Games DO Belong in the Classroom!

March 26th, 2019 Mike Gecawich

Kids are smart. Without really thinking about it, they know what many adults have forgotten: that games are a great way to learn. Games help us build connections to information, challenge us to creatively solve problems, and teach us how to work together. Plus, they’re fun!

Games can help keyboarding students too. Not only do games help keep students motivated and engaged as they learn, but they’re particularly good at helping students develop familiarity and muscle memory through repetition—important tools for boosting speed and accuracy when typing.

So why are educators so reluctant to introduce games into the classroom? Often, it’s because they don’t know where to start. Our book Games Keyboarding Teachers Play makes it easy, collecting scores of games, activities, and instructional strategies to help inject fun and creativity into the classroom.

The great thing about Games Keyboarding Teachers Play is that it combines different types of activities into one easy-to-use book. Not only can teachers get inspiration and step-by-step instructions for leading students in competitive typing challenges, but they’ll find ideas for individual enrichment activities as well.

For example, one game my students always loved was the “Keyboarding Track Meet.” Teams of students compete in different events like sprints, hurdles, and relays. Each “event” in the track meet has different rules and objectives, helping students build speed, practice typing capital letters accurately, and work together to type multiple lines of text. The exciting, competitive spirit of this game will have students absorbed; they’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re learning! Download a PDF of the activity below.

Enjoy Games Keyboarding Teachers Play, and leave a comment below with the most popular game with your students!

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