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Jane,

As one of those who was never taught but ended up becoming pretty fast due
to to requirements of my job (typesetting for commercial art projects...had
to create copy for 15 catalogs a year), I could not agree more, but I
always was a bit unsure if it were my own bias speaking since I have never
learned it properly.

Programming is definitely the way to go and I have our students doing that
as much as I can!

By the by...I am an avid computer gamer and can play games that have a
great many input keys without looking at the keyboard. Pretty fast at it as
well, so take from this what you may.

And yes, to all of your questions...split keyboard and all...you are so
right wen you say that multiple input systems will be required learning for
us from now on.

Rod




On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM, Elizabeth McCarthy <
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> +1, well said!
>
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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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