Many parents watch their children wield smartphones and navigate social media as if it were second nature. However, the little ones are often not as tech savvy as they seem, at least when it comes to core skills that are essential to their future success. One such skill that is frequently overlooked is typing.
Indeed, Tech Learning recently pointed out many of us take typing for granted, listing it among the "10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have" and adding: "Typing – yes, typing. I can get much more work done since I know how to type, then people who don’t. It’s a skill that is necessary for any kind of writing."
Most parents may cringe at the thought of coaxing their children to use sterile typing tutorials of yesteryear. Nowadays,there are many programs have advanced far beyond the old boring ones we used as kids, instead becoming engaging and fun enough to easily tempt children until they become keyboard wizards.
Cool Mom Tech, for instance, says young kids will enjoy colorful and engaging typing games like Type a Balloon and Keyboard Ninja, adding that most them essentially have the same simple, but highly useful setup. Free Training Tutorial, meanwhile, touts the even more vibrant Dance Mat Ninja, describing it as "a magnificent typing tutorial for kids presented in an amusing cartoon style computer game. In every stage and new topic, there is a new animal who is guiding you, in its own unique environment."
However, older students will most certainly be put off by the flashy interface and might prefer the more practical features of Typing.com. It’s a highly comprehensive resource with sections dedicated to beginners (teaching simple steps like getting familiar with the U, R and K keys, and the period and comma keys), intermediate exercises that get users comfortable with easy bottom row words, basic punctuation and speed drills, and advanced levels that outline advanced symbols, nitro type content along with providing accuracy drills. Make Use Of , meanwhile, lists several other online typing resources, along with their pros and cons.
Together, these resources prove that there’s no excuse for hen pecking.
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