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Brent Strandy

The Crazy Evolution of the Keyboard

While most people have their preferences for Macs vs. PCs or laptops vs. desktops, one thing that is consistent regardless of what type of computer you are using is the keyboard.

(As long as you’re shopping in the United States, that is.)

But this hasn’t always been the case.



Ending Support for IE11

Beginning January 14, 2019, Typing.com will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (or previous versions of the browser).

Why Stop Supporting IE11?

Microsoft, the makers of the Internet Explorer, are actively working to migrate users to their new browser “Edge”. As a result, IE11 and previous versions of the browser, have not continued to receive the support required to keep pace with the development of newer web technologies.

As we do not expect IE11 to improve in the future, we have made the conscious decision to discontinue support of this browser. This enables us to ensure that we can continue to provide our users with an experience that includes the best the web has to offer now and in the future.

I use IE11. What can I do?

Currently only 3% of our users access Typing.com from Internet Explorer 11. If you or your classroom use IE11 you will need to use a new browser to access Typing.com. We strongly recommend Chrome, Firefox or Edge, and also support many other modern web browser.

If you have any further questions or concerns please reach out to us in our comments section below.

An easy trick to get students to stop looking at their hands

A few months back, Miss Kate and Ms. Valentine at Yung Wing Elementary School gave their 4th-grade students an assignment to type up a report.

They expected that they would have to address issues of formatting and grammar, but they never realized that the real struggle would be the typing itself!

Most of the students were hunting and pecking their way across the keyboard, and so the assignment took far longer than expected.

The teachers knew that something that had to be fixed and discussed what could be done to help their students learn to type with their colleagues.

With budget constraints, their only option was to find a free solution. That’s when they heard about Typing.com.

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A trick to get students to stop looking at their fingers

This past week I had the privilege of visiting Yung Wing Elementary School and meeting the 4th-grade teachers.  Their 4th-grade students loved using Typing.com and many, at their teachers’ suggestion, had changed the skin on their lessons.

I noticed that the students who had changed the skin on their lessons were looking less at their hands and more at the keyboard.

For those who don’t know about this feature, students have the ability to change the appearance of the Typing.com website to match their style.

From princesses to superheroes or underwater animals, take your pick!

Not only does this change the background and font of the site, it even changes the hands and keyboard below the lessons.

With this one, simple trick teachers can keep students more engaged in their typing lessons and help them to break the habit of looking down at their fingers as they type!

So if you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to invite your students to check out our custom skins!