Touch Typing Tournament Update May 2021
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Recognition of skills with digital badging
Recognition of skills with digital badging At KAZ we know the benefits of digital badging and in 2019 we were delighted to receive approval for our online touch typing course and become City & Guilds Assured. Digital badges provide a flexibility that the GCSE and A level exam boards can only dream of. This benefits education, students and companies. One of our key audiences is home learners and they took a real hammering on the exam front last summer as the government decided that 'not all external candidates were able to be awarded a grade this summer because some will not have been in a position to provide sufficient evidence to enable their exam centre to include them in their centre assessment grades and rankings.' Some estimates indicated that over 20,000 students were affected and unable to move on to college or university or to certain careers. Contrast this with digital exams, taken online at the end of a course or module by everyone, whether they are studying at school, college, in a workplace or at home. Changing landscape We were interested to see an article in FE News from the Fashion Retail Academy that claimed they had witnessed a 135% rise in students signing up for a fast track career entry. They feel that after lockdowns and the uncertainty of the last year, some students are unwilling to enter into long term commitments and want short periods of study that will produce quick results and give them a head start when applying for jobs. Increasingly, we are getting requests from people who are looking to change their job, moving from catering or retail into a job with more of an IT focus or young people who want to provide evidence of efficient keyboarding skills alongside vocational qualifications. Digital badges recognise skills and experience and offer so many advantages to students, apprentices, career changers and young people looking for their first job. They recognise individuals' skills and talents They are a digital showcase for individual skills The secure online system keeps everything in a safe place The badge can be verified online straightaway Potential employers or colleges can see how the candidate proved their skills and who endorsed it The badges can be added to CVs and shared via social media, especially useful now that 92% of recruiters are using social media to identify the right candidate We have seen how young people are turned off by schoolwork and are reportedly less engaged now that public exams are not going ahead in their usual format this summer. Most people like to have their achievements recognised. Badges are a simple way for individuals to showcase their achievements, and for prospective employers to verify them. This is an attractive modern solution to awarding qualifications and is so much more flexible than the current unwieldy exam system that it is hard to see why the government is not encouraging more widespread use.
KAZ will be at the UK Education Solutions & Technology event
KAZ will be at the UK Education Solutions & Technology event: Date: Monday, 18 January 2021 - Tuesday, 26 January 2021 Time: 08:00 - 17:00 Where: Virtual If you would like to more about our products and services, please do not hesitate to contact us via our website or email: email@example.com
KAZ will be exhibiting at the TES SEN Show VIRTUAL, 14-16th January.
KAZ will be exhibiting at the TES SEN Show VIRTUAL, 14-16th January. Book a meeting via the portal or sign up for a webinar by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org The new virtual show re-connecting the SEN community In a time where social distancing is the new normal, reconnect with the special educational needs (SEN) community at a brand-new online event: Tes SEN Show Virtual! At Tes SEN Show Virtual, you will: Gain high-quality CPD from SEN experts Compare and source discounted resources and services Enjoy free-to-attend presentations from SEN advocates Network with colleagues from across the UK (and the world!) Gain an update on the Government's SEND Review and what recommendations mean for you in practice Take home tools and strategies at the forefront of SEN provision Put your questions to policy influencers Register free Book CPD seminars
Which? magazine recommends KAZ touch typing software
‘Which? Magazine has been championing the cause for consumers since 1957. They are the UK's best selling monthly magazine, trusted by more than 600,000 subscribers. Today, they have more than 1.3m members and supporters, making them the largest independent consumer body in the UK. Their magazines give a wealth of expert advice and information on a vast range of everyday products and services. From the latest test results to in-depth surveys and investigations, each month, Which? gives impartial advice and recommendations, the best deals and keeps you on top of consumer news. Completely independent The unique thing about Which? is that they are completely independent. They have no owners, shareholders or government departments to answer to and you'll never see an advert in their magazines or on their websites. Their commitment to providing unbiased advice to consumers is at the heart of everything they do. This means they work entirely on behalf of you, the consumer, and nobody else – so you can rest assured that you're getting the very best advice available.’ (Which Magazine - February 2020) It is for this reason that we are thrilled that Which? has recommended all KAZ typing editions (Corporate, Adult, Junior and Dyslexia). ‘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…’ (Which Magazine - February 2020) ‘Touch-typing really does save you time… and you are never too old to learn.’ (Which? Magazine - February 2020)
KAZ are exhibiting at the LearnED Roadshow - Monday 2nd November to Friday 6th November
KAZ are exhibiting at the LearnED Roadshow - Monday 2nd November to Friday 6th November. https://learned.org.uk Learned online is a free CPD event where you can learn from your peers and see best-practice in action. This Autumn, the LearnED Roadshow has moved online. We’re thrilled that so many teachers have kindly agreed to share with us all their time and insights on the search for – and use and implementation of – educational technology in the classroom and beyond. Our teacher speakers will discuss, through a series of daily panel discussions and masterclasses, three over-arching themes: what school looks like now (Tues 3 Nov); how they are revisiting learning lost during lockdown (Wed 4), and how they are designing their remote education and blended learning strategies (Thurs 5 Nov). We’ll also bring you stand-alone masterclasses presented by teachers for Primary and Secondary audiences, as well as those involved with SEND and inclusive teaching, and we’ll have a masterclass dedicated to safeguarding. LearnED Online will be delivered free from Monday 2 November through to Sunday 8 November, allowing you to dip into sessions at a time convenient to you. While the platform will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded content, we’ve deliberately not included any live sessions on Monday because we want to give you – and our speakers – a chance to settle back into school after the half term break. We hope you enjoy LearnED Online and look forward to seeing you in person at a live event next year when we’re able to take LearnED Live back on the road. Have a great half term and come back soon. Conference Schedule The event will include: Panel discussions with live Q&A on themes including: Post-lockdown wellbeing and being back together, closing the gap/catching up and digital strategies and blended learning Stand-alone masterclass presentations from school leaders/ MATs and Heads of Department offering practical case studies of technology in action Sessions suitable for primary and secondary schools, plus those focusing on safeguarding and wellbeing, transition and assessment The chance to see technology in action via online demonstrations from our carefully selected supplier partners
Look who's getting ready for Dyslexia Awareness month
Look who's getting ready for Dyslexia Awareness month We at are very excited to be a part of the #GoRedForDyslexia campaign, promoting a greater understanding of Dyslexia during October, Dyslexia Awareness Month. #GoRedForDyslexia #SucceedWithDyslexia #DyslexiaAwareness
Touch typing tournament winners - Congratulations to Shrewsbury school
Learning to touch type can sometimes be considered a bit of a chore but the launch of KAZ’s very first touch typing tournament earlier this year created a whirl of excitement amongst schools across the world. Not only did it encourage pupils to learn the skill but it also brought out their competitive spirit. After fluctuations in leadership over the school term, we are delighted to announce that Mew Hansiriphan of Shrewsbury School has been crowned champion, with a score of 65 WPM and 89% accuracy. Shrewsbury School is one of the UK’s leading co-educational day and boarding schools for pupils aged 13-18. Founded in 1552 by the Royal Charter of King Edward VI, Shrewsbury was identified as one of the ‘Great’ public schools by the Clarendon Commission 1868. “Although the school is steeped in history and heritage, we always look to innovate and evolve the pupil experience,” says Headmaster, Leo Winkley. “Our distinctive model of whole-person education offers deep learning in a challenging yet kind environment. Academic excellence is achieved through a wide-ranging curriculum that uncovers and encourages a genuine love of learning, alongside inspirational teaching that challenges each pupil to strive for her or his own personal best. We believe that school should be ‘serious fun’: because learning and enjoyment go hand in hand. Learning takes place not only in the classroom but also through a vibrant and demanding co-curricular programme and in the pastoral and communal life of the School. Touch-typing is one of the activities on offer to all pupils at Shrewsbury as part of the school’s co-curricular Societies programme. It is very popular among pupils and is championed enthusiastically by teacher Karen Mitchell, Head of Learning Support.” “Touch-typing is a valuable life-skill that not only supports pupils’ academic studies at school but also their future career paths. As your typing skills improve, you save time, you can focus on the text on the monitor rather than on the keypad, and it improves your accuracy. Learning to touch-type properly also has health benefits, as it ensures you sit correctly at your computer, which is good for your spine, increases your productivity and unleashes the potential of your brain. Our pupils very much enjoyed the challenge of taking part in the KAZ Worldwide Touch-Typing Tournament and we were thrilled to be told that the competition had been won by one of our Fifth Formers (Year 10s), Mew Hansiriphan. Mew worked extremely hard at improving his typing speed and accuracy and he is to be warmly congratulated for his achievement.” “Mew is a top academic student, excelling in many of his subjects, but especially in Science and Maths,” says his Housemaster, Henry Exham. “He is also a keen rower, representing the school at a high level, and is a highly motivated student who gets the most out of everything he does. He has a great attitude and work ethic – as his fantastic success in the KAZ Touch-Typing Tournament clearly demonstrates.” Congratulations! The KAZ team would like to congratulate Shrewsbury School and in particular Mew on his fantastic achievement in this, our maiden touch typing tournament. Very well done! We hope you enjoy showing off your champion’s’ trophy. Additionally, congratulations on winning your complimentary ‘City & Guilds’ and annual school licence. We would also like to thank all the schools who took part. A very special mention to ESMS schools in Edinburgh, whose students took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Lastly, thank you to all students who competed. We really hope your typing skills help you through education and in your future careers. Remember, the difference between 40WPM and 100+WPM is just practice!
KAZ were exhibiting at Getting AT Ready 2020 - available ONLINE for everyone to view NOW
Click the below link to visit the Getting AT Ready Online 2020 event page where you will find details of all Getting AT Ready webinars. https://www.atready.co.uk/getting-at-ready-2020/event/ The event is now open to everyone so please do feel free to share this with your colleagues. Getting AT Ready 2020 Online from 11th June 2020 Established in Scotland 5 years ago, Getting AT Ready brings together Assistive Technology specialists, disability professionals and manufacturers to discuss best practice and build strategies to support students in Further and Higher education. Flashback to a month ago and we were busy preparing the Save the Date email for Getting AT Ready 2020. We were particularly excited to be bringing the event to Ireland for the first time… but it wasn’t meant to be. We’ve all had to adapt in the last few weeks and this includes Getting AT Ready. However, we’re delighted to announce that this has provided us with the opportunity to combine our Ireland and Scotland events into one fantastic lineup of online content including an innovative partnership with FindMyFlow. Register – Event Programme – Exhibitors Getting AT Ready Online 2020 Login To access the Getting AT Ready event, please enter the email address you registered with. This will be active from 9am on the day of the event. Event Programme 2020 Details of the Getting AT Ready 2020 Online event are below. You need to register for the event here in order to access the content. Full instructions on how to attend the event will be sent to those people that register. Welcome Keynote – Digital Passports Keynote – The Future of Assistive Technology Panel discussion – Intercountry Collaboration Workshops Time to complete Getting AT Ready Flow Closing statement
Call Scotland ASL & Technology conference June 2020
Call Scotland ASL & Technology conference 2020 We help children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning. We've been around since 1983 working as a Research and Development centre as well as a working Service unit. Both elements are necessary and important - they inform, enrich and support each other. Our mission is… To provide pupils and families, local authorities and professionals with - Strategic Leadership Pupil Assessment and Support Professional Learning and Training Specialist Information and Expert Advice Assistive Technology Loans and Technical Support Knowledge Transfer, Research and Development This years Call Scotland event was again scheduled for Glasgow and Edinburgh but was sadly cancelled due to Covid-19. Thankfully the team re-organised and re-structered the even into an online format. What to expect... Online presentations featuring some of the UK's leading suppliers of software and technology to support learners with additional support needs. Online presentations by staff from CALL Scotland highlighting good practice. Prize Draw. Suitable for those... Working in education with pupils with ASN Supporting students with disabilities in FE/HE Helping adults with disabilities in the community Exhibitors due to attend include... CandLE Crick Software Google Inspiration KAZ Type Limited LexAble Pretorian ReadingWise Scanning Pens Sonocent Smartbox Special iApps Texthelp Tobii Dynavox 12:30pm - 12:45pm Keene & Sheraleen Braganza, KAZ Type Limited KAZ Touch Typing programme: helping dyslexic learners to learn typing skills to support literacy challenges Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE and HE KAZ's specialised Neurodiverse Touch Typing Software was developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust. Using a unique and proven Accelerated Teaching method, it teaches typing skills, whilst minimising visual disturbances by means of a unique 'preference screen' - tailoring the course for maximum visibility comfort. It is suitable for individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD, Tourette's, amongst others. to view the KAZ presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGvr4LAQLCk To view the CallScotland Youtube chanel with all presentations: https://www.youtube.com/user/callscotland1983/featured Thank you to all the team at Call Scotland for including KAZ Type in the demonstation day.