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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The Idea Behind The Fountain Pen: The Self-Filling Pen


Today’s kids don’t know the pleasure that comes from the creative art of writing with a fountain pen. They prefer more high-tech methods of communication: swipe left then right, spread your index finger and thumb apart, and you’re ready to touch type your next email.

Although many people have forgotten (or never learned), using a fountain pen is an intimate writing method that engages your senses – and it’s a fun way to write. Cursive or longhand writing is not as popular as when the self-filling pen was first introduced, but its magic is still there nonetheless.

Back in 1884, a gentleman named Lewis Waterman created the first patent for a fountain pen. However, this form of writing instrument existed much earlier. It is estimated that a Frenchman named Bion actually designed the very first fountain pen, in 1702. Fast forward 129 years later, and the self-filling fountain pen was introduced to the world by a man named John Jacob Parker, of the well-known brand of pens that can still be purchased today.

The self-filling pen, a magnificent construction of human ingenuity

Many people tried to create a pen that would be practical and spill-free, but somehow the mechanisms they came up with were faulty.

Back then, the competition in the pen industry was fierce. Inventors and engineers were trying to come up with the ideal way to refill a pen’s internal reservoir. The industry saw many ingenious ideas; an eyedropper was used back in the early 1800, and later a small sac made of soft rubber was used to create the fountain pen reservoir for ink. The lever-filling and piston-based fillers also had their glory days.

Button-based self-filling fountain pen. This pen was a market-driven suggestion by Parker. The button-filling mechanism allows the pen user to remove the cap, press the button and then dip the nib into the ink. The button is then released in order for the reservoir to be refilled with ink.

Lever-based fountain pen. This self-filling model works by lifting a lever on the side of the pen in order to exert pressure on the ink sac. The nib is then placed into the ink, as the ink sac gradually reinflates. Once the refilling is complete (approximately 9-10 seconds later), the lever is released.

Piston-based fountain pen. Another ingenious self-filling fountain pen, the piston-filler uses a screw mechanism to manually move the internal barrel, and by doing so absorb the ink. A knob, often hidden underneath a blind cap, needs to be twisted. The nib is then dipped into the ink in order to refill it.

There are forecasts that cursive writing will go extinct eventually. People favor touch typing these days, because it’s faster, neater, and easier than cursive writing – at least if you know touch typing techniques. On the other hand, cursive writing is decidedly personal and respectful, and the best way to communicate in certain situations.

Writing in cursive can be a pleasurable ritual. You can take your time, and enjoy the physical act of guiding the pen to make the curves and strokes of every letter. Certainly, in an era of fast-paced lifestyles, touch typing is preferable. As technology takes over how we work, entertain, and educate ourselves, less efficient ways will give way to tech-based ones, in writing as in every other aspect.

So will the fountain pen go extinct, after all? Not likely.

As with every custom, habit, and cultural artifact that technology has damaged or threatened with extinction and obsolescence, the joys of handwriting are being rediscovered, and using fountain pens is now part of a growing trend. People savor the old times with nostalgia and fondness, and this includes going back to what was once seen as “old-fashioned” forms of communication. The same is already happening with fountain pens. Brands like Montblanc, TrueWriter and Parker release anniversary edition fountain pens, and many people collect these and their vintage original counterparts.

Writing with a fountain pen and texting as a touch typist are entirely different processes that serve different purposes and offer dramatically different experiences. People resort to touch typing for efficiency and the cursive pen for nostalgia and the personal touch. Both have their place in today’s society, and neither should be abandoned.


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7 Twitter Tips To Turn Yourself Into A Pro


Twitter is so ubiquitous and easy to use that no one thinks about it any more, even social media professionals. However, knowing a few more tricks than others do on how to use this communication tool can make all the difference. To improve how your online community interacts with your business or brand, you need to use Twitter in the best possible way to get the highest benefits in terms of engagement and revenue.

Geotag yourself

Why not use Twitter’s often-overlooked option that lets you GPS your tweets when you’re on the go? This option can be found at Settings and Privacy, on the left sidebar. Select the option “Add Location to my Tweets.”
Although seemingly trivial, this little tweak could help promote more engagement with people in the same general area as you are. You can arrange a meeting on the spot or an informal get-together, simply because someone nearby saw your tweet and wanted to engage with you in person. Think business, business, business!

Tweet freely (that is, over 140 characters)

Do you find yourself getting frustrated that you need to reduce and simplify complex ideas to fit the 140-character limit? Did you know that you’re not really limited to that well-known number?
You will need a third-party application to cross the 140-character border, but it’s definitely worth it. All you need to do is sign in with your Twitter details to Twitlonger, and you can tweet your heart away.

Smart email alerts

Go to your Email Notifications under Settings. Here you can fine-tune your email notifications so that you can see what’s going on in the Tweetsphere without having to leave your inbox.

Do you want to receive alerts each time one of your tweets gets retweeted? Check. Do you want to get an email notification when someone starts following you? Check.

Twitter lets you customize over 20 email notification settings to fit your schedule and Twittering strategy. To avoid a packed inbox, use these notifications wisely. You can create filters and other parameters to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed with Twitter email notifications.

Engage with followers – the right way

When is the best time to tweet and engage with your followers? There’s no right and wrong answer. If your followers are from a different time zone, it doesn’t matter if experts say “Tweet on the weekends” or “only on weekdays” if you’re a B2C brand.

Of course, you need to take into account all of these analytics so you don’t end up wasting valuable time and Twitterspace, but you can also do another thing: tailor your Twitter engagement with your followers.
Use a service like Tweriod to see when the majority of your followers is on Twitter. This service essentially pinpoints the best time during each day when it will benefit you most to tweet, which will help drive up engagement.

Improve your typing skills

You might schedule a tweet from your laptop before heading to work and edit it while on the subway. We use multiple devices during the day and being equally competent in all types of touch screens and keyboards is essential.

Level up your Twitter mastery by improving your typing speed and accuracy. Whose going to retweet a tweet full of typos?

Do you unfollow?

Do you need more followers, or get the ones you have to be more engaged? Several web apps allow you to see who’s following you that you’re not following, and who you’re following that ignores you. You can even find inactive users.

For instance, ManageFilter and JustUnfollow help you get a Twitter “spring cleaning” so that your Tweets don’t fall on deaf ears.

The Language Master

Jargon and pretentiously intricate language turn your followers away. Opt for simple vocabulary and sentence structure to make your tweets more appealing.

However, don’t entirely skip industry jargon, if it’s appropriate to use in a specific tweet. When it’s directed to the right audience, you can always put your industry-related vocabulary knowledge into good use.

You’re representing a business or a brand with every tweet, so it’s important to offer tweets that are well constructed and well written, that illustrate your expertise and status in the industry. Word choice is one important way to remind people of your leading status.

These tips will help you make the most out of Twitter and drive up user engagement with your business, ultimately leading to more sales and revenue.


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How Should Keyboarding Be Taught in Elementary School?

Matt Renwick


This post was originally published at ED Tech Magazine.

A teacher offers his take on instruction of a skill that standardized testing has put back at the forefront of education.

When our elementary principal team learned that the new Common Core State Standards-aligned tests would be administered on computers, we had many questions and few answers.

Are there enough computing stations for all third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to take this test? Do our current software and hardware meet the requirements to administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)? How will we ensure that students are able to keyboard?

While our technology department was tasked with addressing the first two questions, our administrative team focused on the third.

Around a decade ago, all intermediate students in our district had keyboarding instruction taught by a certified business teacher. Classroom teachers would walk their students down to the computer lab. Then the keyboarding teacher taught this skill in isolation. After 30 minutes, the students went back to the regular classroom.

Modern Keyboarding

Keyboarding wasn’t applied to work that was relevant or meaningful. It became another prep for teachers (myself included, as I was a fifth-grade teacher). When budget cuts came, elementary keyboarding was one of the first programs to go.
With the introduction of computer-based standardized assessments, keyboarding has come to the forefront in education once again. This year, we tried a different approach so that this skill was not only taught, but also applied across all content areas.

These assessments are not the only call to action. For instance, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) recommends that students “develop proficiency with the tools of technology.” NCTE and other respected educational organizations view digital skills such as keyboarding as essential for learners to communicate in the 21st century.

So, starting in the fall of 2013, our eight elementary schools were given six weeks each to schedule in keyboarding for our fifth-graders. We started small with one class to ensure a successful trial. This time, instead of just dropping the students off, classroom teachers were expected to observe the high school instructors who were teaching them the skill in action.

Google Turning the Tide

One thing these secondary teachers brought to the elementary level was a strong understanding of how Google Apps for Education could be used in the school setting. The keyboarding teacher visiting our school used Google Docs to have students practice their keystrokes. At the same time, she explained how their documents were automatically saved online as well as how they could be shared with collaborators and would allow other users to revise and edit them at the same time.

As the class progressed, our fifth-grade teachers started to co-teach with their high school colleagues. During instruction, both teacher-teacher and teacher-student conversations that raised interesting questions occurred. How could we use Google Docs to complete assignments? Wouldn’t these tools allow students to complete unfinished work at home? Making connections between the technology and the academics had begun.
Although this initial experience ended after six weeks, it was just the beginning for our students and teachers.

This process of modeling what we want learners to know and be able to do, and then gradually including them into instruction is referred to as the “gradual release of responsibility,” developed by P. David Pearson and Margaret C. Gallagher in 1983. In her upcoming release Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success (ASCD, 2014), educator and author Regie Routman expands on this framework with the Ongoing Cycle of Responsive Instruction.

This process applies to all teachers and to all learners, whether adult or child. Just as the high school teacher was releasing the reins of keyboarding instruction to the classroom teacher, so too was the classroom teacher handing off the responsibility of this skill to his or her students once they were on their own. We know learners are ready for more independence and less support through formative assessments. Our ultimate goal for our learners is to become self-regulating and independent. This clearly occurred through our elementary-secondary teaching partnership.

Case in point: This spring I was doing a walk through in one of the fifth-grade classrooms. The teacher was busy conferring with a reader while other students were working independently — or so I thought. Two boys were busily typing on the computers. Upon closer inspection, I saw that they were actually working on the same Google Doc together. They were composing a fictional story, complete with a title and chapters. I asked them where the comments on the side came from, assuming they were from each other.

“Oh, those are from kids in the other fifth-grade classroom,” I was told.

Based on our collective observations, the elementary administrative team has decided to expand our six weeks of keyboarding instruction to all students in third through fifth grades next school year.

The success of this co-teaching and co-learning experience was very convincing. More importantly, the impact of keyboarding instruction has extended beyond test preparation. Our students are seeing it as a way to communicate and collaborate with peers on work that is important.

That our original intention was to get them ready for a computer-based standardized test is unbeknown to them. Our school would like to keep it that way.


About the Author
Matt Renwick is an elementary school principal in Wisconsin. Prior to becoming an administrator, Matt was a 5th and 6th grade teacher. You can follow him on Twitter at @ReadByExample and read his blog, Reading by Example.


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Lowercase ‘Internet,’ Capitalize ‘Earth’


Dan Bloom

I think the media should start capitalizing the word “Earth” whenever the word is used to refer to our planet Earth. At the moment, most media outlets lowercase it as “earth” even when writing about climate activists who want to protect the Earth from future global warming impact events. According to the style books and standards editors at most media outlets in the English-speaking world. the house rule for copy editors is to lowercase “earth” and only capitalize it as “Earth when referring to it as a planet revolving in space in relation to other planets or celestial bodies. But on earth, earth gets the lowercase treatment, sad to day, and I think this is wrong.

So I would like to use this space here to gently and politely lobby newspaper editors and copy desk chieftains at the New York Times and the Associated Press and Reuters and all English language media on Earth — notice I did not lowercase it but wrote it as ”Earth”, and here’s why: we all need to stand up for our Earth and ask newspaper and magazine editors to rethink the old rules and wake up to the fact that by showing more respect for our Earth by capping the first letter of the word in all instances, except when speaking of things like “down to earth” or “between heaven and earth.”

Many old sayings use the lowercase and that is okay when they are speaking of dirt and soil and the surface of the Earth but Earth itself our home planet and as such should always be capitalized. We
capitalize the word ”God’,’ even though there is no scientific proof that God exists. Yet we lowercase Earth as “earth” when in fact we know the Earth does exist and it is our sacred home.

I feel that the Earth is our home and we need to stand up in terms of punctuation and spelling and lowercase uppercase rules and start upper casing the word in all references that speak of the Earth as the place we call home and which environmentalists want to protect. So how about it, newspaper and magazine editors in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia and New Zealand?

The Earth is our home. If we lived on Mars, our newspapers would not call Mars as “mars” (lowercase), would they? No way. So our newspapers here on Earth need to start capping first initial Earth from now on. Example, on Dec. 17, 2011, reporter Leslie Kaufman at the New York Times was forced to write by her editors: “The earth is warming, perhaps catastrophically….” when, of course, she wanted to write
“The Earth is warming…” but she was not allowed to do that by her copy desk.

So we need to ask the Times editors: Please stand up for our Earth, please start capping the word Earth as “Earth,” starting with tomorrow’s newspaper.

Capitalize Earth and see what a difference the new way of writing it online and in print newspapers and magazines will make.

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Does Social Media Marketing Work For Your Business?


Social media has become a strategized corporate priority. Businesses of all sorts and sizes are jumping onto the social media marketing bandwagon, some because everyone else is doing it, others because they’ve truly realized the power social media has to offer.

For social media marketing to work, a solid plan has to be in place. Blindingly engaging in social media doesn’t lead anywhere. How are you going to quantify the success of your social media marketing if you don’t know what your milestones are?

Having a social media plan ensures you can engage with your company’s followers, create awareness and visibility around your brand, and hopefully turn more visitors and followers into loyal customers, thereby increasing sales.

Some questions you need to answer for your social media campaigns to be effective are basic. How do you write effective tweets? What’s the best time to post on Facebook? Do you really need to use Instagram too?

Once you’ve got these answers and a content marketing editorial calendar, you need to take into account the following questions:

Should you ever self-promote?

If you have a blog post you want to tweet about, you don’t just create promotional tweets. This is the number one mistake businesses make: using social media as marketers only, and not as end users.

To appeal to your Twitter followers you need to make them feel they’re on the same page as you are, sharing the same concerns and the same tastes. They need to feel you are sharing something because you care, not because your primary goal is to promote your blog and have more people read and comment on it.

That’s why you need to be careful when you repurpose content for social media. You don’t make it “pitchy,” you simply make it useful and shareable.

For instance, don’t say, “Hey! I just published my new post on how to increase productivity. Please share and comment if you like it!”

Try this instead: “Productivity is a state of mind you need to embrace. Are you guilty of these 3 sabotaging habits? Read more here.” A teaser tweet like this doesn’t promote, it educates; it doesn’t sell, it helps.

This is the difference between promotional content and educational content. Your social media marketing should mostly revolve around educational, informative content your users will find helpful and will be eager to engage with.

Do you A/B test your strategy?

What works for a multinational brand won’t work for your 5-employee company. The best way to see what works for you is to test various types of content. Experiment with copy, with audio and video, with infographics, with sweepstakes, and so forth.

See what engages your readers the most. What is making them share and comment, and what leaves them indifferent?

You cannot predict what will work, you need to A/B test it to find out – and then adapt your strategy according to the results.

Do you offer quality content, all the time?

You might waste a lot of money on a promising social media campaign only to realize it didn’t have the expected results. The most common culprit is poor content quality and lack of coherence and direction.

Don’t be present and active on every social network out there, because you’ll be spreading yourself too thin. Pick no more than 3 social networks to engage with, and make sure you give your full attention to your communities there.

Instead of wasting time and resources on being present on all social media, make it mission to offer high-quality, engaging content in just two or three channels. This way your followers will instantly realize you’re dedicated and will be coming back to engage with your brand.

Focusing on only a few social media outlets also has the added benefit of helping to ensure the quality of your content. The less you’re consumed with, the better the outcome.

Ultimately, for a social media marketing campaign to work, it’s all about undivided attention and valuable content that’s fresh. Good luck!


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Review Sites Give Honest Feedback on Ultimate Typing™


Ultimate Typing™ helps you improve your touch typing speed and accuracy. That’s what eReflect, the software’s developer, asserts. What do others say, though?

“Intuitive and advanced learning software with easy to use interface” – Typing Lounge

Typing Lounge has released a review on Ultimate Typing™ in which the reviewer gets to the bottom of the software’s features, tools, and technologies.

The goal-focused structure of the program is appraised by Typing Lounge, whose reviewer gives Ultimate Typing™ 9 out of 10 for goal management. As the review notes, the software is designed to be a tool for helping users achieve personal excellence. The typist is urged to practice until they’ve fully mastered their preset goals – and then to set new ones.

Typing Lounge praises the software’s adaptive learning approach, its video tutorials, and its advanced progress tracking tool designed for easy charting of the user’s typing improvement.

TopTenReviews awards Ultimate Typing™ its 2014 Silver award

Ultimate Typing™’s balanced focus on both typing speed and typing accuracy was the winning point that convinced the TopTenReviews editors to give the program their Silver Award.

The editors at TopTenReviews made sure to congratulate eReflect’s developers for their rigorous approach to teaching typing that consists of a step-by-step training module and video tutorials for guaranteed typing mastery.

Vocabulary Building editors declare Ultimate Typing™ “Outstanding”

Ultimate Typing™ helps people at any typing skill level to further improve their keyboarding abilities. From beginner typists to advanced users (people who type at 95 words per minute or more), the software has something to offer to everyone.

From interactive, fun typing games to structured, step-by-step lessons, typists can see concrete proof of their progress towards improved typing performance – just one of the reasons the Vocabulary Building editors used the word “outstanding to describe the Ultimate Typing™ system.

Software Review Boffin gives Ultimate Typing™ a five-star rating

Software Review Boffin awarded Ultimate Typing™ its Gold five-star award, stating that the typing tutor is the best one on the market at the moment.

The reviewer at Boffin analyses its top five features: the video tutorials and progress tracking features, its user-friendliness, the software’s multiple user account option, and the multitude of lessons and games available.

Ultimate Typing™ is praised for the quality of instructions and its groundbreaking user-friendliness, something not matched by any other software interface.
Its integrated progress tracking and reporting technology ensures the learner is aware at all times of how much progress they’re making, giving them a sense of direction as to how fast they’re learning and what they need to practice more on.

The reviews provided by third party review sites and organizations are testimony to the software’s effectiveness. Do you think you could use some typing skills improvement?


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EMOJIs, Touch Type Your Way To Create One. You Can’t Believe #13 –AMAZING! (PHOTOS)

1) 21st Century: Couple’s Way Of Communicating

2) Message: “I Got You”

3) Emoji Maybe?

4) Guess This Song!

5) Story of Miley Cyrus’ Life

6) Do You Know This Disney Song?

7) Sing Your Heart Out With Emoji Lyrics

8) Few Emojis, But Worth It!

9) Can You Think of What It Is?

10) The Mermaid Song!

11) Frozen Mania!

12) Can’t Get Over Frozen

13) Full Lyrics Song Made With Emojis

14) Christmas Is Coming!

15) One Direction FEVER!

16) Lots and Lots of Emoji Songs!

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How To Become Proficient At Typing

How many practice hours does it take to become a competent typist? How long will it take to start typing at 120 words per minute if you’re a beginner at the keyboard?

There’s no one answer to these questions. How fast and accurate a typist you’ll become depends on factors such as your determination, your resources, your knowledge of typing rules — and, of course, how much you’re willing to practice.

Here are 3 tips to help you become proficient at typing.

Track your progress frequently

It’s important to monitor your progress at frequent intervals. After a few sessions of typing practice, take an online typing test to check how much you’ve improved. Keep track of your best words-per-minute rate and next time, try to break it.

Tracking your typing efficiency will keep you motivated to practice more consistently and it will help you fine-tune your typing skills in no time.

Keep a public or personal journal

Do you have something to rant about? Keep an online journal or better yet, get your own blog. Update it frequently with whatever you’re passionate about. It can even be work-related, or devoted to the novel you’re working on. What matters is that you use it as a way of improving your typing skills. And who knows? Perhaps you’ll get an online international audience while you’re at it.

Don’t think of typing as a skill

Think of it as the means to an end. If you’ve got this attitude, you’ll approach typing confidently and won’t regard it as yet another task on the to-do list, right up there with cleaning the house. Of course you will need to learn about ergonomics, correct wrist placement, key-finger correspondence, monitor distance and other rules, but what’s almost equally important is to have fun while learning.

The initial training period to learn these rules is actually very short, and it’s possible to learn all the principles of touch typing in only a few hours. The rest is all practice. The more you practice, the more refined your typing efficiency will become.

So how do you not think of typing as a skill to be studied, or worse, a chore? By making it fun. Online chatting, online typing games, PC-based instant messaging, or IMing through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media give you ample space and time to practice. What’s more, you’re killing two birds with one stone by using this approach: you’re improving your typing skills and also communicating and networking with people!

With simple tweaks to your approach to typing you can become proficient in touch typing effortlessly and quickly, and get the skill you need.

Cross-posted on the Spreeder blog.


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