Touch typing is an important skill for anyone who uses computers regularly. While lots of people get by using just their forefingers, being able to accurately press the keys on the keyboard while looking at the screen increases confidence and productivity on a computer. Knowing where the keys are allows the user to enter text and use shortcuts much more quickly.
Here is a link to the P2/3 blog – they have been learning how to touch type this term and have some great tips on how to develop the skill.
Touch Typing in ICT
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So far this term I’ve been very busy working with the boys and girls from our Nursery, p1a, p2, p2/3, p4/5 and our Software Development Skills Academy. The knowledge and skills that so many pupils have for starting is absolutely great. I will be working with pupils and staff to develop and harness tis knowledge and skills.
Here is some of the topics we are covering in ICT for term 1:
- Nursery are learning to use the mouse and basic computer functions, such as internet and games
- p1a are learning to access the PCs in the ICT suite with greater independence and knowing what software to use for each task
- p2 are learning about the different features and functions of computers and mobile devices
- p2/3 are learning about the ‘home row’ of keys and how to type faster and with greater accuracy
- p4/5 are using Microsoft Paint to create a picture of our school, making full use of the drawing tools
I am looking forward to updating this blog with great examples of our learning as we go.