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The growing imperative for Typing Skills

Good typing skills are becoming more and more critical Community and educational expectations regarding the necessity of teaching typing skills are changing rapidly.  In the past generation we have seen a transition from typing being the preserve of professional secretaries to a critical main stream skill for every member of […]

Home School Families say yes to EdAlive Central!

Home School Families say yes to EdAlive Central!

EdAlive Central prides itself in making our products accessible and usable by students from all walks of life, whether they be in private, public or home school education. Recently we asked the Home School Review Crew, an American Home-Schooling group, to take a look at EdAlive Central. This is our ground-breaking […]

Touch Typing Helps Prepare Children for the Future

Touch Typing Helps Prepare Children for the Future

In a world where 50% of the workforce needs to have skills in technology (World Economic Forum) the base skill of Touch Typing becomes ever more important. To help provide that necessary building block Typing Tournament Online presents itself as an easy means to achieve that goal. With software that […]

ACARA now requires Advanced Keyboarding skills

ACARA now requires Advanced Keyboarding skills

In 2018 ACARA defined new Achievement Standards within the Literacy Progression of the Australian Curriculum. The new Standards relate to the Writing Element and specifically the Handwriting and Keyboarding Sub Element – (Previously Handwriting). The new Achievement Standards are HwK1, HwK2, HwK3, HwK4, HwK5, HwK6, HwK7, HwK8. The progression addresses handwriting […]

Good keyboarding and typing skills are critical for NAPLAN Online

Good keyboarding and typing skills are critical for NAPLAN Online

It is highly likely that Typing Tournament Online boosts NAPLAN Online results The results for the first round of NAPLAN Online are in. For the 20% of Australian students who participated, it appears to have been a great success with 99.8% of students able to complete the online test. ACARA […]

Our Sister Product Just Got A Brand New Campaign

Our Sister Product Just Got A Brand New Campaign

Typing Tournament’s Sister Just Got a Brand New Campaign!     For those of you who haven’t heard yet – Typing Tournament has a sister program focusing on Mathematics. Maths Invaders Online is packed full of highly innovative and motivational features – shared with the massively successful Typing Tournament Online. […]

Challenge 6 – Maintaining motivation

Challenge 6 – Maintaining motivation

The following information has been lifted and adapted from Ed Alive’s Typing Tournament – Guide to best classroom practice © 2018 Page 13. For many students learning to type is a challenging exercise. As with all poor habits It takes a lot of discipline for a student with bad typing […]

Challenge 5 – Keeping the student results pure and relevant

Challenge 5 – Keeping the student results pure and relevant

  The following information has been lifted and adapted from Ed Alive’s Typing Tournament – Guide to best classroom practice © 2018 Page 11.   Sometimes, a student’s recorded results may be fail to accurately reflect a student’s typing ability, or just be plain incorrect. Generally speaking, recorded results are […]

Challenge 4 – Keeping students’ eyes on the screen and not the keyboard

Challenge 4 – Keeping students’ eyes on the screen and not the keyboard

The following information has been lifted and adapted from Ed Alive’s Typing Tournament – Guide to best classroom practice © 2018 Page 10 . To touch type correctly students must focus their eyes on the screen and not the keyboard; the prerequisite to this skill is the establishment of automaticity […]

Term 2 2018 Typing Challenge Winners Announced

Term 2 2018 Typing Challenge Winners Announced

Well done to all of the students who competed in the Term Two Typing Challenge last week and congratulations to all of our winners! View the Typing Challenge Leaderboard Print personalised Typing Challenge Certificates for your students by logging in and clicking on the print icon next to the Fastest […]

Challenge 3 – Breaking bad habits and substituting good habits

Challenge 3 – Breaking bad habits and substituting good habits

  The following information has been lifted and adapted from Ed Alive’s Typing Tournament – Guide to best classroom practice © 2018 Page 6-9 . Most students come to Typing Tournament with well-established poor typing habits. Children as young as 2 regularly interact with iPads and as they grow the […]

Challenge 1 – Finding time to teaching typing in a crowded curriculum

Challenge 1 – Finding time to teaching typing in a crowded curriculum

The following information has been lifted and adapted from Ed Alive’s Typing Tournament – Guide to best classroom practice © 2018 Page 3-4 . Many teachers find that fitting just one more thing into the crowded school programme is difficult. In the case of teaching typing skills a little work […]

So You Think You Can Type?

So You Think You Can Type?

It’s Competition time again! Has your school been participating in our once a Term Typing competitions? Your next chance is coming up this Sunday (The 24th of June) ! Entry is open to all schools including those on free trials. If you don’t already have an account, it’s quick and easy […]

Typing Tournament would like to extend a huge welcome to our new Twin sister : Maths Invaders Online

Typing Tournament would like to extend a huge welcome to our new Twin sister : Maths Invaders Online

Maths Invaders Online is packed full of highly innovative and motivational features shared with the massively successful Typing Tournament Online. They both interact with the EdAlive Central Teacher Management Module and Single Sign On systems making students and teachers feel instantly at home. Maths Invaders Online teach tables and maths […]

Touch-Typing: Rote vs Integrated Learning or Rote and Integrated Learning?

Touch-Typing: Rote vs Integrated Learning or Rote and Integrated Learning?

As a pre-service teacher I have always found the arguments around different forms of teaching and learning to be highly frustrating. Authoritative and Egalitarian models of teaching are considered superior to Authoritarian even though we know that in some cases the Authoritarian approach may be the best due to factors […]

Typing Competitions : Typing Tournament And The World

Typing Competitions : Typing Tournament And The World

Typing Challenge CONGRATULATIONS to all our Typing Challenge Winners for Term 1, 2018; you should be very proud of your results! The Typing Challenge was held between the 18th and 24th of March with over 1400 classes participating worldwide. This term, we have seen a number of records broken and […]

Teaching with Typing Tournament – Best Practice

The teaching of efficient typing skills is a curriculum requirement The Australian Curriculum Within The Australian Curriculum, there is an implicit requirement that students develop efficient keyboarding skills. (ACELY1654, ACTDIK007, ACELA1433, ACTDIK001). NSW Syllabus The Technology outcomes of the NSW Syllabus are explicit regarding the teaching of keyboarding skills and […]

Keyboarding and typing in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Curriculum

Keyboarding and typing in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Curriculum Schools in he Australian Capital Territory (ACT) follow the Australian Curriculum. The typing related content descriptors and elaborations of the Australian Curriculum focus mostly on keyboard awareness. Underlying them is the assumption that students can type effectively.  The assumption is […]

Keyboarding and typing in the Tasmania (Tas) Curriculum

Keyboarding and typing in the Tasmania (Tas) Curriculum Schools in Tasmania (Tas) follow the Australian Curriculum. The typing related content descriptors and elaborations of the Australian Curriculum focus mostly on keyboard awareness. Underlying them is the assumption that students can type effectively.  The assumption is that these outcomes are achieved […]

Keyboarding and typing in the Western Australia (WA) Curriculum

Schools in Western Australia (WA) follow the Australian Curriculum. The typing related content descriptors and elaborations of the Australian Curriculum focus mostly on keyboard awareness. Underlying them is the assumption that students can type effectively.  The assumption is that these outcomes are achieved through the teaching of touch typing. For […]

Keyboarding and typing in the South Australian (SA) Curriculum

Schools in South Australia (SA) follow the Australian Curriculum. The typing related content descriptors and elaborations of the Australian Curriculum focus mostly on keyboard awareness. Underlying them is the assumption that students can type effectively.  The assumption is that these outcomes are achieved through the teaching of touch typing. For […]

Keyboarding and typing in the Queensland (Qld) Curriculum

Schools in Queensland (Qld) follow the Australian Curriculum. The typing related content descriptors and elaborations of the Australian Curriculum focus mostly on keyboard awareness. Underlying them is the assumption that students can type effectively.  The assumption is that these outcomes are achieved through the teaching of touch typing. For a […]

United States: CCSS keyboarding and typing skills

The United States Common Core State Standards form the basis for education in the USA with most States adopting them as their standard or in dissenting States, as a minimum. Keyboarding and typing specifically addressed The Common Core State Standards specifically address the matter of keyboarding skills with a general […]

Keyboarding and typing and the Victorian (Vic) Curriculum

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. The typing related content descriptors and elaborations of the […]

Keyboarding and typing and the New South Wales (NSW) Syllabus

The typing outcomes in the New South Wales (NSW) Syllabus are found in the Digital Text Production Section of the K-6 English Syllabus and explicitly requires the practice of keyboard skills although no acceptable standard is set. The assumption is that these outcomes are achieved through the teaching of touch […]

Keyboarding and typing in the Australian (Aust) Curriculum

The content descriptors and elaborations of the Australian Curriculum focus mostly on keyboard awareness but underlying them is the assumption that students can type effectively. The assumption is that these outcomes are achieved through the teaching of touch typing. The Australian Curriculum (Aust) is used by: Queensland (Qld), South Australia […]

Australia: Typing in the School Curricula and Syllabi

The Australian Curriculum and the various state-based curricula do not clearly mandate the teaching of efficient keyboarding. Neither did the preexisting state based curricula that predated the current curricula. Typically the related outcomes and content descriptors describe keyboarding in generalities and not measurable dynamics. Consequentially most Australian teachers have not, […]