Touch typing is a precious life skill and once learned undoubtably makes the most significant time saving contribution, whilst sitting at a keyboard or computer. Teaching keyboarding skills should start at primary school. The younger a child is taught, the easier it is for them to learn, gaining an invaluable skill which will help them excel in their chosen career path. Some forward thinking countries include touch typing within their school curriculum. These countries are more likely to outperform others in terms of productivity and the preparation of their students.
Touch typing - Why students need to learn?
Regular practice is key to developing speed and accuracy. A touch typist does not look down at the keyboard as they type. They look straight ahead at their computer screen. With little or no time wasted repeatedly looking from screen to monitor and then in correcting mistakes, it is hardly surprising that students who can touch type deliver far more work than those who follow the 'hunt and peck' method.
Alongside speed, accuracy is greatly increased. Touch typing trains the fingers to press the correct keys automatically. Students develop a sense of what feels right. They know immediately when they have keyed in the wrong letter. Children who can touch type well and at a good rate per minute automatically create a positive impression on their peers and teachers. In learning to touch type students spend less time reading texts or fixing errors.
Students who learn the skill of touch typing at an early age stay one step ahead of their peers. They will always complete their computer-based tasks far quicker than students who ‘hunt and peck’.
Although touch typing can be learned at any age, it is ideally suited to teach students whilst at primary school. Why? At the age of seven, children’s hands have grown and developed sufficiently. They possess good hand / eye coordination and sufficient concentration levels. They love computers and are naturally inquisitive and hungry to learn. However, learning should be restricted to approximately 20 minute modules.
In many secondary schools assignments are now submitted in typed format. By learning to touch type students can save countless hours over the duration of the year . It is a fact that students who learn to keyboard early, such as in primary schools reap the benefits into secondary, further and higher education and then into the workplace.
Computers are found in most if not all office environments, even if just for maintaining customer records or for email communication. An individual that can touch type well will outperform their peers, produce higher quality work and usually excel in time management, all essential traits required for enhanced career prospects. A fast typist will always be noticed amongst peers and management.
Learning to touch type is recommended for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, ADSD, ASD, tourette’s, amongst others. If their differences are addressed, learning to touch type opens a whole new world for communication and learning. Assessors, SENCOs and teachers agree that learning to touch type levels the playing field.
When a student learns to touch type the skill is transferred to the sub-conscious. This frees their conscious mind to concentrate on planning, composing, processing, proofreading, editing or the task at hand. As a consequence, the quality and delivery of work, automatically improves.
Adding touch typing to the school curriculum would equip children with the skills necessary for increased efficiency and productivity but more importantly, prepare them for further education and their future.
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