Check out this creative approach to using games for keyboarding.
Our students today have a variety of input devices (touch, stylus, voice?) but I still find that the QWERTY keyboard is the fastest and easiest input device. (I often feel pretty self-conscious talking to the computer (or tablet, sorry Siri!) when not alone, perhaps that is just me:) In my experience, writing recognition software is still clumsy and more miss than hit with emerging handwriting skills. Therefore, I find that the keyboarding remains the most reliable input device and a significant part of a good ICT curriculum for elementary students in 2013.
When do I start introducing keyboarding to children?
Starting in the middle of Grade 2 or early Grade 3 (aged 7 or 8) seemed to be the best time to introduce formal keyboarding as most students progress toward longer forms of writing. Some students might be ready earlier but in my experience, a significant majority, if not…
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