Ainsworth Keypad Trainer will quickly train anyone to enter data quickly and confidently with the number keypad. Once this skill is learned, correct data entry is automatic and this skill applies to computers, data entry systems, pocket calculators, POS terminals, and any system where the standard number keypad layout is used.
When people are not trained, and enter numbers by focusing on the keypad and poking at it with their index finger, there is no tactile feedback to tell if the number is entered correctly or not. If a person is copying data, as with balancing a checkbook or entering numbers from text, looking back and forth between the source and the keypad can easily cause someone to lose their place or misread a number entirely.
As soon as a person is trained in the keypad and can enter numbers automatically, without looking at the keypad or the hand, each number has a distinct "feel" and provides an instant tactile verification that it was keyed correctly. It is this focus on the data, not the keypad itself, which helps people enter information correctly. Speed is, of course, important as well. Vastly improved speeds are actually a "bonus" that comes with learning to run a number keypad without error.
Learning data entry skills with computer-generated lessons
Select Lessons to begin. The lessons begin with the 4-5-6 keys and are individually adjusted for each person. The program simply continues creating lessons for each key until that key is learned, and then introduces a new number key automatically. There is no set speed that is required to move through the lessons. People with special needs, arthritis, etc. will progress more slowly, but at a pace that is completely comfortable for them.
Evaluating the progress graph
The bar graph shows the relative efficiency of each key. The height of each bar reflects a calculation that combines both speed and accuracy. A reading of 100% on all keys, for example, would show that this student is typing very fast, with absolutely no hesitation on any key, and is not looking at the keypad or visualizing any of the keys. A graph that is relatively "flat" would show that all keys are being typed with the same relative efficiency, and the overall height would indicate the speed. When one or more bars in the graph are significantly lower than the others, the student is hesitating when typing these particular keys. In the Prescription Drills, these slower keys are detected and emphasized automatically.
Selecting the correct fingering for the zero key
Using the first three fingers of either hand for the 4-5-6 keys is obvious. But deciding what finger to use with the zero key is not. Whether to use the thumb or the same finger that is used for the 4 key when keying the zero is an option. People have achieved the same speed and accuracy with either method. We suggest that you simply let each student try both methods and select the one that feels most comfortable.
Building speed and accuracy with Number Cruncher!
The Number Cruncher! game is specifically designed to push people beyond their limits, and is particularly helpful when they are entering numbers too carefully because they are afraid of making errors. A quick session or two with the games will show that numbers can be entered very fast, with complete accuracy. You can introduce the games at any point because they can be limited to the first lesson keys, the current lesson keys, or all the keys on the number keypad. This means the games can provide additional practice sessions at any point. The program monitors the keys in these games very carefully, looking for any keys where special emphasis is required to eliminate glancing at the keypad.
Focused practice with Prescription Drills
Data from the drills, the lessons and the games are all used in determining which keys to focus on in the Prescription Drills. If you select the drills and run a column or two of numbers you will quickly see how the program focuses on these slower keys. This focused practice is much more effective than simply entering numbers over and over because it targets and eliminates specific hesitations and problems. The result is improved accuracy and speed, with a minimum of training time. These drills are an ideal warm-up exercise anytime, and can always improve the performance of even highly experienced keypad operators.
Evaluating skills with Keypad Tests
Four separate Keypad Tests give you complete flexibility in measuring and evaluating keypad performance. The small, medium, and large numbers tests evaluate the basic number keys. The optional decimals and dollar notation tests can measure and document performance in these areas as well.
Evaluating skills with Data Entry Tests
The Data Entry Tests approximate the conditions usually encountered in many data entry applications. You can select the Form Fill mode to include practice in moving from field to field while entering data, or Block Text mode for entering data in a continuous column. The Names and Addresses options are created from our own database each time one of theses tests is selected. This gives you endless practice sessions that never repeat. Our Standard Test series combines both keypad and conventional typing skills in a situation that provides a realistic and consistent measure of one's ability to enter data quickly and accurately.
Improving speed and accuracy
Both Prescription Drills and Number Cruncher! games are valuable assets for improving speed and accuracy. We carefully monitor individual keys in both the drills and the games to detect slow keys or slow key combinations and other problems. Whenever the Prescription Drills are selected, this performance data from both drills and games is used to create focused practice sessions.
Selecting the decimal option -- or not
The decimal key is an option with this program. In many banking and financial organizations, the decimal is added automatically and need not be included in the lessons or tests. For most training, and for classroom applications in schools, including the decimal key is standard practice. The decimal key may be included, or not, by selecting this option from the main menu bar.
Evaluating and documenting progress with Keyboard Manager
The Keyboard Manager is a very effective tool for observing both individual and class performance. You can also use this program to view previous reports or individual files if you choose to copy and save the complete history file folder as a permanent record. The Keyboard Manager works with both the Keyboard Trainer and the Keypad Trainer. If any file has been altered by a read/write error or by a student attempting to modify the data, the Keyboard Manager alerts you with an automatic security alert.
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