Individual Learner - Getting Started

We're so glad you've chosen to develop your keyboarding skills with the Learning Lights keyboard!  You will find that by mastering touch typing and improving your keyboarding skill you will become more productive as you complete tasks in a shorter amount of time.  You will also step up your cognitive brain power by freeing your mind from the logistics of typing so you can better focus on the task at hand.

You may have a few questions about our KeyMaster keyboard and how to utilize it during touch type practice.  Review the following topics as you learn to use the Learning Lights keyboard for keyboard mastery.

 

Keyboard Functionality

Use the following image to familiarize yourself with key features on the Learning Lights Keyboard:

Learning Lights Keyboard Getting Started Info Page Top

 

Integration Basics

You may be wondering how to use the Learning Lights Keyboard to practice touch typing and improve your overall keyboarding proficiency.  Here are a few integration methods we recommend to get you started:

  1. All In Method -  If you are ready to master the keyboard quickly and efficiently, we strongly recommend you pair the Learning Lights Keyboard with online keyboarding software such as typing.com. The keyboarding software will provide technique instruction and practice opportunities while the blackout feature of the Learning Lights Keyboard will ensure that eyes remain on copy (not on keys!) during touch type practice.  The Learning Lights Keyboard will be a valuable tool in your keyboarding journey but just like any skill, practice is essential to successful mastery.

    Complete a few lessons every day, blacking out the keys you are practicing by pressing CTRL+ALT+KEY so there's no temptation to peek at your fingers. Continue to black out each key that is practiced and taught until all keys are mastered.  Before you know it you will have the entire keyboard blacked out and your WPM will skyrocket!

  2. Daily Integration Method - If you'd like to incorporate your keyboarding practice into your everyday computer activities, choose 2-3 keys to turn off each day by pressing CTRL+ALT+KEY.  As you learn to master these keys without looking at your keyboard, continue to black out a few more keys each day until all alpha and numeric keys have been mastered.  Review the diagram below to ensure that proper finger placement is used as keys are practiced and mastered.

    To avoid the temptation of looking at fingers, be sure to leave practiced keys off during daily computer activities. As additional keys are practiced and you grow more confident in your key-by-touch abilities, typing without looking at your fingers will replace your current hunt-and-peck typing habits. 
Touch Type Master Teaching Tools Proper Finger Technique

 

Lights On/Off Feature

All alpha and numeric keys may be turned on or blacked out as appropriate during keyboarding practice by pressing the left CTRL + ALT key, plus the desired key to turn on/off.  For example, to turn on or off the visibility the R key, hold down CTRL + ALT + R.  Press the key combination again to toggle on and off between lights on and lights off.   Note:  Non-alpha and numeric keys including Shift and Enter will not turn on and off individually.

 

Keyboard Positioning

For best "lights on" visibility, the Learning Lights Keyboard should be placed at elbow height, one hand span in front of the body, with keyboard kickstand extended.  This is the optimal height and distance for key visibility and proper keyboarding technique.

 

Removal of Keys

Keeping new typists in mind in the design of this keyboard, the following keys often seen on a computer keyboard have been removed to avoid keyboarding malfunctions.

Insert Key
The Insert key is a toggle key that, when pressed, turns on or off the typeover feature on a keyboard. Typists are often unaware of when this key is turned on and mistakenly think that their keyboard is malfunctioning.  Trust us, you are better off without these keys when practicing keyboarding!

Num Lock Key
The Num Lock key, when turned on, allows the 10-Key keypad to be used for inputting numbers. When turned off, the numeric keypad serves for other functions (Page Up/Down, Arrows, Home/End).  This toggle key has been removed so that typists do not get confused when keys don't work the way they expect them to.  The 10-Key keypad is now only used to input numbers.

Scroll Lock Key
The Scroll Lock key is meant to lock all scrolling, although it is not used in most modern-day software.  This key was removed to allow for a cleaner, more simplified keyboard design.

Pause/Break Key
In modern usage, this key no longer has a well-defined purpose.  It was removed to simplify the keyboard.

 

Cleaning Tips

Keyboards should be cleaned regularly to avoid oily buildup on the keys that may slightly alter the appearance of the black out feature on the keyboards.  A rubbing alcohol solution for cleaning keys is effective at removing buildup and keeping keys in optimal condition for "lights off" practice.