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…
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.
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.
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...”
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.
KAZ to Exhibit and Present at Call Scotland - Edinburgh and Glasgow
KAZ to Exhibit and Present at Call Scotland - Edinburgh (12th June) and Glasgow (13th June)
Getting AT Ready - 31st May 2019 Glasgow
Getting AT Ready - 31st May 2019 Glasgow
Communication Works 2019 - 23rd May 2019, Charlton Park Academy London SE7 8HX
KAZ are always proud and happy to support CENMAC’s annual Assistive Technology event. To register for your FREE ticket, please follow the link below via: eventbrite - Communication Works 2019 Programme. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/communication-works-2019-tickets-58781967447
KAZ to Exhibit and Speak at ATEC 28th March
KAZ will be exhibiting and demonstrating their Neurodiverse Typing Software at ATEC, the Assistive Technology Exhibition and Conference. Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, CV2 2ST 28th March 2019
KAZ supporting the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
KAZ supporting the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. Friday 15th March - Entrance Free