Keyboarding is becoming less important than it once was. (LM Otero/Associated Press)

Many kids are not taught handwriting because everyone uses keyboards. But even learning keyboarding may be on the way out.

Why? Typing instructor Julie Phillips says smartphones and tablets that predict which words the writer wants to type have taken the skill out of keyboarding.

Experts say keyboards probably won’t disappear from computers. But makers of mobile phones say speed is important to people writing text messages, and predictive screens decrease the time needed to type — or thumb — each word.