One key stroke at a time
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Additionally, she said it is important that students enter the high school district knowing proper keyboarding technique. There, she said, students will be doing many research papers that will need to be typed.
Sixth-grader Ryan Badello said he has already noticed an improvement in his skills after a few months of keyboarding instruction. He knows how to find the bars on the “f” and “j” keys to anchor his fingers. “It’s helping me type a lot faster for when I’m doing things on the computer like essays and projects,” he said.
Ryan, who added that he can now type 98 words per minute according to the program, said he plays a lot of online games at home that requires typing messages to other players.
Daniela Giliberti, a sixth-grader, said typing used to confuse her when she didn’t know the proper technique, and her hands would be all over the place. “The neatest way to type is to just put your hands in the correct spots,” he said.
Sferrazza said her students will put their new skills to good use later in the year when they do reports on the Seven Wonders of the World and Greek gods and goddesses, as well as persuasive writing assignments. Knowing proper techniques, she said, can actually save them time.
She said the program, which is interactive, motivates the children. “I feel like it is teaching them better typing,” she said. “They also like to challenge themselves to see how they can improve. They want to do well.”