Follow the science
There is now scientific evidence to support the position that good keyboarding skills are essential to optimal performance in NAPLAN Online. Thousands of educators right across Australia recognise this critical link and are actively preparing their students for NAPLAN Online with Typing Tournament Online.
Research Shows Massive Boost to NAPLAN Writing Task Results
Our research has shown that Year 5 students who have learned to type with the leading touch-typing tutor, Typing Tournament Online have a clear advantage and a pathway to improved NAPLAN scores for the whole class. On average, the result for children in the class will be boosted by 7 marks. That is 37% of a year’s progress in the Writing Task.
- Research Summary: Keyboard Ability Significantly Boosts NAPLAN Results
- Full Research Report: Keyboard Ability Significantly Boosts NAPLAN Results
Research indicates that teachers feel ill-equipped to teach typing
While many voices have long made the case to raise the status of keyboard skills in school education, recent developments may be about to fundamentally change the landscape. Firstly, the NAPLAN Review Final Report 2020 – p84 has strongly recommended that the writing composition tasks should continue to transition to online formats for Year 5 and above. Secondly, the Australian Writing Survey p7 has found that a majority of school teachers do not feel equipped to teach keyboard skills, underlining the critical role of educational software resources.
Over 75% of Principals want to improve students’ keyboarding and typing skills before NAPLAN Online.
EdAlive is delighted to endorse the published findings of the Australian Primary Principals Association in its summary report: APPA NAPLAN Online Trial Survey. It indicated that in preparation for NAPLAN Online 78.61% of Principals want to increase teaching time allocated to keyboarding skills.
Feedback from other principals
- At Typing Tournament, we are regularly approached by schools wanting to increase students’ keyboarding ability after participating in a NAPLAN Online trial or responding to reports of such experiences from other schools. The following reports are typical of such schools: Willeton Senior High School; Forrestdale Primary School
- “With NAPLAN going online and the growing use of computers, touch typing absolutely has to be a 21st-century skill.’’ Ann Mathers – Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, Melbourne.
The growing imperative for typing skills
This imperative for typing skills is now being reflected in a wide range of curricula, educational practice and the use of online testing.
The curricula assume the teaching of competent keyboarding skills
As the Australian Curriculum and the various state-based curricula have statements regarding the teaching of efficient keyboarding but most teachers historically have not prioritised this vital skill.
ACARA Literacy Progressions HKw1 – HK8
The ACARA Literacy Progressions HwK1 – HwK8 mandate automaticity with keyboard skills.
Good keyboarding skills are taught not caught
The complex high level kinaesthetic skill of handwriting is universally taught via a structured leaning programme spanning many years of schooling. Typically, it will feature increasing complexity and repetition commencing with a simplified font and progressing through intermediary stages to fully formed cursive writing. So too, good keyboarding skills need to be systematically taught. Left to their own devices children usually develop poor, inefficient habits that stymie their productivity for the rest of their education and on into their working lives.
Remarkable results are being achieved with Typing Tournament Online
High typing speeds are not necessarily the dominant aim in primary school. Handwriting in primary children is estimated to average 10-13 words per minute, with few achieving 20 wpm. So, a typing speed test ability of 18-20 wpm would translate to matching or exceeding handwriting speed in most practical circumstances. Earlier research has shown that weekly use of Typing Tournament Online increases average typing speeds by 6 words per minute (wpm) over a school term, meaning that speeds of 18-20 wpm are a realistic target for middle primary students with many classes regularly achieving typing speeds of over 45 WPM.