Keyboarding in the 21st Century
Those of us who are products of the 80s and 90s most likely shared similar typing class experiences in elementary and middle school. Our typing lessons consisted of turning on the computer and opening up a computer game called, The Oregon Trail, which incorporated students using simple typing techniques and computer key commands in an American settler environment. After enduring countless snake bites, hunting more game than you could carry in your wagon, and being one of the lucky few pioneers to ford the river, the bell would ring indicating the conclusion of another ‘typing’ class.
Teaching students to type today has drastically changed across America’s computer labs and classrooms. Many keyboarding instructors at the elementary level are classroom teachers. As computer-based standardized assessments move into an online arena, the importance of proper keyboarding instruction and teaching sound touch-typing technique has never been more crucial to student success in school, in college, and in future careers. Now, classroom teachers are being tasked with teaching this foundational digital literacy skill in core subject-areas, suggesting that outdated approaches to teaching typing class just might be a relic best left in the olden days.
The Keys to Success
With classroom teachers having to incorporate keyboarding curriculum into their core subject-area lessons, it’s imperative that schools provide students with a complete keyboarding solution that:
- Appeals to multiple learning styles – educators know that students possess multiple learning styles, so it’s important for a keyboarding solution to incorporate all seven learning styles to enhance the students’ experience.
- Engages and entertains – 20% of a student’s typing learning experience should be through gaming, not just drills. To help student comprehension and retention, a keyboarding solution should include game-based design elements.
- Sets realistic targets – a keyboarding solution should be challenging and educational, but should also set realistic targets for student accuracy and speed.
Next week, we’ll provide you with a helpful checklist to ensure you’re getting the keyboarding solution that will prepare your students for college and future careers.
Register for our upcoming webinar, The Importance of Keyboarding. Wayne Lange, Technology Coordinator from Lucile Gregg Elementary School – Houston ISD, will share how he helps his students build the digital literacy skills they need for success by delivering foundational keyboarding instruction.
Interested in learning more about Learning.com’s Adaptive Keyboarding solution? Download this whitepaper, Guiding Hands: Toward an Adaptive Keyboarding Classroom.