It was once the norm that when a student entered high school, Typing was a popular elective class. Adults fondly remember typing class with the rows of typewriters, the books that rested on a platform and turned vertically, not horizontally, and the little pencil with the eraser on one end with the brush on the other. They remember the "click, clack" of the typewriters as the keys struck paper accompanied with the "Bing!" as return arms were sent home at the end of each row. Times have changed. Typewriters are a novelty, but keyboards abound on iPads, Chromebooks, and desk top computers. To keep pace with the changing times, typing is being taught at an earlier age. Elementary students as early as kindergarten are learning where to find the Home Row on a keyboard. They are also learning to look at the screen or the paper, not at their hands while typing. Elementary students in the Tippecanoe School Corporation are offered a Technology "Specials" class once a week. During this time, many technology skills are taught - including Typing. Programs are available for students to practice typing and take typing tests. Students measure their words typed against their errors creating a Words-Per-Minute calculation. The TSC Technology Department has even made these typing programs available on the website for practice at home. The world has changed from the days of the typewriter and the Tippecanoe School Corporation is offering students experiences with technology, like typing in Tech class, that will allow them to gain the skills that will assist them in being productive learners.
Typing Can No Longer Wait Until High School