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Touch Typing Skills Gives Your Children An Edge

Keyboarding is omnipresent, and yet many people fail to realize it. We touch type to RSVP a wedding invitation or to play games on Facebook. We touch type a work report and we touch type to chat and interact with online friends.

Touch typing is a tech skill that will be increasingly important in the coming years – so important that people lacking this skill will have a harder time keeping up with all the technological breakthroughs that will soon take place.

For this reason, it’s important that children are given the opportunity to formally and efficiently learn how to touch type. Typing in schools has unfortunately not given the due attention it deserves. Given its central role in any and all other computer-based class and skill learning, it’s puzzling why the average school curriculum doesn’t already include keyboarding classes.

Even if your local school doesn’t provide the tools, with the help of typing software, your child can learn how to type correctly, accurately, and quickly. This will give your child an edge they will be able to rely on throughout their lives.

-   A proficient touch typist saves hundreds of minutes each week on touch typing based tasks, such as homework, projects, research, or writing up essays.

-   A child that touch types quickly and accurately is more confident in dealing with keyboard-based tasks and school assignments because the lack of typing skills doesn’t get in the way.

-   A good touch typist who learned the right keyboarding techniques early in life will continue improving on their typing performance, because every touch typing activity will be a touch typing practice, helping them to constantly improve upon their typing performance.

-   Dyslexic children find it easier and less frustrating to touch type rather than write out homework by hand, so keyboarding can play a crucial role in ensuring that no child stays behind in class.

-   Touch typing equips children with a skill that will come in handy in college and later on in their careers. Keyboarding activities permeate all aspects of our lives, from education and entertainment to social interaction.

-   Efficient touch typists are happier with their typing competency because it leads to increased productivity, creative breakthroughs, and early task completion.

Teachers and parents who wish to give students this invaluable skill can do so through readily-available typing software. While it is possible to teach typing without a typing program, using a well-designed software product offers benefits to both instructors and students. A good program provides a structured learning experience for the student which both accelerates the learning process and makes it less challenging and more rewarding, by offering typing practice in the form of typing games as well as a range of tools for further enhancing the keyboarding experience. Teachers will enjoy the fact that the lessons have been prepared for them, leaving them more time to devote to students in the classroom. With top-rated typing software, everyone benefits.

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7 Useful Things Google Can Do To Help In Solving Your Problems

Google has so many features that make our lives easier. But many of them, although extremely usuful and time-saving, don’t get the due praise and exposure they deserve.

The following 7 Google hacks will make you a better Google user. How many do you use already?

Google As A Dictionary

A simple, time-saving hack is to use the Google search bar to learn the definition of a word with a single click. Simply type the word “define” followed by the word in question. For example, type “define consumerism” and Google instantly gives you the following:

“the protection or promotion of the interests of consumers”

There you go!

This feature is especially useful for language learners as it helps boost vocabulary without the inconvenience of going back and forth between dictionary websites, or the drudgery of having to look up a word in a hard copy dictionary.

Google As A Converter

Just like word definitions, Google lets you instantly convert units from metric to imperial and vice versa. All you need is to type what you want to convert (for example, “100 USD to EUR”) and Google gives you the result you need (it’s roughly 72€, in case you were wondering). Apart from currencies, Google can convert any unit of measurement, weight, length, volume, temperature, and more.

Google As The Local (Or Global) Weather Report

Google gives you the day’s forecast in a single click. Type “weather” in the search bar followed by the name of your city, and you will instantly learn whether you should take that umbrella with you or not when you leave the house!

Google Translate

Although Google Translate can yield some funny results, especially when it comes to colloquialisms and idioms, it can be a very helpful tool for ESL learners and learners of other languages.

Google uses a vast array of online content to yield results and it even offers alternative interpretations, helping users to find accurate translations of a word or phrase.

Google’s Customizable Reading Level

This is a powerful tool, but one that not many people know about. However, it’s invaluable for ESL and other language learners, because it helps them find online related content that they can read and understand.

To use this feature when searching for a term (like “autodidactism”), go to “SEARCH TOOLS” – the last tab on the bar right under the search bar – and click “Reading Level” under “All Results.” Choose between basic, intermediate, and advanced to get the search results with the preferred reading level difficulty.

Google, Now At A Store Near You!

Not really, but it does a great job showing you where a local business is in your area. Simply type in the name of the business and then your city. The top search result will give you the address and other useful information like work hours and phone numbers.

You might even get a map showing the exact location of the business on the right side of the page, which links to Google Maps and lets you get directions from your current location to your destination.

Google Knows Your Needs

Lastly, among the thousands of features it offers you to make your life easier and solve your queries, Google also helps you search for particular file types, from pdfs to bmp images to exe files.

Simply type filetype:pdf into the search box, and the search results will exclusively be pdf files, just like you’ve asked for!

What’s the one Google feature you use daily, apart from Google Search?

Cross-posted on the Spreeder blog.

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Ultimate Typing 2015 Is Ready For Action With Its Brand New Cloud Version!

2014 is drawing to a close and with it eReflect says goodbye to the 2014 version of Ultimate Typing™.
eReflect has been preparing Ultimate Typing™ 2015 for some months now. Today, a completely revamped typing tutor offers even more games, activities, and advanced features to make learning to touch type a fun experience for all.

A Cloud-based Ultimate Typing™ Experience

The brand new cloud-based Ultimate Typing™ is equipped with the latest tools, features, and capacities to make learning even more efficient and pleasant.

Ultimate Typing™ 2015 is entirely cloud based. This means there are no heavy downloads, no re-installs for new versions, no limited access from a single location.

The Ultimate Typing™ interface is cloud-accessible for every user, from anywhere. Software updates will be instantly implemented and the user will always have the latest version to practice with. Being cloud-based also means no ads to distract your practice sessions. You’ll also like the fact that you can enjoy fast, responsive software that uses the latest cloud technology to promote your learning.

Social Media Sharing

eReflect’s software products are notable for their compelling approach to learning. Every activity and game is fun to practice with, and every aspect of the software makes learning a pleasurable experience.

Today, eReflect is introducing social media integration for its Ultimate Typing™ 2015 software as a way of encouraging users to practice more, and then show off their results on Facebook.

Users can create a unique Ultimate Typing™ profile where they can check their practice history and results, as well as share their practice scores with their friends on Facebook. This will be appealing for younger users who will want to do better at their practice to keep improving their scores and sharing them with others.

Practice Gamification

As if the activities and games weren’t fun enough, now eReflect introduces success points, a new feature that lets you collect points each time you complete a practice session. This gives an extra incentive to practice because you know that the more you do the more success points you will collect – and the better you’ll look to your friends on Facebook!

New Games and Exercises

The 2015 Ultimate Typing™ has been enriched with even more fun exercises and games so people have plenty of practice material to train with.

This year, learning to touch type with great speed and accuracy will be a piece of cake. A feature-packed Ultimate Typing™ 2015 will help you become efficient at keyboarding and reap all the benefits of fast, accurate typing.

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Technology As An Indispensable Part Of Our Life

Technology is part and parcel of our everyday lives, but should it also be part of our education? Technological skills can no longer be ignored, or considered to be specialized skills only used by programmers. If we want the workforce of tomorrow to be truly skilled and capable in every area, we need to offer them the chance to learn high-demand tech skills. Today people can still get by with basic touch typing skills, but will that still be the case 25 years from now?

How much will SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, and the cloud) affect our day-to-day living, our professions, our entertainment, and even our social lives?

It is expected that only a few decades from now life on planet Earth will be irreversibly tech-based. More processes will be automated, people will get more productive and work less, and everyone will enjoy more benefits from computers and the internet. But this future world and its advantages has a prerequisite: it assumes that everyone is competent in using technology.

Today, touch typing is considered an absolutely essential tech skill, even for children. Students as early as the third grade are expected to take final exams on computers. Without basic and essential typing efficiency, these students can set up themselves up for failure, even if they’ve studied for their exams – if a student knows the answers, but can’t type them in fast enough, they’ll leave answers blank, and those blanks will translate into zeroes on their grade cards.

In a similar manner, tech skills like programming will be rising in popularity in the following decades. Some people are even arguing that programming skills will be as necessary as reading and writing are now. While it’s possible to learn touch typing on a keyboard as an intuitive process, basic coding still needs to be formally taught, because it’s a more cognitively demanding tech skill.

What’s so important about coding is not that it could be the tech skill of the future. Just like math, coding helps us understand with greater clarity the logic and beauty behind the design of computer programs and applications.

Many people regard programming as more than a tech skill, because it gives the individual tools for better understanding, processing, and utilizing technology in their professional and personal life. It expands a person’s knowledge of how technology operates and gives them the know-how to make the most out of their tablets and smartphones. It ultimately boosts people’s efficiency at work and enhances their home and social entertainment and interpersonal relations.

Technology is part of our lives today, and tomorrow it may very well be a inseparable aspect of daily life. Equipping ourselves and our youth with tech skills is the least we can do in helping build a society of knowledgeable, responsible technology users.

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The Future of Handwriting vs. The Future of Typing

We’re coming across this topic frequently in news articles, and it’s the subject of many online debates. Is handwriting about to be declared dead, and a useless skill? Is touch typing the future – and only – way of communicating non-verbally?

Teachers, parents, and students are all wondering if learning cursive is relevant in a tech-driven world. This gives rise to a more pressing question: what should students learn first, touch typing or handwriting?

Current changes in education are giving precedence to touch typing and effectively moving handwriting skills to the backseat. Is this wrong, or should it be called smart adaptability? Students are now expected to use their keyboards to do research, complete assignments, and take exams – and this leaves handwriting instruction behind. Justifiably, students need to learn how to touch type in order to effectively handle their school homework and in-class assignments. Touch typing is the future. As gadgets and technologies make their way into the classroom, it’s only natural that schools want to prioritize keyboarding skills over handwriting.

However, this doesn’t mean we should rule out handwriting altogether. Handwriting is a deeply complex motor skill that’s cognitively challenging and essential to master. Handwriting involves several brain faculties at once, including sensory, motor, and language centers of the brain, and of course our senses of hearing and sight and touch. Considering the Common Core standards — that the majority of U.S states have adopted — students need to be proficient touch typists by the time they complete the 3rd grade.

This of course means that students need to formally learn how to touch type in class. This doesn’t indicate, however, that it should entirely replace handwriting instruction. The two are equally essential skills. No matter how pervasive text-language and keyboard-based devices will become in the next 20 years, handwriting will still be required for things like signatures, paying by check, writing thank you notes, and jotting down grocery lists. And of course, there’s the possibility of being creative and expressive through cursive writing.

Yes, the “for handwriting” argument is one that is generally imbued with nostalgia, and for some people even a fear of something so familiar going out of popularity.

It could also be that the rise of tablet use could mean that not even physical keyboards will survive the obsession with touch-screen devices, but isn’t handwriting a uniquely human skill? Given that, it’s not something we should let go extinct.

Writing skills, including cursive writing, are part and parcel of language acquisition and mastery. Perhaps our brains are agile enough to adapt to a new channel of language learning where writing is replaced with touch typing, but then would people be able to read cursive or sign a legal contract if they’ve never written using pen and paper before? It’s obvious that at least for the foreseeable future, handwriting is here to stay.

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Learn Why Ultimate Typing Is The Recommended Typing Software Among Reviewers

Are you thinking about learning to touch type with the help of a program? Find out if Ultimate Typing™ fits the bill. Five reviewers give their opinion of this top-rated typing program.

Typing Lounge highlights the entertaining aspects of Ultimate Typing

This is not your average typing tutor, as Typing Lounge illustrates in their Ultimate Typing™ review.

With advanced but easy to use activities, Ultimate Typing™ offers the learner a comprehensive keyboarding practice, from keystroke basics to ergonomics. In addition, the program includes many fun games, so that keyboarding doesn’t feel like a chore.

The reviewers at Typing Lounge emphasize its other great features, such as the multiple user account capacity, its progress charting and reporting technology, and how the user gets to watch video tutorials that guide them throughout the learning progress to ensure improvement of their typing speed and accuracy.

Ultimate Typing™ receives a rating of 9.3 by Top Ten Reviews

The editorial team of Top Ten Reviews has put Ultimate Typing™ and other typing software products to the test, and has concluded that Ultimate Typing™ shows the most efficiency in teaching people how to touch type with great speed and accuracy.

According to the editors, two of the most significant and praiseworthy traits of the software are the video training and the unlimited support to the user the software provides. As proof, the editors gave Ultimate Typing™ a score of 9.5 for its training tools, 8.8 for its learning tools, 9.4 for its progress reporting tools, and 10 out of 10 for its Help and Support features.

The Top Ten Reviews verdict is that the program is easy to use, thanks to the video training and progress tracking features.

Vocabulary Building offers its positive viewpoint on Ultimate Typing™

Vocabulary Building editors find Ultimate Typing™ praiseworthy as well, with its multitude of features and ability to turn beginner typists into pros. A thorough review of the program emphasizes its high-tech features, its ease of use, and how it offers help and support to every user.

The reviewers paid particular attention to the fact that this is a program suitable for the entire family. Children and adults alike can practice typing with the many typing games, while adults can import documents of their interest in order to further hone their typing skills. asserts the program is nothing short of outstanding. Even people with above-average typing skills can find activities and games to help them advance their typing performance even further.

Homeschooling Blogger praises Ultimate Typing™’s fun character

Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus released a review of Ultimate Typing™ after receiving the program to try with her kids.

The unanimous verdict from this parent and her children was that the program is fun to practice with and its interactive interface and means young typists will stay interested in the typing practice due to the variety of fun, compelling activities and games.

What the homeschooling blogger valued the most is that it allows for independent learning for her kids  without requiring that she supervise their practice at all times. She also finds the fact that many uses can create their own accounts another useful feature.

Software review Boffin awards Ultimate Typing™ its honored Gold five-star award

The Boffin software review site has announced that Ultimate Typing™ is the top typing tutor on the market today.

Boffin praises the eReflect developers for creating an advanced tool capable of improving a user’s typing skills in a short period of time. In their review, the Boffin editors listed the program’s top five features:

  • Advanced technologies and video training

  • Abundance of games, activities and lessons

  • Progress tracking technology that offers direction and motivation

  • Modern and easy to use interface

  • Unlimited user capacity

These reviews by third-party sites and editors confirm Ultimate Typing™’s effectiveness in teaching and honing the typing skills in users of all ages and typing experience.

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