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How to introduce kindergarteners to computers

E-School News – Bethany Nill

“I work with roughly 500 kindergarten through 5th-grade students. As part of their curriculum, students receive 40 minutes each week of technology class. During the first quarter, we focus on the keyboard. Today’s students are expected to have some typing proficiency as early as kindergarten. For example, our students must be able to, at minimum, type their first and last name in order to access their devices and accounts. Our 2nd– through 5th-graders take computer-based assessments which require them to type constructed responses to questions. Learning to type is not an option for our students; it’s an essential skill.”(more)

Should cursive writing follow the typewriter out of Michigan classrooms?

Michigan Radio – NPR – Josh Hakala

“You may have seen the internet meme floating around social media. It says, “Someday us old folks will use cursive writing as a secret code.” While intended as a joke, how close to the truth might it be in the coming decades? The art of cursive writing is being taught at fewer and fewer schools these days…“we know that typing and technology is the wave of the future and it’s not going anywhere,” said Valerie Zaryczny, an occupational therapist…Zaryczny cites research that shows that learning cursive can help a child’s brain development in the same way that it can when they learn a foreign language. She believes that a child who learns cursive will have an edge in the classroom.”(more)