5 Reasons to Touch Type

Schools in the UK don’t regularly teach touch typing, but with the prominence of computers and technology in today’s society it’s an invaluable skill to learn.

As a 1998 article by Gary Hopkins in the American journal Education World puts it:
 

“With an enormous computer presence in schools, the question is no longer whether to teach keyboarding but when to teach it.”

 
This alone should be incentive enough, but we’ve put together 5 reasons why you shouldn’t delay and get your kids learning to touch type ASAP!
 

1. Improved ICT Skills

This is an obvious one but you can’t underestimate how much an effect getting kids typing early on will have on their overall ICT skills.

Being able to touch type from a young age introduces you to technology and gets you moving around and familiarising yourself with not only the keyboard but with computers in general, leading to a greater comprehension which will come in handy later when keyboards and computers become an everyday part of life.

 

2. Improved Comprehension and Spelling

Touch typing is a multifaceted ability. Research has shown that learning to type early on, in the first few years of schooling, can also benefit a student’s reading and comprehension. With a lower percentage of your attention directed at the keyboard you are able to concentrate more fully on your work and the concepts being taught.

Touch typing helps teach you how to decode and break down words and sentences which can also help with spelling skills. As you learn to type you become used to the pattern of the QWERTY keyboard and the structure of the letters, muscle memory alone can help you remember how to spell!

 

touch typing program for kids

3. Speed

Learning touch typing leads to a natural fluency when using a keyboard and faster typing speeds on average than someone using the ‘hunt and peck’ method.

In the future this can lead to increased employability/job prospects but for right now it can mean less time on homework!

 

4. Good for Dyslexia

Learning touch typing leads to a natural fluency when using a keyboard and faster typing speeds on average than someone using the ‘hunt and peck’ method.

In the future this can lead to increased employability/job prospects but for right now it can mean less time on homework!

 

5. It’s for Life

And finally, touch typing is like riding a bike! Once you’ve learnt you’ll never forget how to do it, so why not master an essential life skill early?

 

 

kids touch typing

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