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QWERTY or DVORAK: which is best to type fast?

Computer keyboards traditionally use the QWERTY layout. This was initially designed for use with conventional typewriters. The DVORAK layout is seen as a good alternative - but which is the best layout to use to type fast, and why? Why QWERTY? The story behind the QWERTY keyboard is an interesting one. And it is an unusual one too. The reason for the unusual ordering of the letterings Q, W, E, R, T, Y was actually to make it harder to type fast. It probably comes as a surprise to learn that the layout of a keyboard was deliberately designed to…

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The impact of digital tools on children their grammar.

It's almost 40 years since the song 'Video Killed the Radio Star' became a worldwide hit. Topping the charts in 16 countries, its lyrics predicted the dawn of a new age in the music industry – video. The song's video was famously…

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How can computers and technology help autistic children?

Autism, or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), is the name given to a range of similar conditions, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Autistic Disorder is also referred to as 'classic' autism and is the most common. Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) is…

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IT Jargon you need to know when you have kids who use computers.

One of the major barriers that prevent us from helping our children as they learn to make proper use of the computer and internet is the endless jargon that stands between us and the subject. How are we supposed to get to…

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Simple but highly effective ways to avoid your child suffering from RSI.

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is the term used to refer to pain experienced in tendons, nerves or muscles caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It is most commonly associated with office workers staring at a computer screen all day. RSI is a…

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Gamification in education, is it all positive?

The gaming industry is huge and continues to grow at a staggering rate. There is a simple reason for this: games are so much fun! This key aspect has led, in part, to an equally staggering rise - the growth in society of…

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Should all kids learn to code?

Getting all children to code at school has been something of a cause célèbre for the tech industry for some time now. Many within the technology sector have been banging the drum for coding to feature on the curriculum for years, and…

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The benefits of blogging for kids.

The internet is all everywhere and it really is for everyone - young and old. And when it comes to kids there are few better and more beneficial ways for children to experience the internet than through blogging. So, here's a guide to…

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How do computers influence children’s development?

The fact that computers have become widespread throughout the western world over the past two decades has (unsurprisingly) had a massive effect on the development of our children. At this stage almost every child has access to a computer. As a result…

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