Keyboard skills – important for succeeding in the twenty-first century

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 | Computer Usage

Using your thumbs you can possibly type away on the keypad of your cell phone at the speed of lightning.  If you can do this you are part of the thumb generation.

Are you as skilled in the use of the keyboard of a computer?  Many people peck away with two – and sometimes four – fingers and feel that this is good enough.  But you can do better than that when you learn touch typing.

What is touch typing?  The name indicates that you use your sense of touch to find your way when you type.  You don’t have to look at the keyboard to locate the letters; your fingers will feel their way to find the right ones.

You don’t need a special course to learn touch typing.  Free programs – called keyboard tutors – are available on the internet to help you develop this skill.  But you need to practise, practise and practise some more and not give up if you find it difficult at first.

Think about how good it will be if you don’t have to look at your hands when you type: you can either look at your notes or another book from which you copy information, or you can look at the screen to see whether you are typing correctly.  Touch typing allows you to type much faster and more accurately than you would be able to do otherwise; you will even type faster than you can write by hand.

Keyboard skills, and particularly touch typing, are of the most important skills required to succeed in the twenty-first century.  Make time to learn touch typing now and save a lot of time later.

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4 Comments to Keyboard skills – important for succeeding in the twenty-first century

Friday, 4 March, 2011

Yes, it works. I have downloaded some years ago a typing software program for FREE from the internet. I worked and “practice” through all the modules and all 10x my fingers have had the opportunity to develop a sense to find its own unique keystroke, and the other fingers are not allowed to use it !

but … during my visit at some schools, the majority of educators (and even learners) are still using 2x fingers !! Even a secretary or two are using 2x fingers only.

Shame, to the other 8x fingers as they can speed up your typing speed.

Nic Vujicic was born without legs and arms (no hands with fingers or feet with toes), but he got a “drumstick” for a toe and is typing 43 wpm !!! At one of my school, a learner in a wheelchair is using his elbows to type.

So maybe we must use all “those limbs” that can do typing !!

Albie 10x

Saturday, 5 March, 2011

I remember the furore at the school I taught at when typing was dropped. Yet it was useful to learn how to type properly. Learners who do CAT and IT only have a short while to learn how to type properly. What about the rest?
I started with two fingers and progressed to four. Old habits die hard and I am stuck there.

Monday, 7 March, 2011

I recommend Burning Cargo to anyone having trouble learning toucht yping. It’s a full touch typing course in a game of strategy and adventure.

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