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    Filed at 10:12 pm under by dcobranchi

    From an NEA listserv:

    1) Keyboarding Skills
    From Angela Saxon (joangela@bellsouth.net), an NBCT kindergarten teacher at Moody Elementary School in Moody, Alabama:
    “I have a great, active tip for teaching keyboarding skills. It came from a workshop with Dr. Jean Feldman. Use an overhead projector to project a transparency of a keyboard onto a shower curtain liner, then trace each key with a permanent marker, onto the liner. This liner becomes your ‘game board’; put it on the floor and let each student spell his name by stepping on the keys or by swatting keys with a flyswatter. Teach about special keys like enter and backspace. ‘Type’ vocabulary words. The students love the activity and are amazed how much they know when they get to a real keyboard.”

    Do kindergartners really need keyboarding skills? Heck- many of them are still learning the alphabet. Yet another example of a teacher enamored with technology to the detriment of education.

    One Response to “IS THIS REALLY NECESSARY?”

    Comment by
    July 28th, 2003
    at 8:52 am

    LOL! I have to disagree on this one, Daryl! lol! This will be my disagreement for the year…

    I think it’s an excellent idea to start keyboarding in kindergarten. I find that the more a child’s senses are involved in what she’s learning, the more easily and deeply she retains it. I think it’s great to meld keyboard recognition with learning letters.

    I liken keyboarding to a foreign language. They say the younger the better in introducing foreign language study–I believe the same can be applied to typing, as both involve “reflex”, for lack of a better word.

    I had a friend who could type over 40 wpm by the time she was in junior high, and I have to tell you how much that enhanced her learning experience. Imagine if children possessed typing skills by the time they become independent readers. Imagine the positive impact that could have their language, reading comprehension, and composing skills.

    Sorry so long a comment. Only once a year, I promise. 😉