Is typing an essential skill?

indexFollowing a list-serve discussion about the merits of teaching typing as part of a computing course I ran a 3 minute speed/accuracy typing test on around 90 of my students. About 60% were average or better. 40% were considered slow. Some questions:

  1. Is speed/touch typing a useful skill? Absolutely.
  2. Is it essential for success? Probably not in my view. Providing you can type as fast as you can think…
  3. Who and where should “typing be taught”. At primary school as part of English in my view, in the same way as printing is taught. At secondary school, probably as a standalone course for some students… a bit like remedial English classes.

BUT: Will students with “slow” typing skills be disadvantaged when it comes to online assessments? (seen as inevitable)

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