We've got all the tips and tricks you need to be a typing master. Step one: stop smacking the keyboard with a fish. Step two: watch this video. Boom. Master.
|3rd Grade||Language Arts|
|Elementary and Middle School||3rd Grade|
competition…we've got your back.
One of the most important things when it comes to typing well has less to do with how fast
your fingers move…
…and more to do with where your fingers are when they aren't moving at all.
Man, don't you love it when an important part of doing something well is doing…well… [Guy looks exhausted]
nothing? [Coop and Dino look surprised]
Anyway, in proper typing technique, we have something called the "home" position:
put your left index finger on the "F" key…
…and let the other three fingers fall on the keys just to the left of "F": "D," "S,"
We do something similar with the right hand, putting the right index finger on the "J" key… [Hands show the correct position]
…and the other three fingers on the keys just to the right of "J": "K," "L," and the
As for your thumbs, they stay right over the space bar.
This home position is the base from which they launch periodic attacks on letter keys. [Fingers shooting at letter keys]
Of course, don't attack too hard; you're gonna want to use those keys again and again, so [A finger jumps on a key and pushes it]
Now, with your fingers in the home position, practice typing all the different keys, using
nearby fingers to hit nearby keys.
For example, if you want to hit the "A" key, you could either use your left pinky, or left
ring finger…which ever one feels best!
But if you try and use your right thumb, you might end up looking pretty foolish. [The two hands on top of each other]
Once you've started to get the hang of which fingers should be hitting which key, you can
practice typing without looking down at the keyboard at all.
This is called touch-typing!
And be sure to focus on accuracy rather than speed.
You can be the fastest typist in the whole ding-dong West, but you won't impress anyone [Guy dressed as a cowboy]
if they can't read a ding-dong word you typed!
…sorry, we just liked saying, "ding-dong." [Guy types quickly but spells everything wrong]
And if you still don't believe us, think of it this way: if you're learning to swim, it's
better to learn to swim well rather than how to swim fast. [Guy swimming properly next to a guy that is flailing around]
You won't win any medals for being the fastest swimmer who …y'know…drowned.
Once you've mastered touch-typing from the home position, you'll be even better at typing
than you already were.
Getting better at playing with a rattle, though, that's a completely different ding-dong lesson altogether. [Guy is confused by a rattle]