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Keyboarding Success Requires More than Drills
The information below was culled from an article published in the Ask a Tech Teacher blog. I have cited the article at the bottom of this post for further investigation.
Take the four pronged approach to getting your students prepared for typing successfully. 1. Drills 2. Online games 3. Quizzes 4. Authentic use.
Drills - require students to use good posture and habits (finger placement encompassing the entire keyboard) reduces hunt and peck.
Games - allows for fun, competitive practice for students who love video games. This keeps drills from getting boring. Mix games in with other keyboarding routines.
Quizzes allow students to measure their success. Grade students on improvement, not how they compare to other students.
Authentic Use - require typing in classwork and homework.
Why strict adherence to drills doesn't work for the new generation of typists. There are a few reasons:
- Kids are learning keyboarding at a younger age. Where I started training in high school, now I teach pre-keyboarding to students as young as kindergarten. Drills simply aren't the right approach for those younger brains.
- Drills must be repeated over and over ad nauseum to work. Few schools have time to commit to that rigor and even fewer kids will voluntarily take time at home. As a result, the repetitive part of drill is no longer exercised.
Murray, Jacqui. "Keyboarding Success Requires More than Drills." Ask a Tech Teacher. Jacqui Murray, 20 Oct. 2015. Web. 3 Dec. 2015. <http://askatechteacher.com/2015/10/20/keyboarding-success-requires-more-than-drills/#more-46424>.