Type to Learn - Why Teach Typing?
Keyboarding is a way of life today. Not only in schools or in the workforce, but also as a means for communicating with others, sharing ideas, expressing thoughts, and even utilizing entertainment through computer games. Learning how to use the keyboard is an essential 21st Century skill that students must develop in order to type effectively and efficiently on computers.
Research shows that learning how to type should be taught to students at an earlier age, before bad habits form. This early introduction of typing reduces bad habit development and provides additional benefits that include improvements in spelling, writing, and reading comprehension. Efficient keyboarding skills allow students to emphasize concept development instead of focusing on key location.
Mastering typing involves learning:
- Technique (physical positioning and movement)
- Ergonomics (safe and comfortable keyboard interaction)
- Key location
Learning how to type by key location requires a sequential introduction of the keys along with a great deal of repetition and reinforcement to develop the kinesthetic memory traces leading to keyboarding automaticity. Efficiency is expanded if keyboarders type short letter clusters and words as single units instead of groups of individual letters (e.g., er, ing, the, my). Type to Learn calls these clusters Quick-Blends and Quick-Words.
With Type to Learn, using the keyboard will become as natural to your students as writing with pen and paper. Its research-based, interactive learning environment will engage all K-12 keyboarding learners.