So, you really don’t care if your child can type in 120-word per minute bursts. That makes sense. Typing papers and taking online tests aren’t speed exercises. That doesn’t mean keyboarding training and practice aren’t important for your student’s ongoing and future success.
The jury is out on the importance of learning touch typing – defined as touching the needed keys without looking at them with the proper fingers and using all 10 fingers. Learning about it and regular practice on the keyboard yields important student results.
A study in Finland about how we type used 30 subjects, some trained in touch typing and some self-taught, and evaluated how each did it. The results show that speed and accuracy for most tasks is more a function of practice than technique. Whether the method is two fingers or 10, knowing how to make the fingers touch the desired letters without looking or hands flailing randomly around the keyboard are crucial to success.
If it doesn’t matter, why teach and provide keyboarding practice? Because it is the best way to get students to acquire, properly, the skills most likely to lead to students’ success – making fingers touch the desired letters without looking and keeping their hands from roaming around the keyboard.
While the Keyboard Kritters process is designed for elementary school students to learn which finger is supposed to press each key, it also teaches the more important skills of a secure hand position and where the keys are located. As students practice this, they incorporate these skills with those they have learned by using other devices for texting and gaming. The result is a way of typing that helps student maximize their speed and accuracy, which is what they most need.