Thursday, August 18, 2016

Creativity and Touch Typing

I am a big fan of typing ... a very big fan of typing! I taught myself to type on a manual typewriter at a very young age (I was 9, so the year was 1973), and this article expresses perfectly why typing frees me up to think creatively in a way that handwriting never did. Long live the keyboard! :-)

Typing vs Writing by Seán McHugh:
In other words, when you can touch-type, the cognitive load of writing and thinking at the same time are lessened and free up working memory for thinking — a bit like cycling a bicycle — once the effort required for remaining balanced, and changing gears et cetera are automatic, you can spend more time noticing/enjoying where you are going.  The same idea applies to things like decoding in reading via ‘sight words’, this frees thinking space for understanding instead of decoding. The absence of effort in one frees cognitive space for the other.
Would you like to improve your typing? You can try the typing games like Ninja Cat v. Zombie Dinosaurs at the Ense-Lang website, and there are many more sites online where you can find typing tests and tools to help you improve your typing.




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