To determine whether programs designed to improve typing speed, skill and accuracy are truly beneficial.
You will need the help of a few volunteers to undergo the typing training program. They will need a computer at home capable of supporting the typing program and extra time after school to complete the necessary steps.
- 3 volunteers (and yourself) with computers at home
- 4 copies of a typing program installed onto each computer
- Journal or logbook
- Typing test (may be included with the program – if not, one can be found on the Internet)
Estimated Experiment Time
Several weeks, depending on the duration of the typing program
- 1. Have your volunteers and yourself take a typing test. Record speed, skill and accuracy. These tests are the “before” tests and will be used to determine whether the typing program was successful.
- 2. Have each volunteer and yourself complete the typing program. This may take some time. Touch base with your volunteers every few days to monitor progress. It would be a great help if your volunteers would be willing to monitor their own progress as well and some typing programs even have a built in rating system.
- 3. Once you and the volunteers have completed the typing program, take the same typing test again. Record speed, skill and accuracy. These tests are the “after” tests.
Make sure you have two male and two female participants around the same age to eliminate variables.
Take all results and record them on a graph.
Most likely, your graph will show at least some degree of improvement after the volunteers had completed the typing improvement program. If the students did improve, how much did they improve by? Did their speed improve? Did the accuracy improve? Did all the volunteers improve by the same amount? If they improved by different amounts, why do you think that is? Do you believe gender has an impact? Do you believe that another typing program could be more successful than the one you used? If so, why do you think that is? Thoroughly demonstrate how the typing program improved the volunteers’ typing speed, skill and accuracy and try to answer how the speed and accuracy were improved and why. By proving that typing programs do, in fact, increase typing speed and accuracy, people with a slower and less accurate typing speed could utilize a typing program to improve it.
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