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Typing games have never been so important

Typing games have never been so important

Typing games as a kid It was 1990 when I first learned how to type, the same year that my father was laid off from an office job.  Kindly told that it was to allow him to enjoy his ‘twilight years’, the reality behind it was employing someone younger, cheaper […]

Typing Tournament Research

Typing Tournament Research

Our research shows that Typing Tournament really makes a difference Schools using Typing Tournament are seeing students increase their typing speed by an average of 6 WPM per term and are regularly achieving typing speeds of over 45 WPM. Research shows that the use of Typing Tournament boosts achievement in […]

Full Research Report:  Keyboard Ability Clearly Shows in NAPLAN Results

Full Research Report: Keyboard Ability Clearly Shows in NAPLAN Results

New research has shown that Year 5 students who have learned to type with the leading touch-typing tutor, Typing Tournament Online have a clear advantage going into their NAPLAN Writing Task at Year 5 and above. Data Target Typing Tournament Online Schools were identified where classes including Year 5 students […]

New research confirms that good typing skills and keyboard confidence significantly boost NAPLAN Writing Task scores.

New research confirms that good typing skills and keyboard confidence significantly boost NAPLAN Writing Task scores.

Our research, which is shortly to be published in this blog, has shown that Year 5 students who have learned to type with Typing Tournament Online, have a clear advantage going into their NAPLAN Writing Task. The growing imperative for typing skills While many voices have long made the case […]

School Help

School Help

Help, Support and Training Included Access to the EdAlive Central Help Centre to guide you through the set up and use of EdAlive Central and the related websites. Features a searchable database, videos and printable PDF guides. Unlimited (AEST) telephone support for schools in Australia and New Zealand. Free Call […]

EdAlive Installable Software (School Version) “End of Life” and Cloud Migration Pathways

The school version of the titles listed below are now considered “End of Life” in line with Microsoft and Apple’s Operating System life-cycles. We have provided suitable EdAlive Central web app migration pathways for each title. The last update of EdAlive’s installable software in 2010 ensured compatibility with the latest […]

EdAlive Central Comparison

The EdAlive range of educational titles was originally published on CD. Many of these titles have now been significantly upgraded and migrated to online websites. These new websites are significantly superior to the old CD-based editions. Although the old CD editions were good products they were subject to the limitations […]

Teaching my kids at home with EdAlive Central!

Teaching my kids at home with EdAlive Central!

My social media feed has been full of useful learning-from-home resources, photos of children happily being taught by smiling parents and fun stories about alternative learning options – baking to learn fractions, for example. So I decided that it was time for our family to adhere to social distancing recommendations […]

Join in with our first Typing Challenge of the decade!

Join in with our first Typing Challenge of the decade!

Come one, come all to Typing Tournament Online’s first Typing Challenge of the decade! Once a semester our classes battle it out to see who is the better typist. Competing in both speed and words typed, all classes between 5-100 students will have the chance to top the leaderboard and win […]

Teacher shares their account of a 23 wpm increase in 8 months!

Teacher shares their account of a 23 wpm increase in 8 months!

As this year draws to a close, we reached out to some schools and classes which have shown growth over 2019 through using Typing Tournament Online. Mr Dennis Alexander’s class of 5G at St Mary’s School in Dubbo NSW has shown massive improvement. Over the course of 2019, 5G had an […]

Students are reaching speeds over 45 Words Per Minute

Students are reaching speeds over 45 Words Per Minute

Students using Typing Tournament are reaching speeds of 45 Words Per Minute (wpm) by the time they finish primary school. This level of typing speed sets them up for success in their careers and gives them a massive time advantage over those that two finger type or hunt and peck […]

Massive increases in typing speed quantified

Massive increases in typing speed quantified

Regular use of Typing Tournament Online increases average typing speed by 6 WPM per term per student! Over the past few weeks we have been analysing students’ progress when learning to type with Typing Tournament Online. The results are incredible. A glance at the Leaderboard indicates that we have many […]

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?

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ACARA Literacy Progressions require Advanced Keyboarding skills

ACARA Literacy Progressions require 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Future Innovators Type to Victory at Kawana Waters State College

Future Innovators Type to Victory at Kawana Waters State College

Introduction The Year 9 Future Innovators class FIN092A (a group of about 20 students) at Kawana Waters State College has been using Typing Tournament since Grade 7 their Digital Solutions classes and it has well prepared them. However, some of the students, who joined Future Innovators this semester came from […]

Mackay West State School takes yet another prize!

Mackay West State School takes yet another prize!

Teacher, Rebecca Williams and class 5A from Mackay West State School have been doing extremely well in the Typing Challenge Competitions in 2018! The EdAlive team noticed and decided to reach out. Ms Williams was kind enough to give us a statement about their success.  “In 5A at Mackay West State […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maths Invaders follows Typing Tournament with it’s Inaugural Online Challenge

Maths Invaders follows Typing Tournament with it’s Inaugural Online Challenge

Has your school been participating in our once a Term Typing competitions? Your next chance is coming up 25th Nov – 1st Dec ! Entry is open to all schools including those on free trials! If you don’t already have an account, it’s quick and easy to start one now….  […]

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

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 […]

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

The Typing Tournament Online staff would love to wish all our Australian Users a safe and happy Term 3, 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 […]

Winners are Grinners: Richmond Primary School places First in Typing Challenge!

Winners are Grinners: Richmond Primary School places First in Typing Challenge!

Our touch typing program Typing Tournament hosts a competition each Australian term called “Typing Challenge”. Every week, the Typing Tournament Leaderboard calculates and displays in rank order, the average speed and total words typed for each class broken down by country, state and age group. Quarterly we run a Typing Challenge […]

Join EdAlive on Instagram!

Join EdAlive on 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_onlinelearning https://www.instagram.com/edalive_onlinelearning    

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 […]

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 2 – Developing a whole school approach

Challenge 2 – Developing a whole school approach

  The following information has been lifted and adapted from Ed Alive’s Typing Tournament – Guide to best classroom practice © 2018 Page 5 .   Typing is a key life skill that should be acquired and developed longitudinally. Typing Tournament has been built to help teachers achieve the relevant […]

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 Bi-Annual 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 to start […]

Typing Milestones: Over 250 000 000 Words Typed!

Typing Milestones: Over 250 000 000 Words Typed!

  The Typing Tournament counter for words typed has broken 250 million! Well done to all our dedicated typists and teachers for being part of achieving this milestone.  Your continued use of the program serves to improve words per minute and builds the vital life skill of touch typing.   […]

Accessibility: Typing For Students With Visual Impairments

Accessibility: Typing For Students With Visual Impairments

As technology becomes a larger part of our lives, it becomes more and more pertinent that technological skills are accessible for all. Typing is an important skill for work and for play in this modern age. Many students who are visually impaired rely on technology to assist in their learning […]

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 […]

Just For Fun: Typing DNA

It sounds like science fiction but the program TypingDNA analyses a user’s manner of using a keyboard into an accurate identity verification.   Whereas other authenticators might use methods such as a secret question, personal information or a mobile phone to confirm identity, TypingDNA verifies a user’s identity by using […]

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 […]

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 […]

Just For Fun : Learning New Typing Skills

Just For Fun : Learning New Typing Skills

  The school holidays are the perfect time to try and hone skills students don’t have time for in the school term. Whilst we at Ed Alive recommend the use of hands with Typing Tournament where possible, some people get creative with their typing skills! Vinod is currently the world’s […]

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 […]

Give Your Students a Fresh Start in Term 2 : How to Clean Your Keyboard

Give Your Students a Fresh Start in Term 2 : How to Clean Your Keyboard

Keyboards in schools get a lot of use – by a lot of different people! On top of this, students, especially young students, aren’t known for their cleanliness! In fact, some research shows keyboards to be dirtier than toilet seats! Coming into a new school term is a perfect time […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teaching with Typing Tournament – Best Practice

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 […]

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 […]

School’s typists are third fastest in NSW – Deniliquin Christian School

School’s typists are third fastest in NSW – Deniliquin Christian School

Deniliquin Christian School students have typed their way to success after claiming bronze in last term’s Typing Tournament. Hosted by educational published EdAlive, the school’s Year 8 students competed against more than 759 classes nation-wide to finish third in the ‘Fastest in NSW’ category. Their class typing average was more […]

Nimble Fingers Net Second Spot – Warrigal Road State School

Nimble Fingers Net Second Spot – Warrigal Road State School

THE students of 4C at Warrigal Road State School have typed their way to success by claiming second place in the Most Words Typed in Queensland category of the Typing Tournament: Quarter 1 Typing Challenge. Deputy principal Karen Coombes praised the students and classroom teacher Sam Heron. She said more […]

Class finds key to speed – Merbein P-10

Class finds key to speed – Merbein P-10

THERE are some fast fingers at Merbein P-10. A Year 7 class was awarded third place in the Fastest in Victoria category of the Typing Tournament Quarter 1 Typing Challenge. After spending 15 minutes of each IT class learning to touch-type with the Typing Tournament online course, it never occurred […]

Quarterly Typing Challenge Winners Gallery

Quarterly Typing Challenge Winners Gallery

All New Student Motivation System

All New Student Motivation System

Our research has indicated that when learning to type students must engage in the process for sufficient time to build the required kinetic memory. All typing tutors struggle with the motivational challenge. Typing Tournament Online already uses a large range of effective motivators to keep students engaged but we believed […]

Typing Tips Posters released

Typing Tips Posters released

We have had many requests for posters to support the teaching of typing in the classroom. In response, we have made an initial release of 14 great posters that cover all kinds of issues relating to the teaching of typing. The series covers typing posture, Quirky QWERTY facts, the history […]

Massive and growing use right around Australia.

Massive and growing use right around Australia.

There is massive use of Typing Tournament Online right around Australia. Here’s a typical usage map that gives the picture. Every morning our server goes into overload as kids around the continent sign in and start typing. The following statistics are instructive: 50,000,000 words typed in 6 months Over 220,000 student […]

Mammoth 50,000,000 Words Typed Milestone Reached

Mammoth 50,000,000 Words Typed Milestone Reached

We had a Typing Tournament office celebration today to mark the occasion of 50,000,000 words typed! Most of them have been tapped out by Australian students in the 6 months from October 2016. This is a massive achievement both for the school community and our team. It reflects the high […]

FREE Posters and Classroom Resources

FREE Posters and Classroom Resources

Download these posters to jazz up your classroom and help you to focus on teaching the crucial concepts that underpin good typing technique. Resource – Teaching with Typing Tournament – Best Practice (Click to download a printable PDF version) SaveSave

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 […]

Be prepared for NAPLAN Online with Typing Tournament Online

Be prepared for NAPLAN Online with Typing Tournament Online

Be prepared for NAPLAN Online with Typing Tournament Online Wth over 50% of Australian schools completing NAPLAN Online in 2019 the change is well under way. We have considerable anecdotal evidence to support the position that good typing skills are important to support this transition. There are thousands of Australian […]

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 […]

Willetton Senior High Scores Top Marks in Typing

Willetton Senior High Scores Top Marks in Typing

WILLETTON Senior High School students were recently presented with trophies for winning awards at a World Typeathon last year. The competition involved 315 participating classes worldwide. Willetton SHS was sent several class trophies for its category wins. Year 8 classes won first and second place in the advanced category awards […]

Forrestdale students place third in worldwide competition

Forrestdale students place third in worldwide competition

Children from Forrestdale Primary School placed third in a worldwide typing competition in term four last year and earnt a trophy for their efforts. About 115 children from the school took part in the competition, which tested more than 300 classes worldwide on their typing skills. The competition had multiple […]

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 that these outcomes are achieved through the teaching of touch […]

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 […]

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 through the teaching of touch typing. For a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Matthew Gibney Catholic P.S Present Typeathon Trophy

Matthew Gibney Catholic P.S Present Typeathon Trophy

Recently, we were sent a picture of our 1st place “Most Words Typed”- Beginner overall champions receiving their class trophy and individual certificates. The students collectively typed 9,035 words and had an average speed of 10.6 wpm. Here is what their teacher Jessamy Savory had to say: “Late last year […]

Students Type Their Way To Victory

Students Type Their Way To Victory

The students of Mrs Weeks’ Year 2/3 class at Channel Christian School have just typed their way to success by winning first place in the “Most Words Typed”, Intermediate category in the Typing Tournament World Typeathon. The Typeathon was conducted during Term 4 in 2016 and involved over 315 participating […]