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  1. As an administrator I am finding that my teachers are energized in using technology and the student are inspired to learn more in each content are teacher that are using these effective technological sites. Welcome 21st century!

  2. I learned to type at home on a program that my mom put in our Commodore 64. If I didn’t type fast enough the spaceships attacked me. I loved it because it was a game. Keyboarding is important. With one to one devices, a program could be pushed out and students could do when done with work or at home.

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  4. Why not ask “Woud Voice Text accomplish the same goal?” More and more I see student’s dictating ESSAYS and then fixing the small errors that occur. I had a student tell me he “wrote” a two-page paper for another class in 10 minutes by dictating his thoughts about the book he read. 5 minutes spent fixing the small spelling errors of voice to text. Fascinating.

    • Jennifer Fox

      I did this with parts of my dissertation because I needed to focus on my THINKING, not my FINGERS. Interesting……AND it teaches revising/editing skills!

  5. Melissa Burnham

    My son learned keyboarding in elementary school using a silly program. He was terrible and it was a complete waste of time. Now a sophomore in high school who Skype texts with friends every evening while playing a multiplayer game, his keyboarding is amazing. And, yes, these skills have generalized to school work. When they learn in a meaningful context, they really learn it. We too often focus on skills and programs when what we really need is motivation.

  6. Lois

    At a tech conference recently, I was the only teacher in the room that didn’t teach typing in their classroom. I believe that Project Based Learning will drive their desire to learn how to type.

  7. Mehu Hans

    I was driven to think that just because teachers were taught or had experienced this “use a program or lessons of typing” they are looking for a program for it. Shows a stark gap between where kids are today and where teachers percieve them to be. Amazing…

  8. Holly Christian

    As a business teacher, I am not a fan of keyboarding programs. I am, however, an advocate for keyboarding instruction. Students today will never know a life without computer. I’ve seen classes where teachers are integrating technology, but student products are mediocre at best, because they can’t complete in a class time the great projects they have in mind, because they are not using the technology to the best of their ability (a.k.a. they cannot type). I agree that the instruction should be hand in hand with real application, the “why” they should have this skill. I want my students to be successful and comfortable with technology, and I want them to not be using techniques that could create hurt or damage to their necks, backs, wrists, etc.

    People say keyboarding is going away, people won’t use it. But what about programming or coding? This is not something that can be done talk to text.

  9. George, I’d love to know how many times you see the light bulb go off in someone’s head when you show alternatives to their thinking.

    I’m totally behind the 2nd question you posit. Get the students typing in K-2. By 3rd grade you’re mostly too late to teach touch typing. Students have already settled into typing habits.

    Myself? I’ve never taken touch typing. I wanted to program my Atari 800XL, so I had to learn to type. Nowadays I’m around 70 wpm, but I also type constantly.

    Practice, practice, practice.

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