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Ford, Mary Jane; Poe, Virginia – Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 1992
Compared the ease and efficiency of the Qwerty and Dvorak keyboards by analyzing five popular lists on high frequency words to determine differences in fingering for the keyboards. Found that more high frequency words and more characters are typed on the Dvorak keyboard home row, and therefore children should be taught to use the Dvorak rather…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Efficiency, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Moxley, Roy A.; Warash, Bobbie G. – Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 1992
Followed the computer-assisted writing of three prekindergarten children for two semesters. At the beginning of the year, the children exhibited preliterate levels of writing ability and limited reading skills. At the end of the year, they were writing connected text, using a mix of invented and standard spellings. (BC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Emergent Literacy, Keyboarding (Data Entry)
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Kajs, Lawrence T.; Alaniz, Ramon; Willman, Edward; Sifuentes, Elisa – Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 1998
Describes the experience of a bilingual kindergarten teacher who, in an effort to improve students' writing, used color-coded symbols familiar to students on specific key functions of the computer keyboard. Familiarity with the keyboard functions facilitated the children's understanding and consequent use of software, and allowed the children to…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Coding, Color, Computer Literacy
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Wild, Martin; Ing, Jenny – Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 1994
Describes an ongoing research study investigating the value of using the concept keyboard as a device to assist children in creating functional texts. Suggests that the use of the conceptual keyboard as an alternative input device for word processor use has the potential to help children better structure their writing. (AA)
Descriptors: Child Language, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Keyboarding (Data Entry)
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Shaw, Edward L. – Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 1994
Investigates the ability of third-grade students to generate essays either by hand or with a word processing program. Indicates that the length and quality of the handwritten essays were superior to the computer-generated ones, suggesting that third-grade students were not as efficient in using a word processing program to generate essays as they…
Descriptors: Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology