Touch-Typing (digital literacy)
Computing work usually involves the use of a keyboard - a tool which allows you to input data. The computer keyboard is a modern version of an old design:
The keyboard we use is often called a QWERTY keyboard. Can you guess why? (CLUE: look at the top line of letters)
The QWERTY design seems unusual at first and there are arguments as to the reason why the keyboard is set out like this (including something called "the typewriter wars" - yes, really!). Fortunately, you won't have to look at it too hard once you've mastered touch-typing (typing without looking!). Touch-typing is a very useful skill. This Purplemash chart will help you:
This can be tricky at first so the best thing to do is start with one line of letters. First, look at the Home Row Keys (A --> L):
TASK: Purplemash has some excellent touch-typing exercises (PE for your fingers!). Log into your Purplemash account --> Computing --> 2Type and you should see a section for Home Keys at the very top of the page. There are three exercises to try. They may be difficult at first but stick with it. Try them more than once and see if you can improve on your scores.
Once you are confident with the Home Row keys try the Bottom Row Keys (Z --> M):
TASK: Log into your Purplemash account --> Computing --> 2Type and you should see a section for Bottom Row Keys. As before, there are three exercises to try. Try them more than once to achieve the best possible score.
Next, move on to the Top Row keys (Q --> P):
TASK: Log into your Purplemash account --> Computing --> 2Type and you should see a section for Top Row Keys. As before, there are three exercises to try.
TASK: Once you've mastered the three rows you're ready to put these skills together and try the Mixed Keys exercises. Good luck!