Over the last few decades, schools and other institutions have done a fabulous job in introducing and incorporating computers into our classrooms. Our kids are well equipped to understand and handle computers at a very young age. Teachers have meticulously taught kids on the nuances involved with computers and how to apply, utilize them to understand other subjects like math, science etc.
However, teachers have missed out on teaching proper typing techniques for our kids. Despite being an important aspect in the world of computer education, keyboarding skills have taken a back seat. Few decades ago, there were full time training institutes specializing on imparting typing skills to students. With due course of time, such institutes have faded out of contention and the primary focus has shifted to training students to obtain, process and assimilate information on computers.
As we are already aware, most of the habits that we develop at a very young age stay with us for lifetime. At a later stage it becomes extremely difficult to identify and rectify such bad habits. Bad typing techniques is also one such habit that develops at a very young age. This habit has the inherent quality of causing various perils in the long term.
Small typing errors in the workplace could create a real bad impression among peers and superiors. Besides, people with poor typing skills may also be viewed as lazy and inefficient employees. To save your child from such issues, it is pertinent that we provide a proper, structured typing training for our kids. Here as some interesting tips on how to improve keyboarding skills of your kids.
5 tips to choose proper typing technique for kids
1) The posture in which the kids sit – Ensure that the kid sits with their backs in a relaxed and straight position. The elbows should be kept perpendicular to our arms such that the elbow bend is at a right angle position. Ensure that the kid sits at a comfortable distance from the screen. The wrists are capable of getting strained during long hours of typing. Hence it is important to ensure that no body weight is put on the wrists.
2) Positioning of fingers – The horizontal middle row in a keyboard beginning with the letter A is the place where the fingers have to be placed softly. The left hand fingers are in the keys A, S, D, F and the right hand fingers are in keys J, K, L, :. The reasoning behind such an arrangement is that, as each finger is involved in the process of typing the other fingers are grounded over other keys providing a reference to the typing finger.
3) The actual typing process – Now that we have the fingers in their respective positions, the kids should try and use only the respective fingers for the corresponding keys. After typing a particular line or phrase, the fingers should come back to their original positions. Repeating the process over a length of time can be strenuous for the kids but in the long run their keyboarding skills improve tremendously.
4) As the fingers start typing, ensure that the kids do not look at the keyboard. Again, not looking at the keyboard is difficult for young kids but such a practice will guarantee an increase in the typing speed and accuracy.
5) Make sure that the kids do not type very quickly at the nascent stage. The speed at which they type should increase gradually.
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Hope these tips would assist your kids to improve keyboarding skills. Thanks for reading!!