecting us and our data. These subscriptions keep our computers safe by constantly fighting cyberwars and updating bug fixes, infecting both your computer and that of the wider web community. However, they cannot stop us giving our data away freely. Recent GDPR rules and regulations gave us a reprieve for a few months but all seems to have reverted, with inboxes filling with junk /spam.     Safe and Secure…   Remember, you have to safeguard your family, especially your children, keeping their data and online environment safe.   Teachers are responsible for ensuring the health, wellbeing and online safety and security of all colleagues and for protecting their students and their data.   Is it really worth taking a risk with free software? What are the legal implications? Is the company legally registered? Can you contact them and is their information clearly displayed? Always read their Privacy and Data Policies.   KAZ's website and all courses are safe and secure   KAZ are members of They strictly adhere to all their rules and regulations.    They are a UK registered company and guarantee no pop-ups, no advertising and no solicitation by email. Their Privacy and Data Policy is clearly displayed on their website      

19/05/2021 11:09:57


Which is the best touch typing software?

Learn to type   There are numerous comparison sites such as;,, and They all review typing software. They highlight both the positives and negatives of each product and provide tips on how to help improve your typing technique, how to up your accuracy and how to learn to type faster.     Individuals, schools, businesses and typing comparison sites all look for different criteria when choosing or recommending typing software. Criteria such as: Price – is it free, affordable or expensive?   Teaching method – is it proven to work?   Is it game-based?   Is it suitable for Mac/PC and available online and/or as a download etc.?   Is it inclusive – suitable for mainstream individuals, as well as those with differences like dyslexia? So many questions!    So what should you look for and what should a good touch typing software include?   If you want to be assured of choosing the right typing software, here are a few points to consider. Is the product:   Safe and secure for online use   Developed through science and research   Tried, tested, proven to work   Easy to use     Builds muscle memory    Monitors & records progress and highlights problem keys   Works across all platforms    Truly inclusive, catering for both mainstream and neurodivergent individuals   Affordable   Industry recognised     Safe and Secure All software, especially if it is online, should be safe and secure to use. You, your children, your students or your employees’ data should be protected at all time. Ensure the software company you buy from is registered with a data protection organisation, follows their strict rules and regulations and has its ‘Privacy Policy’ available to view on their website   Developed through science and research A product that has been developed through science and research, holds authority and gives confidence when buying     Tried, tested, proven to work A proven ‘teaching method’ that has been trialled, tested and proven to work and teaches you to type quickly and efficiently offers reassurance, especially when research papers are provided   Easy to Use Simple and light-hearted presentation with easy to follow instruction is key to learning. Busy and complicated features can confuse, distract, delay or put off learning   Builds muscle memory  If you’re serious about learning to touch type, you need to invest in a software that includes modules to develop automaticity, as it is only through the repetition of typing real word vocabulary that muscle memory is built. Many software give a taste of finger movements and skill, but they do not offer sufficient exercises to develop automaticity   Monitors and records progress  Programs that monitor and record progress will allow you to evaluate your touch typing technique and progression. Choose one that will highlight problematic keys, allow you to re-fresh in the areas you need to - strengthening your weaknesses   Works across all platforms  Typing software should be available across all platforms, to suit individual preference: Download for Mac and PC, Online and in SCORM format, suitable for LMS      Affordable  Truly inclusive, catering for both mainstream and neurodivergent individuals  If you are an individual with special educational needs, or an education or business establishment, choose a software that is truly inclusive, suitable for both mainstream and neurodivergent individuals, as this will cater for everybody and help level the playing field. The program should be multi-sensory and include features such as a preference screen to address visual disturbances    Industry recognised A product that has been recognised, i.e. shortlisted or has won awards, shows its calibre and worth and reassures you when buying    Review  On reviewing a selection of touch typing software, they all had their positives and negatives. Several claimed to be superior products, using various teaching methods but have their methods been tried, tested and proven to work? Is there any scientific research to say they have and if so, is it published for all to see?   One software that has been tried, tested and proven to work, have published their findings on their website and did tick all the boxes was… KAZ Type.   Voted No 1 typing software on:   ... and also recommended by Which? magazine.   ‘To get the maximum benefits from a keyboard, you need to be able to touch - type. Learning how to do this is made easier by programs such as KAZ (Keyboard A–Z), which claims to deliver benefits in just 90 minutes. KAZ has Corporate, Adult, Junior and Dyslexia editions...Touch-typing really does save you time… and you are never too old to learn.’  (Which? Magazine - February 2020)  

29/03/2021 09:34:42


Inclusive software - Why it can make teaching so much easier

  Why it can make teaching so much easier   When talking about professions, teaching would be classed as one of the more noble choices. It is often thought of as more of a vocation or calling. This is probably because teachers are responsible for not only educating pupils but for also guiding, nurturing, moulding, influencing and safe guarding them. When asked the question, ‘Why did you become a teacher?’ Many reply, ‘Because I wanted to make a difference to the lives of my students’.  Today’s classroom includes both mainstream pupils, as well as those with special educational needs. Teachers are expected to cater for all abilities and although they have been trained for this, sometimes it can prove difficult. Introducing inclusive software where possible can make teaching a lot easier, according to Simon Luxford-Moore, eLearning Coordinator at ESMS (Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools) in Edinburgh.  “We had been using the same touch typing training program for years but it’s always been one of my mantras that there is always something better out there and our responsibility is to find what works for our learners. Our old program was very games based, noisy, lively and with a strong element of competition. While it was great fun, I felt that it was not meeting the needs of our children with dyslexia and ASD, as there were just too many things happening on-screen which could be quite distracting. I was drawn to KAZ touch typing software because they include a neurodiverse version within their school licence. I tend to work on the basis that if I can cater for that child with dyslexia or ASD, everybody will benefit. KAZ agreed that we could trial the software, so we started with just one girl in Primary 5. She had wonderful creative ideas but because of her dyslexia she wrote very little and her handwriting was so poor that it was a real barrier to composition. She was delighted to be chosen to trial KAZ. As the program has both visual and audio input and builds up muscle memory, it covers all the bases.     The publicity claims that you’ll notice a difference after just 15 minutes. They are right. After just a few minutes she looked up at me with a big smile on her face. She learned to touch type very quickly, so we started using it more extensively.  We wondered if KAZ might be a product that worked better for girls and boys in our Upper Primary years, so we extended the trial, including a senior boy with dyslexia. They all really liked it and made good progress. 'The pressure was off,' said one child and another commented, 'I like the fact that I can make a mistake without it being highlighted or having to restart a level.’” KAZ was rolled out to children in Primary 4 to 7 (Years 5-8) in August, which equates to over 700 children.   “I always think of the writing process as being like your very first driving lesson. There is so much to remember and think about that new drivers find it hard to do everything at once. Our pupils, especially those with neurodiverse conditions, feel overloaded and under a lot of pressure until they develop a level of automaticity. Thanks to KAZ, we can relieve some of the stress so children can focus on other aspects of the writing process. Touch typing lets children put down information in a digital form accurately and efficiently. Every child benefits and that is what the teachers and the parents want to see, as it is in the best interest of our children.”   Inclusive software caters for all pupils, allowing the whole class to work and learn together and helps make teaching just that little bit easier    

06/01/2021 09:37:51



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