The October review
Well, the ruthless streak in competitors has resurfaced yet again.
Q. Is there any room for friendship in this competition?
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.
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?
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.
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