How To Enhance Your Memory For Better Brain Function


What kind of brain exercises do you practice to improve your memory and get a more resilient, fit brain? If you’re finding it hard to think of one, you might be surprised that even if you don’t realize it, you’re probably doing one every day: typing.

Touch typing is one brain activity you can practice to build memory muscle and achieve a more efficient overall brain function. Typing is a cognitive-based tech skill that relies a lot on memory.

When we type a word on a keyboard we are engaging several cognitive faculties at once. The process of typing out the correct sequence of letters to spell a word correctly engages our language, memory, motor, and sensory faculties, among others.

What seems like an automated process, where you think of ideas and your hands simply translate these into keystrokes on the keyboard, is in fact a very complex cognitive process that you’ve mastered through repetitive practice. This is what makes it possible for you to type without being conscious of the process, much like when you’re riding a bicycle or driving a car.

You can use touch typing to improve your memory and enhance your brain function.

According to Lifehacker.com, when you mistype a word, don’t just correct that one-letter error, delete the entire word and type it again. This is an excellent memory practice that forces your brain to recall the correct spelling of a word. It’s easier to fix a misspelling your spellchecker flags red, but it’s much more demanding and effective to delete the entire word and spell it from scratch – and you should type it as many times as necessary until you get it right.

What’s so extraordinary about typing —and playing piano for that matter, another keyboard skill — is that it’s a mental activity that activates and engages both sides of your brain. This means that a range of modules in your brain (the memory, motor, sensory and language modules in particular) are all activated and are interacting with one another in order for you to touch type correctly. So each time you mistype a word and you try to come up with the right spelling, you’re activating all these brain modules and actually learning from the mistake you’ve made. The result is that you get to actually learn how to type a word without any misspellings, and at the same time give your memory a much-needed exercise session.

Because it’s a mental activity that engages most parts of your brain, touch typing helps activate new memory muscles and build more active and strong cognitive connections that in turn will enhance your overall brain capacity and function.

If touch typing isn’t your thing, there are other practices you can engage in to build a better brain function, like learning a new language, or mastering a craft, or any other activity that requires you to use your physical, visual, and auditory senses at the same time.


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What It Means When Computing Tasks Increase


Today’s technology and Internet user is no longer a passive recipient of information. The Cloud, Big Data, Analytics, Social Media – all of these new realities call for a more critical, active, and challenging role for the user.

Working in these new systems requires the user to tease apart, analyse, revise and put together new relationships between information to make sense of the ever-increasing and advancing digital world and its data.

The propagation  and advancement of computer tasks

Computer tasks are no longer limited to touch typing on a keyboard to produce a midterm report. Nor do they solely entail internal corporate communication via email.

Today’s corporate world computer tasks involve a wide array of complex cognitive and analytical tasks; a wide array of mediums and locations from which these actions, systems and interactions are taking place and a wide array of skills and knowledge to execute them.

The demise of the typical technology user

There’s no such thing as a typical user any more. A user today is a businessperson traveling 300 days a year, using her smartphone to book flight tickets and Skype with her children in California.

It’s a 12 year-old student in Zimbabwe using chat messages to learn English and attain those coveted language skills for better future career prospects.

It’s a business process outsourcing company that employs staff from all over the world and is faced with the challenge of managing overseas workers.

The possibilities and new realities from this new technology are both confusing yet exciting.

Teens spend more time socializing online than they do in person. With the increase in mobile shopping, the amount of Big Data companies now gather is impressive, but some companies still haven’t figured how to leverage and benefit from it. All these new realities bring many challenges in our relationship with technology.

The rise of the savvy, advanced user

With a new digital reality like this, where computer tasks have evolved, increased and become more challenging, both technology and people need to adapt.

People, not workers in particular, need to continuously learn in order to keep up, otherwise they risk becoming irrelevant in the Cloud-loving, Big Data obsessed marketplace of today.

IBM forecasts that digital data will be 300 times bigger in the fifteen-year time span between 2005 and 2020 than it is today. That will lead to Big Data that existing technologies cannot cope with. Better bandwidth and gigantic digital storage are two challenges posed by the drastic increase of digital content creation. And we haven’t even touched upon Analytics and what it ultimately means for company revenue and consumers.

The new tech-based era is full of challenges and exciting breakthroughs, and the infrastructure has the ability and agility to adapt and evolve so as to keep up with innovation. A coordinated, open approach to harnessing technology will benefit every tech user worldwide and bring us to the threshold of a promising, brighter future.


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How Improving Your Touch Typing Skills Will Help You


Everyone keeps telling you how touch typing will improve your career prospects and give you an edge over other candidates who suffer from sloppy writing filled with typos. But has anyone really explained exactly how touch typing helps you on a practical level? Here’s how:

Productivity boost

Touch typing saves you a lot of time. While other people use the old “hunt and peck” method to write a report, you’re done in half that time and use the spare time to focus on a personal project, negotiating with a potential new big client, or doing some extra work to get that raise.

Touch typing doesn’t only help you finish your work on time, it gives you time to learn new skills, hone existing ones, and of course pursuit new projects and expand your network in beneficial ways.

It’s a health matter

Bad posture and counterproductive keyboard positioning can leave your neck stiff, your shoulders sore, and your wrist joints hurting. Touch typing is not only about typing with lightning speed, it’s also about the correct sitting posture, the correct hand and finger placement, and the ability to use your motor skills effectively so that you won’t have to look down your keyboard every few seconds to find the correct key.

Clear communication, uninterrupted flow

Poor typing habits means your thoughts are interrupted each time you accidentally press the wrong key on your keyboard. Touch typing gives you an advantage in that you get to type as fast as your thoughts pour in. In two words: torrential productivity. With unimpeded typing you are able to focus on your ideas, and spending your time processing and refining them.

Instead of wasting your time proofreading your work for misspellings and typos, you have more time to fine-tune your ideas and present top notch work.

Professional image

Proficient touch typists have a very low rate of typos because apart from typing speed they also have mastered their typing accuracy. Fewer typos means fewer chances of the entire Internet someone finding embarrassing typos, such as the notorious digital typo by Amanda Hess.

Have you been convinced to start learning how to touch type yet?

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Dr. Michael Kindler Talks About The Value of Digital Learning Technology in Mount Stromlo High School

Dr. Michael Kindler


Mount Stromlo High School welcomes both Australian and international students to its Canberra campus, where classes incorporate 21st-century technology with comprehensive education in the timeless skills of mathematics, language, humanities, and the arts. Dr. Michael Kindler, Mount Stromlo’s principal, recognizes the importance of understanding past, present, and future in order to develop a truly effective educational program. We asked him to explain his philosophy.

UT: On the school’s website, you mention that the school received a powerful telescope from the ANU Mt. Stromlo Research Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and you speak about the connection between the past and the future. How does that perspective inform the way classes are taught at your school?

The first and obvious answer is that our school is an early adopter of Science in the Australian Curriculum. In this regard, Astronomy lends itself ideally as this science includes physics, chemistry, mathematics, archaeology, even history. What the School has to consider is that by the time students complete year 10, they must have had broad exposure to a balanced science curriculum as prescribed. This they indeed have. Where our school is able to capitalize on the partnership with the ANU Research Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, is in several ways. One way is because the ANU gave us the Dobsonian telescope. Another way is two years ago, 6 June 2012, we ensured that every student saw the Transit of Venus, a once in a life time event. A third way this year is that through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), entitled The 10 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe, developed by Nobel Laureate Prof Brian Schmidt, 17 students undertook this one semester course, all delivered online. The Assessment was also completed online, and 10 students passed. The course required considerable mathematics, and was quite challenging.

Arguably the best way an astronomical perspective informs the way we teach is by having teachers who are enthusiastic about the last great frontier – space! We are fortunate to have a Science teacher who is an ardent astronomer himself, and his enthusiasm and energy infects students. That, and having several parents who are astronomers because they work for the ANU and live in the area also helps. Astronomy is a growth industry, given that everyone’s GPS is synchronised to a commercial satellite or other. We deliver our curriculum using online textbooks, YouTube clips and teacher generated materials as well as digital learning objects which are accessed through Scootle from Education Resources Australia, a data base of units of work that most Australian educational jurisdictions contribute to. Even textbooks can now be purchased at a fraction of a hard copy price. Pearson is a leading Australian publisher and not the only one in this regard. MacMillan and Oxford and Longman are not far behind.

UT: Rather than focusing solely on core subjects like reading, writing, and science, you actively promote students’ involvement in music, theatre, and visual arts. Doesn’t this mean that you have less time to teach key skills like mathematics and literacy?

This question is predicated on a couple of fallacies. The first is not recognising that students who are proficient in the arts and physical education are not also proficient in literacy and numeracy. The fact is that research shows a correlation between students who are successful in one learning domain are also successful in another. In other words, success breeds success, or success in one area does not preclude success in another. This is the principle that students can be polymaths, skilled in several learning areas. The other fallacy is to believe that one domain gets more time than another. In fact, the current timetable is one that holds parity of esteem, that is, equal time for each learning area without privileging any one over another, or short changing one for the sake of the other learning area.

UT: You’ve gotten rid of your blackboards, and provided all classrooms with interactive whiteboards instead – and the whole school is a wireless network hub. Did you experience any resistance or concern from the teachers or parents about this emphasis on digital learning technology?

The short answer is that holding this approach was a process of self-selection: if teachers did not like this approach, they were free to leave or transfer. In fact, this did not happen. Issuing every teacher with an iPad was well received, because it extended their teaching repertoire. Every teacher further has an Apple Lap top computer issued to them with which they can work in a dual operating system (by selecting Apple OS or Windows). This jurisdiction’s system-wide network further is such that using Enclave, that is a remote access Citrix digitally based secure device, they can log in from home into the school’s network. This gives them access to reports, data bases and provides enormous variety of ways of working anywhere, anytime. In practice, it is true to say that some teachers take to technology faster than others. So train the trainer is an approach we take that gets everyone mobile with this, some sooner, some later. Not going down this path jeopardises a work environment where the kids are digitally more dexterous than the teachers, and we can’t let that happen, can we?! So we are discussing nothing less than a paradigm shift by which we move an entire learning community forward, ensuring a quality education for every child.

UT: Students are generally 12 or 13 years old when they arrive at Mt. Stromlo, and in today’s world that means they’ve had around ten years of experience with computers, keyboards, and digital devices in general. But do they all know how to type properly, or do you still see a lot of thumb-texting and two-finger hunt-and-pecking?

Speaking as a practicing (less than 10 finger) typist of several decades of experience, my (what you might imply to be a) finger dexterity or mobility impediment has not prevented me from doing my job, completing my PhD or living a rewarding and fulfilling life. In fact, I regret back in the 1970s having to teach typing, because that skill has taken care of itself. There are many typing software applications and software versions available on the market for those who want to upskill themselves, and most of these are free. Some do, some type however they best see fit. We do not discriminate for or against a 10 finger typist, or a digitally less successfully adjusted typist. What we are interested in is the quality of what is written. The meaning precedes form, if you like to express this in terms of Platonic philosophy.

UT: You have implemented a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program in the school, with the goal of improving student outcomes at all grade levels. How does making sure every student has an iPad in the classroom achieve this goal?

There are several reasons.

One is that iPads are very user friendly, appearing to make certain tasks easier than traditional paper and pen. For example, we have a Learning Management System in place which is electronic storage in the cloud. This allows students to keep an online diary, assignment, unit outlines and feedback from teachers all in the one place. To our surprise, we have found that students with learning difficulties have taken to this like a duck to water! So have our Year 7 students, and parents have been most supportive and have come to the party by purchasing the device. Secondly, we have certain learning programs, such as Mathletics and Spelladrome which can be accessed anywhere, anytime and this expands the learning environment for students. Thirdly, an iPad, coupled to a wireless router, makes researching and generating work that much more convenient. Of course students already have access to laptops at school and at home, having an iPad is simply adding another learning tool to their learning satchel. It is our experience that the predominant technology trend if for individuals to prefer personalizing their digital devices (such as by customizing what Apps they do and do not want on their device). I recall a time back in the 1980s when word processors became fashionable that contain spellchecking software. Anything that makes learning easier is to be embraced. In this vein, unlike more traditional schools, we allow students to bring their smart phones to school. Provided they abide by the traffic light system (red, not in this lesson, amber, only with teacher permission, green used for educational purposes allowed – no social networking).

Why are we digital? Because the digital revolution is the sequel to the white goods revolution. It is here to stay, it is user-friendly, enables instant messaging, and generally makes students their parents and teachers more connected with the world. Prof Geoff Blainey coined the phrase the Tyranny of Distance by which he referred to Australia being far from the more settled and developed continents and therefore developmentally and culturally delayed. Well with Skype, email and instant messaging this is no longer the case! Even movies can now get sent around the globe with a touch of a keystroke or mouse. That includes blogs, news, self-generated film, etc. The 21st Century is already here, so we need to meet the learning expectations of the NEXT generation!

Cross-posted on the Ultimate Spelling blog.


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Top 3 Reasons Why Keyboarding Class Should Be Implemented In Schools


Were you taught how to touch type at school? Do you devote part of each class session to keyboarding practice, or do you move quickly to other IT skills with your class, thinking there are more important things to focus on?

There are many reasons why keyboarding classes should be available for students in schools. Let us give you three.

Typing is a basic requirement for scholastic and professional excellence

Touch typing, or keyboarding as it’s known today, is an essential computer skill. Everyone has their own way of typing; some use the hunt and peck method, others develop a unique way of touch typing that’s efficient but not always as accurate as they want to.

Learning to touch type means becoming an efficient typist who can easily perform online research, type assessments, and take online exams. A touch typist succeeds because their typing skills not only aren’t a problem, they actually facilitate the whole process!

When a student learns to touch type like a pro they become more confident and more likely to perform well academically. Touch typing saves time during homework sessions, and allows students to focus more diligently on learning new things, rather than struggling with their keyboards.

It’s fun!

Tech-based skills generally always fun to learn and use. Most people, and especially most younger children, are enthralled by the possibilities technology provides, and touch typing is no exception. Give a student access to compelling, well-structured typing software and they will start practicing like there’s no tomorrow. Technology piques young people’s interest, and personally I’ve never heard anyone complain about having to practice touch typing. Most people do it every day anyway, so every digital task – chatting online, doing research, writing a paper – is practice time!

Doesn’t it make you feel efficient and productive when your hands smoothly clickity-clack on the keys with ease and elegance and accuracy? Students will feel the same way.

While the first few introductory classes will be about learning the basics of how to touch type with accuracy and pressing the right key with the right finger, the rest is all fun. You can choose to practice with a wide range of interesting, interactive activities and, of course, typing games.

Typing games is one popular practice activity for typists because it doesn’t feel like practice at all! Touch typing is one of the few skills you will have fun mastering.

A risk-free investment for the future

Technology is omnipresent, and as we talk more about the ever-growing virtual world of the internet and wearable technology, we all understand that sci-fi movies no longer seem so far-fetched. Technology is changing our lifestyles, our health, our education, and our society.

Touch typing is a widespread requirement in many classrooms already, and it is projected to be an even more crucial IT skill in the future. We will be using devices and keyboard-based gadgets more frequently in the years to come, so it’s only sensible to ensure we have the typing skills essential for keeping up with technology and making the most out of it.

Even if in our lifetime we don’t get to truly command our fridge to recommend a recipe by asking it to scan what’s already in our fridge and pantry, touch typing will be an skill both you and today’s students will be tested on in order to qualify for many jobs.

An argument for teaching keyboarding at schools

Keyboarding should be taught at schools, especially when it’s a skill that is not time-consuming or demanding to learn – if it’s done right. For instance, the developers of the well-known keyboarding software Ultimate Typing™ assert that with less than 10 minutes of practice a day, you will be able to see how much your typing speed and accuracy improve in just two weeks.

There are many more reasons why schools should devote some curriculum time to teach students how to touch type, but helping them improve and secure their employment prospects, and boosting their academic performance, are the two most important reasons.

Ultimate Typing EDU is the latest touch typing class especially made for instructors and teachers. Get the cloud version of touch typing software for your school NOW!

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How Did Keyboarding Classes Start?


Were you formally taught how to touch type in school, or are your typing skills a unique typing strategy that involves mostly your index fingers, while you peer down at the keyboard hunting for the right letters?

Strategies for typing instruction started at the same time the typewriter came on the scene. It was towards the end of the 19th century that the typewriter gained its full status as a reliable tool for communication and writing.

The first ever typing courses were (as you might expect) provided by typewriter experts, according to Yamada (1983). Roughly around 1880, typing courses were provided by typewriter manufacturers like Remington in an effort to establish the typewriter’s status as an essential technological aid in business.

Fast-forward 15 years into the 20th century, and you’ll find that public schools were starting to introduce typing in America’s high schools. Today, keyboarding is considered an occupational skill all students need to master.

Typing is a skill that boosts employment opportunities. However, at one point it was also considered a medium through which reading and writing could be taught. A study by Wood and Freeman (1932) explored how typewriters affect students’ literacy.

They discovered that students using a typewriter to write had a better reading capacity and improved spelling skills. What is more, these students regarded writing on a typewriter to be more enjoyable than their counterparts who weren’t writing and reading on a typewriter. At this time, typewriters were a technology that was experimentally introduced as educators wanted to see how it could positively affect learning.

In 1936, about seventy years ago, Colahan Wayne revealed in a paper that elementary-level typing classes had brilliant results for those being taught how to type — given the teacher was qualified and the class well-organized.

What’s more important is that educators showed a desire to integrate typewriters into other classes, like math and science, as a way of “technologizing” education. It’s something that we see today as well, with the computer and tablet now taking a front and center position in the classroom.

During the 50’s and 60’s typewriting was taught mostly in elementary schools, and there was a widely held conviction that typewriting skills might fast-forward a student’s acquisition of the English language — especially spelling. Through typing, students tend to become more aware of the forms that letter patterns take, especially the beginning and ending of words, as Bartholome W. Lloyd reported in his research, “Keyboarding/Typewriting in Elementary School.”

Studies in the 80s looked into what the most appropriate age is for teaching keyboarding skills to young students. While there was evidence that teaching keyboarding at the 3rd grade is an ideal time, a different study that looked into how responsive and efficient students who were being taught keyboarding skills at the 1st and 2nd grade revealed that these younger students are in fact equally capable of handling keyboarding and mastering the skill as 3rd graders are.

Literature published over the past fifty years points out the beneficial aspect of teaching touch typing in elementary school. In recent years, many students can either opt for a typing class in high school or receive typing instruction through an online course or software. However, while there’s an obvious need for students to master keyboarding, most schools currently focus on other skills and knowledge as their high priority.

Those priorities need to be shifted, given that education is becoming more tech-based than ever before. Keyboarding is a basic computer skill which needs to be taught early on, so that students can easily meet modern marketplace demand.

But apart from securing their future employment prospects, learning to touch type is fast becoming a basic skill for educational purposes – as necessary as being able to read, one could argue. With many classroom assignments and activities being carried out on computers, students are expected to have mastered touch typing. But how many 4th and 5th graders have had formal keyboarding classes at school?

Studies done in the last few decades show how state educational institutions and society as a whole don’t seem to realize the centrality of keyboarding in education, and how important this skill is for young students. 25 years ago it might have been sufficient to have your own hunt and peck touch typing method, but today typing speed and accuracy need to be advanced in order for a person to succeed at school and at work.


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Paul Collins Sets Up Cli Fi Central Facebook Group (Guest Post)


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As the cli fi genre of literature continues to worldbuild a global community, several online sites now are bringing together people interested in the emerging genre, either as readers or writers, as the Washington Post recently reported in an oped by this reporter in the
Post’s “PostEverything” section.

Among the online sites focusing on the cli fi genre is one set up by aconcerned citizen in London, who feels that the issues facing humankind in the future will be important to solve. One way is to publish cli fi novels.

Meet Paul Collins.

Collins set up his Facebook cli-fi group (”Cli-fi Central”) to encourage a dialogue between anyone with an interest in the emerging genre. Paul is an environmental lawyer who has worked at the heart of the UK government advising on climate change issues and drafting
legislation. He strongly believes cli-fi has enormous potential for engaging a wide and diverse global audience on the many issues around climate change and could help shape the debate.

His FB group now has over 100 members, and while it is a private grow and all posts and comments remain private, anyone is welcome to apply to join the group, Collins says.

His background fits. Paul is an oceanography graduate and has a Masters in environmental
law from University College, London. He currently works for the UK’s main environmental regulators, the Environment Agency, as a legal advisor on climate change issues. Previously, Paul worked as an environmental lawyer in a law firm, advising banks, retailers and manufacturers on environmental matters.

In addition, Paul is in the process of writing a short cli-fi story, tentatively titled
”The Testament of Gaia.”

“It’s a story about the triumph of love, courage and the human spirit when faced with the desolating effects of the fight against climate change,” Collins says from his office in London. “A fight led by a conspiracy of global politics and business.”

Asked to explain the rise of the cli-fi genre term, Collins said: “The term ‘cli-fi’ (short for climate fiction) describes a loose collection of novels, films, plays, works of art and even video games which all touch on, or are concerned with, climate change.”

“I am really interested in the potential of cli-fi to engage a wide and diverse audience on the issues around climate change and influence the debate,” he says. “With this in mind, I set up the Facebook cli-fi group for anyone with an interest in cli-fi to share and discuss their work, ideas and find out more about this exciting genre.”

How Paul became interested in the cli-fi genre is an interesting story.

“I thought I was a newcomer to the cli-fi genre. But in reality, I’ve been unwittingly reading books that fall within that category for a while,” he says. “I’m an environmental lawyer and believe that writers of fiction are missing a trick in fully engaging with people on environmental concerns and influencing the debate on those issues on a global scale . It’s heartening that there are a number of excellent books out there that could be making a difference to the thinking of a wide audience of different age groups. Despite this, I still think there are a number of hurdles that would need to be overcome if we are
to invigorate the genre and make the most of its potential.”

Writers of the genre should share thoughts and ideas of what falls within the scope of the new genre, he believes, and asks: “Should we go beyond the consequences of weather events? Is there too much talk of science which could alienate readers? Where are the political characters in plots? Is there too much pessimism, should we focus our
optimistic eye?”

Collins says he think there’s a huge potential audience for cli-fi out there. And he no longer feels alone.

“Google ‘cli-fi’ and you’ll come across some fantastic articles and interviews on the subject and there is also a great resource at the ‘Nature Fiction’ website in Canada,” Paul says, posing even more questions. “So what do the literary agents and publishers think? Are they prepared to take a risk with new writers from a varied pool of talent that may exist beyond the usual boundaries, for example scientists?”

“Self-publishing isn’t an option for every wannabe author and without the backing of an agent and publisher, what could be a wonderful idea for a book that could really connect with an audience on a global scale, is simply lost,” he adds. “That would be a real shame.”

“Yes, the ideal would be for an author to prepare the usual pitch and draft chapters for an agent but what about those who have the ideas for a game-changing book but need a nod of hope from an agent or publisher before being able to commit a huge amount of time to such a project?” Paul adds. “Yes, there is always the risk that what emerges at the end of the writing is not marketable or indeed any good, but a more willing approach could make all the difference to invigorating the cli-fi genre and making a real difference to how we engage on the environment.

Paul invites people worldwide to come and join the Facebook cli-fi group.


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Why Ultimate Typing Made TopTenReviews.com


Ultimate Typing 2014 offers one of the best ways to learn how to type efficiently and quickly. The software is aimed at individuals who need to increase their typing speed, a skill that employers find invaluable. Using Ultimate Typing is also a great way to increase accuracy and general health for employees that find themselves on their computers for most of the workday.

Ultimate Typing has a wide range of features that help users become more efficient and productive typists. These include exercises that are proven to help improve typing, expert video help, statistical tracking and analysis to show exactly where the most improvements can be made, and a number of simple, easy-to-use typing games and fun activities to make the learning process more enjoyable.

Effective Exercises and Video Assistance

The exercises and video assistance offered by Ultimate Typing are two features that propelled it to win TopTenReviews Silver Award.

Scientific Exercises

The key to any typing software is the implementation of typing exercises that enable the user to gain the necessary experience to become a better typist. Ultimate Typing approaches this concept in a unique way. First, the program introduces the user to a series of introductory typing courses and lessons aimed at familiarizing the user with proper typing posture, hand position and other useful tips. Once the new user has the fundamentals down, the program starts him or her off with a number of exercises that focus on individual sections of the keyboard, such as the home, top or bottom row. These exercises help drill in common movement patterns for the aspiring typist, and ensure that the user has strong mechanics for proper typing.

Ultimate Typing centers its approach on the goal of making typing automatic for the user, and the wide variety of touch-typing exercises are a great way to train the user’s hands and fingers to respond by feel instead of conscious thought.

Video Assistance

Not everyone learns well with text and exercises, and we love Ultimate Typing’s selection of expert typist videos offer users an easy way to sit back and learn from a professional teacher. There are video tutorials included for every section and stage of the learning process, something that new typists will find very useful. Seeing video of the actual proper movement of hands across a keyboard is an effective tool, and Ultimate Typing has a wide range of tutorial videos for even advanced users.

Needs of the User

Ultimate Typing includes a number of features that help to track the user’s progress. These include advanced monitoring analyses that track the specific errors made during lessons and tests, which then lets the program choose the most appropriate exercises, lessons, and tips to give the user.

Moreover, Ultimate Typing allows users to input the approximate words-per-minute they would like to type, and will track these goals as the user progresses throughout the lessons.

Entertainment and Practicality

Ultimate Typing does a fantastic job at making a rather mundane task interesting to the user. The program includes Wikipedia articles, stories, and other types of content that the program will then base the lessons and exams on. This enables the user to read a wide range of fascinating articles, tailored to their particular interests. The program also comes with 500 e-books included as part of the default purchase, which cover topics ranging from business to self-improvement.

Games

Even better than the Wikipedia pages, Ultimate Typing includes 16 fun and entertaining games that help drill in the lessons learned during the program. The games feature a number of catchy graphics and moderately challenging activities, and are truly effective in reinforcing the typing skills that Ultimate Typing teaches so well.

Conclusion

Ultimate Typing is the software of choice for individuals looking to improve their typing skills and productivity. TopTenReviews.com gives it our stamp of approval, as well as our Silver Award, and we encourage anyone interested in this sort of product to pursue Ultimate Typing as the solution for their typing needs.


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Internet Tricks You Might Want To Know and Try for Yourself

1) Handy Browser – Use it as a Notepad!

Click the Link Below:

White Background Notepad

 

Click the Link Below:

Black Background Notepad

 

2) Nostalgic Search – Remembering Childhood Days

 

3) Notable Keyboard Shortcuts

 

4) Have Fun and Destroy This Website – COOL!

Visit daskeyboard.com. At the bottom part of the page, click the “Destroy This Site” and blow the page to pieces! Just like old video games.

 

5) Another Nostalgic Effect – Arcade in Google Search Page

Go to Google and search for “zerg rush”. Stop the “o” invasion and enjoy! A Zerg Rush is an overwhelming attack in a video game. (Available only in Chrome/ Firefox/Safari).

 

6) Kodami Code Effect in Wired.co.uk

Once you entered the website, type in the Kodami Code (using your keyboard): “Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A”, and keep on tapping “A”. See Nyan Cats and Dinosaur invading the website!

 

7) It Also Has Its Effect in BuzzFeed!

Type Fast the Kodami Code when BuzzFeed.com loads!


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Spend Money Wisely When You Shop For Your Child’s Back-To-School Items


The start of the new school year can be a stressful time if you’re a child – but also if you’re a parent. As with every purchase decision that concerns your child, you need to strike a perfect balance between giving your children what they want, offering them quality school supplies, and still keeping your budget from going through the roof.

How do you achieve this seemingly impossible balance?

Play it smart

Shopping with and for kids can be a real budget black hole. You plan to only spend $50 on a new dress for your 2-year old, only to end up getting matching shoes and a purse, because your little princess deserves the best.

The trick is to plan for the back-to-school list carefully, calmly, and practically. Expendable school supplies like pens, pencils, and notebooks don’t need to be of the best brand. On the other hand, a backpack and well-fitting shoes, which will last a long time, need to be top quality.

Go all high-tech on your list

There are tons of great apps out there that help you keep track of your spending, curtail your impulse purchases(see princess dress above), and monitor how your budget is evenly and fairly distributed among your many financial responsibilities.

So why not use one to plan your back-to-school shopping too?

SmartyPig. This is a fun to use app that helps you save money for a particular goal – in this case, your child’s new school year supplies.

Download it as early as possible and deposit money in it weekly to ensure you create a side budget (or the entire budget if you start it very early on) for the back-to-school shopping spree. It even lets others contribute to this budget, so grandparents and anyone else can give a helping hand (hurrah)!

Spendee. This is another great app to help you manage your household budget. It’s color-coded so everything is visually appealing — even if the numbers are an eyesore. Use it to create a budget for your child’s new school year shopping needs.

Even if you don’t invest in a financial app, it’s a good idea to create a list in your smartphone to ensure you don’t forget what you must buy on the day you actually do the shopping. Type a list in your phone’s memo feature and create a database with all the back-to-school essentials so that you don’t have to make repeat trips to the stores. This will definitely save you money.

Do your research, do the math

Using an app to plan and monitor your budget is not enough. You need to fine-tune your budget by estimating what the projected cost is for each school supply you’re getting.

It’s wise to add a couple of extra dollars for each purchase. It’s far more pleasant to have money left after your shopping trip than to be desperately looking for a credit card to charge!

Shop

Go shopping, but don’t shop at only one place. Your shopping should be spread over a week at least so that you can take advantage of sales. You can even buy some essentials from a discount store online. Get expendable school supplies from a local bookstore with coupons. Get last-minute extras at a back-to-school fair.

Lastly, don’t feel overwhelmed, because buying back-to-school essentials for your children doesn’t need to break your budget. Play it smart by planning ahead and making informed purchase decisions with the help of technology.


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