The debate on – HOW EARLY IS TOO EARLY TO BEGIN WORDPROCESSING SKILLS? – will never end.
And I don’t know about you, but I learned wordprocessing in high school, typing at home - while in grammar school - and keyboarding, I learned on my own.
So how young is too young to get those little hands ready to pound the keypad?
In my school we start students in second grade with basic practice techniques once per week. This includes: learning the homerow keys, accuracy instead of speed, and a no stress approach to the keyboard. You’d be surprised how frustrated second graders get if they make mistakes.
Is this enough?
Well it depends on who you ask; and whatever your thoughts on the matter, keyboarding is here to stay.
I know. It’s not a topic of debate on the campaign trail to the White House. But I must credit Education World for providing answers and resources to help – click here. Then pass the article along — it’s a good one for teachers and parents.
Here’s a blurb from the article to key you in:
"Unfortunately, as schools have concentrated on teaching students how to use computers to obtain and produce information, they have paid little attention to teaching them how to type on the keyboard quickly, accurately, and with correct technique. In addition, some unforeseen questions have arisen. If we need to teach keyboarding — and we do — when do we teach it and who should teach it?" comes via Educational Technology (Ray Schroeder)