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Wow! My Kid Really Knows the Latest Technology….

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

The Keyboard Interface and Dyslexia

I always find it so interesting when a student describes an educational break through to me.  Once they describe their solution to their struggle I wonder why an educator or parent didn’t think of it first! Read how Yishay Garbasz went from “Handwriting” to “Fingertyping” and how it helped him facilitate his dyslexic writing process. “A few years ago, when I exchanged pen and paper with a monitor and a keyboard I went through a change that was more than the significant but obvious advance in technology. I changed something very basic in my dyslexia, or rather in my dyslexic existence. Of course the first noticeable difference was my handwriting.  It was clear and easy to read.  I now call this my “fingertyping”. For the first time in my life others, as well as me, could actually read what I … Read More

I found my Passion!

I have been a very happy educator for the past 23 years….There is nothing better than to see a student overcome an obstacle and see themselves as confident and successful. As Mickey Rooney says, “You always pass failure on the way to success.” My job is to be sure I give my students enough skills to use when fighting for success.  There will be plenty of roadblocks in their lives.  The secret is to be able to jump over the obstacles and keep yourself in a forward motion. As Sir Winston Churchill reminds us, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” So now I HAVE come upon a personal roadblock.  I have noticed that one skill is missing from their curriculum….learning how to touch-type.  Now you may think this is a … Read More

You Need to Type to Tell the Computer What You Want

There is nothing magical about Touch-Typing.  Here’s how it works. Instead of watching the keyboard as you type, you watch the screen, and you type without looking.  You simply learn the position of each key on the keyboard, and through practice your fingers develop muscle memory and NOW you will always know where the keys are …without looking! Once the process becomes automatic you only have to think of a word for it to appear on the screen. I find it a very enjoyable way to work, because it’s less tiring, and you don’t have to keep shifting your eyes from keyboard to screen. Here are some amazing benefits to typing: Because you’re watching the screen as you type, you can instantly spot any typing errors and correct them straightaway. Touch-typing helps free your mind from the mechanics of what you’re … Read More

How to Develop a New Skill

As the President of Keyboard Classroom for the past 6 years, my passion has been to teach students how to type successfully so they can have a skill that they will take with them from their school years into their career years. My three main reasons for teaching students to type are:  If you wouldn’t give a child a book without  teaching them ‘how’ to read then WHY would you put a computer in front of a student without teaching them ‘how’ to type? Typists are better writers because touch-typing frees the mind from mechanics, allowing students to focus on ideas. Typing is a skill they’ll use every day! My goal is to get parents and students to understand how important it is to develop typing skills when they are in elementary school. Here are some steps for “developing a … Read More

Special Education Students

While channel surfing last night my husband and I came upon a HBO Documentary Special.  There were 4 mini programs on learning disabilities and special education. The first program was on ADD and ADHD and they interviewed children who had it.  The kids spoke honestly about their symptoms, how it affected them and what they needed to do to ‘look and act like normal kids’.  The first thing we noticed was how well they understood their disability.  The second thing we noticed is that each kid had trouble with their communication skills.  Their thoughts ran through their heads so fast that they had a hard time translating them in word or on paper.   When speaking in class the teachers didn’t have the patience to allow them to find the words that they were trying to get out.  The other students … Read More

Waiting for that first Teacher Conference

I can hear it now….why isn’t ‘Johnny’ progressing in his work?  Why can’t he take good notes?  Why can’t he keep up in class? There are many answers for those questions.  I can help in the note-taking aspect of learning.  As the Director of an educational program at the Ben Bronz Academy in Ct. I worked with many students who had a hard time manipulating a pencil/pen.  We introduced them to Keyboard Classroom, a typing program that was developed at the school by the teachers.  The results have been tremendous. As we now know, keyboarding is a life-long skill.  It has evolved from a “transcription” typing skill to a “generative” typing skill involving composing original thought at the keyboard.  Student writing develops faster through word processing because it facilitates the review and revision learning process.  Efficient keyboarding skills allow students … Read More

Homeschool-how-to.com website review

The following is a Review from the Homeschool-how-to.com website! While there are many homeschool typing instruction options available, some are helpful and some are not. We have tried various free and paid programs both online and offline. One program that we have been using this year is called Keyboard Classroom and we really like it! Keyboard Classroom was developed by teachers over 23 years ago. Homeschool parents have endorsed this product saying it is the only typing program that works with their children. The problem with most homeschool typing programs is that unless you are sitting right with your child, you can’t be sure that they are hitting the right keys with the right fingers at the right time. My older children learned to type but they don’t put their fingers on the right keys like I do because they … Read More

Old dog, new tricks

Michelle is a homeschool mom and blogger from Tampa who wrote a review about Keyboard Classroom.  I would like to share it with you! “ I am old enough that when I was in high school, there was a class called “Typing.”  There were mostly girls in this class.  And it was, in my teenaged, not-very-humble opinion, a class for those whose highest aspirations involved working for the CEO, not being the CEO.  My guidance counselor suggested this class when I had a free period and did not want a study hall (another completely useless thing, in my thoughts) but I turned my nose up at the idea. So, I hunted and pecked my way, on a word processor machine, through my upper class research papers and graduated with a diploma that reflected higher learning, not secretarial training. Even in … Read More

It’s time to place an effective typing curriculum near the top of the list.

I just read an article in The Hartford Courant today 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 … Read More


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