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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Key to Your Imagination

April 2nd, 2018
Mike Gecawich

Today, it’s hard to think that there was a point in time when computers didn’t exist. Or that people commuted on horseback rather than by car. We’ve definitely come to take advantage of many of the inventions that we use most often. And yet, none of these nowadays-commodities would exist if it weren’t for inventors with active imaginations. Inventors need...

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Keyboarding Cryptograms

March 19th, 2018
Mike Gecawich

I recently had the pleasure of observing a teacher who had a unique approach to engaging students in lessons: She pitched every assignment as if it were a mystery to solve. From science experiments to determining the meaning of new vocabulary words, students were tasked time and again with “solving a challenging mystery”. And the results were incredible! Students approached...

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