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Australian Standard – Keyboarding Speed Tests AS 2708-2001

The Typing Standard drives Typing Tournament Online. Since the invention of the typewriter in the 1850s the race has been on for typists to type quickly and accurately. To judge the actual speed and accuracy of typist there has long been a need for an impartial umpire. This needs is […]

How Fast Should Students Be Able To Type?

Are your students typing quickly enough? Many Typing Tournament Students attain speeds over 80 Words Per Minute. Make sure that the students at your school are not left behind hunting and pecking at 10 WPM! A recent analysis of the typing speeds being achieved by students using Typing Tournament Online […]

Why does Australia lag behind the rest of the world in the teaching of typing skills?

Why does Australia lag behind the rest of the world in the teaching of typing skills?

Why does Australia lag behind the rest of the world in the teaching of typing skills? Over the past 40 years in Australia we have seen the skill of touch-typing move from being a vocational (secretarial) skill learnt by a few to a key skill for all, in the age […]

Mooted standards based test for VCE

VCE students to face minimum literacy, numeracy standards under proposed shake-up Victorian students could face another test in order to finish secondary school, with the State Government considering introducing minimum standards for literacy and numeracy. Education Minister James Merlino has asked the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to review […]

75% of Principals want to improve students’ typing skills

Results of the Primary Principals Association NAPLAN Online Survey EdAlive is delighted to endorse the published findings of the Australian Primary Principals Association in its summary report: APPA NAPLAN Online Trial Survey. It indicated that in preparation for NAPLAN Online: 78.61% of Principals want to increase teaching time allocated to […]

WACE Requirements

The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) The WACE is awarded to senior secondary school students who satisfy its requirements. Achievement of a WACE signifies that a student has successfully met the breadth and depth standard, the achievement standard and the literacy and numeracy standard in their senior secondary schooling. […]

Official NAPLAN Online Information, State-by-State

Each State or Territory has a NAPLAN Online timetable ACARA NAPLAN Online information To find out more about NAPLAN Online click here New South Wales timeline for NAPLAN Online To find out more about NSW NAPLAN Online timeline click here Victoria info for NAPLAN Online To find out more about […]

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 […]

The critical place of touch typing in literacy – Video interview

Catherine Oelhman – Literacy Teacher 18th October 2017. Catherine Oelhman: Literacy Teacher – Gifted and Talented Programme – St George Christian School, Sutherland, NSW, Australia. Graham East: Managing Director EdAlive. Transcript from the interview Catherine: I’m really interested in the process of children’s reading and writing. Writing incorporates so much now. […]

Articles by teachers and Principals re the need for Typing

Teachers and Principals often refer to the need for typing skills. Willeton Senior High School “The English department has started teaching touch typing to their lower school classes in an effort to improve speed and accuracy of typing skills” Forrestdale Primary School “Touch typing skills have become important for children […]

SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) Electronic Exam and typing

A new online exam for South Australian students The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is a modern, internationally-recognised secondary school qualification designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and personal capabilities to successfully participate in our fast-paced global society. In 2018 the South Australian Department of Education introduced […]

New NSW HSC Requirements Depend on Touch Typing Skills

New NSW HSC Requirements Depend on Touch Typing Skills

The new NSW HSC requirements coming into effect in 2020 require Touch Typing as an educational skill and also as a life skill. As of next year, students who did not achieve a Band 8 or higher in their Year 9 Naplan will need to sit a selection of Minimum […]

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 […]

Adding Typing to your Home-schooling Schedule

Adding Typing to your Home-schooling Schedule

When deciding what to put in your home-schooling schedule, many parents look to other home schoolers for advice. “Does it work with more than one child” or “Does it fit the curriculum?“ are some of the questions I heard my own mother ask when home-schooling my siblings and me. To […]

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 […]

Typing Tournament Online passes 400,000,000 words typed!

Typing Tournament Online passes 400,000,000 words typed!

Students across Australia are gearing up for NAPLAN Online 2019. Schools across the nation are doubling down on the process of teaching students to type as they know that when typing becomes automatic students are more able to focus on academic expression and will perform better in NAPLAN. Aussie students […]

Happy New Year from Typing Tournament and EdAlive!

Happy New Year from Typing Tournament and EdAlive!

The New Year is a good time to review how your school is using Typing Tournament Our Best Practice Guide is full of tips. Read starting here here.   Setting Up at the Beginning Of the year can be a pain  Here’s a guide to try and make it a […]

Term 4 Break!

Term 4 Break!

The Typing Tournament Online staff would love to wish all our Users a safe and happy Term 4, holiday break! We know this term has been very busy for your school and would like to thank you for your on-going support in the classroom, teaching typing skills to your students. […]

Typing Tournament : Typing Challenge Winners

Typing Tournament : Typing Challenge Winners

Well done to all of the students who competed in the Term Four Typing Challenge last week and congratulations to all of our winners!  Term 4 has certainly gone out with a bang! View the Typing Challenge Leaderboard Print personalised Typing Challenge Certificates for your students by logging in and […]

EdAlive introduces : Fan Art Friday

EdAlive introduces : Fan Art Friday

Our Instagram has been up and running for awhile now and we’d love you to join us in the fun! We’ve had a few drawings sent to the office and what better way to display these but with a #FanArtFriday! Do you have a favourite Typing Tournament character you’d like […]

Our Sister Program just got a new Multiplayer mode!

Our Sister Program just got a new Multiplayer mode!

Announcing “Space Rescue”, the new Maths Invaders Online real-time interactive game The revolutionary interactive multiplayer Space Rescue game is fully integrated with Maths Invaders Online. Space Rescue breaks new ground in educational design. It harnesses its own real-time game server to deliver dynamic gaming in a fully-featured online learning system. […]

Hear ye, hear ye – all Villagers are here by invited to participate in the Quarterly Typing Challenge !

Hear ye, hear ye – all Villagers are here by invited to participate in the Quarterly Typing Challenge !

Maths Invaders Online has undertaken it’s first competition  but that does not mean there’s any time for rest in the Typing Tournament village! 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 25th of November)! Entry is […]

Maths Challenge Winners announced & Typing Challenge is just around the corner!

Maths Challenge Winners announced & Typing Challenge is just around the corner!

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

Keyboard shortcut “hacks”

Keyboard shortcut “hacks”

The humble keyboard is a fixture in many people’s everyday lives whether it be at school or work, however many people are not aware of the numerous useful shortcuts out there. Scrolling using the space bar : Hitting the space bar will scroll down the page for you whilst tapping shift […]

Interviewing Members of the Typing Tournament Kingdom

Interviewing Members of the Typing Tournament Kingdom

  Name : Lumber, Jack Occupation : See Above. How Many Words per minute can you do?: 6Wpm     Name : *Dragon roars* Occupation : *Gestures towards treasure horde* How Many Words per minute can you do?: *Hold up six fingers*     Name : B.Ware Occupation : I […]

Big Plans for EdAlive Central!

Big Plans for EdAlive Central!

Typing Tournament Online is hosted by EdAlive Central. EdAliveCentral can be found at – https://central.edalive.com/library About EdAlive Central EdAlive Central is a ground-breaking system that simplifies access for students and teachers and unifies the EdAlive suite of online learning web apps. EdAlive Central provisions and powers these services with innovative solutions […]

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 […]

EdAlive Central : New and Improved

EdAlive Central : New and Improved

Typing Tournament is hosted by EdAlive Central Learn more about EdAlive Central here.   SSO (Single Sign On) EdAlive Central creates one record for each student with a user name and password. Students can use this one set of credentials to sign into any licensed EdAlive web app linked to […]

EdAlive Central

EdAlive Central

TypingTournament is now hosted by EdAlive Central! If you haven’t already checked it out visit : https://central.edalive.com/library and see how it looks! EdAliveCentral: Powering and unifying EdAlive titles. EdAlive Central is a modularised student, teacher, class, school and parent subscription management system that supplies services to our growing range of EdAlive online […]

Edalive.education @ Instagram

Edalive.education @ Instagram

Attention all teachers, school staff , students , home school parents and general EdAlive Fans : we now have an Instagram! If you’ve got any fun memes or simply want to chat to us follow or contact us at : EdAlive.Education https://www.instagram.com/edalive.education/    

Kids’ Drought Relief Typing Challenge – 9th to 16th September

Kids’ Drought Relief Typing Challenge – 9th to 16th September

Kids learn to touch type and help drought affected families at the same time! Many kids across Australia will be raising funds for drought relief by participating in the Term 3 Typing Tournament Online Typing Challenge. It’s free to participate and available to all schools right across Australia. Participation is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tenacious Typists Win Gold!

Tenacious Typists Win Gold!

The Year 7 Students from Cerdon College have been learning to master the skill of touch-typing. Cerdon College places great emphasis on ensuring its students “receive an education that equips them to take their place as citizens … beyond their formal school years”. The determination to see this promise through […]

Why NAPLAN Online will help educators re-examine the basics of ICT General Capabilities and the value of touch-typing

Why NAPLAN Online will help educators re-examine the basics of ICT General Capabilities and the value of touch-typing

The overview of general capabilities as provided by ACARA is essentially just an overview. Like most of the capabilities it uses broad language in order to empower teachers to determine how capabilities are developed within their school’s particular context. Two or more different forms of work may achieve the same […]

NAPLAN Online 2018 and the future

NAPLAN Online 2018 and the future

We are approaching the time when the 2018 NAPLAN Online testing will be implemented. Thousands of students from the states and territories will be participating in a test which will measure student ability in: conventions of language, numeracy and reading. They will use a point-and-click interface to do so, which […]

Typing and Autism

Typing and Autism

People with autism often express that they feel misunderstood. Both academically and socially, typing can open up possibilities for communication. Typing is a form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). This means it can be used as a form of non-verbal communication for people who are either unable or find […]

Holiday Typing in Preparation for NAPLAN Online

Holiday Typing in Preparation for NAPLAN Online

The Typing Tournament Online staff would love to wish you a safe and happy Easter and Term 1, holiday break. We know this term has been very busy for your school and would like to thank you for your on-going support in the classroom, teaching typing skills to your students. […]

Wow! Now over 200 MILLION Words Typed!

Wow! Now over 200 MILLION Words Typed!

The Typing Challenge for Term 1 of 2018 has seen multiple milestones broken.  Before the challenge even started, the counter for words typed broke 200 million.  The Monday of the challenge had the highest usage for any Monday since inception.  The Tuesday had the highest usage ever recorded for a […]

Now Over 100 MILLION Words Typed!

Now Over 100 MILLION Words Typed!

It feels almost like only yesterday we were celebrating a number half this big! Yet, now here we celebrating the incredible milestone of over 100,000,000 words typed by our amazing students. Most of them have been tapped out by Australian students in the 9 months from October 2016. This is […]

Quarterly Typing Challenge Winners Gallery

Quarterly Typing Challenge Winners Gallery

All Australian states abandon online NAPLAN (2017) due to glitches

All Australian states abandon online NAPLAN (2017) due to glitches

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald on April 19th 2017 Henrietta Cook and Timna Jacks published an article entitled: “All Australian states abandon online NAPLAN (2017) due to glitches“ Excerpts from the article are reproduced below: All Australian states and territories have now abandoned a trial of online NAPLAN tests during 2017 […]

Prepare for NAPLAN Online

Prepare for NAPLAN Online

75% of Principals want to improve students’ keyboarding and typing skills before NAPLAN Online. EdAlive is delighted to endorse the published findings of the Australian Primary Principals Association in its summary report: APPA NAPLAN Online Trial Survey. It indicated that in preparation for NAPLAN Online: 78.61% of Principals want to […]

NAPLAN Online trials plagued with technical problems and poor keyboard skills

NAPLAN Online trials plagued with technical problems and poor keyboard skills

Timna Jacks, Education Reporter for The Age, writing on October 2nd 2016 said that the new Online NAPLAN tests have been seriously disrupted by power failures, freezing, browser issues and interrupted internet connections as well as other issues. The following excerpt from her article is instructive “They (NAPLAN trial schools) are […]

Improve your typing skills with Typing Tournament Online

Improve your typing skills with Typing Tournament Online

Improve your typing skills with Typing Tournament Online Our new-generation typing tutor! Typing Tournament Online will help you learn to use your keyboard efficiently. It features a great range of typing games for children built on top of a highly developed didactic sequence known as our Multiple Progression Model. Children […]

Keyboarding and typing in the Northern Territory (NT) Curriculum

Keyboarding and typing in the Northern Territory (NT) Curriculum Schools in he Northern Territory (NT) 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 […]

Why Learn to Touch Type?

Why Learn to Touch Type?

Typing is faster than writing When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many years ago handwriting was the primary skill people used to communicate over distance but today most are now typing what they have to convey. Just like handwriting is a skill […]

History of the QWERTY Keyboard

History of the QWERTY Keyboard

The development of typewriting and the QWERTY Keyboard QWERTY is a keyboard layout for Latin script used to write English. The name comes from the order of the first six keys on the top left letter row of the keyboard (Q W E R T Y). The QWERTY arrangement has […]

5 Ways To Increase Your Typing Speed

5 Ways To Increase Your Typing Speed

How to increase your typing speed Being able to type fast is a great skill to have especially when it comes to ongoing education and the work environment. Being able to quickly and accurately type up assignments, tests, documents, replies or articles, etc. will make your day go more smoothly […]

Learn to Touch Type

Learn to Touch Type

Learn Touch Typing with TypingTournament.com Touch typing is the ability to use muscle memory to find keys quickly using all ten fingers and without using the sense of sight. It is the same kind of skill piano players use. Being able to type correctly significantly improves typing speed and eliminates errors. Being able to […]