Touch Typing Tournament - Month 4

Typing Tournament Leaderboard         First place - Mew at Shrewsbury School - 65 wpm Second place - Leila at ESMS - 58 wpm   Third Place - Finlay at ESMS - 43 wpm     With just 7 weeks to go, there is no change to the top 3! Mew is still holding the crown - will we have a last minute challenger to steal the crown?  

11/05/2020 09:26:16

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Touch Typing Tournament - Month 3

Touch Typing Tournament Leaderboard - Month 3    First - Mew, Shrewsbury School - 65 wpm    Second - Leila, ESMS - 58 wpm    Third - Finlay, ESMS - 43 wpm    Wow! No problems for these students as they progress to FE/HE but will Mew still be holding the crown in Month 4?

11/05/2020 09:18:36

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Touch Typing Tournament - Month 2

Touch Typing Tournament Leaderboard - Month 2     First place - Leila at ESMS - 58 wpm Second place - Mew at Shrewsbury School - 57 wpm  Third Place - Aileen at ESMS - 46 wpm     No change to the top three but lots happening just below. Will Leila still be holding the crown in Month 3?

11/05/2020 09:17:31

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To help schools during this turbulent period, KAZ have halved the price of all their Online School licences.

Upsurge in online learning fuels increasing need for touch typing skills   The UK school sector has lost many teaching days this year one way or another – deep cleaning for norovirus, flooding, snow days in some areas and now the coronavirus, forcing schools to close until further notice. Senior leadership teams are rising to the challenge, making plans for students to continue their education from home. For the first time the computer is becoming the main medium for delivering learning. This trend is likely to continue but underlying issues are coming to light.    Many learners enjoy using resources online but the majority are not trained, equipped or used to producing their work in this way. It is one thing to send a text, fill in a worksheet online or keep in touch with friends on social media but quite another to be expected to use technology for all classwork. Yet in many cases, this is what we will be asking them to do.    Most students are trained to handwrite but not to use a keyboard efficiently. Their keying in skills are poor and many are slow and inaccurate. There are also health and safety issues involved. Long-term extensive use of the keyboard can lead to RSI and possible spinal damage. When you think of how many hours schools spend teaching handwriting, it is quite astounding that they cannot allocate just 90 minutes to teach the basics of touch typing, which is all it takes with KAZ, our Accelerated Learning cloud-based program.    The overriding argument for years has been that children will be expected to write by hand in their examinations but those days may now be numbered. An increasing number of students with dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions are using word processors as their normal means of working and are now allowed to use the same methods in exams.     Some schools, notably international schools and independent schools in the UK are ahead of the curve, making sure all pupils have had training in touch typing.  At a ‘live classroom’ at BETT Malaysia 2017, Iain Stevens, Head of Curriculum Support at Taylor’s International School, Kuala Lumpur said: ‘One of the things which attracted me to KAZ was the Dyslexia Screen, where you can change the fonts, the colours and so on. When I looked at other programs, they couldn’t actually do that and that was one of the reasons why I chose KAZ.’    Of course, there are free programs available but when pupils are learning online, schools need to be sure that students and their data are safe and not being spammed, as can be the case with free software. Our website and all our courses are secure. We are members of ICO.org and strictly adhere to their rules and regulations. We guarantee no pop-ups, no advertising and no solicitation by email.    Teachers also want to be able to set up students easily and see at a glance if they are doing the work and how well they are progressing. The KAZ admin panel allows teachers to upload student lists in minutes, send logon details using real or pseudo email addresses and monitor student progress in real time. Kathryn Stowell, Head of Outreach and AAC at Charlton Park Academy, supports around 200 secondary students in many schools, so she has first- hand experience of distance learning:  'KAZ teaches touch typing fast so students are not taking much time out from other subjects to learn the keyboard,' said Kathryn. ‘Best of all, we have one portal at the school and can see from the student logins how they are getting on. With students right across London, this saves us time when we are checking on progress.'    Additionally, to help keep students engaged, motivated and on task, we have launched a touch typing competition which runs until June 30th 2020. Students can take the timed test as often as they wish and their best score will be saved. A leader board is published on the KAZ site each month and the final result will be announced in July. Schools that have a KAZ licence can check up on student progress at any time which means they can also run their own in-house tournaments and maybe even pitch staff against students.   Schools that are moving to online learning in the next few months may find several hidden benefits from teaching their students to touch type. Not only will they equip their pupils with a ‘life skill’ they can use whilst at school, for exam access arrangements and carry forward with them into FE and the workplace but pupils may also start composing texts at speeds of around 50–70 words per minute.   The Department of Education has deemed BESA’s LendEd site the ‘go to’ approved platform for home learning resources in the even of school closures. Our software is the only touch typing software listed and approved. In an effort to help schools during this turbulent period of home learning, we have halved the price of all our school online licences. Please use code: KAZC19 at checkout.   https://kaz-type.com/educational-edition.aspx

23/03/2020 11:03:31

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We are both thrilled and proud to announce that we are now members of Naace

https://www.naace.co.uk/partner.html?p=10334 The National Association for Education Technology   Naace is a community of teachers, school leaders, advisors, consultants and commercial partners working across all areas of UK education who share a vision for the developing role of technology in education. As a professional association, we represent the voice of the UK education technology community in the schooling sector at a national and international level. We support individuals and groups throughout the education landscape by providing resources for courses and research, and encouraging reflection and professional development. Who is Naace? Naace members and sponsoring partners work in both public and private sectors. They represent a range of professions in the education sphere including teachers, school managers, curriculum leaders, lecturers, local authority advisors, independent consultants, software developers and designers, sales personnel, technicians, student teachers, company managers, national partners and colleagues from commerce and industry. Our members and sponsoring partners share a passion for embedding the effective use of technology into teaching, learning and school management. If you share this passion and are looking to collaborate with like-minded professionals, join Naace to become a part of our community.   What does Naace do? Offers practical information, resources, support and guidance to members, sponsoring partners and UK government departments on current topics relating to education technology Supports networking opportunities for members from schools, academy chains, local authorities, the IT industry and UK government agencies Engages in consultations at local, regional, national and international levels Provides a range of professional development opportunities Why should I join Naace? Naace aims to promote whole school improvement by encouraging appropriate use of education technology across the breadth of the curriculum. By joining Naace, you demonstrate your commitment to this aim and become part of an expert body of edtech professionals. You also join a passionate community that provides peer to peer support, facilitates networking opportunities and acts as a catalyst for educational advancements which will ultimately benefit learners.  Naace is recognised and respected by industry partners, local and regional authorities and the UK government. By increasing Naace membership and strengthening our community of education professionals, we will improve our standing and ability to positively influence UK government policy.  

01/03/2020 11:57:30

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Touch Typing Tournament Update

Touch Typing Tournament Leaderboard       First place - Leila at ESMS - 58 wpm Second place - Mew at Shrewsbury School - 50 wpm  Third Place - Aileen at ESMS - 46 wpm     Well done to all students who have entered. Teachers - we are very impressed with your scores.

11/02/2020 10:47:49

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PRESS RELEASE   KAZ launches FREE international touch typing competition

The award winning software company KAZ has launched a challenge to schools across the globe using its touch typing program. Go online and test your speeds against the best of the best.   The competition runs from January 10th - June 30th 2020 and schools can join in at any time. Students can take the timed test as often as they wish and their best score will be saved. A leader board will be published on the KAZ site each month and the result will be announced in July.   The student with the highest number of words per minute will be awarded a KAZ Touch Typing Winner’s Certificate and a City & Guilds licence. The winning school will receive The KAZ Touch Typing Trophy 2020, a year's free subscription to KAZ, as well as press and social media publicity.   Schools that have a KAZ licence can check up on student progress at any time which means they can also run their own in-house tournaments and maybe even pitch staff against students. Find out which of your learners could be a top-flight court reporter, transcriber or programmer of tomorrow.    Alan Tsui, Academic Enrichment leader at Willow Brook Primary School Academy in Leyton, is keen to improve the typing speeds of his young pupils and frequently challenges them to beat his score: 'The KAZ Administrator panel and student progress display is absolutely fantastic,' he said. 'The children I work with are always thrilled to see their scores displayed in a way that is easy to understand and rank their performances.'   The original idea for the KAZ international touch typing competition came from Dublin Oak Academy, an international boarding school in Ireland. Principal Robert Pattison used KAZ throughout the school.  The boys learnt the basics in hours but to make sure they built up their speeds he set up an inter-form competition where the typing champions of each class were pitted against one another. At one stage this was so successful that he found boys were neglecting their studies to improve their typing speeds!    Mr Pattison believes that every student at Dublin Oak Academy needs to touch type: 'It is the professionalism of touch typing that is so important,' he said. 'You don’t expect to see a manager or project leader in the workplace tapping away using just their two forefingers. In this day and age, it just looks prehistoric!’     Managing director Keene Braganza agrees; 'Our software is popular in the workplace and for apprenticeships. These days, everyone - from doctors to solicitors to university students - needs to use technology to produce text and an increasing number of students use computers in examinations so it makes sense to train them to use the keyboard more efficiently.'   Touch typing makes a massive difference to speed and accuracy and reduces the risk of repetitive stress injuries (RSI). Research by Pitman Training shows that people who type with two fingers manage between 27 and 37 words a minute, while someone trained to touch type can reach between 50 and 70 words a minute.      So, sign up, have a go and help your students take the first steps towards world class typing speeds!     For more information contact Keene Braganza at KAZ Type Limited : keene@kaz-type.com01926 423424 https://kaz-type.com/

31/01/2020 11:39:37

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KAZ Type Limited hold their very first Worldwide Touch Typing Tournament for schools

KAZ Type Limited hold their very first Worldwide Touch Typing Tournament for schools.   Due to numerous requests from Head and IT teachers, KAZ Type Limited are holding their very first Worldwide Touch Typing Tournament for schools. They hope it will enthuse and engage students, bring out their competitive edge and encourage them to learn the skill, as well as being lots of fun! The tournament starts on January 10th and will end on June 30th. (Schools must already have, or take out a KAZ licence in order to compete and can join in at any time).   Terms & Conditions   1. All schools entering must already have or take out a KAZ licence   2. Schools can register and join in any time until the end of June   3. To enter your students into the competition, simply press the ‘Typing Tournament’ button on your dashboard/admin panel and all students who are already using KAZ will be automatically entered. Students who do not wish to compete, need not take part   4. Once you have entered, the link to the typing test will activate. Students will be able to log in to the test using their existing credentials by clicking on the trophy symbol in the top bar of our website   5. Testing will be based on our schools’ adult edition phrases and include punctuation   6. Students can take the test as often as they like but only their highest speed will be saved in the KAZ back office   7. Updates on the leading school/students will be published on our website every month   8. Teachers will be able to view all their students’ progress and highest scores at all times on their dashboard — so if they wish to hold their own school competition, they can  At the end of June, the competition will close and all data will be analysed   9. The results will be published on our website in July. (The winning school will be notified in advance)   10. In the event of a tie, accuracy will be taken into account    If there is a tie with both speed and accuracy, the student to have achieved the highest score first will be our first champion and their school awarded the KAZ Touch Typing Trophy   Prizes:    For the winning student:   The student with the highest number of words per minute will receive a KAZ Touch Typing Winner’s Certificate and if 15 years or above, a free City & Guilds licence.  (In the event of a younger student winning, their City & Guilds licence will be kept on hold until they reach the required age.)   For the winning school:    The winning school will receive:   The KAZ Touch Typing Trophy 2020 A year’s free renewal of their KAZ Typing Tutor licence Will be showcased on our website Will be celebrated on all social media and press

07/01/2020 14:30:44

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The LearnED roadshow begins. The aim of this DfT and BESA initiative is to deliver best practice roadshows.

The Department for Education (DfE) and The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) have been working together to deliver best practice roadshows.  BESA is the trade association for the UK's world leading educational suppliers.   What is LearnED SEND Edition?  LearnED is a DfE and BESA initiative which consists of one-day CPD-led conferences accompanied by a suppliers’ engagement exhibition.  The LearnED Roadshow will showcase a real- life classroom, company workshops and product demos.    KAZ will also be  exhibiting at all the LearnED roadshows venues around the UK.     Venues:   Wednesday 27 November 2019  Newcastle Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5HP    Friday 17 January 2020  Nottingham Nottingham Belfry, Mellors Way, Nottingham NG8 6PY    Thursday 6 February 2020  Exeter Sandy Park Conference Centre, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN    Friday 6 March 2020  Chelmsford Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, CM3 1QP    Friday 20 March 2020  Birmingham Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham B5 7QU    Thursday 30 April 2020  Ashford Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Ave, Ashford TN24 8UX    Friday 12 June 2020  Oxford Kings Centre Oxford, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES    Friday 26 June 2020  London QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE    Friday 10 July 2020  Liverpool Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Rd, Liverpool L9 5AS    KAZ Type is evolving into one of the leading companies providing touch typing solutions for both mainstream students, as well as students with special educational needs.   Their reputation has been built on pedigree, their tried, tested and proven Accelerated Learning teach method and their passion to be truly inclusive.   In today’s world of computers and technology, they believe teaching students the invaluable ‘life skill’ of touch typing is essential. It equips them with a new and powerful medium for learning and communicating and gives them a huge advantage, preparing then for further education, the working environment and life.   Their school licences include both their mainstream edition, plus their specialised SEN/dyslexia edition as a free option.   This specialised edition 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 to each student for maximum visibility comfort. It is suitable for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD and Tourette’s, amongst others.   KAZ’s touch typing software has proven so effective that it has been shortlisted for several academic awards: BETT 2019, Teach Primary 2019 and Teach Secondary 2019.   They pride themselves on their testimonials.  

22/11/2019 13:03:26

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KAZ to exhibit at LearnED SEND Edition, CEME Conference Centre, 14/11/2019

The Department for Education (DfE) and The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) have been working together to deliver best practice roadshows. The SEND edition of the LearnED roadshow is aimed at SENCOS, head teachers and school leaders in the SEND sector. For the SEND edition, BESA is working in partnership with Corbets Tey School and the School Improvement Service at HES. Please note participation is only available to full BESA members    What is LearnED SEND Edition?  LearnED is a DfE and BESA initiative which consists of one-day CPD-led conferences accompanied by a suppliers’ engagement exhibition.  The SEND edition is organised in partnership with Havering School Improvement Services and Corbets Tey School.  The conference will be practitioner led with high-profile keynote speakers such as the DfE, Regional Schools Commissioners (RSC), Ofsted and other key SEND education thought leaders.  The LearnED Roadshow will showcase a real- life classroom, company workshops and product demos.    KAZ will also be  exhibiting at all the LearnED roadshows venues around the UK.     Venues:   Wednesday 27 November 2019  Newcastle Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5HP    Friday 17 January 2020  Nottingham Nottingham Belfry, Mellors Way, Nottingham NG8 6PY    Thursday 6 February 2020  Exeter Sandy Park Conference Centre, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN    Friday 6 March 2020  Chelmsford Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, CM3 1QP    Friday 20 March 2020  Birmingham Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham B5 7QU    Thursday 30 April 2020  Ashford Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Ave, Ashford TN24 8UX    Friday 12 June 2020  Oxford Kings Centre Oxford, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES    Friday 26 June 2020  London QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE    Friday 10 July 2020  Liverpool Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Rd, Liverpool L9 5AS    KAZ Type is evolving into one of the leading companies providing touch typing solutions for both mainstream students, as well as students with special educational needs.   Their reputation has been built on pedigree, their tried, tested and proven Accelerated Learning teach method and their passion to be truly inclusive.   In today’s world of computers and technology, they believe teaching students the invaluable ‘life skill’ of touch typing is essential. It equips them with a new and powerful medium for learning and communicating and gives them a huge advantage, preparing then for further education, the working environment and life.   Their school licences include both their mainstream edition, plus their specialised SEN/dyslexia edition as a free option.   This specialised edition 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 to each student for maximum visibility comfort. It is suitable for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD and Tourette’s, amongst others.   KAZ’s touch typing software has proven so effective that it has been shortlisted for several academic awards: BETT 2019, Teach Primary 2019 and Teach Secondary 2019.   They pride themselves on their testimonials.  

23/10/2019 12:32:26

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