I was walking around our schools technology-lab watching my students work diligently on the computers. While checking each station, I saw a peculiar thing. Many of my kids had their hands in a ball with one finger sticking out on the keyboard. With this “finger” they were pushing the keyboard buttons, one letter at a time. Of course, I am referring to the “Hunt n peck” syndrome. It’s a phenomenon. 😉
Most of my 13 year olds are not skilled at typing. You would think with technology being so popular, kids and adults would know how to type. A lot don’t!
I remember back in the late 80s… being a Hunt n peck myself, the frustration of not being able to find the “w” on a keyboard drove me to take a typing class at my ole’ high school. The school offered an adult-ed. class in typing for a low cost. Taking that course saved my life. Well, that is a bit dramatic. Let me express it helped fix my typing frustrations. I can now find the “w.”
It is odd typing is not a common skill learned in school. Typing is still considered an “elective course” at the secondary levels. Learning how to type should be mandatory with today’s “techie” market. Don’t ya think?
Here are two links that can help you learn how to type online:
- This site offers a typing test, online tutorials, and can lead to full typing certification: http://www.learn2type.com/.
- For a beginning typist, this site has tutorials, download typing software, and speed tests: http://www.topsy.org/keyboarding.html
Make typing fun. Practice typing topics you enjoy such as your favorite recipes or poems.