Touch Typing in Schools
Choosing good touch typing software
A good typing tutor will teach key / finger relationships quickly and logically, have enough content to develop muscle memory without endless repetition, use relevant & useful vocabulary content – not strings of random letters & nonsense words and design features to boost skill transition into the unconscious plus a teacher package to monitor progress easily.
Vocabulary content is critical when programming muscle memory – the software must use words the children need to use and know how to spell. If you have time to look at the vocabulary used in most other typing tutors, it’s not been designed with literacy and education in mind. Whether teaching touch typing is a new venture or if you’re looking for new software and better results, Englishtype can help.
To get the best from teaching typing, we recommend that you set clear objectives – touch typing with muscle memory or better keyboard familiarity. Englishtype can be used to achieve either objective, but the benefits from typing with unconscious muscle memory are significantly different, and for SEN pupils, it will transform written work.
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The multi-sensory design and strong structure with carefully selected vocabulary content (sources include Alpha to Omega & National Curriculum Spelling Appendix) make Englishtype ideal for mixed ability groups in the classroom, challenging the brightest children whilst providing extra help for Special Needs children. It has been tested in classroom with thousands of children and developed & improved with input from teachers all over the world.
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Learning To Type in School
Mainstream children, over their academic life, will produce hundreds of thousands of words in homework, coursework, essays, and dissertations. Touch typing is a tangible, easy to demonstrate, skill that increases employability. Professional careers like doctors, vets, solicitors and teachers must produce all kinds of written work very regularly. Keyboard skills are useful in almost all professions as records and customer information is computerised – builders, car mechanics, sales assistants – almost everyone uses a keyboard. Get your pupils to touch type and give them a skill for life and an advantage over peers. So many schools teach computer coding these days – but you can’t be a coder without being able to touch type!
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Touch typing for Special Needs pupils – life changing
Learning to touch type has many benefits for Special Needs individuals, and is invaluable, or even life changing. Access to a laptop and being able to touch type properly is transformative. Written work with a pen is usually a disliked and/or upsettingly difficult process. The quality of work is not comparable with cognitive ability, and self esteem is often also damaged. Learning to type also benefits reading, spelling, comprehension & vocabulary.
The single most important benefit comes from transferring the skill in the brain into the unconscious physical skill centre, or muscle memory. This is a very powerful part of the brain. Being able to type by touch means better accuracy, higher speed, improved spelling, less visual stress, less physical stress on the hands, and decreases cognitive load in the conscious brain – as the unconscious controls the “process”, the conscious is free to focus on content.
Englishtype’s design and careful structure help a wide variety of Special Needs, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Fine Motor issues, Austistic Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers, Semantic Pragmatic & other language disorders, Slow Processsing issues and Visual Impairment. SENCOs, Specialist Support Teachers, Support Units, TAs, etc, around the country are achieving amazing results for their SEN pupils, transforming written work from a source of despair to one of pride.
Practicalities for teaching typing
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