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Online typing course TICKEN released in UK (June 2011)
The British can now learn touch-typing online using the proven and successful TICKEN touch-typing course.

There are special versions for each of the three target groups: consumers, schools and enterprises/institutions.

TICKEN is already active in the Netherlands (2009, ticken.nl), the two language areas of Belgium (2010, ticken.be and ticken.be/fr) and France (2011, ticken.fr).

Basic, low-tech typing appears to be a lost skill
Job candidates who type well are surprisingly hard to find. Wanted: Office workers who can type, not just hunt and peck.

In an age where most typewriters have been scrapped and employers crave candidates who have mastered complex computer programs from Excel to PowerPoint, the most basic of all office skills is surprisingly hard to find, according to human resource managers and recruitment agencies.

What's more, they say the rapid-fire 100-word-per-minute applicant has virtually disappeared, even though computer keyboards require less finger strength than typewriters. Today, a mere 40 words per minute is enough to gain many administrative jobs.

''I remember my mother used to type 120 words a minute on one of those old manual typewriters,'' says Charles Orcutt, owner of Preferred Temporaries Inc., a Boston employment agency. ''Unfortunately, you don't see that much anymore.'' The evidence is strictly anecdotal. But whether it's called typing, keyboarding, or word processing, the ability to hit the right keys while looking at reports, letters, and other business documents is still valuable. Indeed, speed typing in today's workplace translates into higher pay and sometimes the difference between landing a job or not.

''A lot of job applicants think they can get by on other skills, but many employers demand touch-typing,'' says Orcutt. His company still administers a typing test to every applicant for administrative jobs all the way up to the level of executive assistants.

''I hated typing class; just hated it,'' recalls Richard Stroud, spokesman for the International Association of Administrative Professionals in Kansas City, Mo. Yet Stroud now concedes that the skills he learned in typing class are invaluable. ''I thank the Lord every day at work that I took that class. Being able to type quickly makes my job so much easier,'' he says.

If Stroud seems on the verge of melodrama in his praise of typing training, consider the homage it's paid in Lauren Weisberger's novel, ''The Devil Wears Prada.'' It's the story of a young fashion-magazine office worker, Andrea Sachs, whose first boss is from hell. Juggling tasks at her desk, Sachs recalls gratefully that ''typing was the only useful class I'd taken in all of high school.''

Source: Robert Johnson, Globe Correspondent, 12/28/03

The importance of touch typing with ten fingers
”Research by the Radboud University in Nijmegen in the Netherlands, has shown that children who learn touch-typing at a young age, adapt easier in secondary school. Writing papers, abstracts and reports is a lot easier."

This quote was read in the thesis by Henny van der Meijden. Her study notes that primary school children who master touch-typing, explain themselves more and get better results than children who are not able to touch-type. This is a good argument for more attention to be placed on touch-typing in primary school.

Source: H.A.T. Van der Meijden, Phd.

Learning to keyboard: does the use of keyboard covers make a difference?
Third and fourth grade students (N=84) were randomly assigned either covered or uncovered keyboards. All students received 30 minutes of keyboarding instruction for four weeks. Analysis revealed significant differences in speed but not in accuracy between the two main treatment groups.

Source: Lois Nichols, University of Maryland, USA. Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 2004. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Rheumatoid arthritis is no obstacle for touch-typing
A recent study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh claims that workers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can touch-type as fast as people who do not have RA.

Persons who learned touch-typing are proven to type faster than persons using the visually guided "hunt and peck” method, regardless of their particular disability. Researchers noted somewhat reduced mouse skills of employees with RA compared to persons without RA. Another conclusion is that typing speed is closely related to a touch-typing course and age.

Source: American College of Rheumatology, January 28th, 2010

 

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