Teach Typing Skills to Children on QWERTY Keyboard

Teach Typing Skills to Children on QWERTY Keyboard

‘Qwerty’ is not a word, though it definitely sound like one. It denotes the first 6 keys on the left on the top row of the standard English language typewriters and keyboards.

Cambridge Online Dictionary defines qwerty as “with or ​relating to the ​usual ​arrangement of the ​keys on the ​keyboard of a ​computer, in which the ​top ​line of ​letters ​begins with q, w, e, r, t, and y, as in a qwerty keyboard or qwerty layout”

Typewriters were a ubiquitous presence in offices, schools, and even homes until they were pensioned off by computers. But for the generation that used them extensively, they evoke nostalgia. Catch an old movie on the telly to see a bunch of typists in action in a government office and tapping away at the ‘keyboard’ furiously. The typewriter was bulky and noisy, but it did its job well. In the days gone by, possessing typing skills made one more employable.

How is possessing good typing skills beneficial to students is a question relevant to educators, parents, and even researchers? Let us see how:

      Typewriter may have become a part of history, but the need to possess typing skills has most definitely not. Even though touchscreens, autocomplete feature, and voice typing are useful for certain tasks, typing is a skill that is likely to remain relevant for some time.

      Before the advent of computers, graduates learnt their typing skills in typing institutes. And students were taught typing in schools in most parts of the world. Once typewriters were out of the way, the practice was discontinued under the assumption that students would learn to type on their own. Clearly, that did not happen.

      Search and Peck, Hunt and Peck or Eagle Finger are some of the terms used to describe two finger typing method used by untrained people (and students) for their text-inputting needs. It is slower, can lead to bad physical posture and related health risks.

      Typing is a skill that needs to be learnt and practiced until you master it. In the age of computer-based learning, children who have not mastered the skill are likely to lag behind their skilled peers in academics, in spite of possessing other talents.

      Classical memory-based typing known as Touch-type, teaches students to assume correct physical posture, use all 10 fingers, and to type effortlessly and with fewer errors. It improves hand-to-eye coordination and is less stressful as it eliminates the need to constantly look at the keyboard to locate the keys.

Typing is a skill that has become an integral part of our everyday life - be it at school or at workplace. So mastering it assumes greater significance and urgency. One can master typing even with an instruction manual or book. Practice is what makes you master the skill.

Internet is full of  useful resources for learning and improving typing skills. However, make sure you carefully read terms of service before using them.