What will university life look like in September?

  From fees to online classes to social lives, the university experience is likely to be very different for this year's batch of students (The Telegraph)   Freshers' events will be virtual 'Bubbles' of students will live and study with people on their course to reduce the spread of Coronavirus Many universities are expected to hold lectures online for the 2020-21 academic year Most universities still expect students to be resident and said they may expect them to attend smaller classes Some courses will have more virtual content than others  (Sally Peck – Family, Education and Carers Editor – 17/06/2020   Online teaching, learning and using a computer have suddenly become crucial elements for both delivering lectures and submitting assignments. The computer has taken centre stage and it is for this reason that quick and efficient touch typing skills are now more essential than ever for students. The two-finger or ‘hunt and pec’ method will not suffice.    Although a fundamental skill, touch typing offers many benefits to both mainstream and neurodiverse students: Increases focus on content   The important aspect of touch typing is not what the fingers are doing but what is happening in the brain.   When students learn how to touch type, the skill is automatised and transferred to their sub-conscious, leaving their conscious minds free to concentrate on more important tasks, such as planning, composing, processing, proofing reading and editing. It improves the quality, quantity and their overall performance in assignments and exams.        Increases productivity   Once the skill is mastered, quick and efficient touch typing reduces the amount of time spent on a piece of work, automatically increasing productivity   Improves accuracy  Alongside speed, accuracy is also greatly increased. Touch typing trains the fingers to press the correct keys automatically. Students develop a sense of what feels right. They know immediately when they have keyed in the wrong letter       Benefits neurodivergent students   Touch typing offers neurodivergent students a new medium for learning and communicating. It helps level the playing field and can help address many of the challenges they face. Challenges such as processing, slow work rate, poor writing skills and a poor working memory        Prepares students for the workplace   In today’s IT world, computers are found in most, if not all office environments, even if just for maintaining customer records or for email communication. An individual that can touch type will outperform their peers - producing higher quality work quickly, efficiently and will excel in time management, all essential traits required for enhanced career prospects    Correct posture whilst typing With prolonged periods spent at the computer, students need to be aware of correct posture whilst typing, to prevent developing RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).         ‘City & Guilds Assured’ typing test and credentials KAZ’s City & Guilds ‘Assured’ typing test consists of a multiple-choice paper and typing test. All successful candidates will receive a digital certificate and badge to showcase on their social media profiles, C.V.’s and job application forms.       Learn to type with KAZ   KAZ’s inclusive touch typing software is suitable for both mainstream and neurodivergent students      It’s proven Accelerated Learning teaching method teaches the A-Z keys in just 90 minutes     It’s safe and secure for online use - KAZ are members of ICO.org and ensure student data is protected at all time     https://kaz-type.com  

05/08/2020 09:41:23

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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 ICO.org 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      

25/07/2020 18:38:57

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Touch Typing - How can it benefit your employees?

  How touch typing can benefit your employees     Almost every employer, given the choice, would prefer to hire an employee that can type quickly and accurately.     Touch typing (a technique where an individual types with all their fingers and thumbs, without looking at the keyboard), is considered to be an essential skill for workers in many professions, from telemarketing to design. We are now expected to be our own secretaries and maintain our own admin. Typing at speed, at an above-average word per minute will save countless hours of timeat the keyboard, improve efficiency and allow you to multi-task. Additionally, the reduction in work pressure allows for an increased competitive edge amongst colleagues.     <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/syF5R_7NlEc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>     In this modern digital age, typing slowly and/or with just two fingers is unacceptable. With computers now allowed in exams (subject to access arrangements), it is only a matter of time before all learning, university and professional, are computer-based.   Many recruitment agencies now insist on a typing test prior to interview, as corporations realise the benefits of their employees being work-ready and understand how this fundamental but key skill promotes efficiency and productivity.     Devoting just a few hours a day to learn the skill of touch typing can reap huge rewards. Just like learning to drive, where we take lessons and then a proficiency test, we should apply the same principles when learning to type. With KAZ, it takes just 90 minutes to learn the a-z keys, plus practice time. You can practice on exercises within the course, as well as on emails, essays and work presentations.   Benefits of touch typing for employees     Time management   Organisations look for employees that are motivated and able to make effective use of their time during working hours. As a touch typist, productivity is naturally increased and so assignments are delivered in a shorter timeframe. This in itself can remove the intense pressure of ‘extra work’ and by saving working hours, your firm can stay ahead of the competition, irrespective of profession, as ultimately productivity matters. This basic yet crucial tech skill is probably more valuable in terms of return on investment than any other course you are likely to take. Whilst we can all ‘type’, only 30% of the workforce can type effectively, using all fingers and at a speed greater than the average of between 18-35wpm.   Concentration power   Keyboarding also improves concentration levels on all computer-based tasks. When touch typing, skills are learned, cognitive mental development is enhanced and you develop the ability to ‘think type’. Simply put, what you think, ‘appears’ on the screen in front of you. Subconscious touch typing does not extract mental energy, it leaves the mind free to process other thoughts and ideas.   Professional status   Typing ‘efficiently’ significantly enhances your professional image. When you touch type at high speed and with accuracy, you naturally appear more confident and more in control. Remember, a professional image is crucial for your career prospects and excellent typing abilities will stand you apart from your colleagues.   Mental health & well-being   An additional benefit of learning to touch type correctly is the knowledge gained (sitting with good posture and the correct positioning of hands, wrists and fingers at the keyboard). If you suffer from stiffness of the shoulders, neck, hand or wrists, or suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) or RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), touch typing will help reduce or eliminate these symptoms and conditions. Observing these simple ergonomics will protect you from these and other complications - an invaluable benefit from learning touch typing   Touch typing - an essential element for the development of other skills   Touch typing is a skill that is widely recognised in the marketplace (business, education and lifestyle sectors). It helps when learning other computer/keyboard-based skills, such as coding and importantly, contributes to your own personal development (CPD/CE). With practice, speed and accuracy develop, allowing you to outperform in all aspects of computer use and communication. To sum up…   Touch typing improves your academic performance and widens the scope for future opportunities in the professional sector. As an employee, you can improve efficiency, productivity, the ability to multi-task and time management, whilst protecting your mental health and well-being.                Image © kaz-type.com Ready, steady, type… If this article was helpful, please share it.    

17/07/2020 12:39:49

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Learn to touch type with dyslexia

My child has dyslexia - how can I help?     For many parents, the moment their child is diagnosed with dyslexia, the whole world changes. A feeling of helplessness, of not knowing exactly what to do or how to support their child takes over and can be overwhelming. Teachers may have already outlined areas their child is struggling and falling behind in - reading, writing, spelling, to mention a few.                      ‘Where should I start, what should I do?’ are the questions normally asked.  Before you do anything, you need to have an understanding of what Dyslexia is.                                                                                      Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Disability/Difference (SpLD) and affects approximately 10% of the population   SpLD refers to difficulty with a specific area of learning and the most common SpLDs are dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia and dysgraphia.   Dyslexia is a life-long neurological difference, which usually runs in families and encompasses a wide range of challenges that can impact education, work and everyday life   It is however not an intellectual disability. Dyslexia occurs at all levels of intelligence - from average intelligence to highly gifted and although there is no cure for dyslexia, with the right help, support and skills, individuals can gain confidence and self-belief and develop coping strategies to overcome, achieve and succeed   Dyslexia affects individuals in different ways. Its challenges range from mild, to moderate, through to severe and it can present itself along with other learning differences such as dyspraxia and attention problems    It is often defined as a common language processing disorder which primarily hinders the learning of literacy skills such as reading, writing and spelling but can also affect other areas   Challenges include:   However, it is important to remember that individuals with dyslexia often show strengths and talents in other areas such as creativity and reasoning. Their ability to think outside the box can be entrepreneurial, allowing them to make a difference within their chosen career and in the world. The key is to encourage and nurture the positives of the dyslexic brain.   The first obstacle   The first obstacle has already been conquered – your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia. You and their teachers now understand why they have been struggling at school. So with the right help, support, skills and strategies from teachers and support organisations you can help your child with his/her challenges.   A life-changing skill   There are many different approaches you can take but there is one simple and fundamental skill you can teach your child that will produce results quickly, easily, within weeks and which can be life-changing – touch typing.   What is touch typing? Touch typing is typing with all your fingers and thumbs using muscle memory, opposed to looking down at the keys on the keyboard.       Why would touch typing help my child? Producing a piece of written work can prove extremely challenging for children with dyslexia. The level of concentration and effort involved can be exhausting and can affect the overall structure and quality of a piece of work. Additionally, this constant battle can cause frustration, feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.   Touch typing offers a new medium for getting thoughts on paper. Although there are other options available, such as dictation (using a scribe) or voice recognition software, these options can be very time consuming and difficult to master, especially for children with dyslexia who often struggle with short term memory.   Touch typing uses a different process in the brain. Let me explain…   When you learn to touch type using all your fingers and thumbs, with practice, the physical and conscious skill is automatised and moves to your subconscious. (It’s the same as learning to play a musical instrument.) This reduces mental load and frees your conscious mind to concentrate on more important tasks such as planning, composing, processing, proof-reading and editing (often problem areas). It makes life a lot easier and it’s an area where children with dyslexia can excel.   Spellings Touch typing also offers a completely different and very clever way of teaching spelling. With the repetition of touch typing words, spellings are ingrained into ‘muscle memory’ and simply become a series of finger movements and patterns on a keyboard. The stress of trying to remember how to spell a word is greatly reduced. Children simply think the word and their fingers automatically type it (a phrase known as think type). They learn to recognise words by sight, saving the decoding process which often causes difficulty.    Thought process Subconscious touch typing and producing work on a computer also allows children to work in a non-linear fashion, where they can capture their thoughts first and structure them later.    Visual disturbances So now you’ve heard the positives of touch typing and decided to teach your child how to touch type, you need to choose a typing software. There are several available, both free and paid-for options and they all claim to teach touch typing skills – which one should you choose? Different brands use different teaching methods and some mainstream typing software claim to be inclusive and cater for children and adults with special educational needs but when you try them out, it is not always the case.    Remember, your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia and may be struggling with visual disturbances such as:   Light sensitivity Letters that double, reverse, flip, fade or blur Print which appears to jump, move, shake, shimmer - sometimes appearing to move off the page altogether Crowding of letters Sentences running into each other Headaches from reading   <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V-vYCpM0oQs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>     If you think about it, can they learn to read, spell, write and type when the letters in front of them are blurred, jumping around or moving off the page altogether?   It is for this reason you need to choose a typing software that is truly inclusive and can help address visual disturbances and create a calm visual environment for your child to learn in.   Image © - Preference Screen - kaz-type.com     Additionally, ensure the software you choose is safe and secure for your child to use, developed through research, tried, tested and proven to work, includes exercises to build muscle memory but most importantly, is easy to use.   Why choose KAZ SEN/Dyslexia Touch Typing Software?    KAZ is an inclusive touch typing software, suitable for both mainstream and users with special educational needs    It was scientifically developed through research by a team of experts responsible for producing 55 RSA/NVQ level computer and office skill courses   It was trialled and tested by 18,000 students per year, over 3 years, in 300 private training centres across the UK before it was released to the market   It uses a proven Accelerated Learning teaching method, incorporating both ‘brain balance’ and ‘muscle memory’   All SEN aspects were developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust, including a unique preference screen minimising visual disturbances at the start of the course   It’s simple in presentation, easy to use and delivered in a light hearted-manner    It includes a special module for developing automaticity    It’s safe and secure - KAZ are members of ICO.org and ensure your child’s data is protected   It’s affordable    It’s available over all platforms: Download for Mac and PC, SCORM for LMS and Online, the new mode of learning, allowing practice from both home and school     Conclusion With gentle encouragement and perseverance, teaching your child the fundamental skill of touch typing can help build confidence, self-belief and help them achieve and succeed.    https://kaz-type.com/dyslexia-edition.aspx  

15/07/2020 16:17:18

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What WPM is considered a slow, fast or exceptional typing speed?

  Learn to type faster and increase your employability   In today’s high tech world, it is hard to find an education, business or commercial environment without a computer or laptop. Typing ‘machines’ are everywhere and many now consider the skill of typing is as important as writing!   Being able to type fast and efficiently gives you positive advantages at school, in further education and the workplace. However, if you want to become an expert typist, increase your productivity, be able to multi-task, stand out from your peers/colleagues and increase your career prospects in a competitive workplace, learning to type will not be enough. You need to learn to touch type.   What’s the difference?    Well, when you type with just two or a few fingers, although you may be fairly fast, you use your conscious mind. You think as you do. This adds additional mental load, does not allow you to type to your full capacity and makes it harder to multi-task.   However, when you touch type with all your fingers and thumbs, the process becomes automated and transfers to your subconscious, freeing your conscious mind to concentrate on the task at hand. It also increases productivity and enables you to multitask. With practice, muscle memory is built and your fingers instinctively reach for the right keys. This automatic response is what allows you to type faster.     What is the fastest typing speed?    Using the English language, the world’s fastest typist, Barbara Blackburn, typed at 216WPM at her peak in 2005. She typed on a Dvorak keyboard, a keyboard specially designed to reduce finger movement.     What is the average accuracy and WPM?    The average typing speed can vary dramatically from one course provider to another. This is because there is no authoritative industry standard. However, the Royal Signals, a division of the Royal Army and our research findings, whilst testing our teaching method on over 18,000 individuals per year for three years, suggest that 35WPM is the point when automaticity takes over, when typing with all fingers and thumbs. If you would like to improve your typing speed and achieve 35WPM, or if you want to exceed it and become an expert typist, try following the guidelines below.      Why are you a slow typist?   There are several reasons why you may be a slow typist:   You may be typing with incorrect ergonomics You may be using the wrong typing technique You may not be practising enough       How to improve a slow typing speed   Ergonomics is a science concerned with the design or arrangement of your workplace, equipment, furniture and systems. Good ergonomics will enhance your comfort, safety, efficiency and productivity. So, ensuring a good workplace setup and correct posture whilst sitting at the keyboard will help with your speed and efficiency when typing       Familiarising yourself with your keyboard structure and layout will also help your typing speed. There is no need to rush. With regular practice, muscle memory will build and you will quickly get acquainted with the layout     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’. 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. Using the home position when you are typing will allow your fingers to move to the correct keys more easily, hence increasing your typing speed       You must correct any bad habits you may have developed. When teaching ourselves to type, we often develop our own style of typing, normally using just our index fingers. This is known as the ‘hunt and peck’ method, where we look for keys one at a time and then press each key individually. This constant searching and pressing of individual keys, looking up at the screen and then back down at the keyboard is what slows our typing speed. In order to increase your typing speed, you need to stop ‘hunt and pecking’ and learn how to touch type (the ability to type subconsciously, using all your fingers and thumbs and without looking down at the keyboard)     How to turn a good typing speed into a fast typing speed     Different typing software use different teaching methods and all have different opinions on what a fast or very fast typing speed is. At KAZ Type, we deem 50WPM, using all your fingers and thumbs as fast     However, to elevate yourself from an average typist to a fast typist you need to master the skill of touch typing. As mentioned above, touch typing is the method where you use muscle memory and not the sense of sight to find the keys. Certain fingers are responsible for pressing certain keys and with practice, muscle memory is built and fingers instinctively and automatically reach for the correct keys. This automaticity is what elevates your typing speed, as the need to look from keyboard to screen is completely eliminated. You simply think the word and it appears on the screen. A phrase known as ‘think type’.    KAZ’s proven Accelerated Learning teaching method will teach you the position of the a-z keys in just 90 minutes. Incorporating ‘brain balance’ the method will train your fingers to work symmetrically and simultaneously, a direct result of both hemispheres of the brain working at the same time. No other typing software works in this way. With additional typing exercises, muscle memory and automaticity are also build and you will notice a distinct increase in your typing speed        From ‘fast’ to ‘exceptional’   If you’ve followed all the guidelines above, transitioning from a fast to an exceptionally fast typist is down to one simple thing – practice. As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’. However, to become an exceptionally fast typist, accuracy is key. There’s no point typing exceptionally fast if your text is littered with mistakes. KAZ’s SpeedBuilder module will allow you to build both your speed and accuracy simultaneously. Regular practice will increase your WPM with minimal errors and excel your typing to the next level.     City & Guilds Assured Typing Test    Once you have achieved the WPM you want, take KAZ’s City & Guilds Assured typing test. On successful completion, you will be awarded a digital certificate and badge to showcase on you social media profiles, CVs and job applications by a globally recognised body.       https://kaz-type.com  

14/07/2020 11:32:26

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Which is the best touch typing software?

Learn to type   There are numerous comparison sites such as; thetop10sites.com, bestadvisor.com, typinglounge.com and learntotouchtype.com. 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? 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    Developed through science and research   Tried, tested, proven to work   Easy to use     Builds muscle memory    Monitors & records progress and highlight 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: https://www.thetop10sites.com/learn-to-type/  https://www.bestadvisor.com/typing-software     kaz-type.com  

02/07/2020 13:21:36

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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.                 https://kaz-type.com/products/city-guilds-assured    

20/06/2020 12:36:35

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How touch typing can help pupils with dyslexia

  Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Disability/Difference (SpLD) and affects approximately 10% of the population. It is often defined as a common language processing disorder which primarily hinders the learning of literacy skills, such as reading, writing and spelling but can also affect other areas.   Children get diagnosed with dyslexia at different stages of their school life. Until they are, it can significantly impact their school work. They struggle to learn due to various challenges such as processing or visual disturbances. If you think about it, how can a child learn to read, spell, write or type when they are struggling to process information, or when the letters in front of them are blurred and jumping around the page.   There are various strategies teachers can adopt to help support and meet their challenges. One simple and fundamental skill they can teach, that can produce quick and effective results within a relatively short space of time and which can completely transform a child’s school life and increase confidence and self-belief is touch typing.   Touch typing - a game-changer for individuals with dyslexia   This advanced typing technique eliminates the need and challenges associated with writing by hand and offers a new medium for getting thoughts and ideas onto paper easily and efficiently - boosting confidence and moral.   Pupils with dyslexia may face the following Challenges:       How touch typing can benefit dyslexic pupils    Levels the playing field Touch Typingis a ‘hidden’ subconscious skill that can help level the playing field for pupils with special educational needs but it is often overlooked.   Composing whilst writing The important aspect of touch typing is not what the fingers are doing but what is happening in the brain.   When pupils learn how to touch type, the skill is automatised and transferred to their sub-conscious, leaving their conscious minds free to concentrate on more important tasks, such as planning, composing, processing, proofing reading and editing. It improves the quality, quantity and their overall performance in assignments and exams.   Easy correction    A paper littered with crossings out and scribbles can prove hard to read back, interrupt thought and workflow and can cause embarrassment and frustration. Touch typing helps the above and eliminates the need for neat handwriting. Once learned, fingers automatically move to the right keys and instinctively know when they have made a mistake and pressed the wrong key - editing is normally immediately. Additionally, when using a computer, spell checking tools are also available, highlighting mistakes and offering alternatives. Errors can be easily edited without messy crossings out, resulting in neat and presentable work - automatically boosting confidence and self-esteem.     A different learning process Touch typing uses a different memory skill than that of traditional methods. It eliminates the need for the decoding process that often causes trouble when reading. With the repetition of touch typing real words, spelling and vocabulary are engrained to memory. They simply become a series of finger movements and patterns on a keyboard, dramatically reducing the likelihood of transposing and misspelling words.   Reorganisation of thoughts Pupils with dyslexia have a particular thought process. They prefer to work in a non-linear fashion. They jot down their thoughts first as a series of disconnected conceptions and then structure them into an organized answer/essay. Touch typing and using a computer allows them to this more easily.   Increases productivity Once the skill is mastered, quick and efficient touch typing can reduce the amount of time spent on a piece of work and often increases productivity. Additionally, when used in exams, subconscious touch typing skills enables pupils to type quickly and efficiently, allowing them a greater chance of finishing their paper.     Why choose KAZ SEN/Dyslexia touch typing software? KAZ’s SEN/Dyslexia touch typing software was developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust. It teaches typing skills whilst minimising visual disturbances by means of a unique ‘preference screen’, tailoring the course for maximum visibility comfort before pupils begin the course               It was scientifically developed through research by a team of experts responsible for producing 55 RSA/NVQ level computer and office skill courses   It was trialled and tested by 18,000 students per year, over 3 years, in 300 private training centres across the UK before it was released to the market      It’s safe and secure for online learning - KAZ are members of ICO.org and ensure your pupil’s data is protected     It uses a multi-sensory and proven Accelerated Learning teaching method, incorporating both ‘brain balance’ and ‘muscle memory’     It’s simple in presentation, easy and quick to use, delivered in a light-hearted manner and has been designed not to overload the working memory     It includes a special module for developing automaticity and building muscle memory      It’s affordable     It’s available over all platforms: Download for Mac and PC, SCORM for LMS and Online, the new mode of learning, allowing practice from both home and school     With the right help, support and skills, pupils with dyslexia can gain confidence and self-belief and develop coping strategies to overcome, achieve and succeed.           https://kaz-type.com/products/dyslexia-edition    

17/06/2020 10:33:34

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