Self-Esteem Keyboarding

November 6th, 2017
Mike Gecawich

This week I'm in Philadelphia for the Annual Conference for Middle-Level Education. I got in early, so yesterday I went to check out a pizza place with a very interesting business model. Rosa’s Fresh Pizza operates on a “Pay it Forward” premise where diners can donate $1 to buy a slice of pizza for homeless members of the community. Each...

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Have Some Spooky Halloween Typing Fun

October 24th, 2017
Mike Gecawich

I always like to do something a little special for Halloween. I'm not the guy to put on a big, crazy costume. But I definitely like to do subtle tricks. One of my favorite Halloween costumes was made by a friend of mine who makes dentures. He made me a set of buckteeth that looked so real, that when they...

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Typing Boggle

October 16th, 2017
Mike Gecawich

A favorite tradition around my house is “Game Night”. Once a week we spend an hour together as a family and play board games. Not only is it a fun way to spend time with my kids, but I’ve found that there are tons of great lessons and life skills to be learned through board games. Through Monopoly, my kids...

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While you might lose your mind if you hear the chorus to Justin Bieber’s latest hit one more time, chances are, your students don’t feel the same way. They may have different opinions about what makes good music, but nearly all students enjoy listening to their favorite tunes. In fact, many studies have shown that listening to music can help...

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“Fast Track” Keyboarding Excitement

September 25th, 2017
Mike Gecawich

A colleague and I recently got into a debate over whether or not race car driving should be considered a sport or not. While he claimed that the activity is devoid of any skill or talent besides a willingness to risk one’s life, I disagree. Formula 1 drivers spend years and years training. They need to be able to handle...

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Try These Typing Tongue Twisters Today!

September 11th, 2017
Mike Gecawich

Have you ever thought about the saying “laughter is the best medicine”? Well as it turns out, it’s true. Not only will a good laugh cheer you up when you’re in a bad mood, but laughter can actually improve your immune system. Laughter increases the number of antibodies in your blood stream while decreasing the number stress hormones, thus boosting...

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I spend much of my work day at a computer writing emails, product proposals, or blog entries. Nearly all of this typing is done off the top of my head, and often in a rush. Even as someone who’s been typing their whole life, my fingers can’t always keep up with the ideas I want to get down on the...

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Having school pride is important for more than just rooting for your football team. Studies show that students with more school spirit tend to perform better academically, are more civically engaged, and are happier in general. Sometimes students and teachers alike can be reluctant to head back to school after a relaxing summer. How about welcoming students back with a...

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If you’ve ever had to edit your own writing you’ll know that it can be really difficult to notice errors on things that we’ve created ourselves, as our minds automatically fill in we’d intended to say. I’ve found that a great way to counteract that “error-skipping” tendency is to read my writing in reverse. Reading the paragraphs in reverse forces...

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If you’ve ever exchanged text messages with a teenager, you know that they are masters of acronyms. While adults might throw an “LOL” or “FYI” into a text or email, teens have taken casual acronyms to a whole new level. Reading a text conversation between teenagers can feel like deciphering a cryptic code. Consequently, any teacher using technology in the...

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