Updated: May 18, 2021
The move to the digitising exam-taking with the introduction of typing skills has been accelerated in light of the year (and a bit) that was and the ever-changing circumstances of our environment.
With NAPLAN around the corner, the integration of typing skills in the written component of the tests will be a highly anticipated section. Typing skills were not prioritised in the past, as a result, many students lack this vital skill and in turn, lack efficiency and will be impacted in the testing process.
Without a doubt, this change stresses the importance of typing skills for 21st-century students. Beyond the classroom and education, most, if not all professionals in the 21st century communicate via digital means that require them to type. Typing is a skill that can speed up any digital learning processes. Once a student has mastered their typing skills, they will be supported in the acquiring of new and sought after skills such as coding and programming.
No matter how well your child can write an informative, persuasive, or narrative text, if they are unable to express themselves through typing, they are disadvantaged as their abilities are not being accurately reflected. Punctuation and grammatical errors are even more evident when the font is unified, hence, it is crucial that students master the skill of typing at a young age to be ahead.
The average typing speed for a child in year 6 is 35-45wpm. In a 30-minute time slot, taking away 10 minutes of planning and proofreading time, they are expected to type 700 to 900 words. It is important that we don't fear, but rather embrace this change by adopting a more digital method of learning, preparing your child for the future that's already here.
How do we prepare for what's already here?
Typing skills cannot be acquired overnight. The best way to improve is through continuous typing practices.
First and foremost, we encourage our students to be typing written work. We have typing practices within our programs, and students are also encouraged to engage in various non-academic tasks such as online journaling. Furthermore, our lessons provide students with the platform to communicate digitally as they engage in conversations and tasks through typing to teachers and peers.
Secondly, it is important to practice typing so that students pick up on nuances such as the capitalisation of letters or, the use of symbols. Here are some websites that we use to help improve our students’ typing skills:
To say that we will never write again for anything would be ignorant, but in the context of education and what lies ahead for testing, learning to type will prove to be more important.