Keyboarding – SO Important! OR Are Your Children Prepared For Online Testing?
Although the debate continues across the United States about when, how, and even whether to adopt Common Core educational standards, it’s likely that homeschooling parents and their children will be impacted in some way by one major trend Common Core will be relying on in a few years: online testing. While your state may not require homeschooled children to take or pass these computer-based exams, there are good reasons to make sure they’re prepared with adequate keyboarding skills.
2018 is a milestone year for many school districts around the country, because that’s when the guidelines set out by the Common Core program will make the final transition to phase out paper tests and focus on computer-based testing. Keyboarding is built into the curriculum already – students need to be able to use a computer keyboard and mouse, take online quizzes, and write essays and papers of one to three pages – all by the 6th grade. If you live in a state that requires compliance with these or any other educational targets, you know how important it is to make sure that your children have the skills to meet those targets. Even if you don’t have to follow outside guidelines, it’s a good idea to be aware of them; rules change quickly sometimes, on a local, state, and even federal level.
When it comes to computer and keyboarding skills, however, there are more reasons than state-based guidelines to make sure your kids are prepared for a successful future. Many employment agencies and human resources departments use computer-based testing to weed out unskilled workers. More and more jobs these days involve the use of computers, and touch typing is often required for even basic entry-level jobs, especially in an office setting. If you and your children are looking at higher education, they’ll need to be able to type quickly and accurately in order to keep up with the demands of a university degree.
While many kids are used to texting and two-finger typing, and can be fairly quick on the keyboard when sending an SMS to a friend or writing out short e-mail messages, they need to learn the principles of touch typing as early as possible. Here are some of the benefits of learning proper typing skills:
- improved hand-eye coordination
- better spelling skills
- fewer typos and less time spent editing text
- time saved in completing assignments
- reduce risk of muscle strain from incorrect technique
- more confidence in using digital and online resources
Although it’s still a few years before computers and keyboards take over from paper and pencil entirely, this is one technological trend that isn’t going away. No matter what age your child is, you can start them on a touch typing program today, and they’ll start enjoying the benefits of their new skill almost immediately. Ultimate TypingTM 2015, developed by educational software company eReflect, can be used by children as young as 6 or 7, but its personalized instructional methods means that older children and adults will get the typing training suited to their level as well. The software lets you target two goals: first, to get your kids the touch typing training they need; and second, to help them learn to use computer-based systems and tests efficiently.
Ultimate TypingTM 2015 uses video lessons, online demonstrations, interactive lesson suggestions, and fun games to teach basic and advanced touch typing skills. Because children can use the software to play games, they’ll learn to type without realizing that they’re spending time studying! The software’s progress tracking technology lets you and your child set typing goals, and see how quickly they can meet those goals.
One of the many reasons why Ultimate TypingTM 2015 is ideal for homeschooling parents is because of how easy it is to include it in any (or all) parts of your current lesson plan. You don’t have to spend more than a few minutes a day on the actual typing tutor activities, but you can still use the Ultimate TypingTM 2015 software while you’re studying other subjects. For example, if you are learning about the Arctic Ocean, you can link to articles about famous explorers, polar bears, ice sheets, and more. The software will use these articles as text for the typing exercises. That means your children will be learning about those topics as they type – a real time saver for you and your kids alike.
Contact eReflect today to find out more about the Ultimate TypingTM 2015 system, and how you can start using it to make sure your children are prepared for whatever the future may bring.
About the Author: Chassie Lee is the Content Expert for eReflect – creator of Ultimate Typing and Ultimate Typing EDU which is currently being used by tens of thousands of happy customers in over 110 countries.