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March 26, 2021

Touch typing a skill worth investing in for your child

Touch typing a skill worth investing in for your child.

 

 

 

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Touch Typing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Typewiz we understand the importance of having your child able to know how to touch-type properly. We acknowledge the benefits and how to touch typing will stand to these children as they grow older and how it may be of vital use to them whether they are in a job that requires one to type or even just in their everyday life using their computer from home.

 

 

The short answer to whether touch typing is a skill worth investing in is YES! Touch-typing is something which is of benefit to everyone, not only people who may struggle to write properly. When being able to touch type not only will you be able to type faster, but you will be able to do this without the need of having to look at the screen on the computer. Things like transcribing are also made a whole lot easier, due to the fact that when you’re touch-typing your eyes can stay on the paper and you can ensure that your figures will be able to do the job when typing.

 

 

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Let’s look at a few of the key reasons as to why touch typing is such an important skill:

 

Comfort will improve:  when a child starts to learn how to touch type, they will then become much more comfortable with how their hands are operating when they are typing. This is because when you can have your hands centred on the keyboard it will allow you to place your fingers more evenly across the keyboard.

 

Fewer mistakes made:  touch typing will be more effective than the hunt and peck type method as it will lead to fewer errors by the individual being made. Now of course at first, mistakes will obviously be made when you are trying to get used to aligning your fingers in the correct position on the keyboard and keeping your eyes fixated on the screen, but once you are used to this method it will become much easier to adjust any errors as you will be already looking at the screen to notice the mistake made.

 

Typing speed increases: as touched upon on the previous point, keeping your eyes off the keyboard and fixated on the screen will give you a huge boost in your ability to type faster. Think about note-taking in the classroom or even at work.

It often happens that notes are being taken at such a quick rate that you will struggle to be able to take down all the necessary information that is being said, and this can lead to crucial bits of information not being taken down by the individual.

What touch typing does is not necessarily ensure that every single bit of note-taking will be taken down but it will vastly improve the speed at which a person can do this. Mistakes may be made along the way but at least you will have the bulk of what is being said down and you can adjust and fix this information later.

 

Touch typing games

Typewiz:  Previously we really delved into what are the benefits of a child being able to touch type, and one should look no further than Typewiz if they want to get their child learning how to perfect this skill in a fun and interactive way. Typewiz touch typing lessons are designed in a way to be short and encourage the child to complete their next lesson by achieving rewards and moving up leaderboards. Below is a little deeper insight into why you should get your child started with Typewiz.

 

–          Typing games: Typewiz has fun and interactive games for your child to enjoy. Typewiz allows your child to compete with kids in their age range and they can try improving by moving up leaderboards. A virtual coin is used for each game and will measure your child’s performance of how they’re getting on in the course, which will then motivate them to complete exercises as fast and efficiently as possible.

–          Avatar rewards: Typewiz allows your child to earn an avatar as they complete each lesson, and these include many cool looking avatars that will motivate the child to focus and do the best they can in order to achieve their desired avatar.

–          Modular design: the modular design which Typewiz provides is something that is easy on the eye for children and really creates an amazing environment for children to learn how to touch type.

–          Reporting: This is of huge benefit to parents of the children, as Typewiz offers a report showing how your child is getting on and progressing along throughout the duration of the course. The report will give you key information such as exercises your child has completed, average accuracy, highest score and much, much more. This information can be shown weekly, over the last 6 months, the past year or all the time. Typewiz will show you both accuracy and words per minute graphs in the report, so it can easily be available to view and print off either.

 

Now after analysing all of what Typewiz has to offer, you can really see how this will be of benefit to wanting to learn how to touch type. Not only is it a fun and engaging way of learning how to be able to touch type properly, but it will also give a child a key and valuable skill which will stand with them through the entirety of their life as technology constantly evolves and becomes more and more prominent in our everyday lives.

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October 8, 2020

How long does it take a child to learn how touch-type?

How long does it take a child to learn how touch-type?

 

First off let’s define what touch typing is:

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Although the phrase refers to typing without using the sense of sight to find the keys—specifically, a touch typist will know their location on the keyboard through muscle memory—the term is often used to refer to a specific form of touch typing that involves placing the eight fingers in a horizontal row along the middle of the keyboard (the home row) and having them reach for specific other keys.  (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Touch typing is being able to type without having to look down at the keyboard. Just allowing your child to master the keyboard and to be able to multi-task like read and type at the same. Giving them a precious skill and leading to great efficiency and accuracy using the keyboard.

 

For a child to learn how to touch type there are several things to consider. 

Child age to learn how to touch type

Childs age

Child’s age

As a general rule the older a child age is the quicker they will learn how to touch type and master the skill of touch typing. This is down to the ability of a child concentration and the ability to learn in a new skill. We find that for example a 16-year-old will be able to do double the work of 8-year old within an hour period.  So using this example a 16 year would be able to complete our Typewiz tying course usually within 40 hours whereas an 8-year-old would take 80 hours to complete.

Motivation key to typing

Motivation

Motivation

Like learning anything new, if your child is motivated and see the benefits of learning to touch type. Then they will be successful in achieving this goal. In Typewiz, we have several motivation aspects to the course for children. Students will be super motivated to do our Typewiz course as they can earn avatars badges and coins.

They earn these by either completing a lesson or achieving a score greater than 95% or word per minute greater than 15. The coins can be used to access our typing games. Only one game coin can be used per game. Any only one game is available initially until they complete 5 lessons and then the next game gets unlocked.

When a child plays a typing game their result is showing on a leaderboard thus encouraging to earn more games coins so that they can compete.  All these aspects encourage and motivate a child to learn how to touch type 

Practice learning how to type

Practice, Practice and Practice!

Practice

As the old saying goes practice makes perfect. Regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient in it. The regular your child practices the skill of touch typing the faster they will get at it. We recommend that a child does a minimum of one hour per week. If they can do more then the will learn quicker. They will generally need to practice at least ten hours to learn to touch type.  

 

In order to earn our bronze badge in Typewiz which is fifteen words per minute, a child would normally on average need to spend ten to fifteen hours to get to that standard. They would need to spend twenty-five to thirty hours to get to our Silver grade which is twenty-five words per minute. In order for a student to get to the gold standard on the course which is forty words per minute usually would require a student to spend forty plus hours to learn how to touch type.

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Learning difference

Learning differences

If your child has a learning difference such as dyslexia, dyspraxia (DCD) or dysgraphia then it will take them longer to learn to touch type. This is because they may have additional needs that may slow them down i.e. concentration issues, motor hand coordination issues etc. All these things will lead to a slower time to learn how to touch type but they will learn in their own time and become a proficient typist.

 

Conclusion

 

Overall a child will learn to touch type but it is hard to be very specific as each child is unique and will learn the skill of touch typing in their own time. The times referenced in this article are just estimates and do vary for each child depending on the factors mentioned above. The only way to know for sure is to try your child out with a typing course. At Typewiz we offer a seven-day free trial where your child can try out our typing tutor and see how they get on with it. After the seven day trial, your child will know if the ability to continue on with course. 

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October 2, 2020

Eleven things to consider before using a typing tutor for your child

Eleven things to consider before using a typing tutor for your child

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Your child needs to learn how to touch type and you are wondering what program features would be best suit your child to learn how to type at home.

We have compiled a list of the important features that you should consider before enrolling your child typing course.

  1. The first thing consider is whether you require a typing tutor that needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer or one that you can access online. In our opinion, the best option would be an online typing tutor that allows your child to access the typing tutor online on any computer or laptop device. The typing tutor should work on any browser and not require any third party add ons to be installed.
  2. The typing tutor should not require a fast internet connection to work. It should work on low internet bandwidth.
  3. The program should be easy to use and navigate for a young child.
  4. The typing tutor should have no adverts to distract your child from learning how to touch type and redirecting them other sites.
  5. Your child should be motivated by the typing tutor. Built-in rewards should be a core element of the typing tutor. Your child should be able to earn avatars, coins or badges. A child that is motivated will learn quicker and become a successful typist.
  6. The typing course lesson plan should be well structures with the first lesson emphasising the home keys and not random letters of the alphabet. 
  7. As your child progresses on the online typing course, the hands that guide your child should be removed as a child is not fully touch typing until on-screen hand aids disappear. This should happen relatively early on the program so your child doesn’t get too used to him and become dependent on them to type. 
  8. Is the typing tutor engaging and fun to use? Kids need a typing tutor that allows them to be engaged and fun.
  9. The typing tutor should offer a comprehensive report of their progress on the online typing course.  
  10. A completion certificate should be available once your child finishes the course and detail their word per minute and accuracy.
  11. A typing tutor should always allow you to try for free so your child can try it out and see if suits them.

Once you consider all these requirements.  You will find that you will have a great guide to finding what is the best typing tutor that is available now on the market.

Our typing tutor Typewiz.com has all these features. Why not get your our seven-day free trial? Typewiz is a great new typing tutor for children that get your child typing really fast within 30 to 40 hours of practice.

Click here to try it out. Our free trial is for seven days and there is no obligation to continue on past the seven days. We provide full support via email or chat. 

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September 24, 2020

How do I motivate my child to learn how to touch-type?

How do I motivate my child to learn how to touch-type?

So you want your child to learn how to touch type but how do you go about motivating them to type correctly?

 

Touch typing is the ability to type without looking down on the keyboard. All fingers reside on the home keys, your left fingers rest on ASDF buttons and right fingers on JKL; buttons. Your thumbs operate the space key.

The other approach to typing would be to use a method called hunt and peck where the fingers reside over the keyboard and pick out the keys by looking down on the keyboard. If a child learns to touch type correctly then they master a skill that can stay with them for the rest of their life. They become efficient at typing and save a lot of time and effort. 

 

First off you must explain to your child the benefits of learning how to type correctly as opposed to the hunt and peck method. The main benefits are as follows:

 

  • Touch typing will provide you with great speed and accuracy as opposed to the hunt and peck method.
  • If you learn how to type at 40 words per minute then you can type quicker than you can write, which is an amazing skill.
  • Touch typing allows your child to multitask. So your child can be typing and also be doing another task like talking, reading etc.
  • Once learn it become ingrained in your child’s brain so it can be used in future
  • Touch typing will allow your child to gain confidence in using a computer
  • Touch typing will allow your child to have an advantage over children that can’t type properly.

 

The next thing is to obtain a typing tutor that will work with your child and keep them motivated. A typing tutor that allows your child to become engaged and want to use all the time. Our Typing Tutor (Typewiz.com) was designed to keep your child motivated and has several motivating aspects built into the program. 

 

The first motivating aspect of our program is our game coins. A game coin can be used in our game arcade for all our typing games.  

 

First, a child can earn game coins if they do the following on the program:

 

  • Earn 100% perfect score on any exercise they work on
  • Earn three 95% scores
  • Get a word per minute of 15 words per minute

 

These game coins can be used in the games arcade in Typewiz. Each coin allows a child to play one game. When a child finishes a game, their score is recorded on a game’s leaderboard which motivates them to get a high score and play another game 

 

Once all the coins are used up they are no longer able to play the games. This motivates a child to achieve high accuracy or high typing speed to earn a high score and play another game and to compete to get a high score to become on top of the leaderboard.

 

The next aspect of Typewiz is that your child can earn an avatar after each lesson is complete. A lesson comprises 20 exercises that your child has to complete before moving on to the next lesson. There are 39 lessons in Typewiz, each with their own unique avatar that your child can earn. This will motivate them to complete the lessons as quickly as possible.

 

The final aspect of Typewiz is the ability for your child to view the profile and see their accuracy and words per minute in a simple to view the report. This can be printed to show you how well they have achieved on the Typewiz program.

 

All these aspects help your child to stay motivated and remain focused on becoming a typing guru. To learn the correct way how to touch type and to learn a skill that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

If you are interested in trying out our touch typing online lessons. A free trial is available at the following link.

 

Happy Typing!

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August 17, 2020

Features that your child will get when using Typewiz

Features that your child will get when using Typewiz.

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We have been teaching children how to touch type since 2007. Over those years we have worked with children to learn the skill of touch typing.
Typewiz was developed in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin using their educational experience so that a child can learn how to type in a fun and interactive way.

Typewiz offers the following features:

WORD PER MIN BADGES

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Gold standard – 40 words per minute

 

 

 

As your child progresses through Typewiz. They can earn word per minute badges. There are three words per minute badges that they can achieve.

Bronze  – 15 words per minute or greater. This would take around 10 to 15 hours to achieve.

Silver – 25 words per minute or greater. This would take around 20 to 25 hours to achieve.

Gold – 40 words per minute or greater. This would take around 30 to 40 hours to achieve.

NEW AVATARS UNLOCKED

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Earn an avatar every time you complete a lesson!

 

Each lesson your child completes in Typewiz, a new avatar is available to select.  Avatars help to keep your child focused and motivated so that they can work hard to complete each lesson and earn a new avatar. There are 60 avatars for your child to earn. We have divided the avatars so that they have both a female male avatar.  Avatars can be changed at any time within Typewiz. A full list of avatars showing the ones that are locked                             and unlocked

VIRTUAL COINS TO PLAY TYPING GAMES

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Games coins can be earned in Typewiz!

 

 

As your child works away on Typewiz, they are rewarded with coins based on how accurate they are in each typing exercises. For example, if the get 100% they earn three coins. Each coin can be used in our typing games. One game uses one coin. Coins can                          also earn by various other ways, thus motivating your child to                              work to a high level of accuracy.

TYPING GAMES

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Fun typing games are available in Typewiz

A range of typing games is available in Typewiz. As your child works through the program, new typing games get unlocked after your child completes five lessons. Their game scores are recorded and displayed on a leaderboard. Again motivating your child to achieve a high score when playing our typing games.

KEEP YOUR CHILD MOTIVATED.

Learn how to type for kids online in a fun and interactive way, no boredom allowed!
Typewiz is specially designed to motivate your child to learn how to touch type.

 

All aspects of Typewiz design has been built to keep your child motivated and focused as they learn how to type. Typewiz is developed based on academic research and has been designed based on these principles.

SUPPORT

Full support is provided by email and online chat. We aim to respond with 24 hours to your enquiry via email or chat.

Free Trial

A seven-day free trial is available for your child to try out our touch typing tutor online.  Click on the following link to available of the free trial.

The trial is for seven days to allow your child to familiarise themselves with the program.

 

 

 

 

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August 17, 2020

Benefits of learning how to touch type for children

What are the benefits of learning how to touch type for children?

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Benefits of learning how to touch type for kids

What are the benefits of your child to learn how to touch-type?

The benefits of learning how to touch type for children:

  • Touch typing if learnt earlier can be a long term key skill in the home, school, college, and in a work environment.
  • Touch typing helps your child to type faster as well as accurately, without having to look at the keyboard every now and then
  • Once your child is touch typing it becomes unconscious, letting your child become more creative.
  • A child can learn faster than adults. So the earlier they learn the better. No bad habits are formed.
  • Learn to type faster with all your fingers as opposed to one. More productive!
  • Learn keys off without having to look down at the keyboard. Memory skill.
  • Make your child really efficient when using the keyboard saving them loads of time!
  • Achieve high words per minute (wpm) – typing faster than they can write, the gold standard of typing 40 wpm!

The overall benefits of learning how to type are learning a skill that helps your child with school homework or projects. Then if they go on to University they have to type up all their projects and thesis so being able to type will give them a great advantage.

When your child graduates from College they will probably be working with a computer at their job. So being able to type fast and efficiently will help them with emails, word processing and creating presentation slides. This will give them added advantage in the competitive work place and will help them achieve success.

So it is a long term benefit that helps your child throughout their life. So learning how to type will give your child an added benefit. Improving efficiency and time spent typing.  So they are not wasting their time trying to find the correct key on the keyboard or unnecessary corrections.

So if there is anything your child can benefit more is to learn how to type correctly.

Why not get your child to try out our online touch typing course Typewiz for free?

Our typing tutor Typewiz.com has all these features. Why not get your our seven-day free trial? Typewiz is a great new typing tutor for children that get your child typing really fast within 30 to 40 hours of practice.

Click here to try it out. Our free trial is for seven days and there is no obligation to continue on past the seven days. We provide full support via email or chat. 

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August 17, 2020

Welcome to Typewiz!

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Typewiz – fun and innovative way for your child to learn how to type online.

Typewiz aims to improve your Child’s TYPING SPEED and Accuracy using our innovative typing program!

Searsol has been teaching children how to touch type since 2007. Over those years we have worked with children to learn the skill of touch typing. Typewiz was developed in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin using their educational experience.

Typewiz offers the following:

Designed for children in mind.
Typewiz is a typing tutor designed for children based on years of academic research. Our unique approach will motivate a child to learn how to touch type. By offering them word per minute badges, earned avatars, virtual coins that can be used in our typing game arcade.

Typewiz has a modular design.
Typewiz modular design offers children an amazing environment to learn how to touch type. Children can take breaks from typing and interact with our typing module or view their reports using our reports module.

Avatar rewards
Typewiz allows children to earn an avatar as the complete each lesson in Typewiz. Thus motivating your child to learn how to touch type.

Typing Games
Typewiz has fun and interactive typing games for your child to enjoy. Your child can compete with other children and see who is top of the leaderboard. A virtual coin is used for each game. This is earned by your child performance on the Typewiz course. Thus motivating them to complete exercises fast and accurately.

Reporting
Want to know how your child is getting on with Typewiz? Typewiz offers a report showing how your child is progressing on the course. The report shows the following information:

Exercises Completed
Highest Score
100% Scores
Excellent Scores
Average Accuracy
Coins Earned
Average WPM
Top WPM
Information can be shown on a weekly, last six month, last year or all time. Our report both accuracy and wpm graphs. So it can easily be viewed. Reports can be printed off. Course certificates are available to print as well.

Integrated bot
Typewiz bot helps your child to remain engaged by providing help and tips to learn how to touch type.

If you interested why not try out 7-day FREE trial available.

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