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The Palmer Method of Business Writing, 1091
The Palmer Method of Business Writing, 1091

Books About the History of Handwriting

Handwriting in America: A Cultural History. Tamara Thornton. Yale University Press, 1998

The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting. Anne Trubek. Bloomsburg USA, 2016

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Born to Please: The Art of Handwriting Instruction, University of South Carolina

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Fact or Fiction? The Legend of the QWERTY Keyboard, Smithsonian, May 3, 2013
  • Early typewriters were developed in partnership with the gun manufacturer, Remington
    • QWERTY keyboard was favored by typists familiar with Morse Code who found a system based on the alphabet confusing

KALQ Keyboard
KALQ Keyboard


This is the New Non-QWERTY Keyboard You Will Use to Compose Your Thumb-Powered Opus Smithsonian (April 24, 2013)

KALQ is a New Split Screen Keyboard Layout Designed to Speed Up Thumb Typing on Tablets and Big Phones

KALQ vs. QWERTY: The Search for a Better Keyboard, WBUR (May 24, 2013)

Computer.pngComputer Keyboarding Apps and Websites

Keyboard Zoo, ABCya

When selecting an online typing program, look for one that encourages proper technique (e.g., wrist placement to prevent muscle strain, finger placement for each key) and focuses on accuracy rather than speed.
  • __Dance Mat Typing__ is a popular free online program that some technology teachers use to introduce elementary students to typing.
    • You can also download for free older versions of __Mavis Beacon__, a well-established typing software.