I have to think back a bit to remember my beginning keyboarding days. It was called “typing” back in the day, and there were about eight of us in the back of a classroom listening to our instructor over the whir of the electric typewriters. “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” A-a-a-S-s-s-;-;-;-L-l-l
But it worked, I suppose. I took to typing quite well, and can easily break 90wmp when I’m on a roll. My kids, however, learned typing QUITE differently. And yet, even their techie keyboarding tools are quickly becoming outdated. So I’m going to share with you a mixture of my favorite tried-and-true programs, along with some cutting edge tools that are in store for THIS generation’s typists.
- Read, Write, and Type – – my absolute fave multisensory, multi-learning-style phonics program for kids! By combining hearing sounds, typing keys, and writing words, in my opinion this is one of the best programs out there for young readers and keyboarders. It’s also now available online!
- If you are REALLY serious about having you or or child learn to type, you might consider a device made just for this purpose. Both my boys perfected their keyboarding skills by using The Writer
- Another no-nonsense program I’ve heard great things about is TypingWeb. You can even be “certified” by the Typing Institute of America (hey, sometimes those things matter to people!!)
- If you have a dedicated typing program, but just want some fun practice, I highly recommend the keyboarding games at LearningGamesForKids.
- If you, like me, aren’t sure keyboards are going to look very much like they do now in the next ten years, then you might want to have your child also focus on some skills for the very near future…touchscreen typing. Think I’m kidding? Check out this technology that could leave us key-tappers in the dust:
- My other question is…can accurate voice-directed typing be far behind?? In fact, maybe this whole POST is basically obsolete!! (((sigh))) I’ve never felt so useless in all my life…
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