Handwriting versus Typing and Writing Skills

Handwriting versus typing when it comes to writing skills

Recent research in Reading and Writing answered the question of handwriting versus typing and writing performance.  To begin with, they examined the contribution of handwriting fluency to writing performance. The second part of the research explored the relationship between handwriting and keyboarding and compared their contributions to writing. Results of the Study on Handwriting Versus […]


Keyboarding and Motor Learning

Keyboarding is a complex task that requires students to internalize motor sequences in order to become proficient.  Students need to use visual and kinesthetic feedback to locate and utilize the correct keys to produce written work.  Starting with cogntion and vision, motor memory and self-correction, students slowly become efficient at keyboarding.  Keyboarding and motor learning involve […]


Keyboarding Versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities

Keyboarding versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities

Keyboarding Versus Handwriting Speed and Learning Disabilities Computers & Education published research investigating keyboarding versus handwriting speed and learning disabilities.  Many individuals handwrite faster than they can keyboard.  In order to close this gap, the researchers offered a touch-typing program which was completed by 17 neurotypical higher education students and 25 students with specific learning disabilities (i.e […]

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Results from Handwriting and Keyboarding Survey

The Handwriting and Keyboarding survey has ended with over 200 responses.  The purpose of this survey was to get the opinions of pediatric therapists, parents and teachers on handwriting versus keyboarding. Here are the overall responses with comments at the bottom. Please don’t forget to answer the current survey when you are done reading this […]

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Work Station, Positioning and Keyboarding Skills

Young children and students continue to spend more and more time keyboarding for written expression.  Whether it be at home before children are school aged or sitting long hours typing away throughout a child’s educational career or even as adults, the work station must be set up efficiently to allow for proper positioning while keyboarding. […]

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Proper Positioning for Keyboarding Rubric

Here is a free rubric on the proper positioning for keyboarding from the Keyboard Rubrics digital download.  School based occupational and physical therapists are frequently involved in evaluating positioning needs in the schools including computer stations.  With more and more children spending countless hours in front of a computer screen, proper positioning is essential to […]

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Is Typing Like Riding a Bicycle?

Attention, Perception & Psychophysics has published research on skilled typists and the QWERTY keyboard.  The 100 participants (young adults and adults) in the study were asked to complete a short typing test.  Following the typing test, the participants were given a blank QWERTY keyboard on a piece of paper where they had 80 seconds to […]


Handwriting and Keyboarding Standards

Zaner-Bloser has proposed Written Language Production Standards for Handwriting and Keyboarding.   These standards offer developmentally appropriate, research–based indicators to integrate handwriting and keyboarding into the curriculum.  From the Zaner-Bloser website it states that the standards are: “research-based and includes basic letter formation and keyboarding indicators included in the Common Core State Standards for English […]


Handwriting versus Keyboarding

When assessing students for written productivity, handwriting speeds are frequently compared to keyboarding speeds. There are several helpful documents on the internet to help evaluate students: 1. Developing a Written Productivity Profile: Comparing handwriting to keyboarding 2. Handwriting Speeds – from Montgomery Schools Maryland 3. Handwriting / Keyboarding Rates – from the National Assistive Technology […]