Thursday, March 1st, 2012 | training | Comments Off
Basic computer skills are of great use to teachers. The more of these skills you develop, the more productive you’ll become.
Touch typing is an example of such a useful skill. Once you’ve acquired the ability to type without looking at the keyboard you’ll type faster and more accurately. If you are using a computer to type things, such as test papers end memorandums, or if you have to enter lots of data, your life will be so much easier if you can touchtype.
Knowing all the features of a word processor will likewise make working with text easier. Word processors have so many features specially designed to help you when you are creating any type of document. The more familiar you are with these features, the easier your life will become.
The use of a spreadsheet can save you many hours of calculating and recalculating learner test marks. It can work out averages for you and the possibilities of producing statistics and other valuable information are endless.
Invest some time in developing ICT skills. It will relieve you of many admin burdens and allow you to focus on what you’re good at and what you are really there for: teaching.
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 | Computer Usage | 4 Comments
Using your thumbs you can possibly type away on the keypad of your cell phone at the speed of lightning. If you can do this you are part of the thumb generation.
Are you as skilled in the use of the keyboard of a computer? Many people peck away with two – and sometimes four – fingers and feel that this is good enough. But you can do better than that when you learn touch typing.
What is touch typing? The name indicates that you use your sense of touch to find your way when you type. You don’t have to look at the keyboard to locate the letters; your fingers will feel their way to find the right ones.
You don’t need a special course to learn touch typing. Free programs – called keyboard tutors – are available on the internet to help you develop this skill. But you need to practise, practise and practise some more and not give up if you find it difficult at first.
Think about how good it will be if you don’t have to look at your hands when you type: you can either look at your notes or another book from which you copy information, or you can look at the screen to see whether you are typing correctly. Touch typing allows you to type much faster and more accurately than you would be able to do otherwise; you will even type faster than you can write by hand.
Keyboard skills, and particularly touch typing, are of the most important skills required to succeed in the twenty-first century. Make time to learn touch typing now and save a lot of time later.