This is a skill that students need to learn, and the earlier the better. In our growing technological world typing assignments is becoming a daily activity for students. That's not even including our state testing, which takes place almost entirely online. It's important to prepare students as best as possible for these eventualities.
The key to... well keyboarding is to keep your hands in Home Row position. This is when your pointer fingers land on F & J (that's why the bumps are on these keys) & the remainder of your fingers fall into place on the adjacent keys. Your thumbs float about the space bar & you use your pinky finger to tap the enter/backspace keys when necessary. With this positioning students can type without constantly having to look down & find the correct key. The most students practice using the Home Row position the more sure they will become with it & the less & less they have too look down at what they are typing. They can also pick up speed over time.
We have some natural typists. If students want to practice this skill at home the link to our classroom typing class is located HERE.