Welcome To The New Typing.com!

Get ready for the new version of Typing.com, now available. Based on the feedback from tens of thousands of teachers and millions of students around the globe, we’ve built the most amazing typing software, and we know you’re going to love it.

And don’t worry, if you and your students aren’t ready to switch, you can still access the old Typing.com at any time at http://classic.typing.com

Migration

Your account is all ready to go on the new Typing.com. Simply log in as you always have, however since the new typing.com features a brand new typing curriculum, student statistics and typing progress will not copy over, however you (or your students) will always be able to access existing account at http://classic.typing.com.

What’s New for Students?

Brand New Look

Simple, clean, and easy to navigate. The new Typing.com is built for all grade levels and ages.

Badges & Stars

Students are constantly motivated by being awarded stars for accuracy, and badges for lesson completion, just like in their favorite games!

New Typing Curriculum

Based on your feedback, we set out to build a course that better eases students into typing with all 10 fingers, while being even more enjoyable and interesting.

Timed Tests

Finally… Timed Tests! Students can choose from 1, 3, or 5 minute tests. Every test also includes a beautiful printable certificate.

Retype Specific Exercises (without restarting the whole lesson)

One of our most requested features, students can now access and retype any of the previously typed screens without having to restart a lesson from the beginning.

Better Tablet Support (no Flash Requirement)

The typing lessons are 100% supported by modern tablets and even phones. And even typing games will be supported by the end of the year!

Improved Reliability

We’ve rebuilt Typing.com from scratch, using the latest browser technologies, to provide the most stable, reliable, and fastest learning tool possible.

What’s New for Teachers?

Single Sign-On Support

That’s right. Use Clever (free) to seamlessly sync your district’s SIS, and log in securely using your student and teacher district credentials. Or if you don’t need syncing, but you use Google SSO, we’ve got that for you too! And all this is completely free. Coming in July!

Overhauled Reports

We overhauled the reporting system by adding new reports, filters, and additional options to assist in grading.

Transferable Premium Memberships

Premium student memberships can now be transferred from one student to another! When a student with a premium account completes the course, simply downgrade that account, and upgrade a new student. It’s just that easy!

Comprehensive Time Spent Typing Statistic

Everything counts! The time spent typing statistic now captures the time spent on repeated exercises, practice lessons, and timed tests. Note that this stat still excludes typing games and problem key lessons.

Local Time Zone Support

The timestamps that appear on the reports and activity logs will be based to your local time zone automatically.

And so much more!

There are so many improvements, it’s hard to even remember them all! We suggest you get in there and start using the new Typing.com immediately!

Create a “Fertile” Imagination

How an Idea is Born

A key component of success in today’s changing world is the ability to adopt new ideas. But how do you have your own ideas? How do you create the fertile conditions in your mind to make it easier for you to conceive your own original ideas?

When you stop and think about all the new gadgets and ideas that have been changing the world lately, the world of even just five years ago is almost unrecognizable. So many smart people are coming up with so many smart ideas. The rest of us can hardly keep up. But where do these new ideas and inventions come from.

Cross-Pollination of Existing Ideas

Necessity is said to be the “mother of invention” But necessity can’t do it on her own. New ideas usually arrive via cross-pollination of existing ideas.

Most explanations of the inventive process include a discussion of this cross-pollination of ideas, and explain that mixing ideas from different areas can lead to new inventions.

Examples include:

  • Mixing professions (dentists using tiny x-ray cameras developed by space scientists).
  • Mixing times (seeing how yesterday’s solutions can be reapplied to today’s problems).
  • Mixing purposes (aspirin for headaches also being used to reduce heart attacks).
  • Mixing cultures (using Eastern acupuncture in Western medicine)

But how do these ideas combine to produce their new offspring? What causes two particular ideas to come together in the first place to form new ideas?

Ideas are connected through the attributes they share.

Ideas are made of attributes which describe what these ideas mean. New ideas begin when two ideas are found to have a shared attribute. For example, here are a few connections that were brought together by their common attribute.

  1. Telephone + Library = Internet
    1. Telephone = Communicate Information
    2. Library = Stored Information
    3. Internet = Communicate Stored Information
  2. Desk + Monitor = Mouse
    1. Desk = Measurable X-Y Surface
    2. Monitor = Electronic X-Y Surface
    3. Mouse = Measurable Electronic X-Y Surface
  3. Truck + Rocket = Space Shuttle
    1. Truck = Reusable Transportation
    2. Rocket = Space Transportation
    3. Space Shuttle = Reusable Space Transportation

Each “parent” idea has several attributes, but it was the attributes they had in common that brought them together. The key to finding connections is to recognize more attributes in each idea to begin with; that is to think deeper about what ideas really mean.

For example, if you think of a telephone only as a way to communicate, and a library only as a place to store books, you are only looking at the surface of these ideas. But when you also think of them both as dealing with information… then you can see how they can be connected. The telephone communicates information, and the library stores information. Therefore you could use a telephone to communicate stored information.

Likewise, desks and monitors both have X-Y Surfaces, and trucks and rockets are both basically transportation devices.

Conception of an Idea

An idea’s moment of conception is when the two common attributes come into contact. Bringing any two ideas together is not likely going to produce new ideas unless the two ideas have a healthy amount of attributes associated with them in order to increase their chance of hooking up. This means thinking conceptually about what ideas are made of.

The difference between shallow understanding, and deep conceptual understanding, is like the difference between a dictionary and encyclopedia; it’s the difference between mere recognition and real comprehension.

Memorizing facts and definitions is a sterile perceptual form of learning, but thinking deeply about the many aspects of ideas is a fertile conceptual comprehension; the kind that supplies ideas with infinite possibilities for cross-pollination.

To have new ideas, first look deeper at the ideas you already have.

The Birth of an Idea

The actual birth of the idea is the engineering of the solution, where you push this new idea out into the real world. Seeing the connection gives you the glimmer of an idea, but now you have to actually do the work to bring it into existence.

Maybe you thought it would be useful to have a way to communicate a library of stored information over an electronic telephone system. If so, you would then have to figure out how to accomplish this. This is the nine-tenth “perspiration” part. The engineering process of developing ideas is often difficult and labor intensive.

But regardless of how hard it might be to develop your ideas, they are still only made possible by having a fertile imagination to begin with. And this fertility depends on thinking deeply about what you already think you know. A fertile imagination depends on having a healthy, inquisitive, questioning relationship with ideas.

Let’s Make One Together

As an example to get you started, let’s create an idea right now. We’ll start with one idea: flashcards.

We know what flashcards are. But what are they really? What are all the things we know about them?

  • Small
  • Cards
  • Something that is flashed
  • Cardboard
  • Informational
  • Questions
  • Concealed answers
  • Testing device
  • Educational
  • Memorizing tool
  • Etcetera…

Now where can we find a mate for this idea? What other things can we think of that share any of these attributes? There are other small things, other types of cards, other things that are flashed, other things made of cardboard, etc.

Here’s something with some shared attributes: lottery tickets.

  • Small
  • Tickets
  • Gambling device
  • Risky
  • Cardboard
  • Scratch-off
  • Concealed answers
  • Game
  • Entertainment
  • Etcetera…

Did you notice there are already three attributes in common?

  • Small
  • Cardboard
  • Concealed answers

New idea: Why not make scratch-off flashcards? The card would present a question and scratching off the correct answer would reward the student with “You Win!” I like it. Maybe I’ll do the engineering and deliver this idea in a future blog post.

For now though, I hope you see how this works. To develop a more fertile imagination, think conceptually about what things really mean; not just what they are but what they do, what they accomplish, what they are made of… basically the essence of ideas. Good luck and may you be surrounded with many bright new ideas.

TypingWeb.com is now Typing.com!

We are excited to announce we’ve officially changed our name to Typing.com! As the worldwide leader in teaching typing, what better name could we have? And beyond this great name change, we have a whole new Typing.com in the works. We know you will all love it.

What Does This Mean For You?

Be sure to update your current bookmarks and shortcuts. The name “typingweb.com” will still work, and simply take you to typing.com, but it’s recommended that you update the links.

If you are behind a school or corporate firewall which has white-listed the typingweb.com domain, it is imperative that you whitelist typing.com immediately! So teachers, be sure to contact your network administrators as soon as possible to ensure there is no interruption to your students’ learning.

We have changed our name to Teaching.com

We are thrilled to announce that FTW Innovations has officially relaunched as Teaching.com! Our new name reflects our focus and vision for our growing list of educational learning tools. While our name changed overnight, our goal remains the same; to build fun and engaging educational apps.

Our company was founded with the simple goal of helping kids learn to touch type. After years of innovation and a continued commitment to giving students and teachers the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond, Teaching.com was born.

Teaching.com currently offers three amazing educational products, Typing.com (formerly TypingWeb), Nitro Type, and EduTyping, and will soon be launching two new tools: FlashCards.com and iAcademy. Please visit Our Products page to find out more.

With over fifteen million students and hundreds of thousands of educators using our products in their classrooms and home, we are committed as ever to providing the best educational experience possible. We just feel our new name does a better job of saying that!