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Why learn to touch type?

When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many people quickly learn to touch type faster than they can write with a pen. The important things to remember are:

■  Use the correct fingers

■  There's no need to rush!

■  Always rest your wrists on the desk.

You should take a rest, and shake your hands and arms to relax your muscles if you get tired.

It's important not to look at your hands when you are learning to type. The best way to ensure that you don't look at your hands is to cover them up - you can make a simple box out of cardboard or wood to cover both the keys and your hands.® is a non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools .

Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.


At Ainsdale St John's we have joined their 'Hour of Code' along with tens of millions of students from 180+ countries.


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About Scratch

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.


Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.



We sometimes use Scratch in school to enhance the teaching of Computing. 


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