Is There a Recommended Timeframe for Secondary Students to Complete the Course?
Hey everybody, it’s Mike Gecawich, Co-Founder of Teaching.com, Edutyping.com and Typing.com, two of the world’s largest keyboarding software. Welcome to another exciting episode of #AskEduTyping. Where we field questions from our user audience, both teachers and students all across the world who can submit questions through us through either Facebook or Twitter or Instagram and you’ll reach us at #AskEduTyping.
So each week we start the show with a keyboarding tip of the week. This week we’re going to share something that I used to use in my classroom all the time and students absolutely love it. It’s called The Key To Your Imagination, hence the the word key and keyboarding. Basically this activity lets students reinforce their keyboarding skills while also having fun using their imagination and creativity. It’s very simple to set up. You basically have your students sign into their computer and open up any word processing program and within Edutyping there is a word processing program called Open Type. Once students are seated at their desks basically you will read a sentence that prompts their creativity and imagination and they simply will keyboard what their response will be through the computer.
So I’ve written down a couple of cool questions that can help you create this lesson and really bring keyboarding to a fun and creative way inside the classroom. So you would ask something like this to the class, or write them on the board. What do you think Martians do for fun on Mars? What two people would you most like to have to take a picture with? What color best defines the mood you are in right now? If you owned a restaurant what type of food would you serve? Who would you least likely expect a phone call from? And if you created a new flavor ice cream, what would it be? So those are just a few questions really you can just use just about anything that’s that’s kind of sparks of creativity in your students. But remember the key here is for them to reinforce their keyboarding skills. And something I need to point out is that this activity works best after students have learned the common cimbalom letter keys because obviously if you are reading a sentence in response they need to know a how to key words. So hopefully you’ll enjoy that tip and we have tons and tons of ideas just like this one at our blog which we update all the time and then you find that right from our home page at EduTyping.com the blog link and then on Typing.com as well there’s a blog link as well.
So each week we field, like I said earlier, user audience questions and I’m joined off camera here by my colleague Rennie Sullivan who’s going to read this week’s first question right there.
Meredith Townsend asks “Is there a recommended timeframe for secondary students to complete the course. We want to create a timeline for students to keep them on track.”
Well Meredith depending upon which product use, again Typing.com is our free product which we generate revenue to support that program through advertisements so that may not be the most ideal situation for you if you want a more regimented keyboarding program. We recommend no matter what you do kind of walk away with. At least 10 minutes per day and there are lots and lots of ways that you can fit in 10 minutes within a computer lab or keyboarding classroom obviously. But if you visit Edutyping.com and if you go to the curriculum drop down menu you’ll see that we have built a scope and sequence for all grades K-12. So I think if you take a look at that document and see what we recommend you’ll really see that it will map out a nice pattern for you that that will ensure that students will learn keyboarding efficiently but also let you fit in whatever other content areas you need to be teaching. So hopefully that helps she out Meredith. Next question Rennie.
Ms. Salcedo from Oregan asks “Is there any version of this program that reads the directions to them. Also my little ones kept clicking on the ads. Is there any way to get rid of those on their lessons.”
Great question. First of all congratulations for teaching keyboarding at such a young age. Whether it’s kindergarten first grade or second grade, it really is never too early. It’s almost as if you’ll see a transition in our society moving from handwriting to keyboarding and literally keyboarding is now taught alongside of how to handwrite and how the English language is introduced to students. But to answer your question on Typing.com we support that free product by advertisements. There is a small fee you can pay to relieve, to remove those ads but our classroom Premium Edition Edutyping.com is really what the solution is that I would recommend. It’s extremely extremely robust as far as the curriculum goes, number one. Number two, we spend a lot of time investing in new features and updates all the time in that product. So I can recommend that to you, but again if you are using typing.com which is what I’m gathering from what your question was, you can pay a fee to remove those ads if they are distracting to students so hopefully that helps. A great question and we have time for one more question so if you read this week’s final questions.
Elaine Reinitzer asks, “I sometimes have students who have injuries on either of their hands and so I’m wondering if there’s a section of the program that only uses either the left or right hand for typing. Also does your program teach the number path?”
Well those are two questions, basically, does our program support just left hand or right hand only lessons? So to answer that question it’s pretty simple. No we don’t because most of the time we assume that students are using two hands. However one solution that I can recommend in Edutyping.com, I’m not sure what program you’re using but within Edutyping.com we have a really cool feature called Custom lessons and basically what that does is it allows teachers to create whatever lesson or combination of letters. So if you want it to just be the left side of the keyboard or right side of the keyboard you can just type those up in a Microsoft Word document or anywhere else and then use the custom feature screen. Basically you just copy paste all of the content that you want your students to keyboard, name the lessons, so it could be left hand only or right hand only and then you can enable that lesson for students the next time they log into their program they’ll actually see that lesson and you can require them to do it. Like you said if there is an injury, or you may have one handed student . So hopefully that helps, that’s a great question Elaine.
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