K-5 Technology Resources
Have you ever wondered….
Why are the keys on a keyboard all mixed up?
• Christopher Latham Shole in 1872 invented the machine called the "Type-Writer." Sholes had developed his machine for convenience, but was faced with a huge problem: the keys jammed if the typist went too fast. Sholes tried for months to fix this problem. Finally, Sholes redesigned the layout of the letters on the keyboard to force the typist to slow down. We call his layout the "QWERTY" keyboard (after the first six letters of the typewriter's second row).
Here are some links for online typing practice at home. Keyboarding is a skill that is important as students progress through their education.
Dance Mat Typing http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
Typing at the Speed of Thought http://www.keybr.com/
Keyboarding lessons for Kids http://webinstituteforteachers.org/%7Egammakeys/Lesson/Lesson1.htm