Elementary Typing Stars

 

One student practicing how to type with his fingers in the proper position.

One student practicing how to type with his fingers in the proper position.

At the beginning of summer school, I had numerous students were subpar typers and their frustration showed loudly. They were uncomfortable typing and wanted to peck at every key. Working with the different types of keyboards — smartphone, tablet, and keyboard — they were familiar with the idea of typing, but not in school. Many of them referred to texting or adding comments online to Facebook profiles.

As a result, I made it a personal goal to look past the moans and groans of typing to build this group of student’s skills. At first I had them using an online program called Type To Learn to get them familiar with familiar with the keys and holding their hands in the proper location. Next, I assigned them a few short sentences from a Phonics program we were working on in-class.

Before you know it, students were mastering small tasks (i.e. 4 sentences) and wanted to write other things. A few of the creative students wanted to write a short story while others merely complied with the assignments.

…but most importantly…everyone improved and showed growth from day one of summer school until the end!

 

One student practicing how to type with her fingers in the proper position.

Typing is becoming a major challenge because many state tests are moving to the computer. Shown is one of my summer school students (sometimes reluctant) but practicing her typing skills.

 

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