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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.

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  • Mark Maddren (View all users posts) 16 Sep 2014 9:48am ()

    I agree with Allanah, I still use writing for sticky notes and personal brainstorms so think there is a place to teach handwriting to a stage where it is legible and efficent.

     I used to only teach handwriting with my Yr 5/6 if directed from above and ended up putting a handwriting activity in as a self managed learning activity if the students needed to work on being legible.

    I foccused on keyboard skills a couple times a week for 10 minutes at a time. I must admit I have become a quick two finger typer over the years and now really enjoy siri and dragon dictation.

  • Mark Maddren (View all users posts) 16 Sep 2014 11:33am ()

    Handwriting with linking but could never really see the point of linking.

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