5 Ways to Customize EduTyping with Lessons Geared to Your Students
At EduTyping, we believe that learning to type should be fun. That’s why we’ve packed EduTyping with tons of features designed to keep students motivated, engaged, and entertained as they learn to type. One of the best ways to grab keyboarding students’ attention is to have them practice typing with content that relates to their own lives and interests, and with EduTyping’s Custom Lessons feature you can do just that.
In the EduTyping platform, any content can easily become a typing lesson. Whether it’s vocabulary words from students’ science class or articles about popular movies and music, the only limit is your imagination. To get you started, here’s a list of 5 great ways you can create Custom Lessons within EduTyping to have students practice typing and have fun while they’re doing it.
- Reinforce content from another class. As keyboarding instructors know, repetition is key. Well, the same is true for any subject area: the more students are exposed to information, the better they’ll remember it. Try creating custom typing lessons based on cross-curricular content. For example, if students are learning about the solar system in science class, create a lesson from their vocab terms. You could also create a lesson from a poem in English class or a primary document from social studies. The possibilities are endless.
- Share important school news and information. Students love typing about the people, places, and things they’re familiar with—like their friends. Custom Lessons can be a great way to engage students and also share info about your school community at the same time. If the girls’ field hockey team just won the conference tournament or a star student was selected to appear on Jeopardy! consider using a news article for a typing lesson. You could even use articles from the school paper written by students themselves.
- Highlight fun facts about topics your students are interested in. Whether your students are into anime, the NBA, or Minecraft, any topic can become a Custom Lesson. Consider taking some basic info from Wikipedia, or using other online articles. Not sure what your students’ latest pop culture obsession is? Get them involved in picking the content with a poll or a survey.
- Use online articles to keep students engaged with current events. Whether it’s Oscar results, op-ed pieces, or important global events, newspaper articles can be a great source of typing content. Of course, all the top news outlets work, but there are also a ton of great kid-friendly online resources as well. Try finding an interesting article from the hundreds on News for Kids, Time for Kids, or DOGOnews.
- Help students get to know a bit more about each other. Remember those icebreaker games you used to play at summer camp? Why not turn one into a Custom Lesson? Have students give you two facts about themselves and one made-up detail, then compile the submissions and have your students play a typing version of “Two Truths and a Lie.” They can practice typing and maybe even learn a surprising fact about a friend.
Making your own Custom Lessons is easy. Within the teacher portal of EduTyping, click Curriculum, then Create Custom Lesson.