Is There a Correlation Between IQ and Typing Speed?
Hey everybody its Mike Gecawich, Co-Founder of Teaching.com, Typing.com and Edutyping.com. We are back with another exciting episode of #AskEduTyping where each week we field questions from our user audience, both from students and teachers all across America. We’ve got tens of thousands of students using our keyboarding products every day and we’re really excited each week to be able to at least communicate through our Facebook video by fielding your questions and hopefully we’ll be able to help you out.
Each week we start with a keyboarding tip of the week. I love this tip! I used to use it in my classroom as I taught keyboarding for almost 17 years and this was a huge hit with my student audience inside of computer labs.
It’s called ‘Chit Chat Keyboarding’ and here’s how it works. We all know that students like to chit chat during class. It’s just a natural tendency and it’s something teachers all across America battle on a daily basis, asking your students to quiet down during class. This activity allows them to chit chat but it also reinforces keyboarding skills and techniques. Here’s how to implement this.
Basically put two students next to each other and tell them that you’re going to give them five or ten minutes to talk. They are going to love that concept, but here is the kicker. They’re actually not going to verbally communicate with each other. Whatever they want to say to their partner they have to keyboard it in and that partner reads it off the screen.
A really cool methodology that wasn’t available while I was teaching keyboarding is something like you can use Google Docs for this exercise because both students can have a document open and they can type live to each other and actually have a good conversation. Again remember to stress that only appropriate conversations are allowed for the chit chat keyboarding activity. This activity allows you to recognize the students, because hey I realize you’re human and you do need to communicate with each other but yet I still want to reinforce your keyboarding skills.
So hopefully you implement that, please provide feedback to us you could reach us at #AskEduTyping on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We Love to hear your comments and again each week we field about 3 to 5 questions and if we don’t get to your questions please let us know through email what your questions are and we will be sure to get back to you if we don’t do it here. So I’m joined offscreen by my colleague Rennie Sullivan who is going to take and read this week’s question.
Ralph Thompson from Massachusetts asks “How does a laptop keyboard affect typing speed?”
Ralph, that’s a great question. We get this all the time and basically you know you’re in a computer lab more than likely with a standard desktop computer style keyboard which the keys usually raised up a little bit higher than that on a laptop but basically very tough for me to say how that can affect you. There’s definitely a different feel based on different keyboards, from different manufacturers. Apple’s keyboard for example has very flat keys with a very very sensitive feel, that you just touch and it will key. Other keyboards you have to strike a little bit harder and laptops sometimes can feel like they are constrained and smaller than a standard keyboard.
What I recommend is in order to have no effect on your typing speed don’t get used to just using the same keyboard all the time. If you have something that’s different at home or in your school library or where you have a laptop try practicing some of your lessons and keyboarding on those different keyboards and that will surely get your eye hand coordination, your motor dexterity skills and your fingers used to the feel and touch of the different sizes and shapes of different keyboards. OK let’s take our second question of the week, Rennie.
Erica Rodriguez from Texas asks “What are some stress free typing games or programs to help increase typing speed?”
Well first of all Erica, the word stress free is very difficult for me to recommend as not many games are stressed free because most games have you competing against either the computer or a competitor. We have a program called NitroType type which is really cool where you can register for a free account and NitroType does is it puts you in competition with other students all over the world who get to compete. But of course there is a little stress involved because what NitroType does is as you are typing you’re controlling a car that goes around a lap and you’re competing against either the computer or other students. So obviously our aim is to always try to come in first or placed in you know the top three, so there is a little stress involved but it’s a fun kind of stress.
The other thing to remember is that all games, including those that are on Edutyping, there are a few. There’s one called Type-a-Balloon and there is very very little stressing involved with that as they are all geared to try to get you to focus on having some fun while reinforcing those keyboarding skills that are very important to our society today.
What I will tell you is that it is all part of keyboarding like when you take a timed test for example you actually see the clock ticking down and you have the keyboard. Keyboarding is all about efficiency and speed and accuracy. So there’s always going to be a little bit of stress involved and that’s basically with anything if you’re taking a quiz you know algebra or writing an essay for your English class. It’s always all about you know trying to get that best grade in there which involves a little bit of stress but remember it’s just keyboarding so take it for what it is. You’ll get there if you’re having any difficulties kind of improving your skill level.
So that’s that’s my advice to you on the stress free activities available for keyboarding. So we have time for one final question of the week. If you would Rennie.
Christina Sullivan from California asks “Is there any correlation between IQ and typing speed?”
That’s a great question Christina! Is there any correlation she asks between an IQ test, the score that you receive and typing speed. The answer to that is a pretty solid, No. IQ tests basically measure how much information your body can absorb and it also deals with spatial recognition and that’s the only piece that I can relate to or correlate to typing speed. On an IQ test if you score really high on spacial recognition, it’s a good indicator that they probably have good eye hand coordination and some good motor dexterity skills but the IQ test does nothing really, means nothing as far as your ability to do well in typing class.
Keyboarding is about repetition and practice and over time improving that skill set and an IQ test is very isolated, it is a test that takes a very fixed short amount a period of time whereas keyboarding is a skill that you learn over time kind of like when you are learning how to ride a bike. You start with training wheels and eventually you don’t need those training wheels. And again. That’s the best analogy that I can give you so to answer that question if you don’t have a high IQ you still have a very good chance of being able to be good at typing.
So that’s all we have time for this on #AskEduTyping and again if we didn’t get your questions you can reach us through #AskEduTyping through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Again you can please visit Edutyping.com, our Blog is packed with all kinds of good ideas. Past Episodes from our #AskEduTyping video show and just a whole bunch of other goodies that will help you perform well in the classroom and to you teachers to be the best you can be. So take care, until next week everybody, we’ll see you later.