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Topic # 205379 10-Nov-2016 16:41
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do people use smaller keyboards with shorter travel for kids to learn to type as opposed to say a mechanical full sized keyboard with a lot of travel?

 

PS it is likely to be used on an ipad





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  Reply # 1667535 10-Nov-2016 16:46
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I'm not sure such a thing exists, but IMO just get them using a regular keyboard from the get go (maybe even DVORAK) so they learn it young.


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  Reply # 1667536 10-Nov-2016 16:46
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Are they learning to Type, or touch-type?

 

If it is just to basically find their way around then a smaller keyboard is probably OK,

 

But if they are learning to Touchtype, a Full sized keyboard with plenty of Travel will help much more with getting their speed up... ( a smaller keyboard will cause to many incorrect keystrokes at speed)


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1667538 10-Nov-2016 16:49
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I learned on a Commodore 64 and turned out OK tongue-out




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  Reply # 1667539 10-Nov-2016 16:50
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wellygary:

 

Are they learning to Type, or touch-type?

 

If it is just to basically find their way around then a smaller keyboard is probably OK,

 

But if they are learning to Touchtype, a Full sized keyboard with plenty of Travel will help much more with getting their speed up... ( a smaller keyboard will cause to many incorrect keystrokes at speed)

 

 

i have no idea what touch type is but that's what the mrs is planning to get him to learn





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  Reply # 1667542 10-Nov-2016 16:51
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In a nutshell, touch typing is when you use all fingers and don't look at the keyboard while typing.




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  Reply # 1667556 10-Nov-2016 17:11
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Ah that's what i try to do.

Wonder if adult keyboard is too big for kids.

Asking coz HN has the Logitech G710+ for $129 delivered. Is that a good deal? Am i justifying it by saying I'm buying it for the kid to learn touch typing?




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  Reply # 1667558 10-Nov-2016 17:18
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Our kid has never had an issue and has used computers since a young age (he is 9 now but could touch type ~7).  

 

As far as I know all keyboards since practically forever have roughly the same spacing - I don't think there is such a thing as a "Children's keyboard" only miniature keyboards with rubber keys upon which you cannot really type at all...


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  Reply # 1667561 10-Nov-2016 17:28
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TBH I'd say touch SCREEN typing will probably prove far more useful as time goes on... think tablet vs PC vs phablet ...?

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  Reply # 1667562 10-Nov-2016 17:31
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ubergeeknz: maybe even DVORAK

 

Oh come on, if you're going to be evil then at least do it properly with a Type 7!


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  Reply # 1667634 10-Nov-2016 21:14
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At least the Type 7 has the caplock out of the way and a control key in a handy space!




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  Reply # 1667637 10-Nov-2016 21:21
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PhantomNVD: TBH I'd say touch SCREEN typing will probably prove far more useful as time goes on... think tablet vs PC vs phablet ...?

 

you mean dictation without lifting a finger? that would be more futuristic, not to mention translation of brain waves into words ...





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