Tag Archives: learning to type

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

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

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

WHY JOHNNY CAN’T TYPE

“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

Teacher Conferences will be here before you know it!

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? Well, you are not alone if you hear those words!  As parents, we go into overdrive to solve these problems.  We don’t like to see our kids struggling.  We see that look of defeat on their faces and it drains us-we hate to hear them say, “I’m just not smart”! There are many answers for those questions.  I can help in the written communication aspect of learning.  Writing is an important skill for ALL students.  However, some students find writing extremely difficult to learn and to master.  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 … Read More

Out with the Old… In with the New!

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” John D. Rockefeller Doesn’t that say it all!  My new mission is to get schools to throw out their ‘old school mentality’ and embrace the new ways of doing things.  Students have a different mentality towards learning because of the way they were brought up with technology.  Their brains work faster, their learning style is quicker and they expect to multitask as they are learning. As Alan Cohen says: “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” … Read More

Time to get serious about the Typing Program you are using!

I 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 the … 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

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