Type IT! - Touch Typing Courses
Type IT! was founded by the owner of Click IT! in 2011, and has helped over 500 children and adults learn how to touch type. Wendy Petersen says, “Students decide to learn to touch type for a number of different reasons; to type faster, more accurately, or because it’s essential for them to use a laptop in school for exams.” Wendy also works with students with a vast range of specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder, ASD, ADHD and hypermobility. “I love my job – when a child or adult who has found learning to touch type a challenge, completes the course, it makes my job all the more worthwhile. To unlock their learning, by allowing them to get their thoughts down effortlessly on paper, is such a rewarding feeling, for them and for me!” For more information about term time and holiday courses (for students from age 8 – adult), please contact Wendy or visit the website (info shown above).
Code.Org - Coding for Pre Schoolers
We have been working with many of our Bronto+ children using a very simple but challenging coding programme. Here’s one they can use to extend what they have learnt with us at home – and it’s free! Website: www.code.org.uk
Why Teach Preschoolers to Code?
The developers of ScratchJr explain it so well:
“Coding (or computer programming) is a new type of literacy. Just as writing helps you organise your thinking and express your ideas, the same is true for coding. In the past, coding was seen as too difficult for most people. As young children code…they learn how to create and express themselves with the computer, not just to interact with it. In the process, children learn to solve problems and design projects, and they develop sequencing skills that are foundational for later academic success. They also use maths and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy.”