“Keyboarding, once taught in high school, is now part of the curriculum for elementary kids” — Erin Duffy | World-Herald Staff Writer
In their computer class at King Science and Technology Magnet Center, DeMario Echols and Ismael Escobar would sometimes slip on their headphones, turn on some music and zone out while they let their fingers fly.
The eighth-graders spent about 20 minutes at the start of each class practicing keyboarding. They focused on the home-row keys, practiced their speed during timed tests or retyped news articles they found on the web.
“It’s increasing our skills and making us get ready for the real world when we have to type fast,” DeMario said.
With the widespread availability of smartphones, tablets and laptops, kids are getting their hands on technology sooner than ever.
And that means more schools are pushing keyboarding lessons down into the elementary grades. The hope is that in the future, middle schoolers like DeMario and Ismael can focus less on rote typing techniques and more on advanced skills like coding and website development.