What’s the difference between EduTyping vs. Typing.com?
Hi everybody, it’s Mike Gecawich again and thanks for joining me this week. I am Co-founder of Teaching.com as well as EduTyping, and this is Ask EduTyping.
I like to start each show with a tip of the week. Last week’s tip—I’ll provide for you, for those of you who may not have been able to join us—was to have your students practice keyboarding 10 minutes per day. So, regardless of the skill level or how much time you can dedicate to teaching keyboarding in your classroom or your school, try to have your students work on keyboarding skills at least 10 minutes each day.
The great thing about our products Typing.com as well as EduTyping is that they’re web-based so you can assign these lessons and practice of 10 minutes per day to students to do at home or anywhere that has internet access.
This week’s tip is: when keyboarding, 90% accuracy is NOT good. We’re trained from the time we literally enter elementary school, and even more so in middle school and high school that a D is poor. The letter grade of C is average. The letter grade of B is good, and the letter grade of A is excellent. However, this concept couldn’t be further from the truth when talking about keyboarding.
So, here’s an example of why 90% accuracy would not be considered good in keyboarding. Let’s say that you as a teacher—we all at some point have to put in an application to get our job and we submit a resume—Let’s say that that cover letter that you submit with your resume had approximately 1,000 words, and 10% of those words were typos or grammatical errors or punctuation issues. That would be approximately 100 mistakes.
So, when you think about whoever was reading that document, they are not going to be impressed.
When it comes to keyboarding, remember that you want to have your students aim for as high of an accuracy as possible, somewhere around 98-99% are or ideally 100%. So that they’re keyboarding effectively. And it’s not about speed, especially in the beginning, it’s about accuracy. So we’ll get to our first question of the week, which I’ve had my colleague here Robin who has joined me and will be joining us every week as well, and so Robin. will read the first question, Robin—
I teach technology to elementary students at my school. We start first and second grade out in a special program called Read, Write and Type. and then we use your program Typing.com for our third fourth and fifth grade. My biggest question and concern and how to teach the younger students to use the correct fingers with the correct keys.
-Rhonda, Ohio, Elementary Teacher
Okay, Rhonda, you’re using a program that I’m familiar with, which is the Read, Write and Type program. And while it has many positive merits, the problem here is that your students are in first and second grade aren’t developmentally ready for reading, writing and typing all at the same time, which is what that software program does.
Students are seeing a screen and they’re having to read and having to write and then they’re also being I asked to type… It’s a lot of motor dexterity skills being asked of first and second graders. And developmentally they’re not prepared to handle these 3 components all at one time.
So when you asked about how you can get them to focus more on using correct finger placement, my suggestion to accomplish this is that you treat each component separately, especially in first and second grade. So I would recommend using a dedicated program like Typing.com or EduTyping solely by itself and then later on, it may be in third or fourth or fifth grade, you can begin to integrate the reading, the writing, and the typing components all at once.
So that’s my recommendation for you, Rhonda. I do know that that’s a great program Read, Write, and Type, however, I’ve seen it and the focus is more on the students hearing about reading and hearing about writing and less focus on accuracy and keyboarding techniques and having the students anchor their fingers on the home row keys. So I recommend going with a single component at a time, especially at that age.
Okay we’re going to get to our second question of the week, so Robin if you would.
Is there a way to put in our own timed writings in EduTyping. I give my students, 3 and 5-minute timed writings in a program that allows me to create my own keys and the program checks the time ratings. But the program is so old now that it’s not compatible with our system this year. Is there a way to put in our own timed writings in EduTyping?
Kathy, Texas, Grade 6
Okay, Kathy, that’s a great question. First and foremost, yes EduTyping, does include a feature for teachers to put in their own custom timed writings. I’m gonna get to that and how you do that in one second. But an important point to point out here is that you mentioned that you were using a program that does do custom timed writings; however, it’s become dated and not compatible.
The beautiful thing about the EduTyping product is that we update the software and the code, as well as the content on a regular basis. So you’ll never have to worry about the program feeling old or stale. It’s continually refreshed on a regular basis and compatible with all of today’s modern browsers and will continue to be so. So, here’s how you create custom timed writings in EduTyping.
Simply log into the teacher portal use in the login screen on the homepage at EduTyping.com and you’ll see a variety of tasks that you can select. Click on the Curriculum tab and from there you will see the layout of all of the curricula that’s already included by default by our keyboarding experts here at Teaching.com.
In the top right corner, there’s a create custom lessons button and a create custom timed writings button. Click that button follow the onscreen instructions and literally in about 30 seconds, you should be able to post a new custom timed writing for your students
Simply compose the timed writing offline in any kind of word processing document and have that ready to be copy-pasted into the content blocks that you’ll see when you go to create the custom time writing.
An important thing to realize here is once you make a custom timed writing live for your students, if they’re already logged in and you just posted it during class, they’ll need to log out and log back in to kind of refresh the content.
The other thing is you said you mentioned that you were looking to do 3- or 5-minute timed writings. The EduTyping program will allow you to set what length the students will be taking the timed writing test. You can do 30 seconds, 1 minute, a minute and a half. So that’s just a little section that you fill out there on before you post it live.
So thanks for asking that great question Kathy from Texas. We have time for one more question this week, so Robin. If you would—
What is the difference between having EduTyping versus Typing.com?
– Amanda, Ohio
Okay Amanda from Ohio, great question! What is the difference between and EduTyping and Typing.com?
Well, first and foremost, Typing.com is an all free product, whereas Edutyping is a paid product that is considered our premium classroom addition. There are a variety of additional features included with EduTyping.com that you won’t find in Typing.com, and I’ll point out a few of those to you.
First of all, and the most important, is that the EduTyping curriculum is divided basically by grade level. So we have two curricula that are included with the EduTyping product. One is for EduTyping junior, and the second is EduTyping secondary.
EduTyping Junior is exclusively designed for grades K-5, or grade 6 depending upon the developmental level of the student. But the curriculum basically includes and correlates with how reading and writing is taught at the elementary level. Meaning, we include and infuse throughout the curriculum words that are considered high-definition and high-sight words. And as students grow, their curriculum grows along with them and can be customized for any grade level for an elementary teacher.
The secondary curriculum is designed for grades 6 or 7 all the way through grades 12 and includes as well a robust set of lessons and additional features designed for high school and middle schoolers. The great thing also with EduTyping is that the content is updated on a regular basis by our keyboarding experts here at Teaching.com. Basically, what that means is that the content never feels old.
So for the secondary level curricula for example, there are 2 sections called In the News and Practice Library, and these are also included in the EduTyping Junior curriculum. We customize articles and typing content based on what the students’ interest level is. So there’s a variety of different genres and themes that students can choose from, and teachers can customize as well. Including sports and all kinds of pop culture.
So, for example, there’s articles in the secondary curriculum on MTV music awards and for the EduTyping Junior curriculum, there’ll be articles and lessons included for themes like What are all the Planets? and Our Solar System, or All About Colors.
Some of the basic concepts that students learn at the elementary school is reinforced. So the other difference is that we do allow for custom lessons to be treated by teachers in the EduTyping product, as well as custom timed writings, so teachers can post their own content.
What’s great about this is that—as you all probably know, as teachers—we are encouraged to cover cross-curriculum themes across the board. So let’s say that you’re, a teacher and you just covered, or your social studies teacher had covered, the American revolution.
In EduTyping you can create an entire lesson or set of lessons to reinforce that content, so students, when they log and they’ll actually see content that they may have just learned last week in social studies or even earlier in the day if you’re, an elementary teacher where you’re required to teach multiple subject areas. That’s another huge plus to that product.
Finally, a really important thing to point out is that EduTyping includes a system-wide solution. We have different user levels, so a whole district can be managed by what we call a District Admin, and then each school within a district can be managed by a School Admin. Giving the school district really the ability and the power to customize and roll out the program according to whatever the district’s curriculum objectives and goals are as far students learning.
So two examples that that pop up are— Recently we were adopted in the school district of Davis, which is located in Davis, Utah.
They adopted EduTyping at a district level and rolled that out. And now District Admins are actually posting content that teachers within that district are required to cover using the program.
Then Omaha, Nebraska recently adopted EduTyping, and we were able to work with them. This is another huge benefit to the classroom premium edition, EduTyping versus Typing.com. Our experts here will work with districts like Omaha and Davis, Utah to create custom scope and sequences for each grade level. So a first-grade teacher may have no formal training in keyboarding, but we will help the school district with training on site as well as through webinars.
We also have the ability to create custom URLs within the program as well. So if you take a look at EduTyping.com/OPS, which stands for Omaha Public Schools, you’ll see what I’m talking about and what that we did in collaboration with that district. So hopefully that answers your question. I can cover all the differences, but those are really the big highlights.
So, that’s all we have time for this week folks. But again, if we didn’t get your questions, please remember you can post them at hashtag. #AskEduTyping through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and I look forward to seeing you next week. Remember to visit our blog, which is updated on a regular basis and subscribe to our newsletter, which I send out every week on behalf of Typing.com, as well as EduTyping where I provide you with additional content and tips and strategies on implementing the software, as well as keyboarding into your classroom
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