Composing with a pencil is the natural way to start, but I think it’s unrealistic to wait until mid or upper primary school to start any typing instruction. In the end, most students now enter school already familiar with using computers or devices on some level.
There are so many amazing games and online tools designed for younger pupils. After students begin to recognize the alphabet, I believe they can start learning how to type. This can complement your teaching of standard writing and literacy.
So instead of investing time in educating pupils on how to combine their writing in middle primary school, maybe there may be more of a focus on improving keyboarding skills.
Needless to say, all this is dependent upon your set curriculum guidelines also. In my experience, I have found the program is sometimes a bit vague when it comes to typing and you will need to create your own interpretations!
Using devices to learn how to type
Mobile devices such as telephones and tablets are becoming more and more common both in and outside of schools. Does this have an effect on keyboarding?
The simple fact is, being unable to type at the rate of thinking is annoying!
So what’s the answer here? Some people say, learning how to touch type on devices such as iPads is possible with practice. Or are outside keyboards with tablets the thing to do? Leave a comment if you have some ideas on this situation.
BBC Typing is an educational game for K-5. The web-based game is free. There are approximately 12 fun typing actions. You do not have to sign in to get them.