Why Learn to Keyboard?

BJ May

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel is when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

Resource: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/carpal_tunnel/detail_carpal_tunnel.htm

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Increases Speed And Accuracy

While it is a common misconception that typing in any fashion still gets the job done, the truth is that using certain techniques in your daily typing practice can actually help increase speed and accuracy.

Prepares for future job opportunities

It is safe to say that the majority of jobs on the market involve typing in some way or another. The ability to type will be a blessing to anyone who wants to have as many open doors as they can for finding a job. In this futuristic world, typing will become just as important as learning to ride a bike.
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Improves literacy

One of the most prominent benefits of learning to type while young is that it involves so much reading. The literacy of the kids will grow at a very rapid rate with the kids reading the words, and then producing the words themselves. Their knowledge of the alphabet, spelling, sentence structure, etc. will augment substantially. It will also improve their memory and hand-eye coordination.
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Learn properly before the bad habits come

I think we all can agree that the result of self-teaching is, more often than not, bad habits. If we are not able to type correctly, we find our pointer fingers getting tired and experiencing a lot of neck pain from look down at the keyboard and up at the computer screen every two seconds. Learning to type while young will help kids develop proper typing skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Learning is quicker and easier when young

It has been clinically proven that at a younger age, it is easier to learn and to form good habits. As the brain develops, you may want to squeeze in some keyboarding skills. The brain is more likely to obtain and retain typing skills which will result as correct keyboarding becoming second nature.