Much of the meaning you get from talking with someone in person comes from their gestures and facial expressions. This aspect of communication is lost in the visually devoid world of texting, and emojis pick up the slack, making digital communication more precise.
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Up to a certain age, children’s brains are like sponges.
Studies show that children have a much easier time learning a second language if they start before their third birthday.
This early start will help them reach better levels of fluency and retention than if they start later in life.
Additionally, some studies even indicate that learning multiple languages at a young age can lead to cognitive benefits in critical thinking and creativity.
Errors are part of the learning process! Unfortunately, though, for some students a few errors can entirely derail a typing lesson.
Bad habits happen. When it comes to typing, it almost feels like bad habits are inevitable.
By the time students get proper typing instruction in middle school, they’ve already spent their formative years pecking out messages to friends on an array of devices.
If you’ve ever received an email from a student, you likely know the horror. Abbreviations and slang? Everywhere. Emojis? At least half a dozen. Proper formatting? Nowhere to be found.
While each of these tools has its merits, the criteria for the best tool is that it should sufficiently cover the letters on the keys, that it’s removable, and that it feels natural while typing.
Speed will come with practice and repetition, but if students internalize bad habits by sacrificing accuracy for speed early on, these habits can be difficult to unlearn.