By Faith Berens, M.Ed HSLDA Special Needs Consultant “I am frustrated with trying to teach my child to write properly! His spelling is atrocious, and he does not use punctuation or capitalize consistently. Maybe he is just lazy? His writing is also short and poorly organized, and I don’t even want to talk about grammar! We do copy work and have tried so many workbooks on grammar, usage, and mechanics, but they are not helping. Should I just forget about writing instruction and focus on the other basics? Please help!” —Frustrated homeschooling parent Many parents, particularly those who do not enjoy writing or who feel it is not a personal area of strength, get overwhelmed when it comes to teaching their children to write, particularly when one of them is a struggling student. Parents sometimes mistake their child’s difficulties for … Read More
Don’t “Write Off Writing” Instruction : Creative Ideas for Teaching Composition to Your Struggling Learner
I just read an article in The Hartford Courant about “allowing students to bring to school any online device they had- Smartphone, tablet or laptop- for use in class as teachers saw fit.” Educators are realizing that it makes no sense to stop students from using the digital tools they use outside of school.” I totally agree with this but I do have one concern. Why would you hand a student a laptop and NOT teach them how to touch type beforehand? You don’t drive a car until you take driver’s ed….you don’t jump into a pool before you learn to swim….you don’t give a child a book without teaching them how to read first. My point is that there are steps to learning how to do something. You don’t start at step 10 and work backwards! You start at … Read More
Many parents see their children texting and gaming and think, “Wow, my kid really knows the latest technology!”. But do they? Watch over them when they are trying to type their homework…. or input information into the computer. Can they proficiently type at least 35 words per minute? Can they type without looking at their fingers or the keyboard? MANY schools have adapted the Common Core Standards. Each student is expected to take the test online which means they will be using the keyboard to type their answers! The stress of not only the testing BUT their inefficiency working the keyboard can negatively impact your child’s performance as well as cause them to lose their confidence in their abilities! What’s a parent to do? Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself! 1. Does your child use one or … Read More
There are a number of research documents written regarding the power of keyboarding as a literacy skill. This sums up what nearly all researchers agree on. Traditionally, keyboarding was taught at the high school level to students who had never before used a keyboard. Now, with computers both at home and in our elementary schools, we find that very young students are being exposed to the computer keyboard. One study focusing on computer use in the school system estimated that students would spend more than 400 hours on computers before they reached the ninth grade (Kidney, 1985). As the keyboard continues to be the primary device for inputting data into computers, the purpose in presenting these guidelines are three-fold: • to familiarize young students with keyboarding skills. • to give elementary students the opportunity to learn and develop keyboarding skills … Read More
Would You Give A Child A Book And Never Teach Them To Read? I ask myself this question every time I see a young person sitting in front of a keyboard. I’m not talking about an i-Pad or a cell phone where their thumbs do their talking, but an honest to goodness computer keyboard. It’s what they’ll use to do their homework, fill out those college applications, and most likely, make their living in the real world. I stand over their shoulder and watch… and shudder. More than 75% of our children can’t type. Oh, they can hunt and peck, and some of them are pretty fast. But put a book or a pile of notes next to the computer, ask them to type without looking at the keys, and they’ll crumble like a wounded video game character. So I … Read More
When we say that Keyboard Classroom is the fastest growing learn-to-type program in America, we’re not kidding. The learning disabled community has embraced us and most recently, we’ve seen a tremendous surge in interest from parents who home school their children.
Home School families require curricula that can capture a child’s attention, provide a benefit across a variety of subject areas, and do so at an affordable price. As we’ve traveled to Home School conventions, we hear the same comments over and over again. “There are so many great software products on the market today,” said one mother of four. “But the software doesn’t do much good if they can’t type!”
Parents have embraced Keyboard Classroom’s back-to-basics approach to learning to type. They like that the program is structured, guaranteeing that a child must master a skill before moving on to something more complicated. And they marvel at the simplicity but amazing functionality of our unique finger guides that keep a child’s hands in proper touch typing position.
As I stand on my soapbox, my passion is to give students the tools to unleash their creativity, to remove the educational roadblocks that were put unknowingly in their path by ‘center of the road’ teaching techniques! If we continue to put computers in front of our students then let us, at least, teach them the basic tool skills they need in order to successfully use them.
Carrie Shaw is President of Keyboard Classroom. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
When we say that Keyboard Classroom is the fastest growing learn-to-type program in America, we’re not kidding. The learning disabled community has embraced us and most recently, we’ve seen a tremendous surge in interest from parents who home school their children. Home School families require curricula that can capture a child’s attention, provide a benefit across a variety of subject areas, and do so at an affordable price. As we’ve traveled to Home School conventions, we hear the same comments over and over again. “There are so many great software products on the market today,” said one mother of four. “But the software doesn’t do much good if they can’t type!” Parents have embraced Keyboard Classroom’s back-to-basics approach to learning to type. They like that the program is structured, guaranteeing that a child must master a skill before moving on … Read More
I have been working with learning centers throughout the United States and Canada and would like to update you on my Affiliate Program partnership with these Centers. Teaching students how to type is fast moving up to the top of the ‘Most Important Skill to Teach” list! I know most tutoring centers don’t offer this skill because of the time constraint with their student’s schedule. I have a solution for this! Keyboard Classroom, developed by educators, is the only typing program that guarantees that a student who practices typing for 15 minutes a day will become a proficient typist within 6 months! My idea is to refer Keyboard Classroom to your clients to practice at home. I have an Affiliate Program where your Center can earn a 40% commission on each sale! This is a win-win for all! Here is … Read More
Recently, while perusing the internet, I found this interesting article about how computers changed the writing process for people with learning disabilities. It was written by Richard Wanderman. I was taken back by how much Richard and I agreed with this concept. As an educator who has taught students how to type for the past 16 years, it was refreshing to see this concept finally taking center stage! Richard was an adult with learning disabilities when he discovered how important it was to work on a computer to write instead of using the pencil and paper mode. As he says, “In fact, if I didn’t write with a computer I wouldn’t be able to share this article with you because I wouldn’t be able to record, work with, and share my ideas and I wouldn’t know from personal experience how … Read More
“Since personal computers were widely introduced in the early 1980s, more and more jobs have required keyboarding skills. Fortunately, the keys on a keyboard are similar to those on a typewriter and most people made a quick transition to keyboarding. Today, any job that requires the use of a computer also requires keyboarding skills, especially for the facilitation, storage and accuracy of work.” Rick Suttle Here are a list of jobs that require keyboarding skills: Marketing Research Manager: This position require keyboarding skills to design questions, work with databases, use various statistical models, write reports and develop presentation pieces. Data Entry and Processing: type information into computers. Receptionist: This position needs keyboarding skills to reference client lists or patients when they come in for a visit. Engineer: All engineers need basic keyboarding skills to work with CAD (computer-assisted design) and CAM … Read More
“Johnny” from Massachusetts is your typical 10 year-old. The oldest of four, his mother “Susan” has stressed the importance of a well-rounded education from the time Johnny and his siblings were old enough to attend preschool. She’s a supporter of the new federal Common Core Curriculum guidelines as a way to fundamentally improve the basic skills students will need to succeed in the real world. Susan also sees education as a parent-teacher partnership and has always been on the lookout for ways to reinforce Johnny’s in-school studies with books, games, and exercises that will give him the skills he’ll need to pursue a successful career. Early on, Susan recognized the importance of the computer to her son’s education and development and tried to incorporate the latest electronic software into his after-school day. There was only one problem. Johnny didn’t know … Read More