Thursday, April 19, 2012

But These Kids These Days Can't Type!!!

So, just how important is it for kids to learn keyboarding? While learning to type, "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" helped me learn how to navigate a keyboard designed by the creator of the manual typewriter right after the earth cooled, how important is it for kids today to learn the nuances of the QWERTY keyboard?  Today's thumb texters can show some pretty impressive speed on a keyboard that some of us need our reading glasses to see.  Alternative keyboarding programs such as Swype and Snapkeys and being used by some schools and districts as an alternative to QWERTY.  With the pace of technological advances, we know it won't be long until human interfaces, like Siri (but on steroids) take over and keyboards become obsolete.  Hello Hal and 2001 A Space Odyssey!  What's wrong Dave?  You can read the piece from THE Journal below.  And by the way, you don't have to type anything, just click on the hyperlink, or ask Siri to open it for you.

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