Hunt-and-peck, a method of typing in which one looks at the keyboard and types usually using the index fingers, will not win any keyboarding awards.
Just ask grand champion Kade Christian.
“I started typing when I was 5 or 6 years old. I used my grandfather’s computer, a desktop with Windows 7. I knew I could type fast, but I didn’t think I would win.”
Christian, an eighth-grader at Warren County Middle School, averaged 89 words per minute with 97% accuracy during the school’s inaugural Keyboarding Olympics held last week. Winners were announced on Monday.
Typing 90 works per minute or more is considered fast, while under 40 words per minute is a slower typer. Good keyboarding skills are very important in today’s world. Computers are used constantly in jobs and in personal lives. It is important to not only type quickly, but accurately.
Students at WCMS use a keyboarding program called Edutyping that helps to increase speed and accuracy. It also helps teach the layout of a computer keyboard and its functions. Students with excellent keyboarding skills were asked to sign up for the competition. Students were asked to type both a one- and three-minute timed writing using their Chromebook. Scores were averaged to get an overall score.
Prizes were awarded in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The overall winner was honored as grand champion of the Keyboarding Olympics.
Rounding out the other winners:
Eighth grade: second place Jared Palomo, and third place Valery Esparza.
Seventh grade: first place Bryan Smith, second place Ella Matheny, and third place William Orellana.
Sixth grade: First place Zoey Snider, second place Gabriella Castillo, and third place Ruby Denning.
The contest was conducted by computer teacher Susan Barrett, and STEM teachers Stephanie Hobbs and Sarah Lokey, who introduced the idea of holding a keyboarding competition among students.
Kade Christian’s name will go on the Golden Keyboard plaque that will hang in Warren County Middle School’s Related Arts Building.