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How about students in kindergarten or early elementary school, who are just learning how to write their letters. For some students that’s a really difficult job.

In kindergarten and first grade, we definitely want to work on remediation and teaching those skills, because you’re still at an early age, where students often experience a lot of growth in the developing those skills. But as we get about halfway through grade one, going into grade two, then we’re probably going to look at introducing the typing as well. So if we’re not seeing progress for those students, who may be in the bottom 20th percentile in their letter formation, then we probably want to think about getting them onto the computers. At that point, we’ll try to develop those manual handwriting skills as well as the keyboarding skills in parallel to each other.

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