I just finished attending three days of the four-day Illinois Computing Educators conference this past week in St. Charles, IL. It was outstanding, and I will be posting about my experience there.
One observation I made was that there was not one session of any length on keyboarding. The two major vendors for keyboarding software were in the Exhibit Hall (Bytes of Learning & Sunburst).
I credit my keyboarding speed with much of my personal and business achievements/success. I can get to the 100 WPM range (more when I was younger and not as sleep-deprived)!
I had a very brief, casual conversation about this and I could see I appeared to be an anachronism! So, I did what I always do, GOOGLE! And sure enough, this caught my eye:
What really impressed me was statistics instead of just anecdotal stories or personal preferences.
It's not either/or it's both/and. We need all of the digital literacy skills (see ITSE/NETS standards), but we still need to keyboard. Fast. It is a joy and privilege for me to be able to express my thoughts as fast as I think. In fact, these days, I think I type faster than I think!