Case studies: Schools

Sally is a teacher in an after school special needs program where students use TTRS

Sally, Teacher in a special needs program

I run a special group on Wednesdays for children from local schools. While most of the students have learning differences, we have English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners and children with motor-skills difficulties too. Those who struggle with literacy skills benefit the most from TTRS. It gives them confidence and is a learning activity they look forward to. The children are always saying ‘When are we going to do our touch-typing?’

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Lisa, Teacher in a rural school that uses TTRS

Lisa, Teacher in a small rural school

I was excited when we discovered Touch-type Read and Spell. We are a small, rural pre-K through 12th-grade school located on an island in Alaska. Many of our lessons have to be flexible for multi-age classes that can include first through high school age students. We do not have a tech lab specialist so it's great that TTRS is easy to deliver. I've tried the program myself, as I have never had any typing instruction, and found I even benefitted from the technique!

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Typing course for 15-16 year-olds

Roisin, Secondary School Teacher

We have been using Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS) for nearly three years with all of our transition year students who are 15-16 years old. It has been wonderful to see the improvement in reading and spelling, typing skills, confidence, and motivation in students who are using TTRS. It is also great preparation for those who will complete their Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations through special centres using technology.

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Reluctant writers take part in typing club

Helen, Inclusion Manager at a junior school

In our large junior school, we offer Touch-type Read and Spell as an invite-only club. Children are invited to participate if they are assessed with dyslexia or dyspraxia, or if their teacher recommends they are included. I have seen a great boost in self-esteem amongst our more reluctant writers, especially once they have built up enough speed and keyboard familiarity to start using a laptop in class for longer writing tasks.

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Typing resource for learners with physical and intellectual disabilities

Wendy, Teacher for students with disabilities

I’m a resource teacher for learners with physical and intellectual disabilities. Those students who are struggling the most with literacy, I put on the TTRS course. It helps them learn the letters of the alphabet and then moves them on to building letters into words, and words into sentences. TTRS has become a part of our education program and is included in the targets I set during regular meetings to update and monitor Individual Action Plans.

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Addressing typing skills and literacy difficulties

Chris, Special Needs Teacher

I’ve found Touch-type Read and Spell is a great way of teaching typing skills while also addressing literacy difficulties. I am a Special Needs teacher in a primary school working with children who are 7-11 years old. The children enjoy monitoring and observing their own progress as they develop their typing skills. They love being awarded TTRS certificates for their progress and attainment! 

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Linda, Deputy Principal in an all-girls school

We’ve been using TTRS at our school for over two years now and we are impressed by the achievements of our students who have engaged with the programme. We introduce students to TTRS in small resource classes, then as they grow in confidence, they continue working on it independently both at school and at home. It’s a very easy program for students to manage and it facilitates staff in monitoring student progress easily.

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