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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 […]

The growing imperative for Typing Skills

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 ACARA Literacy Progressions require Advanced Keyboarding skills

The ACARA Literacy Progressions require Advanced Keyboarding skills

In 2018 ACARA defined new Achievement Standards within the Literacy Progression as part of the Australian Curriculum. The 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 […]

Keyboarding and Typing Australia: Curriculum References

Keyboarding and Typing Australia: Curriculum References

Each Australian State and Territory maintains it own department of education and is responsible for its own curriculum. Most fulfil this requirement by referring to the ACARA administered Australian Curriculum. NSW and Victoria use the Australian Curriculum as a base and then overlay their own structures on top of it. […]

Touch Typing Helps Prepare Children for the Future

Touch Typing Helps Prepare Children for the Future

Touch Typing is a key skill for today’s world In a world where 50% of the workforce needs to have skills in technology (World Economic Forum Report ) the base skill of Touch Typing becomes ever more important. To help provide that necessary building block Typing Tournament Online presents itself […]

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 […]

Teaching your Students with EdAlive’s Online Learning

Teaching your Students with EdAlive’s Online Learning

Over the past month, teachers across Australia have been rushing to prepare their students with the necessary tools to work from home. Mass producing packets, preparing lists of approved learning sites and making sure students have the infrastructure needed at home; the list goes on. This only covers the tip […]

Official NAPLAN Online Information, State-by-State

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 […]

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

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 Queensland (Qld) Curriculum

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. Keyboarding and […]

Australia: Typing in the School Curricula

Australia: Typing in the School Curricula

The Australian Curriculum and the various state-based curricula and syllabi 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 […]

Keyboarding and typing and the Victorian (Vic) Curriculum

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 in the South Australian (SA) Curriculum

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 Western Australia (WA) Curriculum

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

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 outcomes are achieved through the teaching of touch typing. […]

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

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. […]

Maths Invaders Online : New Enhancements

Maths Invaders Online : New Enhancements

The new Maths Invaders Online is built on the rich, multi-award-winning pedigree of the original Ultimate Maths Invaders CD Edition. It has been substantially upgraded and transformed to create a hugely powerful mastery learning system and flexible tables tutor!   Maths Invaders Online is a total transformation of the old: […]

Big Plans for EdAlive Central!

Big Plans for EdAlive Central!

  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 that make learning fun and easy. Its integrated design makes it easy for teachers […]

Maths is Fun with Galactic Campaign!

Maths is Fun with Galactic Campaign!

Ever been doing your maths homework and wondered “how could anyone think Maths is fun?”  Well you’re not alone, but with Galactic Campaign from Maths Invaders Online you’ll find that maths can be fun. Set in space you need to save the planet from waves of descending maths questions. Only the correct […]

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

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 […]

WACE Requirements

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. […]

Mooted standards based test for VCE

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 […]

Coronavirus eLearning Help

Coronavirus eLearning Help

The EdAlive team are here to assist Automated Adaptive Learning websites. Ideal for disrupted times. 35 years of experience. Unprecedented times In a matter of weeks, the Coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to education around the world.  Here in Australia is clear is that there will be major disruption to […]

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 […]

EdAlive School Installable and CD-based Software is now “End of Life”, but this is not the end of the story!

EdAlive School Installable and CD-based Software is now “End of Life”, but this is not the end of the story!

EdAlive CD and installable software is “End of Life” We last updated our famous EdAlive software titles back in 2010 when Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6 were around. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of students have used this software on their school servers and networks including titles like […]

Curriculum Correlation

High integrity replication of your local curricula A wide range of local curricula have been directly encapsulated within EdAlive Central’s suite of websites precisely mirroring their internal organisation, hierarchy and terminology. Direct one-to-one, activity-to-outcome links between all content and your local curricula All 17,000+ educational activities are correlated one-to-one with the […]