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Touch typing tournament 2023-24

The January review     Regina has ended January as she ended 2023!   No. 1   However, with a flurry of new schools entering the tournament and lots of jostling for positions, February is already looking interesting.       Well done to all our pupils and   very well done, Regina, in retaining the crown.         December     With joint places on the leaderboard, it really has been a season of goodwill and sharing to all!   Welcome to 2024.  We wish all our students the best for the year ahead and preparedness for their exams, careers and future. The crown has now changed ownership for January.  Regina has thrown down her gloves and is our New Year leader.  Very well done, Regina. Will she guard her leadership, or will she be challenged?   Happy New Year and best wishes for 2024!         November       There is a first for everything and here is something that has never happened before but is very, very Christmassy! After all, ’tis the season of goodwill to all and one especially for sharing.   First place is being shared by three pupils!   Second place is being shared by two pupils and   Third place is also being shared by two!   Well done Daniel, Zafer and Regina on being our Christmas leaders!     There is no better message to send at this time of year than one of sharing.     We also welcome to the tournament CSET, Kings Academy Binfield, and Beaumont schools and we look forward to highlighting some of your pupils on the leaderboard in the coming months. This year's uptake has been fantastic, with numbers already up on last year.    Entering the tournament encourages pupils to hone and develop their typing skills. It's a skill that can be developed during the holidays and one that, with practise, will get them typing and on the leaderboard!   Who will be our 2024 NEW Year's Champion? Could it be YOU?   Please tag us on social media @KazType             October      Well, the ruthless streak in competitors has resurfaced yet again.    Q. Is there any room for friendship in this competition?  Ans. NO.   Daniel still leads the way, but Fin has ‘touched-typed’ Junming into third!     Come on, everyone, automatise those skills!   Calling all schools, it’s never too early to join the tournament.     Administrators, simply 'click' the red button on your admin panel to automatically enter your pupils into the tournament.    Once entered, pupil’s ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.           September 2023   And, we're off!   Well, they do say, 'the early bird…’     Hastings High School have assumed the lead with a flurry of activity! However, ESMS and Benenden are close on their heels.      Although their scores won't count, some teachers are creating excitement and joining in the fun by entering themselves, and creating inter-school competitions.      Come on, pupils, show the teachers!   A new trophy awaits the winning school and, let's not forget… the prestige.        To all our other schools who still need to enroll - administrators, simply 'click' the red button on your admin panel to automatically enter your pupils into the tournament.      Once entered, pupil’s ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their sc     reen for a one-touch login to the tournament.         KAZ’s 2023/2024 Touch Typing Tournament   So, another school year begins. What will it bring? A new champion?    YOU decide.   Welcome to all our new schools.   Last year's competition had a record number of tests taken. We hope that the spirit of the competition and the commitment and effort put in by teachers has impressed on pupils that learning can be enjoyable!    Some teachers used the competition as an inter-school tournament. They took part themselves and challenged pupils for the top spot.   Imagine the fun of competing against Sir or Miss. The best part is that by entering the competition pupils don't even realise they're improving their skills! It's a win for the teachers and a win for the pupils.    Learning this skill improves productivity and workflow and allows pupils to focus on planning and creative writing.  As of the end of September, several of our schools are already off the mark and pupil determination to win the tournament is clear!   Come on, teachers, don't wait. Get your pupils learning now. The sooner they start, the sooner they can put their new skill to practise. Once automatised, it'll become as easy as their A, B, C's!     Administrators: Simply ‘click’ the red button in your admin panel to automatically enrol your pupils into the tournament!     Once entered, they simply ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.         Last year’s winners, were St. Paul’s Girls’ School. Well done to Alex who claimed first prize, and well done to Giles Bennett , Deputy Head and Director of Innovation for his continual enthusiasm and encouragement to all 800+ pupils in learning the skill of touch typing.     “In about 1997, my late father bought a CD-ROM from a discount bin at Makro. It was KAZ - Learn To Touch Type in 90 Minutes (PC). At that time, I was a teenager who loved everything to do with computers, so I tried it out and sure enough, within 90 minutes I could touch type. I was convinced!     When I became a teacher, I thought I would like to recreate that same enthusiasm for touch typing in my learners, using the same platform if possible. I was delighted to find a web version of KAZ with options such as audio guidance, different fonts and colour schemes to personalise it for neurodiverse students. We have students with a wide range of SEND (from dyslexia to visual impairment), all of whom are fully supported by the KAZ platform, with a wide range of adaptations embedded within the product.     It might seem odd to focus on touch typing with all the newer technologies we have today. As exciting as voice dictation and other such technologies are, they aren't always perfect. Voice recognition isn't particularly good at dealing with regional dialects and accents. It is not practicable in a traditional working environment, in an office or a school classroom because of the background noise. Touch typing will be a core skill for decades: it is one of the building blocks of digital competence.”   Well done to Alex and St. Paul’s Girls’ School.   There is a first for everything and here is something that has never happened before but is very, very Christmassy! After all, ’tis the season of goodwill to all and one especially for sharing.   Administrators, simply 'click' the red button on your admin panel to automatically enter your pupils into the tournament.    Once entered, pupil’s ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.    

1/31/2024 2:24:35 AM

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We will be speaking & exhibiting at ATIA 2024, January 25–27 at the Orlando World Center Marriott - Booth 124

#ATIA2024 We’re excited to be exhibiting at ATIA 2024, Booth 124 January 25–27 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.   Presentation: January 27, 2024  11:55 AM - 12:15 PM EST EDU-95             How touch typing can free the conscious mind and be a powerful medium for learning, literacy, and communication Member/Exhibitor 20-Minute Product Demo Center (PDC) Session Product Demo Center, Central Atrium- Orlando World Center Marriott - Convention Center   January 27, 2024  2:15 PM - 3:15 PM EST  EDU-96             How touch typing can free the conscious mind and be a powerful medium for learning, literacy, and communication Member/Exhibitor 60-Minute Education Breakout Session Grand Ballroom 9- Orlando World Center Marriott - Convention Center   Gather with practitioners, teachers, caregivers, persons with disabilities and more to learn, network and share on the best in assistive technology.   Conference webpage: https://www.atia.org/24conference/   To register:   atia.org/register

1/16/2024 4:13:26 AM

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VI edition launched and WINNER of the Teach Secondary Award for 2023 - SEND and Inclusion

After approximately a year and a half of development, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new VI edition, developed with advice and guidance from the Thomas Pocklington Trust.    This edition has been incorporated as a free option in all KAZ courses.   Learning to touch type is considered one of the most beneficial skills for visually impaired and blind individuals, allowing the transfer of thoughts quickly and automatically onto a screen. It provides an invaluable tool and asset for independent learning and communicating.   Learning to touch type at any age can dramatically boost confidence, self-belief and independence. However, teaching learners with visual impairment early can drastically transform their experience at school and in FE/HE, putting them on a more even standing with their sighted peers and opening up new career opportunities.   It is achieving muscle memory and automaticity when touch typing, that increases efficiency and productivity. However and most importantly, learning this skill frees the conscious mind to concentrate on planning, composing, processing and editing, significantly improving the quality of the work produced.   The KAZ course has been designed to work as a stand-alone product or alongside Jaws and other screen readers, SuperNova and other magnifying software/hardware products and captioning software. It has been completely rewritten to cater to VI and blind users.    “We have used and incorporated the most up-to-date technology while developing the course and are thrilled to have finally released this edition, which has been many years in the planning. We are further delighted that Teach Secondary has just awarded the edition first prize, SEND category.”  Sheraleen Braganza, Director of Education & SEND.   “Of all the traditional teaching methods I’ve seen, KAZ offers a unique teaching style that I feel could be more engaging for students learning to touch type. It’s pleasing to see such a comprehensive course out there.” Graham Page – Technology officer, Thomas Pocklington Trust (The Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity that supports blind and partially sighted people with a focus on education, employment and engagement. Their mission is to support visually impaired people of all ages to live the life they want to lead.)   Additionally, the course has just won the Teach Secondary prize for best resource, SEND category 2023. Teach Secondary Judge, Rebecca Leek commented, “This is a product that does what it says it does really well. Adaptations have been well-researched and it will make a difference to so many learners as it is an accessible tool that enables students to develop an invaluable life skill. It is good value for money and has been sensitively developed over time, with consideration of different learners’ needs.”    

11/13/2023 1:01:08 AM

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An Introduction to Dyslexia. Tips, Tricks & Strategies to support learning - Free webinar by Paloma Forde and Andrew Kitley. Thursday 16th November, 7.30-8.30 GMT

KAZ are proud to be a sponsor for the upcoming FREE webinar on Thursday 16th November, 7.30-8.30 pm GMT:   'An Introduction to Dyslexia. Tips, Tricks & Strategies to support learning'.   It will be hosted by Paloma and Andrew from The Invisible Gift, a community dedicated to raising awareness and helping answer questions or concerns you may have on neurodiversity.    Are you curious about dyslexia and how it impacts learning?  This webinar is designed to provide an introduction to dyslexia, shedding light on its challenges and offering valuable insights for educators, parents, and individuals alike.   For FREE signup to the webinar: https://cademy.co.uk/screening4dyslexia/an-introduction-to-dyslexia-tips-tricks-strategies-to-support-learning   For free signup and future updates, please join the TIG community.    https://www.theinvisiblegift.com/

11/8/2023 1:50:39 AM

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Latest updates and upcoming events

  We are delighed to be showcasing our software at the Postive Dyslexia Conferences: Cardiff (November 10th) Liverpool (November 23rd).     October 2023       IDAD - a Free online event: 2nd October Wiltshire Dyslexia Association a Free in person event: 5th October The Invisible Gift - a Free online event: 5th October Closing the Gap Conference 10-12th October

10/26/2023 2:20:00 AM

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We will be speaking & exhibiting at Closing the Gap 2023 Minneapolis, Minnesota USA 11-13 October 2023

41ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 11-13, 2023 Conference Workshop by the KAZ Team: Thursday, October 12, 8-9am Hilton Minneapolis Hotel Minneapolis, Minnesota   For free entrance to the exhibition:       Closing The Gap has earned a reputation for exceptional learning and plan now to join us for Closing The Gap 2023! The Closing The Gap Conference is an annual assistive technology conference that presents an opportunity to deepen your assistive technology (AT) knowledge and strengthen your implementation strategies. The conference week is designed to dig deeper into critical areas that have the power, when implemented strategically, to transform your classroom, your school, your district, your practice. When you start thinking differently about how to reach ALL students, how to infuse technology into learning, how to leverage AT strategies in all areas – then we begin to transform these areas and ultimately increase achievement and independence.  

10/9/2023 5:22:20 PM

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KAZ Finalists - Education Today School & Supplier Awards 2023, SEND Resources Category

  We are finalists for the Education Today School & Supplier Awards 2023, SEND Resources Category.   Thank you for voting for us.     We have been nominated for the Education Today School & Supplier Awards 2023   https://educationtodayawards.co.uk/vote-2023/  

10/4/2023 2:12:00 AM

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KAZ Type and ClassLink Partner to provide the only fully inclusive touch typing software, allowing the whole class to learn together.

London, UK — October 1, 2023   With touch typing being the corner stone and key component in digital literacy for both mainstream and learners with SEND, KAZ Type Limited (“KAZ®”) and ClassLink have partnered to provide the only fully inclusive touch typing software, ensuring accessibility to every child in the classroom. This partnership will support more than 18 million students by combining KAZ’s inclusive and innovative touch typing software with ClassLink's widely-adopted access, analytics and identity management platform.  “ClassLink and KAZ Type are a natural fit. This partnership further supports our goal to take the complexity out of digital learning, remove distractions from the classroom, and give educators more time to support their students’ learning.” Patrick Devanney Senior VP of Strategy and Partnerships, ClassLink  A timely solution, this partnership helps ClassLink’s mission of empowering educators to improve learning through innovative systems, services, and tools like (your organization).      About KAZ Typing KAZ Type has evolved into a leading education software company offering inclusive touch typing training to mainstream, neurodivergent, hard of hearing, deaf, visually impaired and blind learners. In today's digital world, touch typing is an invaluable skill for all students, but one that can drastically transform educational outcomes for learners with SEND. KAZ's unique and proven Accelerated Learning teaching method teaches the skill easily and effortlessly and has proven so effective that it is used by schools worldwide. The KAZ ethos is that every child is given the same learning opportunity, ensuring no child is left behind.   Providing the correct tools and breaking down barriers to learning is positive, so partnering with Class Link seemed a natural collaboration. Their single sign-on and instant access ensure every child regardless of ability can easily access our inclusive touch typing software.   Sheraleen Braganza Director of Education, KAZ Type Limited   About ClassLink ClassLink is a global education provider of identity and analytics products that create more time for learning and help schools better understand digital engagement. As leading advocates for open data standards, we offer instant access to apps and files with single sign-on, streamline class rostering, automate account provisioning, and provide actionable analytics. ClassLink empowers 19 million students and staff in over 2,600 school systems. Visit classlink.com to learn more.     A multi-sensory approach, customisable options, structured and focused teaching techniques and dedicated module aiding short memory help provide valuable support whilst learning the skill.  

10/1/2023 4:09:26 AM

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'Dyslexia - Ultimate Success in the Classroom and Beyond' - A webinar hosted by The Invisible Gift

KAZ are proud to be sponsoring the upcoming webinar, 'Dyslexia - Ultimate Success in the Classroom and Beyond'. It will be hosted by The Invisible Gift, a community dedicated to raising awareness and helping answer questions or concerns you may have on neurodiversity.    For FREE signup to the webinar: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dyslexia-ultimate-success-in-the-classroom-beyond-tickets-714458704217?aff=oddtdtcreator   For free signup and future updates, please join the TIG community.    https://www.theinvisiblegift.com/  

9/19/2023 2:27:04 AM

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Touch typing tournament 2022-2023

It's official. We have a new touch typing tournament winner.   Well done, St Paul's Girls' School! (More details will follow in August)   Thank you to all our schools for making this year's tournament so special.         May Update     Into the final month, we go, and with exam season upon us, we wish all pupils the best of success.     Megan has reclaimed her crown, but 'friends' are in hot pursuit!    Well done, Megan!     With previous trophy winners entering their pupils at the last minute, it promises to be a thrilling ride to the finish line.        To schools waiting in the wings, this is the last month and chance to enter the tournament… it's free!       April Update     With just two months remaining, keyboards around the world are getting warmer. There's a lot of practising going on!   Ethan has retained his crown, but Megan is right behind him.    Congratulations, Ethan!   Even as we enter exam season, the engagement remains high, with new schools joining the tournament even at this late stage. It will be an exciting run to the finish line - so thank you to all, and the best of luck in your exams.      To all our schools waiting in the wings - entering the tournament is a great way to encourage learning the skill, and… it's free!     Remember, it’s not about winning but taking part.            March Update   With only three months left, we have six different schools in the top 10 positions!   Ethan has just pipped Megan to wear the crown!    A round of applause to Ethan, but the question is…can he keep it?   I am going to break with tradition and display the top 10 leaderboard. However, leaders, keep looking up, as many schools not listed are climbing the ladder!    Well done to all the teachers for entering their pupils in to the tournament. With almost 15000 entries, it’s proving a huge success! Please enter. You never know your pupil may just win!           February Update There has been a lot of activity in the tournament amongst our schools this February, with St. Paul Girls School entering the leaderboard!   However, Meghan has extended her lead!  Q. How is this possible?  A. It’s simple, really… practice! Exceptional, Meghan I would also like to make a special mention to Parmiter’s School. Their student progress has been exceptional these past few months. I have been fortunate to work with Mrs Mullen and have followed her students’ progress from the initial learning to entering the tournament.  Credit to all students in all our schools participating in the tournament. This is the most exciting year ever with the most amount of entries.   Administrators: ‘Click’ the button in your admin panel to automatically enrol your pupils into the tournament!   Once entered, pupil’s ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.           January Update Well…well…well…    We have now reached the halfway point of the tournament. Meghan has extended her lead and is seemingly leaving everyone else behind. Are we going to let Meghan run away with the title? She’s certainly not taking the leader’s position lightly, as her practice and result chart shows.  Wow, Meghan - Well done. Our champions are naturally guarding their trophy well, and we are pleased to note that we have already exceeded the total number of tests taken last year.  So, with students engaging and more schools entering, it looks like it’s going to be an exciting last five months.       December Update     Wow - what a December!  If only we had a 'live' leaderboard (maybe next year?) The crown has changed ownership five times in just one month (has this ever happened in KAZ history?). This competition is simply gripping and tearing participants' emotions to shreds! Felix has GONE, and Meghan is our New Year/Hogmanay leader.  Will she share her crown in 2023, or will she guard it closely? Very well done, Meghan. Is anyone going to challenge her?   Happy New Year to everyone, and our best wishes for 2023!     Administrators: ‘Click’ the red button in your admin panel to automatically enroll your pupils into the tournament.   Once entered, pupil’s ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.       November Update Although many more schools are entering their students into the tournament, ESMS are still leading the way!  With little emotion :(  Just pure ruthlessness :)  Meghan and Charlotte has been knocked off their perch! Our Christmas leader is:  Felix Well done to Felix, but the question is, will he still be celebrating at Hogmanay? Teachers - get your students ready for exams and FE/HE.  Entering the tournament is a great way to encourage learning this skill and… it's free!   Administrators: ‘Click’ the red button in your admin panel to automatically enroll your pupils into the tournament.   Once entered, pupil’s ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.     <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9IoqZ0ltCdc" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>   Hear what our current champion Andreea has to say.   October 2022       Well, they do say, 'the early bird... '. ESMS started the way they left last year. They were the first to start then, and they ended up winning!    Meghan and Charlotte have stormed into the lead, and although their scores won't count, we can see some teachers are creating excitement by joining in!     Come on, pupils at ESMS show the teachers!   To all our other schools who have already enrolled, it’s not too early to take the test.     Administrators: ‘Click’ the button in your admin panel to automatically enroll your pupils into the tournament! Once entered, pupil’s ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.         September 2022     KAZ’s 2022/2023 touch typing tournament has now begun!     This year's tournament is going to be the biggest one yet. Please don't forget to 'click' the red button on your dashboard to participate. A new trophy will be waiting for the winning school and, let's not forget… the prestige.     Last year's competition had an incredible number of tests taken. We hope that the spirit of the competition and the commitment and effort put in by teachers has impressed pupils that studying can be enjoyable!    Some teachers are also using the competition as a school tournament. They are taking part themselves and challenging pupils for the top spot.   Imagine the fun of competing against Sir or Miss. The best part is that pupils don't even realise they're improving their skills by entering the competition! It's a win for the teachers and a win for the pupils.    We hope learning this skill will improve productivity and allow pupils to focus on planning and creative writing.    Hear what our current champion says about touch typing and what it means to her. Well done, Andreea.     <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9IoqZ0ltCdc" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>            Administrators: ‘Click’ the button in your admin panel to automatically enrol your students into the tournament!             Once entered, students ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.       Administrators: ‘Click’ the red button in your admin panel to automatically enroll your pupils into the tournament.   Once entered, pupil’s ‘click’ the trophy symbol at the top of their screen for a one-touch login to the tournament.    

7/11/2023 11:47:16 AM

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