- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)11
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
Out of necessity, youngsters learn to type
Some of us remember well facing our first typing keyboards as high school sophomores. Not very long ago, those keyboards came attached to manual typewriters.
Not so for today's Cape Girardeau County students. Many of them outperform their parents in personal computing while still in elementary school. However, there's no need for them to hunt and peck on the family computer keyboard.
Jackson elementary schools have introduced AlphaSmart units to third-graders. The inexpensive electronic devices feature a computer-type keyboard and a tiny display screen so students can see what they're doing. The children love them and embrace their lessons.
And in Cape Girardeau's public schools, even kindergarten students are learning keyboarding in their schools' computer labs.
Parents can be proud of their tiny typists and know that the local school districts want to give their children every advantage.