• KEYBOARDING SKILLS

    Keyboarding is not a skill that is formally taught in elementary school. Touch-typing is a skill that needs to be taught every day for a specific length of time with a systematic introduction and practice of each key. Elementary schedules along with the not-yet-complete development of children's hand-size and coordination make teaching touch-typing in elementary schools problematic.  Couple this with devices with no physical keyboards, like tablets and cell phones; and it creates a frustration for young students in learning touch typing.HOWEVER, that doesn't mean that kids can't develop a knowledge of the location of keys and also practice keyboarding going from "hunt & peck" to "know & peck".
     
    I started as a typing teacher 33 years ago. With devices without keyboards and also the improvement with voice recognition (available in Google Docs) and audio/video recording (available in Schoology Discussions and Assignments), I believe that it is important for students to learn the keyboard, but how and when they learn the keyboard is different today.
     
    Here are some resources and websites that I believe will help the K-4 student understand, learn, and "know & peck" on any device.  It may even help the Kindergarten student know their letters and numbers by recognition and not just by sequence.  With practice at home, your child can be quicker in inputting letters and numbers on any device which will help them with the technology used in school.
    --Miss Kocher, Old Typing Teacher/Now K-4 Technology Integration Specialist :0)
     
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