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Teaching kids typing skills??

Started by Tash Jacobs 16 Sep 2014 9:11am () Replies (47)

A collegue and I were chatting recently about the debate over need to teach our students handwriting in this new fast changing digital world.  We ended up pondering and debating over the question..

Should we be teaching our students to touch type from an early age?

Since this discussion I have watched several older students typing away somewhat inefficiently with their two finger styles (which are now so embedded as to be hard to change).  

We would be really interested to know what others are thinking and doing around this topic.


  • Shona Poppe (View all users posts) 16 Sep 2014 12:10pm ()

    When I had Year 3/4, I rotated the children through Dancemat Typing. Each student got to do typing instead of handwriting at least once a week  during the handwriting lesson. It's a fun self pace programme (web based). This did 2 things: familiarised the children with the Qwerty keyboard and sped up their typing. I continued this with my Year 2 class and it did the same for them, but to a lesser extent.

    i would like to see this carry on through the year levels as I feel the children would end up with a worthwhile skill.

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