5 Ways to Get Parents Involved in Students’ Typing Practice
As a kid, I dreaded parent teacher conferences. My teachers were always sure to update my mom and dad on all the mischief I had gotten into over the course of the semester.
Today, most teachers don’t wait until report card pickup to communicate with parents. Email, texts, and school wide platforms make it easy to touch base with students’ parents at any time of day.
While much of this communication tends to be about grades and behavior, teachers can also take advantage of learning platforms to engage parents in their child’s schooling.
Online programs such as EduTyping allow students to continue their practice once they get home. This makes EduTyping a great way to make parents an active part of the learning as well.
Read on for some common tips on how to get parents more involved in their child’s path to touch typing.
Tips for Getting Parents Involved in Their Child’s Typing Practice
Parent Home User Letter
Anytime you’re implementing a new online learning platform in your classroom, it’s a good idea to send home a letter letting parents know any relevant information.
With EduTyping, we’ve created this Parent Home Letter for you! Print a copy for each student and have them fill in their login info in class. Send the letters home so that parents know how students can continue to access these applications even outside of school.
Print a copy for each student and have them fill in their login info in class. Send the letters home so that parents can help and encourage students in their typing practice even outside of school.
Host a Parent Orientation
The EduTyping platform covers nearly all the essentials of teaching students how to type, but the one thing it can’t do is to make sure that students are maintaining good posture and hand positions as they practice.
To help keep students accountable at home, teach parents what to look for in a child’s typing posture:
- Feet should be flat on the floor
- Arms should be at a 90° angle and relaxed
- Wrists should be straight and fingers curved over the keys, with thumbs hanging near the spacebar
If their child is hunched or stretching to reach the keyboard, they should adjust their chair and workspace accordingly. These are important to prevent neck and wrist strain.
They should also keep an eye on the following to make sure that their children are building up proper technique:
- Fingers should be kept on home row at all times, moving only the finger necessary for each key
- Students should be focused on looking at the screen, and should try not to look down at their fingers as they type. (You might suggest putting a towel over the student’s hands to keep them from giving into the temptation to look down as they type).
While you could include all of this information in a letter, it’s often easier to show parents these features in person. You can even have students model example and non-examples for their parents.
Share Learning Opportunities
Sometimes parents can be wary of letting students work on learning applications on the computer because they aren’t sure what does and does not constitute on-task work. In fact, typing games are a key part of improving typing speed and accuracy. Make sure parents know about the games on the platform so that they’ll know their children are practicing even while having fun.
You can even suggest that parents start their own Nitro Type account (it’s free!). And with it, they can even challenge their kids to a friends’ race for some fun at-home interaction.
Make Goals Public
The more public goals are, the more invested students are likely to be in them. Sharing a typing goal with classmates is one thing, but making the same goal known at home can increase the motivational factor. Knowing a student’s goal also helps parents know what to look for when students are practicing at home.
Invite them to Celebrate
And when students meet their goals… make sure parents know about it! EduTyping allows teachers to print out certificates of achievement that can be posted around the classroom or sent home for parents to see.
Follow these simple tips, and you’re likely to see student progress move even faster as students are reminded of the importance of regular practice and proper form both at home and school.