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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Touch typing used to be an old-fashioned skill — but now schools are reviving it

  By Rachael Pells Wednesday, 9th October 2019   https://inews.co.uk/news/education/touch-typing-old-fashioned-skill-practise-schools-offices-reviving-education-649617   As with many skills, experts agree that the younger we are taught to type, the easier is it is to pick up…   If Mike jived. If Mike jived. Rude dunce. If Mike jived who was a rude dunce. Before you ask, no I don’t hold a personal grudge against a ballroom dancer. I’m actually practising my keyboarding skills. Believe it or not, these are the beginning phrases of a programme designed to teach children how to touch type correctly – and it’s harder than you might think.   The i newsletter cut through the noise   Sure, we can all bash away at a keyboard. But how much time do you think you waste on typos and hastily-typed errors? Computers may have been sitting in most of our homes, schools and offices for around 30 years now, but touch typing – that is, the ability to use all of your fingers across a computer keyboard to write sentences without having to look down from the screen – is something many of us still struggle with. But as screens and phones increasingly dominate over handwriting as our main medium for communication, more and more people are clocking on to the benefits of touch typing. In short, if we can train our fingers to type without having to think about it, we are able to work more efficiently because our thoughts are clearer (Photo: AFP/Getty)   Touch typing in schools   In 2014, it was reported that schools in Finland – long established as a world-leader in progressive, quality education and the envy of all countries taking part in annual Pisa rankings – took the decision to ditch handwriting lessons in favour of getting pupils fluent in their typing skills. And it’s not as if schools in the UK haven’t attempted to get behind the skill. In fact the programme I am using to taunt poor Mike, KAZ Type, is exactly the same one (give or take a few updates) that I sat using in my school IT lessons around 18 years ago. More recently, prestigious Brighton College and Eton both made headlines after parents at the fee-paying schools insisted typing was brought back onto the timetable. But while the Department for Education say touch typing is encouraged as a part of computer literacy, there is still no specific reference to it on the UK state curriculum. Brighton College and Eton both made headlines after parents at the fee-paying schools insisted typing was brought back onto the timetable   An essential skill for the 21st century   This, according to Keene Braganza, managing director of KAZ is a mistake. “Schools tend not to teach typing skills these days. But it is now more essential than ever for students to learn, since employers expect productivity from the go,” he tells i. “We truly believe touch typing is an essential 21st-century skill. And the earlier it is learned, the better.” …   Read the full article…

15/10/2019 11:01:06

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Stand 142 - TES SEN show 2019 4-5 October Business Design Centre. London

KAZ will be exhibiting - Stand 142 Come and see why our specialised edition is being recommended by SENCOs and used by schools across the world. 

24/09/2019 11:57:28

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KAZ at the Bell House Dyslexia Fair 14th September

KAZ at the Bellhouse Dyslexia Fair, 14th September - come and meet some of the KAZ team at Bell House, 27 College Road, London, SE21 7BG. Dulwich.   We will be available all day to discuss and demonstrate our product and will be showcasing our software at 1.15pm.    Learn about the importance of touch typing for individuals with dyslexia, how our unique preference screen caters for visual disturbances and how our unique method teaching typing skills is helping change lives around the world.

28/08/2019 13:20:07

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Assured by British Dyslexia Association

The Assured section of the BDA website will launch in September.   “Assured means that in the opinion of the British Dyslexia Association the product is effective at identifying or supporting dyslexia if used as intended, is based on generally accepted and well-established science, and the marketing accurately reflects what a user can expect...”  

06/08/2019 09:26:05

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KAZ Shortlisted by Teach Primary and Teach Secondary

Teach Primary: Comprising six nominations from each of our trade categories, the shortlist features a wide variety of innovative resources – from SEND and CPD packages, to maths and wellbeing, and much more. To view a full listing: https://www.teachprimary.com/news/view/teach-primary-awards-2019-finalists-announced The next stage will see the finalists assessed by a strong expert panel of primary authors, leaders, consultants and educators, amongst them regular reviewer John Dabell, President of Literacy Association Tracy Parvin and Head of Education Alison Wilcox from National Association of Special Educational Needs. Their verdicts will be unveiled this October in the print edition of Teach Primary magazine. Teach Secondary: Comprising six nominations from each of our trade categories, the shortlist features a wide variety of innovative resources – from CPD packages, Assessment programmes and safeguarding apps, and much more. To view a full listing: https://www.teachsecondary.com/product-focus/view/teach-secondary-awards-2019-finalists-announced The next stage will see the finalists assessed by a strong expert panel of Teach Secondary authors, leaders, consultants and educators, amongst them independent education consultant and author David Didau, Teacher development programmes manager Sarah Harrison and Director of BMAT teaching school Donna Walsh. Their verdicts will be unveiled this October in the print issue of Teach Secondary Magazine.  

02/08/2019 11:59:12

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