With the widespread use of computers in schools and homes, keyboarding instruction has moved down to the elementary grades. Younger and younger children are becoming fluent computer users and it is important for them to learn proper keyboarding techniques early so that they do not develop bad habits that are very hard to break.
There are a large number of computer users who claim their system of hunt-and-peck is as good as touch typing. When tested, these individuals are often surprised to learn how inefficiently they type. Touch typing allows you to key much faster and you don't tire as quickly. This skill comes after the fingers have learned to operate the keys automatically with speed and a high level of accuracy. The fingers move without hesitation when they know where to go.
But why even bother to learn touch typing? The answer is simple — it is healthier for you, faster and more accurate. Blogging, writing long documents and e–mails, instant messaging with your friends, and even coding sophisticated computer programs will become much easier and more enjoyable once you eliminate distraction of hunt–and–peck typing.
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Online site we use in class - there are lessons, timed tests and games. I can see students speed. If they get 40wpm or higher I put their name on the board. Internet based so they can practice anytime. I have your students "login" if you want it just email me :)