Spring 5-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


This paper outlines a project that focuses on bridging the digital divide by teaching students effective typing skills in order to increase future essay writing skills while using technology on and off school campuses. Minority students are at a disadvantage because many do not have access to technology outside of school and this program provides both access and instruction. A total of seventeen students, split into two separate session, went through a three week course to learn the basics of home row and how to improve their average words per minute. The study's findings show that with the addition of a typing program, students improved on their words per minute while learning to type efficiently at the same time. The author’s hope is that this project will inspire administrators and teachers to start including typing programs in their school’s curriculum or before-/after- school programs, as well as influence parents to do more typing-based computer use at home in order to benefit their child's future education.

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