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Common Core Boosts Focus on Keyboarding in Elementary Schools

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Common Core-based assessments require students to perform basic computer skills, putting a premium on keyboarding instruction in the earliest years.

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K-3 Reading - Foundation for Excellence in Education

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The Foundation supports performance-based promotion, particularly for third-grade for students who can’t read.

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Elementary students learn keyboard typing ahead of new Common Core tests | Wash Post

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The 7-year-olds in Natalie May’s class have to stretch their fingers across the keyboards to reach “ASDF” and “JKL;” as they listen to the animated characters on their computer screens talk about “home keys.”

 

“After 15 minutes, some of them will say their fingers are hurting, so we take a break,” said May, a Phoenix educator who began teaching typing to second-graders this school year.

 

Of the major shifts taking place in American classrooms as a result of the new national Common Core academic standards, one ­little-noticed but sweeping change is the fact that children as early as kindergarten are learning to use a keyboard.

 

A skill that has been taught for generations in middle or high school — first on manual typewriters, then electric word processors and finally on computer keyboards — is now becoming a staple of elementary schools. Educators around the country are rushing to teach typing to children who have barely mastered printing by hand.

 

The Common Core standards make frequent references to technology skills, stating that students in every grade should be able to use the Internet for research and use digital tools in their schoolwork to incorporate video, sound and images with writing.

 

But the standardized tests linked to the Common Core make those expectations crystal clear because the exams — which will be given in 2014-2015 — require students to be able to manipulate a mouse; click, drag and type answers on a keyboard; and, starting in third grade, write online. Fourteen states have agreed to field-test the exams in the spring to help those creating the tests iron out the wrinkles and make improvements.

 

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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School

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Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 350+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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Deborah Fillman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 4:06 PM

Bookmark this!

Margarita Santana's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:40 PM

Movies, great resources!

Gwen Little's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:02 PM

Excellent site to help you find relevant movies to enhance your curriculum. We try to end our Friday's with a movie that relates to something we have been studying or reading. This site is great!

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36 Math Apps For Elementary School Students From edshelf - TeachThought

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"As more classrooms adopt mobile devices such as iPads, teachers and technology integrators are faced with the question: “What apps do I install?”

 

That is quite a hefty question too. There are over 90,000 iOS apps in the Education category of the App Store. Since apps that teachers can use fall into other categories too, the number of choices is well above 100,000. Does your head hurt yet?"


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ajit jhangiani's curator insight, October 12, 2013 12:08 PM

It is not the product/tool that determines if it ought to be added. What/how does it comlement ans supplement waht the teacher is trying to accomplish with each student. So i woud train the teacher in a few of these and leave it up to her.

stephanie vanderlaan's curator insight, October 12, 2013 3:03 PM

Looks interesting.  I have yet to try the apps but thank you for sorting them to this point.

Terrie Pressman's curator insight, October 13, 2013 4:58 PM

Great list of apps

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Online Resources and Tools for Elementary School Teachers | EdTechReview™

Online Resources and Tools for Elementary School Teachers | EdTechReview™ | Mrs. Schechter's Third Grade- News about Common Core | Scoop.it

Excerpt from an interview with an anonymous elementary teacher:


“So, recently the school administration went all out with technology revolution, bringing digital pads, BYOD for students, projectors etc. for the kids. We were definitely having mixed feelings. Most of us didn’t know exactly, how to get the best out of these tools.”


This is a common problem for many teachers all around the world. So, here is a list of such online resources. Each of these links have their own niche and depending upon the need of the instructor and the class response, these can give great results.


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Excellence in Education Strategy Session: The K-3 Reading Strategy: Cementing the Foundation of Lifelong Success - Foundation for Excellence in Education

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Retaining third graders who cannot read only works when backed by other initiatives that prioritize literacy in the early grades.

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Coaches helping Kingston elementary school teachers improve ...

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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Kingston elementary school students aren't using textbooks these days, but are turning instead to 'real sources,' including the Internet, videos, literature, newspapers, music, art and photos, literacy coach ...
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Kentucky pioneers Common Core reforms, with mixed results - The Hechinger Report

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The Hechinger Report Kentucky pioneers Common Core reforms, with mixed results The Hechinger Report In 2010 Kentucky was the first of 45 states to adopt the new standards, making the state a test case that others are watching closely as they roll...
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Common-Core Tests in Kentucky, Year Two: What's the Trend? - Education Week News (blog)

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