• Dr Bill Morgan

Doc Frog's Summer Blog

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Morgan teaches most of his piano students in their homes. He believes that anyone who can play the piano can type well, and vice versa. His research questions include the following:

A. How are students commonly introduced to computer keyboarding? (Most often using software, in game formats. One problem with this common practice is that the software is unable to personally monitor each student’s posture and form. Another problem is that students are unable to correct their own mistakes and learn to edit their own writing in computer games.)

B. At what age are students typically given formal keyboarding instruction? (Although the average age has dropped from high school to middle school, students have already developed poor typing habits and bad attitudes without formal training in preteen years.)

C. How can computer keyboarding instruction be modified to become more developmentally appropriate for students of younger ages? (Dr. Morgan has developed and marketed an innovative method, Pre-Keys, that incorporates music and gross motor movement. Pre-Keys is intended for students just learning to recognize letters and their sounds. Older students build compound words from previously known vocabulary and combine words to build sentences. They learn to edit their own as well as each other’s written work.)

D. Which students with communication disorders will benefit most from keyboarding instruction? (Students identified with mild to moderate disabilities, as well as those within the Autistic spectrum, can be taught to manipulate words on the screen as they learn new vocabulary and rules of grammar. More research will be done on benefits for students with hearing and visual impairments.)

E. How should we use the computer keyboard as an instructional tool when introducing English Language Learners (immigrants and refugees) to the rules of English Language? (Similar to students with special needs, English Language Learners will use word processing software to form words and sentences while learning the basics of the English language. They will key (type) their answers to questions posed by the teacher while verbalizing their answers. Everyone in the class will post their answers, not just the one student who raises his/her hand and is called upon.)

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