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Half QWERTY Half Keyboard

BAT Keyboard

Maltron Keyboard

One Hand Dvorak

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Motivation

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Sept. - About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly e-Newsletter

About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly Newsletter - September

 

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In This Issue:

 

1) Microsoft and the One Handed Typist

2) Teaching the One Handed Student!

3) Shortcuts!

 

 

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1) Microsoft and the One Handed Typist

 

Did you know there are from 3 - 12 million people in the USA that have a disability of the hand or arm?

 

Did you know that Microsoft suggests they NOT use Microsoft products? If you go to their web site, and type in "one hand," they ONLY tell you about One Handed Dvorak. Dvorak has you change all the keys around to another position. Imagine your child at school wanting to play with their friends on the computer, "Opps, hang on guys, lets go change all the keys around first, so me, the odd kid, has one more reason to feel felt out!"

 

Some very well intended two handed person thought were helping us. It would not annoy me as much if this giant who touches all of our lives through our keyboards would at least tell parents and kids searching for solutions that they CAN also use a NORMAL keyboard.

But they don't mention that anywhere :(

So, these parents try to force what they think is a good solution on these children. Soon, everyone gives up. Another Microsoft customer lost as the child forever shys away from anything in which they will need to use a keyboard. Because that tasks now makes them feel left out from their friends. Thank God my mother never gave in, and kept looking for a way that I could use that keyboard like the other kids did.

 

Check out Microsoft's suggestions for the one handed person at http://search.microsoft.com/us/products/enable/Default.asp?intCat=0&Boolean=PHRASE&Nq=true&qu=one+hand&FINISH=Search

 

If you want to comment, they have a suggestion email:

homepage@microsoft.com

 

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2) Teaching the One Handed Student!

 

My main objection to teachers working with a one handed student, is some teachers think of the student as "different." A teacher the other day told me, "My student says they don't really care about being a good typist. What else was there to say to my student?"

 

OK, if this was a two handed student what would you say?

"Are you crazy?!! You are going to encounter computers everywhere you go!

You have NO excuse NOT to become a terrific typist! Go practice!"

 

But, but, but ... this poor one handed child!

 

Yeah, right. I got out of P.E. for two years in Jr. High with that line. Then they found out I was showing horses on the weekends, and realized I was milking it.

 

There are tips at the web site for TEACHERS, at http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/teaching.html

 

Here are some of them ...

 

Teaching Tips

Environment

Try to make the environment for the one-handed student, the same as you create for the two-handed students. Are the two-handed students using an actual "manual?" Then use the One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual for the one-handed student. If you are using software for the two-handers, use the MS Word version of the manual. The one-handed student can use the same desk, the same lighting.

 

Workstation Set-up

The only difference for the one-handed student is that the keyboard must offset to the side the students body. This may require a larger table top than your school has for the standard student.

 

Speed

SPEED: In the first few weeks, the student must follow the drills in the One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual until they learn home base. If you are using music drills, they can do their own lessons to the music. Most one handed typists are a bit more excited to learn keyboarding than their two handed friends, so they might learn home base faster than your two handed students. Once they have, just switch them over to the standard manual the other students are using. Have them start in right where the rest of the class is working.

 

Miscellaneous

MAKING ALLOWANCES: If there are no cognitive problems, you should treat your one-handed student just as you treat the others. Make no allowances for their 'handicap.' Include them naturally in your examples and discussions. For instance, use a two-handed student, and a one-handed student as visual aid to give the body posture lecture. You can add that there is a very good chance that ______ (your one-handed student) will learn the keyboard faster than the rest of the class because they can sit in a more ergonomic position. This is most likely NOT 100% correct, but there is a great deal of truth to it.

 

POSTURE: Teaching your entire class posture give you the chance to point out the advantages the one-handed student has over their two-handed fellows. The two hander must cross both arms to the inside of the body to reach the keyboard. They must try very hard to compensate against bad posture. The one-handed student has the keyboard centered in front of the shoulder of the strong hand. This has the body in a much more natural position. Often the posture lecture is a great time to open discuss the difference in the human body, and what needs to be done to accommodate anyone's body. These kinds of open class discussions will help everyone overcome feeling awkward.

 

OVERCOMING YOUR AWKWARDNESS: Your students will feel as awkward about a one-handed student as you do - and you should not feel awkward at all :) Be natural. Be openly curious. I find the most the least awkward conversation I have about my own hand problem is with very young children. They have not yet been taught that I am 'different.' To them, I am just Lilly, with a hand that does not look like theirs. They want to touch it and ask all kinds of questions ... then they want to go do something else interesting! To them, I was not, nor am I odd, I am still just Lilly. It is the adults who create all kinds of problems. SShhhhhh!! Don't talk about *IT.* :::::sigh::::

 

Yes, talk about it. But find a natural way to open discussion. Using your one-handed student as part of the posture lecture gives you and entire class a chance to openly notice the one-handed person and understand what they are learning, and how it is different. Include in this lecture a person that average, one that is tall and muscular, and your one-handed student. Perhaps you can allow the class to help position each person in the "perfect position" for their body.

 

The easiest way to teach one hand typing, is to purchase the One Hand Typing Manual and work with your student for 1 - 3 weeks on drills. My personal favorite is with the Microsoft Word (r) document. It is only $13.95, and it forces the student to look at the screen to practice, rather than glancing back and forth from a manual to the screen. Although, the manual is available in a PDF, and of course, the comb-back/paper version. After the going through the drills, the student will be ready to step into any mainstream typing teaching system or software program which the two handed student uses.

You can introduce your student to use the one hand typing system FREE by via this web site, or through free downloads several lessons in the manual.

 

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3. Shortcuts

 

I have a whole new page of shortcuts up for you at

http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/shortcuts.html

 

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Did you know there is a Chicken Soup for the Soul® book for those with a disability?

Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul® (heartwarming stories for faced with a disability)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1558746986/waltersspeakerse/104-9531269-4892758

 

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