The Effects of Using Free Online Keyboarding Applications on Typing Speeds & Attitude
Forty Grade 5 students participated in an action research study that examined the effects of using free online keyboarding applications to improve typing speeds. A two group, pre and post test design was used to measure speed and attitude. Attitude was measured using a Likert Scale survey. Typing speed was assessed using an online typing test. The treatment group practiced their typing for five minutes once a week in Information Technology class and for five minutes, four times per week at home over a six-week period. The control group worked on other software in IT class and did not practice their typing. Although there was an improvement in typing speeds, especially with boys, the results were not statistically significant.