The Ainsworth Keypad Trainer can be used independently or combined with keyboard training.
The computer-generated lessons automatically match any educational requirement from students with special needs to adult education.
Personalized lessons - teach faster and easier
Do you need a refresher course, a slower-paced course for a student with special needs, or anything in between? The Ainsworth Keypad Trainer can meet all your classroom needs automatically because we use the computer to create each lesson individually. The lessons advance automatically at a pace that's matched to each student. Practice sessions may be of any length, from a few minutes to hours at a time.
The keypad can be learned in less time because these lessons are automatically matched to each individual's speed and dexterity. So learning is faster and easier, and with much less effort. If a student is a little slow on some of the number keys, this program detects these differences and offers more practice until each key is mastered before introducing a new key.
This software program is used as both an enrichment package
for the regular keyboarding classes and as a job-related training system for students who will be using form-fill
and other keypad input. This also prepares students for accurate data entry with any spreadsheet program.
Prescription Drills provide automatic error checking
It's true that practice makes perfect, but only if the practice makes sense! Prescription Drills are the answer to keypad mastery. First, we detect hesitations and weak keys. Then we adjust each drill to emphasize specific key combinations. This focused learning breaks the pattern of looking at the keys while keying in numbers.
Each drill is individually created to strengthen the weaker
keys. As soon as a person stops looking at a specific key, the software detects this change and adjusts the next
drills to focus on the remaining slower keys. This process is automatic and continuous. Prescription Drills may be used at any time for a custom practice
session that's focused and efficient.
You select from five formats and the program will generate a unique test. All tests are automatically presented and scored. Test results are shown on screen and included on the printed reports which are always available. Each test consists of 51 computer-generated numbers in a column format.
Data Entry Tests
Data entry tests include Names and Addresses, Mixed Data, and Standard Test. Both form-fill and text options are available in three formats. All Data Entry Tests are timed writings of 1, 2, 3, 5, or 10 minute duration.
Standard text editing commands are available for entering both text and numbers. You can easily match a wide variety of workplace requirements by selecting from the format and the data options.
Names and Addresses practice
uses data created from internal lists of name, address, and zip code. These tests will never repeat and may be
used as often as desired.
Custom tests and practice sessions are easily added
to the Keypad Trainer. You can use this customizing feature to automatically present and score any standardized
test, or to easily and quickly create your own special series of tests based on special needs or interests.
A complete, graded copy of each test may be printed immediately after each test has been completed
and the Print Test Results option is shown. This printout includes the statistics as shown in the test report,
as well as a complete copy of the text as typed. Any errors left on screen while typing the test will be individually
marked in the printed report. The Review Test option may be viewed before the report is printed. If another test
is selected, or if another section of the program is selected from the menu, the Print Test Results option is no
longer available for the test just completed.
Best Performance Index
There is something definitely lacking in a group of test scores that only focus on speed and how many errors were made.
A better idea is to also show how well someone did during a test, and this is what we monitor using our exclusive Best Performance Index.
We created this evaluation technique because we felt that a computer should be smart enough to do
more than just count mistakes. After the test is finished, our program scans the entire test and calculates where
this person was typing the fastest, with the lowest error rate.
Printed and on-screen reports
Documentation that summarizes all aspects of a student's progress may be viewed or printed at any time. Since individual students may be learning the keypad at very different rates, printing this report at specific stages in their training will help track progress.
We created Number Cruncher! for a totally different learning environment that matches the way people actually use computer number keypads.
Burst typing is our name for ultra-fast keying alternated with periods of rest. We create this on-and-off mode
intentionally in our games. This game environment pushes people beyond what they think are limits of speed and accuracy. They discover that they can express whole numbers
as a single action, without thinking of the individual keys. This is often exactly what is needed to break students
away from the notion that they must use extreme care at a constant pace.
Five categories are available in the game. If you
select Lesson Keys Only, the game is limited to the keys that have been learned so far in the lessons. This choice
allows people to use the games for practice, even though all the keys have not yet been learned. For some students,
this break from the lessons is just what is required to maintain interest or to build speed and accuracy before
continuing to learn new keys.
A special option allows you to include the decimal key or not. Your choice will depend on whether you use the number keypad in banking and financial applications, or in general calculations and spreadsheets.
Help is always just a click away. Pressing the help key at any time shows a special help screen that describes what is happening and explains what to do next. The first time a person ventures into a new section of the program, the Auto-Help function automatically provides this additional information and support. Thereafter, help is displayed only on request. This gentle but thorough electronic documentation system eliminates the need for manuals and printed text.
The Ainsworth Keyboard Manager is included in our network systems so that history files may be examined and printed from a remote location anywhere on the network. Class reports may also be created and printed or saved as text files, providing a convenient method for archiving both individual and class records.
Installation couldn't be easier with our CDs that include both network and stand-alone options. Several methods for storing history files and other options are available. In a network environment, you can select server-centered or client-centered installations. For details, see Installation and Setup.