How can I help students remember their passwords?

January 29th, 2018 Mike Gecawich

Hey everybody. Welcome back to another episode of Ask EduTyping. My name is Mike Gecawich and I’m co-founder of Teaching.com, Typing.com, and EduTyping.com. Each week we broadcast through Facebook where we field questions from our student and teacher audience from users of EduTyping and Typing.com as well as the keyboarding industry at large.

So we always start each week with a tip of the week, so this week I’ve chosen what we call a Graphing Motivator. So this tip works great at motivating students to increase their words per minute and their accuracy in a sequential pattern throughout their school year, semester, quarter, or however long you’re teaching keyboarding.

Here’s how it works. So start by passing out a piece of graph paper to each student. Have each student write their name at the top. They can either store this with you in a folder at your teacher’s desk or in their own student desk.

Here’s how to utilize this really good motivational tool for encouraging students to increase their accuracy and speed each week in keyboarding. So you start by labeling the axis on the graph paper at the bottom. You can label it week or you can label it day, depending upon the increments that you want to use this activity for.

And then on the left hand side you want to put their net words per minute, which is basically a calculation of the combination of their words per minute and their accuracy and you’ll want to start with increments. I recommend 5. So you would do 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and so on. Moving up on the scale and then at the bottom here place your incremental timeframe.

In this particular example, I used weeks as students complete each day or each week they’ll tally what their words per minute net is for that particular incremental time frame. So I’ll just put a few plotted dots here for each week. And obviously the goal is for students to see a steady increase in their keyboarding progress.

And you can also, after you complete several weeks, a good recommendation is you could post this inside of the classroom or it’s a great tool for you to basically walk around and say– Hey, seems like you’re making good progress this week. So that’s our tip of the week, it’s called the Graphing Keyboarding Motivator.

So each week we field questions from our user audience. Typically I’m joined by one of my colleagues, but we have a company workshop going on today so I’m flying solo so I’m going to read the questions and then answer each one of them.

First, question comes from Jackie from Maryland who asks, Do you have any good advice on how best to help students to remember their passwords?

My recommendation, dependent upon what software you are using, in this case, I’ll assume it’s either Typing.com or EduTyping. The best thing is that you have students use the default password that you assign.

And then have them create their own password using some type of memory indicator whether it’s the last couple digits of a phone number or Social Security number or pet name spelled backwards. As long as they make the password meaningful to them but secretive to them as well so nobody else could obviously guess the passwords.

Second question comes from Renee in Arkansas, who asks Is there a report showing what students have completed on the word processing lessons. And do they have to print those lessons out in order to be graded?

That’s a great question Renee and if you’re not aware, last week we launched a brand new unit in the secondary curriculum of EduTyping called Word Processing.

Our quest is to start to build a library of resources that your students can use after they’ve learned the keyboard to further their technology skills and computer applications as well as technology literacy. And the first add-on that we put on is word processing. So what we did was we are really interested in hearing user feedback like Renee’s from Arkansas.

So what we started with was just downloadable lessons where students follow a set of instructions create a document and they’ll either print that document or save that document and then hand that in for the manual grading. And we do have in the teacher portal, answer keys provided for the word processing lessons.

So although it’s not auto-graded right now what we do is we will compile feedback like this from our users and then build additional features and then eventually we will have an automated system for all of our different curriculums. But that will come in time.

So for right now to answer your question Renee, yes you will have to have your students either print those or submit those electronically for grading. But again to answer keys are provided for you inside of the teacher portal.

And we have time for one more question. This comes from Matthew in New York. How does a laptop keyboard affect typing speed?

That’s a great question Matthew, and one of the things you all know from a Mac or a PC or a laptop or a virtual keyboard like on an iPad is that they all do have a slightly different feel and a slightly different size. So my recommendation is that you stick with the same set of devices. And you’ll notice that your efficiency on the keyboard, both accuracy and speed will stay consistent.

Switching from say MacBook Air to a laptop PC or Windows-based laptop to a desktop system, it’s very similar and you should not see much of a difference in your accuracy and speed when it comes to keyboarding.

But just like any tool that we use those that we are most familiar with were just going to be able to handle better and in this case the keyboard.

So thanks for tuning in this week to #AskEduTyping. Please submit your questions. We do our very best to answer them on our Facebook show.

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