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+1, well said!

*Elizabeth McCarthy, MAT*
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On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM, Jane Wilde <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have lost the battle to resist the urge to participate in this
> discussion.
>
> It is time to stop looking to the past as we identify the skills kids need.
>
> The myth of touch typing.
> 1. Many people took typing in highschool in "my day." Only a few became
> expert typists. Just because you are taught doesn't mean you learn or
> become expert.
> 2. Many people did not take a typing course is school and because they
> needed it on the job became adequate to exceptional typists with or without
> knowledge of the qwerty finger positions. Think journalists and computer
> programmers.
> 3. Qwerty has been proven to be an inefficient keyboard.
>
> Here's what I learned as a former keyboarding teaching turned tech
> integrationist turned learning designer.
>
> 1. Providing guided instruction in how to use a specific keyboard is very
> helpful for children when they are first using a computing device. But
> letter to key recognition is the main goal not touch typing.
>
> 2. If an organized effort to teach "touch typing" is deemed necessary:
>
>    - As Lucie says, the teacher must be actively involved, observing,
>    supporting, encouraging, guiding, applauding, making it positive.
>    - Teacher involvement should never be punitive.
>    - Understand that not all people / children will be good at touch
>    typing. Kids who have trouble with other kinds of focus or fine motor
>    control are probably going to need to look at the keys or use different
>    fingering. That's ok. Journalists and computer programmers have done quite
>    well over the years with the so called hunt and peck method.
>    - it is pointless to teach touch typing unless the student has
>    frequent opportunities AND need for practice. This should not be the only
>    time they use a computer at school. The motivation to become fast and
>    efficient comes from *need*.
>
> 3. Do we really need to teach touch typing and the querty keyboard? Is
> there any research that our efforts to teach typing have improved students
> success? How many teenagers do you know who needed a course to learn to
> text with their thumbs? Have *you* ever split the keyboard on your iPad
> and used your thumbs to type - it is pretty fast once you get the hang of
> it. Have *you* ever used the microphone to do google searches? How many
> different keyboard layouts have you seen on phones? Our kids need to be
> able to adapt to multiple interfaces and input mechanisms. They do not need
> to be fast and efficient typists in a secretarial pool.
>
> If you want to change a child's relationship to working on a computer,
> teach them to program.
>
> Jane
>
> --
> Jane Wilde
> Geek, learner, teacher, trainer
> Faculty, Marlboro College Graduate School
> Doctoral student, University at Albany
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