QWERTY – Keyboarding
In today’s wired world, your child’s keyboarding skills impact their ability to communicate with others, both socially and academically.
QWERTY Keyboarding is designed to instill proper typing techniques in students in grades 3 to 8. Students learn:
Correct keyboarding posture and positioning
Efficient typing strokes
Strategies to improve keyboarding accuracy and speed
Each class consists of fun, multi-sensory activities to help students memorize the keyboard that helps them to learn touch-typing quickly and easily. A giant keyboard puzzle, colour coded keyboard reference pages, and typing to music keep students engaged and motivated.
Specific keys are taught in each lesson and students hone their skills through a variety of keyboarding drills, games, and homework. Students use award-winning software to practice skills taught by an RRLS teacher holding a B.Ed. or M.Ed. degree, who uses Direct Instruction methods to help students progress and reach goals.
Learning proper touch-typing skills at an early age allows students to become quick and proficient typists before they become experts in the less efficient “hunt and peck” typing method.
Our small class sizes allow for careful monitoring of each student’s progress. Students receive immediate feedback on their speed and accuracy percentages and are encouraged to achieve a words-per-minute goal by logging their results.
QWERTY Keyboarding is a dynamic, fun way for students to learn the proper touch-typing techniques that are essential in today’s technology-driven world.
In today’s technology-driven world, proper keyboarding skills are essential. By the time students reach high school (and often even earlier), they are required to type almost every assignment. If students learn to touch-type before they develop poor “hunt and peck” typing habits, they will be better prepared to meet the demands of higher level education and the work force.
Students are developmentally ready to learn keyboarding skills around age eight or nine, or during their third grade year. It is always beneficial for students to gain exposure to a keyboard before this age, but it is around grade three that students develop the manual dexterity needed for touch-typing.
Yes. Touch-typing is the most efficient method of keyboarding. With practice, students who are good “hunt and peck” typists can develop the muscle memory needed for effective touch-typing skills. It may slow them down initially, but the benefits of proper keyboarding skills will pay off in the long-term.
All QWERTY Keyboarding instructors are certified teachers with B.Ed. or M.Ed. degrees who have been trained in correct keyboarding methods.
Yes. If your child has his or her own laptop, please inform our office prior to the first class and we will provide instructions on how to download the software directly onto your laptop before the first lesson.
Yes. In fact, many students with learning differences are provided with specific accommodations in their classrooms, including the use of assistive technology programs. That means strong keyboarding skills become an important tool to facilitate learning. Additionally, classes are taught using Direct Instruction methods, which allow for explicit teaching and time to consolidate newly acquired skills.
The cost of the program includes 10 hours of Direct Instruction lessons taught by a certified RRLS teacher with a B.Ed. or M.Ed. degree. Small class sizes allow instructors to provide one-to-one support, including individual recommendations that help students maximize their potential and performance.
A six month subscription to the online Typing Agent program is included.