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Learn to type | Learning to type | Typing for kids | Children’s typing Learn to type with the fun and practical program from Keyboard Classroom. Learning to type is the main focus of Keyboard Classroom. Keyboard Classroom teaches typing skills in fast in one-minute sprints, quickly developing speed and accuracy. It’s especially effective for kids with learning disabilities and special education needs like those with Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Asperger Syndrome, and some other forms of Autism. When these children can learn to type fast without thinking about where their fingers are, they can concentrate on the words they will use to express their thoughts. It’s a life-long learning skill which is vital for children. Keyboard Classroom is a great way to build children’s typing skills. The skills taught in Keyboard Classroom teach important skills through … Read More

Educator designed typing curriculum!

Finally, a typing curriculum developed by educators from a school for learning disabled students in CT.  The Ben Bronz Academy knew how important it was to teach their students how to type BUT all the programs out there had too much flash, noise and distractions to actually teach the keyboarding skills.  So the educators got together and realizing that repetition and “muscle building memory” lessons was what they needed; they designed Keyboard Classroom!  Fluency, Incentives and our exclusive Finger Guides have helped students of all abilities learn to type. Read what the Super Kids Educational Software Review says about Keyboard Classroom: http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/typing/2010/KeyboardClassroom/merge.shtml This curriculum is currently being used in schools or at home….it has been tremendously successful in the schools that have switched to this program! Please go to www.keyboardclassroom.com to find out more!  

Special Keyboarding Program for the Learning Disabled

Keyboard Classrom is a unique typing program designed by educators who studied the way children learn. Keyboard Classroom is systematically designed so a child must truly master a skill before advancing to a more challenging one. This typing program uses exclusive Keyboard Classroom Finger Guides. These attach to the keyboard to keep the student’s hands on the home row which keeps the child focused and less frustrated. Keyboard Classroom uses incentives and ranks to applaud the child for his progress. This combination works for all children, even those having trouble in school, or students with special education needs or learning disabilities. WATCH this video for a demonstration and testimonial of this typing program.

Remedial classes in College!

I read a statistic in my local paper the other day that really ticked me off.  We have a dozen community colleges in our state, educating nearly 60 thousand students.  But according to the study I read, 7 out of 10 take at least one remedial class in math, reading, or writing.  70%!  We can argue the merits of offering remedial classes to college students but isn’t about time we stop looking for Band-Aids and start finding a cure for the disease?  Education by its very definition is about preparation.  It’s about refining skills and challenging young people to identify their interests, and providing them with the tools they need to realize their potential.  Scream about cuts to public school budgets, understaffing, and lack of resources all you want, but basic skills, are just that, basic.  And our public high … Read More

Here Come the Calls

Well, it’s been 1 month and 3 weeks since school has started.  Then it hits….the emails start and the phone rings.  Here is what I hear from parents. “My kid takes forever to do his homework.  It is causing so much tension!” “HE gets so frustrated when he has to write an essay or do anything on the computer.” “I am so tired staying up until 1:00am typing his homework!” I am sure it sounds familiar to some of you. I have been working with a unique typing program called Keyboard Classroom that will end this nightmare for both the kids and for you. Computers are a way of life!  Just look at what Steve Jobs has done in his short career!  Keyboarding is a fundamental skill in today’s society. It provides our connection with the rest of the world … Read More

Shopping

While shopping the other day I noticed something happening over and over again.  As I was at the checkout counter I noticed how the sales associates typed.  Some were hunting and pecking….and taking forever to get the basic information into the machine.  Others were fast and smooth!  I decided to mention to each associate that I teach typing.  Well the responses were interesting.  Those that hunt and peck said they always wanted to learn typing but never did in school.  They said it’s a skill they use everyday and were surprised that they weren’t taught in school.  The proficient typist said they took one class in high school and were thankful they could always depend on it! Which is exactly why I market Keyboard Classroom….we went back to the basics while developing this curriculum.  We saw the typing programs on … Read More

Attention Schools:

When we launched Keyboard Classroom nearly four years ago, it was after testing the product in a classroom environment for over a decade.  Parents of children with and without learning disabilities embraced it as a way to complement what their children were doing in school.  Now it appears, educators have caught the KC bug as well.

A three year old school in North Carolina recently created a new typing curriculum completely around Keyboard Classroom.  The school, built on a philosophy of inclusion, brings children with special needs, children with average abilities, and children who are academically gifted, together in a friendly and charitable environment.

One of the school’s teachers wrote to us.  “I was drawn to your program because of its specialization for helping children with special needs.  Besides autism, we also have children with ADD and serious handwriting difficulties.  There are other disabilities our children have, and we’d like to be able to accept them with any level of difficulty.  We understand that in developing their writing skills, they need the tools to conquer their physical limitations.”

Keyboard Classroom’s curriculum works one on one with the student. The student needs to master the skill he/she is working on before the program lets them move on to the next skill.This is what makes this program perfect for a school.The teacher doesn’t need to do the teaching, the program does! And once the student finishes the program the teacher just erases the data and starts a new student on it!

I am available for consultation if you think this is something that your school system wants to have for their students.Please contact me at carrie@keyboardclassroom.com

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When we launched Keyboard Classroom nearly four years ago, it was after testing the product in a classroom environment for over a decade.  Parents of children with and without learning disabilities embraced it as a way to complement what their children were doing in school.  Now it appears, educators have caught the KC bug as well. A three year old school in North Carolina recently created a new typing curriculum completely around Keyboard Classroom.  The school, built on a philosophy of inclusion, brings children with special needs, children with average abilities, and children who are academically gifted, together in a friendly and charitable environment. One of the school’s teachers wrote to us.  “I was drawn to your program because of its specialization for helping children with special needs.  Besides autism, we also have children with ADD and serious handwriting difficulties.  There are other … 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 ask the question again….

If you wouldn’t give a child a book without first teaching them to read, why would

you sit them at a computer before teaching them to type?

Why is “typing class,” if it’s offered at all, relegated to just 30 to 60 minutes a week? Isn’t it something a person will use throughout their school and working career? When typing is taught, most school systems resort to an off the shelf, video game based program that can’t possibly produce touch typists in such a limited time span. I maintain that proper typing skills are critical to future success and we must find a better way to teach it.

Think of an athlete. Hitting a baseball, throwing a football, or kicking a soccer ball is effortless… a result of repeated practice. They perform basic skills naturally, without having to focus on the fundamentals because they’ve created muscle memory in their arms and legs. Now, think of a child who knows how to touch-type. When students can learn to type fast without thinking about where their fingers are, they can concentrate on the words they will use to express their thoughts. It’s a life-long learning skill. That’s the science behind the “fluency” approach to touch-type teaching.

The fluency, or timed approach to teaching is not revolutionary but twenty years of research has taught us to break up the exercises into learning opportunities so students can maintain a sense of accomplishment and slowly build muscle memory in their fingers. Most children learn a new skill by first practicing simple moves, then adding more difficult ones as they gain confidence. With a dedicated commitment by the student and teacher/coach, our studies show the average student can begin to see results in their keyboarding skills in just a few months, practicing just 15 minutes a day!

We also maintain a strong belief in the use of incentives. In our curriculum, the use of games as a teaching method is frowned upon. Our society is built upon the premise that success should be rewarded, so we prefer to give the student a limited opportunity to play pre-selected games each time they master a new skill, not as a means of learning the skill itself.

It is no secret that we live in an age where the ability to effectively and efficiently use computers is paramount.  Teachers and administrators spend countless hours and thousands of dollars developing new ways to prepare students for the digital future.   It’s time to place an effective typing curriculum near the top of the list.

Carrie Shaw is a veteran educator and President of Keyboarding4Kids, a unique, “fluency-based” learn-to-type curriculum (www.keyboardclassroom.com). She can be reached by email, carrie@keyboardclassroom.com.

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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 ask the question again…. If you wouldn’t give a child a book without … Read More

Another Success Story…..

Eric from South Carolina was much like any other 6th grader with learning challenges.  His mother has been trying to teach him to type for more than three years now but nothing has worked.  Eric has ADHD and has serious trouble physically writing as well as organizing his thoughts. His Mom was hoping to free him from the physical task of writing by having the typing become automatic.

Eric started using Keyboard Classroom two months ago and the results have been remarkable.  “It really helps me type because I can go at my own pace and it’s more interesting than other programs and I don’t get bored,” he says. “I like that it doesn’t show me how fast I am, because that would put me under pressure. But I can tell I’m getting better.”

Eric’s 3rd grade sister doesn’t have the same learning issues as her brother but Mom says she’s become “jealous” of her older brother and wants to start typing herself.  The family recently upgraded to a dual user license so they can both practice at the same time.

“I now realize how obsolete the pencil is in this computer age society.  I am glad my kids have the skills to express themselves through technology whether they are in school or at their job”…..

For more information on this unique typing program please go to www.keyboardclassroom.com

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Eric from South Carolina was much like any other 6th grader with learning challenges.  His mother has been trying to teach him to type for more than three years now but nothing has worked.  Eric has ADHD and has serious trouble physically writing as well as organizing his thoughts. His Mom was hoping to free him from the physical task of writing by having the typing become automatic. Eric started using Keyboard Classroom two months ago and the results have been remarkable.  “It really helps me type because I can go at my own pace and it’s more interesting than other programs and I don’t get bored,” he says. “I like that it doesn’t show me how fast I am, because that would put me under pressure. But I can tell I’m getting better.” Eric’s 3rd grade sister doesn’t have the … Read More

Looking Forward to Another HomeSchool Convention Year!

Summer is on the downswing and I am gearing up towards another great school year.  My experiences at the HomeSchool Conventions this past year rejuvenated me!  We  received the warmest of welcomes.

While Keyboard Classroom was designed for children to learn typing in a home environment, we’ve always said that the key to long term success is the involvement of a parent.  Mom or Dad should act as a coach, insuring proper finger placement and practice at first, then encouraging success as the child advances.  HomeSchool parents do this anyway.

At these conventions, I repeatedly demonstrated the software, using dozens of children who had either never typed before, or who had long ago given up on the more “popular” learn to type programs on the market.  Without exception, they took to Keyboard Classroom immediately, passing levels and having their fingers dance across the keyboard in astounding fashion.  Parents were amazed and we were thrilled with the response.

My main goal this year is to make more parents/teachers aware of how important the skill of typing is to students.  Composing essays become easier, thoughts and ideas flow endlessly, corrections are simple, writing tasks are done quicker!  It’s a skill they will use throughout their whole life!

For those of you who have been the wind beneath my “sales” I thank you for getting the word out about Keyboard Classroom!

We’ll be ratcheting up our appearances at HomeSchool conventions around the country.  Keep an eye out.

Carrie

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Summer is on the downswing and I am gearing up towards another great school year.  My experiences at the HomeSchool Conventions this past year rejuvenated me!  We  received the warmest of welcomes. While Keyboard Classroom was designed for children to learn typing in a home environment, we’ve always said that the key to long term success is the involvement of a parent.  Mom or Dad should act as a coach, insuring proper finger placement and practice at first, then encouraging success as the child advances.  HomeSchool parents do this anyway. At these conventions, I repeatedly demonstrated the software, using dozens of children who had either never typed before, or who had long ago given up on the more “popular” learn to type programs on the market.  Without exception, they took to Keyboard Classroom immediately, passing levels and having their fingers … Read More