Now More Than Ever, Students Need A TypingPal
We may be experiencing the first generation of students that have always had access to a wireless device. Whether it’s a smart phone or tablet doesn’t matter, but students in grades K-12 have always had access to some kind of device. Even though this is the digital generation, the social media generation and the device generation, doesn’t mean it’s the generation that knows how to type right (see what we did there?).
Typing classes in schools were completely phased out for a decade or two while educators learned what was next for keyboarding and typing. As typewriters became oversized paperweights, the PC keyboard started to have a role in society, in the home, in enterprise and in education. However, we weren’t quite there yet. Typing and keyboarding were still coming back to the cusp as educators were trying to figure out what parts were necessary.
Well today, with 50% of American schools either in a 1:1 device program or on their way to one in the next 5 years, typing and keyboarding is a vital skill, it’s just as important as reading and writing. It’s just as important as handwriting development.
While the verdict is still out on cursive writing, it’s apparent that every student in America needs to know how to type and keyboard correctly so that they can use the tools in their digital classrooms and communicate effectively.
TypingPal is the premiere platform for teaching keyboarding and typing to students. TypingPal offers learning environments to teach keyboarding and typing to students ages 6-11, 12-16 and 17 and over. Their comprehensive and personalized training offers:
- A variety of exercises
- Fun skill enhancing activities
- Collection of texts
- Multiple tests
We’ve spoken with educators that use TypingPal and one thing they do well is teach students to type correctly. You see with handwriting in elementary school it was always working from the fundamental stages of developing handwriting. In school’s today, even in first and second grade, students come into school with the method of inputting characters on a keyboard, that works for them. Often times it’s not the correct or most effective method.
You can learn more about the TypingPal difference at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th, booth #2619 and find out more online too at typingpal.com