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Siouxland students test the future of typing technology

Spalding Catholic students test Snapkeys typing technology. Spalding Catholic students test Snapkeys typing technology.
ALTON, Iowa (KTIV) -

A group of Siouxland students got a chance to put a new technology to the test.

A new company called "Snapkeys" brought their new keyboard to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at Spalding Catholic School in Alton, Iowa this week.

The new version of the keyboard, specifically designed for smart phones and tablets, uses a predictive software with only four keys.

It allows for optimal use of the screen.

"It's simplified to an alphabetical keyboard that only has 81.5 percent of the letters used in the English language on the keys," said Ryan Ghassabian, Business Development for Snapkeys.

Educators also believe that a keyboard like this is beneficial in the classroom, especially in the technological world we live in.

"Kids are in the world where they're texting a lot, and they're using just their thumbs anyways. So, what a great opportunity we had this week to have the kids type out full words using just their thumbs on the tablets," said Katie Christoffel, 6th grade teacher at Spalding Catholic School.

The pilot was set to prove that students should not only learn the QWERTY keyboard used Wednesday, but also a new revamped version.

Snapkeys is set to be available to the public in about two weeks.

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