Keyboarding: An Essential Lifelong Skill for People of All Ages
By: Cindy Sachar
The key to success when living in our computer-centric world is to be able to interact with computers effectively and efficiently through well-developed keyboarding skills. Computing is a way of life today for students at school, young adults at university or continuing education, as well as adults in their business and social interactions. Mastering keyboarding involves learning the technique (physical positioning and movement), key location, and ergonomics (posture, lighting and set up).
When should I learn to keyboard?
Keyboarding is an important skill for all students. It involves using correct finger placement and building speed for optimal typing accuracy. When students develop keyboarding proficiency, it becomes an aid to the improvement of their writing skills. It is recommended that all students begin to learn correct placement of fingers on the keyboard as soon as they begin to use the computer. Even during preschool years, children use computers and must be guided towards efficient keyboarding habits. By age 9, children have developed the proper level of dexterity and eye-hand coordination to start mastering the keyboard. Their hands have grown to fit the standard-sized keyboard and their attention span has developed enough to last the length of a 45 minute lesson. At this level, students’ writing requirements have also developed enough to have a need for efficient, legible written communication. Also, early introduction to keyboarding reduces bad habit development and provides additional benefits that include improvements in spelling, writing, and reading comprehension. Appropriate introduction of keyboarding instruction in the elementary curriculum and reinforcement throughout their school years can provide the necessary foundation for the rest of our students’ lives.
Keyboarding can be learned in adulthood. Today’s adults were not brought up in a computer- centric society. They may want to learn to become proficient on the computer to communicate with friends and family via email, converse on social networks and to surf the web. Now is the time to learn.
Many professionals type using the hunt and peck technique (one or two fingers of each hand, while searching for the letters on the keyboard). Keyboard mastery is essential to become more efficient and productive at work.
What schools teach:
Although students are exposed to some keyboarding instruction at school, the practice time required to learn this skill is not offered. Schools teach the home row technique, which is not intuitive. Teachers often rely on online keyboarding programs which do not reinforce proper finger placement. The online keyboarding programs are more game oriented and students tend to use incorrect finger placement to win the game.
A Revolutionary Method to Keyboarding – the ABC Method:
Introducing a method which uses the alphabet for keyboard mastery which is proven to be the best way to learn how to type.
- Learn keyboarding in an alphabetical sequence
- We all know the alphabet, so no letter sequence recall is necessary
- Fast learning time, approximately 6-8 forty-five minute sessions
- Easy to master
- Relevant – applying useful and common words immediately, such as and, the, happy
- Ability to type without looking at the keyboard in no time at all
- Advance to computer proficiency as the next step
Once people have learned to keyboard successfully, they should focus on computer proficiency which includes word processing, presentation techniques, programs and computer navigation.
Join the 21st Century and become a proficient keyboarder!