A look at why typing is important and some of the free software available to teach it.
When I learned to touch type you needed seriously strong pinkie fingers to survive and you popped your hands under the flexible plastic typewriter cover to practice without looking at the keys.
But whilst these old machines are thankfully a thing of the past the ability to type without looking at the keys remains an essential skill.
Think about it, during written tests not much of the available test taking time is spent making sure we can write! Furthermore, faster writers have always had an edge over the slower. So it stands to reason that the ability to type speedily and accurately during online tests that contain a written component be a similar advantage.
In fact I would go so far as to say not being able to type is a disadvantage. While I have conducted no studies in this arena just watching my daughter see a mistake on her screen or not know where a letter is, look down at the keyboard, backspace for a while and add the correction and then look confused for a few seconds while she tries to reengage with her work has me convinced that typing should still be taught in all schools and to all genders!!!
So my son who did do keyboarding, as they call it now, in Middle School can still accurately type about 40 words per minute and my daughter, with all the confidence of the ignorant, claimed she was faster. I sat her down in front of a typing test and we were both staggered at her result.
20 words per minute with a 35% error rate.
Her fingers fly over the keys but the fact remains – she can’t type.
I can type at 69 wpm with a 3% error rate – I’ll take it.
So how much time is being wasted on homework and written tests by students who think they can, but actually cannot, type?
As a lot of teach-yourself-typing software is free consider adding this as a free value-add to your existing students. Don’t forget that a busy tutoring center is going to attract new clients, even if the students are busy teaching themselves to type!
Here are four free softwares that I tested.
And the winner is…..
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