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The United States Department of Commerce estimates that 96% of working Americans use new communications technologies as part of their daily life, while 62% of working Americans use the Internet as an integral part of their job. With these percentages likely to rise as technology is increasingly consumerized, the issue of digital literacy is at the core of workplace preparedness for the next generation of American workers. Common Core Standards exams, set to begin implementation in the 2014-2015 school year, are designed to test this important skillset, so students will have equal footing in the workforce.
The nature of the Common Core exams is motivating teachers to train their younger students in keyboarding. Per the Washington Post, “The exams require students to be able to manipulate a mouse; click, drag and type answers on a keyboard; and, starting in third grade, write online. Fourteen states have agreed to field-test the exams in the spring to help those creating the tests iron out the wrinkles and make improvements.” While younger students these days are likelier to be digital natives, they often operate hand-held devices with the swipe of a finger, and have a much more difficult time trying to compose text on a keyboard. With some level of digital literacy now being required of students in K-3, schools are on the lookout for keyboarding solutions that accommodate a young learner.
To help you seize on this opportunity in the Education market, The Douglas Stewart Company carries a highly relevant keyboarding solution from Knowledge Adventure called Kid Keys 2.0. Kid Keys provides engaging exercises and lessons to teach kids typing basics such as identifying letter keys, keyboard control, finger placement, how to use a mouse, how to “click and drag,” and typing words and sentences – skills that align exactly with Common Core exam requirements. If you and your customers are looking to get ahead of Common Core early typing requirements, Kid Keys is your ideal solution.
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