One of the worst feelings for teachers is the sensation that you have to do everything on your own. There isn’t always administrative support (or a budget) to plan fun and meaningful learning experiences for students that offer a change from more typical lessons. So when a teacher from New York reached out asking us to sponsor a typing competition...

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Independence Day Typing Activity!

July 4th, 2018
Mike Gecawich

Happy Independence Day! I hope your long weekend was filled with as much delicious barbecue as mine was. To help celebrate the occasion, today I’d like to share with you a fun typing activity where students are challenged to type the names of the US States. So today, why not spark a little national pride and typing competition with The...

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Good Hands Go Home

May 28th, 2018
Mike Gecawich

Acronyms are a great way to help students (and adults) remember information. Recalling the order of operations in math class would have been much more challenging if it weren’t for a fun phrase: Please excuse my dear aunt Sally. (Parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction). Given that typing uses all 26 letters of the alphabet, it would be nearly impossible...

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The Keyboarding Spelling Bee

May 21st, 2018
Mike Gecawich

I was recently on a long flight where the featured movie was “Akeelah and the Bee”, a 2006 film about a middle school spelling bee. I have to admit I was skeptical at first. How much intrigue could a film about a spelling bee possibly have? Boy, was I wrong! Not only did the film have great acting, but it...

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Make sure your name is on your work. Read the directions carefully before you get started. Keep your eyes on your own paper. You've said it once, you've said it twice. You're starting to sound like a broken record, and still, students continue to forget the basics. This is often worse for typing teachers. Students at the keyboard often need...

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School Staff Typing Contest

May 7th, 2018
Mike Gecawich

When I was in middle school there was one event that every student looked forward to: the annual staff basketball game. There was nothing quite as entertaining as watching Mr. Clark, Mrs. Kazinsky, and even the school janitors face off against each other on the basketball court. Most of the teachers were terrible, but that made the whole thing even...

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A 2016 survey of global literacy quizzed 1,200 college students and recent graduates on their knowledge of geography, economics, and current events. The shocking results showed that on average participants scored a 55%. That would constitute failing in most any classroom! While young adults are more connected than ever with the comings and goings of their peers via social media,...

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Game Show Letters

April 16th, 2018
Mike Gecawich

As a kid, it wasn’t very often that my mom would let me stay home sick from school. But on those rare days that I was deemed ill enough to miss class, I’d spend the morning under a blanket on the couch watching game shows. It always felt unfair that the best game shows only aired during the day when I...

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When it comes to typing, attention to detail matters. Unfortunately, a dairy farm in Maine found this out the hard way recently. A missing comma in a list of duties that were exempted from overtime pay ended up costing them $5 million! That’s a lot of milk. Even if your students aren’t writing important business documents just yet, that doesn’t...

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