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The computer keyboard is dead? Long live qwerty!

The computer keyboard is dead? Long live qwerty!

Despite dire predictions, touch-typing is still an asset for those fortunate to aquire it, writes Gerald Haigh
In about 1983, when computers were starting to arrive in schools, I asked our county IT adviser about teaching children to touch-type. He waved the idea away, telling me confidently that the qwerty keyboard was on its way out – it was old technology, a hangover from the days of black Remington typewriters. It was already being replaced by more efficient input devices. (He mentioned Quinkeys for example. Remember them?)

The adviser underestimated, as so many have done across generations, the sheer resilience of a system that, despite its drawbacks, works reliably and, more important, is supported by a massive and ultimately immoveable investment of skill and global acceptance.

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There's more to learning than 'either or' technology

There's more to learning than 'either or' technology

Dave Smith asks why so many educators are prone to edutech knee-jerk when they have many options
Why do people working with educational technology suddenly get taken with an “e...

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'Scary but fun' – survey shows FE tutors up for change

'Scary but fun' – survey shows FE tutors up for change

All change – City and Guilds boss Kirstie Donnelly lauds the positivity in FE revealed in new report
Are you reading this on a smartphone? An iPad or tablet? Or on a computer, ...

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Brisbane's EduTECH buzzes – Dan Down Under 5

Brisbane's EduTECH buzzes – Dan Down Under 5

Dan Bowen finds a healthy balance of learning and teaching, technology and community at EduTECH
The buzz that permeated this year’s EduTECH event in Brisbane, Australia, last w...

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'E-stonia' shows how to broaden digital revolution

'E-stonia' shows how to broaden digital revolution


It may look olde worlde , but Tallinn is at the heart of a strategy which already has seven-year-olds coding (pic Wikimedia)

Should England be more outward looking for its ICT? B...

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