What Is the Fastest Typing Speed That Anyone Has Achieved?
Hey everybody it’s Mike Gecawich, co-founder of Teaching.com, Typing.com and Edutyping.com. I’m here with another exciting episode of #AskEduTyping where we field user questions from around the United States and the world for two of the largest typing programs on the planet, which are Typing.com and Edutyping.com. So each week if we don’t get to answer your questions live in our video please know that you can reach us through #AskEduTyping via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and somebody will surely get back to you. Forward that question off to me and I’ll answer it and make sure that we’re addressing all of your questions.
So each week we start our show with a keyboarding/typing tip of the week so that teachers can engage students not only with our keyboarding software but also a tip that will allow you to take a break from using the program and keep the students very engaged and having fun while also learning keyboarding.
So this week’s tip is called Bloopers Bulletin Board. The bloopers bulletin board idea I used to use in the classroom and my students absolutely loved it and they get to contribute. First thing to know is that this is downloadable and available on our blog, that is this week’s Post ‘The Bloopers Bulletin Board’. You can get to our blog with the link on our homepage at Edutyping.com and also through blog.edutyping.com and the blog content is also available for all teachers when they log into the teacher portal.
So please know that there’s tons and tons of great content in there. This video is also recorded and posted each week as well on the blog. So here’s how to implement the Bloopers Bulletin Board. Basically we’re all human we make typos and we also rely oftentimes on spell check. For example the word there, t h e r e and their, t h e i r basically will be treated as spelled correctly by the spell checker. But we all know that based on the context of how you use those two words they may not be correct. So what the bloopers bulletin board does is it stresses to students to make sure that they employ proper proofreading skills on all the documents that they type.
Here’s how to set it up, so get a spot on a classroom wall or cork board and create this bulletin board, title it Typing Bloopers and basically what you do is ask your students each week or each day, (you can award bonus points as an incentive for them to bring these in) is to have them clip out either a magazine or newspaper headlines or the contents within that article in a magazine or newspaper could be a billboard that they took a picture of. And oftentimes you find hundreds examples of different bloopers of typos that were made in either newspapers, magazines or on the Internet.
As they bring them in you can populate the bulletin board with more and more of these and use them as examples for your students to recognize the importance of proper proofreading skills. So again that’s the Bloopers Bulletin Board, again available at our blog at blog.edutyping.com. Download it, take a look at how to set it up it’s pretty simple and very similar to what I just explained.
So each week we field user questions as I mentioned earlier and I am joined off camera right now by my colleague Rennie who is going to read this week’s first question.
Rennie! Thanks Mike, Michael Smith from Typing.com asks “What is the fastest typing speed that anyone has achieved. How did this person achieve that?”
Great question Michael. I love this question because it really lets me reflect on some of the expertise that’s out there, not only in the field of keyboarding but also in technology and in all kinds of skills related to technology. First thing to realize is Michael asks how many words per minute is the fastest typer? The first thing to recognize and really important is that the average American keyboards, or types an average between 38 to 40 words per minute which is pretty good and I would definitely you know say hey that’s at least average. This particular typist Barbara Blackburn in 2005 achieved an amazing 212 words per minute and she averaged 150 words per minute over a one-hour time span which is insane.
So just think about cars the average car maybe you know travels at 65 to 70 miles per hour on a highway. Multiply that by about 6 so you’d be doing somewhere above 150 miles an hour to kind of draw an analogy to how much faster Pablo Blackburne is than the average type. This is pretty amazing. And the second part of your question was how did she achieve that. My answer to that is I have no idea. I was just unbelievable myself I average about 70 to 80 words per minute and I think that that’s fantastic. And I can never I tried. No matter how much I type and how much I practice. That’s about the maximum zone within each of us. We all have a maximum of how fast we can run. How much weight we can lift. Etc.. Barbara Blackburn is an exception. Just like professional athletes are an exception to that. Also pretty amazing that she’s able to do 212 words per minute. An inspiration to all of us. So let’s take our second question of the week.
So just think about cars the average car maybe you know travels at 65 to 70 miles per hour on a highway. Multiply that by about 6 so you’d be doing somewhere about 450 miles an hour to kind of draw an analogy to how much faster Barabara Blackburn is than the average typist. This is pretty amazing. And the second part of your question was how did she achieve that. My answer to that is I have no idea. That is just unbelievable! Myself, I average about 70 to 80 words per minute and I think that that’s fantastic. And I can never, I tried, no matter how much I type and how much I practice that’s about the maximum. SO within each of us we all have a maximum of how fast we can run, how much weight we can lift etc. Barbara Blackburn is an exception just like professional athletes are an exception to the rules. So pretty amazing that she’s able to do 212 words per minute, an inspiration for all of us. So Rennie let’s take our second question of the week.
Jennifer Freeland, from Typing.com asks “Can I set up an account as a teacher if I as a parent want to teach my kids typing and have access to their accounts?”
Jennifer, who is a parent, that’s a great question! And first of all kudos to you for taking the initiative to want to teach your kids keyboarding. Not all schools have keyboarding as part of their regular curriculum. I am obviously one proponent that every school should teach keyboarding as a foundational skill for all things technology, however, to answer your question as a parent can you set up accounts for your kids? Yes, you can! You can do that by signing up for a free trial on Typing.com and then you can also pay a very small fee and then activate your teacher account. So yes you’re not a teacher, you’re a parent, however, it works exactly the same so you would log in as a teacher, add your students which are your children as a class and you’ll be able to monitor their progress. Same exact same goes for Edutyping as well. You can sign up for a free trial then create a teacher account and then create a class and then make sure your children students in that class. But that’s a great question and kudos to you again for taking the initiative to really teach that foundational skill of typing to your children. And so we have time for one more question this week so Rennie if you would read our final question to ask #AskEduTyping.
Mikey Scott asks “I am a first-year instructional technology teacher. What do you recommend for inexpensive alternatives to keyboard skins”
Well first of all you know just to reiterate what Mikey said. You know what is there, is there an alternative to keyboarding skins? I myself am not a fan of skins. What skins are in case you’re unfamiliar, keyboarding skins basically act as like a laminate and they hide all of the keys on the keyboard. Oftentimes one of the problems with that is it’s great for teaching key memory so students can memorize where keys are located on the keyboard. The problem with keyboarding skins is that it eliminates that very sensitive touch that each key on a keyboard offers to somebody who is not using skins. So it’s a different feel so when the skin is on a rough it’s just a different kind of a muscle memory that brain develops. It’s kind of like riding you get used to riding one type of bicycle and then you drive somebody else’s. It’s just not quite the same and you may not be as skilled at it etc. Or a baseball glove that fits a certain way and then you borrow somebody else’s that’s broken in a different way it doesn’t feel the same way when you’re catching a baseball.
So I don’t recommend skins. What I recommend is keyboarding covers and keyboarding covers for a real cheap alternative is to take the top off you know those types of cases that paper is shipped in. If you take the top off of that it’s only about this which is perfect. It’s about 4 to 6 inches high and trim up the back in the front and it will serve as a great keyboard cover so that students can slide their hands underneath that cover and when they go look down obviously they won’t see the keyboard.
Eventually, it’s not something you need to employ the entire time during a curriculum. After your students have shown a general mastery of the locations of the keys it’s a good idea to remove those so there is just that natural workstation field for them so that’s a great question Mikey and again I don’t recommend skins, I recommend keyboarding covers.
So that’s all we have time for, again if we were not able to field your questions this week I’ll be back again next week with another live show on Facebook. You can also reach us through #AskEduTyping on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Everybody happy typing and we’ll see you next week. Bye bye.