Mavis Beacon teaches typing

If you recognized the title of this post chances are that you have taken typing lessons at one time in your life.  In my everlong quest for bargain technology deals (right there with you Dealin Dave) I stumbled on the Mavis Beacon teaching software for only $8.  Don’t worry, I didn’t feel compelled to make the purchase, but seeing the name sparked my memory.  It also got me to thinking: how did everyone learn to type?  My parents learned on typewriters but still use what I call the “hunt and peck” method, of only using a few fingers and looking at the keys.  I have received both formal instruction (part of a business class in high school) and informal instruction (Mavis Beacon) growing up.  As a result I use nine fingers to type, and very seldom have to look at the keys.  I even found an online typing test to see how fast I can type, and here are my results:

Not too bad.  How do you think you would do?  Click here to try for yourself.

Unfortunately those tests are inherently flawed.  They are measuring how quickly and accurately you can read the words on the screen and duplicate them with your fingers.  This skill may be useful to some professions but I’m guessing not to many.  Chelsea is a good example of this, as we have different typing styles.  I’m guessing that she would not score as high as I did on that test, but I know for a fact if we are sitting side by side typing out e-mails or a Word document from whatever is in our minds she types just as fast as I do.  So how did everyone learn to type?  Typewriter, Mavis Beacon, AIM instant messanger?

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2 thoughts on “Mavis Beacon teaches typing”

  1. Wow! I’m lame. 37 words per minute. But I am a terrible typer. Totally a “hunter and pecker” 🙂 But it’s very rare that I actually have to type something at the same time as reading it…usually just type what I am thinking, then I am much much faster!!! 🙂

  2. In elementary school, we had a typing program called PAWS. A cartoon cat taught how to use your homerow keys and then move on from there. It was the Apple IIe’s finest instructional program apart from Lemon-Ade Stand.

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