Australia (PRWEB) August 4, 2009
The fast, simple, effective and low-cost Nail It Now typing method, deliverable over the internet and easily downloaded to school networks, would save School Districts thousands of dollars and hours of curriculum time, vastly improve student outcomes and not only meet, but easily exceed, keyboarding standards and writing assessments.
Instead of locking students away in drill and practice typing software programs that take too long and achieve too little, the non-software Nail It Now keyboarding method takes just two lessons to teach any child aged 5 years and over correct finger use, and is a fun class activity. There's no random letter typing repetition; this innovative method uses manipulatives and mnemonics to help students easily remember the keys.
What sets Nail It Now apart from any other keyboarding method is that it enables schools to use a vast, free resource at their fingertips. After just two lessons, students are ready to practice "proper" fingering using their "real" daily computer activities in class and at home. Students learn best when engaged in meaningful activities and students practicing in class, rather than in a typing software program, saves schools hours of precious curriculum time and costs nothing.
Every student can learn to touch type. Early elementary students play a fun game on a body-sized keyboard on the floor, taking it in turns to be "fingers" and jumping on the keyboard when their letter is called out. Higher grade teachers project colorful, self-explanatory PowerPoint slide presentation pages, in turn, onto a wall and students type in any word processing program. There's even a self-teaching PDF version for teachers and parents.
Any teacher or parent can teach and revise the method. No training or technical expertise is required. Two "key" pages--each containing 15 mnemonic association words--are all that's needed to prompt a child who forgets a key or to revise the method in a 5-minute mini session in class, at the kitchen table while a parent prepares dinner or in homes without computers.
Older students, who use the keyboard daily in class and at home, quickly become proficient at correctly typing their class projects. Younger students love playing the game and kinaesthetic, visual and auditory learners all get to learn "their way". This new learning is easily reinforced doing fun, meaningful tasks like dividing a writing class into writers and floor keyboard "typists" until students are ready to type their stories in class using "proper" fingering.
In an education world of limited resources and time constraints, schools face many demands that are hard to meet, but meeting keyboarding standards and assessments doesn't have to be one of them.
About Nail It Now
Nail It Now offers a unique, innovative keyboarding method, and Microsoft Word tutorials, deliverable over the internet, that are specifically designed to be fast, fun and easy for kids, individuals, schools and businesses. Founded in 1998 by Georgie Farmer, who created all the tutorials using lateral thinking, the online business now has customers in 50 countries worldwide. For more information about the Nail It Now typing method or to pilot any of the three versions at no cost, visit http://www.nailitnow.com.au/typingtutorlicence/index.html .