In March 2018 I wrote a comprehensive post about teaching typing. I also compared four free online tools for learning keyboarding. Find that post here.
On 21st July, 2011, all of my students participated in a typing test using 10fastfingers. They had to test themselves three times and then I recorded their best words-per-minute score.
Each week for the rest of the year, we completed about 30 minutes of typing practice using activities that I collated on this Sqworl.
Some of the students also used the typing games during spare time at home and school.
I tested the students using 10fastfingers again in September and at the end of the school year in December.
The results were very pleasing for five months progress, but what was most pleasing was the obvious improvement that the student bloggers showed.
Authentic typing practice = improved results
9 of my 22 students earnt their own blog from June onwards and their typing progress was more rapid than the non-bloggers. I have anecdotally recorded evidence of my students who do more blogging as making more progress with typing in the past, but it is good to have some (small) data.
In 2012, I’d like to test my Grade Four students from the start of the year and monitor their process. It would be ideal to compare them with a non-blogging class too if that was possible.
I truly believe that the ability to type with reasonable speed and accuracy helps students to better cope with the technological world they live in. Students are increasingly going to be held back in their school work, everyday life and future career if they don’t have adequate typing skills.
In 2012 I hope to help my students to learn to type so that they can focus more on their more important tasks– communicating, collaborating, creating, curating and so on.
How do you structure typing practice and lessons in your classroom?
Have you seen a correlation between blogging and typing improvement?
Do you have any other suggestions for typing games or tests?