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What Grade Level Is The Best To Start Teaching Keyboarding Skills?

What Grade Level Is The Best To Start Teaching Keyboarding Skills? | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
Guest Post by: Chassie Lee How old were you when you first started to touch type? Today 3-year-olds are fully familiar with touch-based sensory stimuli. They know that their fingers can make a scre...
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Typing efficiency has come to the forefront of many conversations regarding the Common Core State Standards.  The common core assessments place a large emphasis on students being able to efficiently compose and type a written piece within a specified time period beginning in the third grade.  The lack of these skills will make it difficult for students to complete the assessments and meet the goals.  Beginning in the first and second grades, students should be introduced to the keyboard and begin to learn how to properly use it.  Many free apps are available for parents to help their children at home to learn these skills.  If these skills are reinforced at home, then the students will likely be more successful in the classroom.

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Having students in grades 1 & 2 begin to familiarize themselves with the keyboard is the first step to becoming proficient at keyboarding.  Some schools have phased out cursive and replaced it with keyboarding classes due to the increased emphasis because of the Common Core State Standards. There are many apps and free typing tutors available to help students acquire the skills they need. 

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12 Great Free Keyboarding Games to Teach Kids Typing ...

This is a must have tool for kindergarten aged kids to help them learn two skills all in one game: letter recognition and keyboarding. 4- Type A Letter. This web tool helps kids learn to type fast using prompts from the screen.
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Using games in the classroom is one way that has been proven to motivate students  Introducing and teaching keyboarding by using games is a great classroom technique.  This site provides 12 free keyboarding games that will engage students while teaching them life long skills needed in the 21st century workforce. 

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Keyboarding Sites for Kids

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While there is a plethora of great keyboarding software out there to buy, there are times when you'd just like to go online for some quick and easy practice. Below are some great sites that will ge...
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Contained within this site are numerous student friendly keyboarding sites.  There are many free typing tutors available so there is no reason to spend valuable resources on keyboarding software. 

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Common Core Boosts Focus on Keyboarding in Elementary Schools

Common Core Boosts Focus on Keyboarding in Elementary Schools | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
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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With the Common Core assessments being fully implemented this upcoming school year, all students must possess adequate keyboarding skills in order to complete the standard requirements.  Although this generation of students are considered to be digital natives, they still must be taught proper keyboarding technique.  Keyboarding is a completely different concept than texting.  Keyboarding skills must be instilled early and properly, especially since the writing component of the CCSS assessments will be conducted online. 

 

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Keys to the (Online) Kingdom: The Importance of Basic Computer Skills

Keys to the (Online) Kingdom: The Importance of Basic Computer Skills | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
Word processing is a fundamental skill students should master before using a computer.
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As students are learning proper keyboarding practices, they will also be learning other important skills such as using the mouse, saving documents, and changing fonts and font sizes to mention a few.  These skills are just are necessary as keyboarding and as the students become more familiar with the keyboard, the above mentioned skills will also improve.  Students will take these skills with them as they enter the 21st century workforce. 

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Computer Literacy Skills

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Until recently, keyboarding has been taught in  high school.  With the implementation of the CCSS, keyboarding class now needs to begin in the early elementary grades.  There are many ways to authentically integrate keyboarding into all content areas.  By taking the time to teach basic keyboarding skills in the younger grades, as the student matures, their skills will mature with them.  Keyboarding skills will not only help the student be more productive in school but as an employee in the 21st century workforce. 

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How Should Keyboarding Be Taught in Elementary School?

How Should Keyboarding Be Taught in Elementary School? | Keyboarding | Scoop.it

“A teacher offers his take on instruction of a skill that standardized testing has put back at the forefront of education.”

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Many schools and teachers are struggling with how to integrate keyboarding into the already busy daily schedule.  Since keyboarding is an essential component of the CCSS, carving out this time is necessary.  Another important part of integrating keyboarding is to make the lessons authentic and meaningful.  Without out these characteristics, students quickly lose interest and are not motivated.  There must be a reason for the lessons.  Google Docs is the preferred  for many teachers since the work is automatically saved and can be accessed from any location that has Internet access.  This provides the students additional keyboarding practice. 

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What Grade Level Is The Best To Start Teaching Keyboarding Skills?

What Grade Level Is The Best To Start Teaching Keyboarding Skills? | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
Guest Post by: Chassie Lee How old were you when you first started to touch type? Today 3-year-olds are fully familiar with touch-based sensory stimuli. They know that their fingers can make a scre...
Catherine Holthaus's insight:

Having students in grades 1 & 2 begin to familiarize themselves with the keyboard is the first step to becoming proficient at keyboarding.  Some schools have phased out cursive and replaced it with keyboarding classes due to the increased emphasis because of the Common Core State Standards. There are many apps and free typing tutors available to help students acquire the skills they need. 

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Catherine Holthaus's curator insight, July 2, 2014 9:26 AM

Typing efficiency has come to the forefront of many conversations regarding the Common Core State Standards.  The common core assessments place a large emphasis on students being able to efficiently compose and type a written piece within a specified time period beginning in the third grade.  The lack of these skills will make it difficult for students to complete the assessments and meet the goals.  Beginning in the first and second grades, students should be introduced to the keyboard and begin to learn how to properly use it.  Many free apps are available for parents to help their children at home to learn these skills.  If these skills are reinforced at home, then the students will likely be more successful in the classroom.

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The debate about the correct age to begin teaching students how to keyboard has been being waged for many years.  Some elementary teachers believe their students are not developmentally ready to learn this skill however with the implementation of the CCSS and the upcoming assessments, it has become necessary for teachers to rethink this belief.  Game based typing tutors are outstanding tools to help teachers overcome their skepticism.  Students are eager to participate on nearly anything involving technology and it is very important that they know the proper technique needed to be efficient.  Whereas touch typing is the ultimate goal, this article compares the hunt and peck method to printing.  Students must start somewhere and this may be the answer for younger students.  Although not an efficient means of keyboarding, the time spent familiarizing oneself may pay off in the end. 

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Elementary students learn keyboard typing ahead of new Common Core tests

Elementary students learn keyboard typing ahead of new Common Core tests | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
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 “hom...
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When referring to teaching keyboarding skills, teachers must remember this also includes teaching students how to use the mouse, click and drag objects, along with knowing how to type efficiently using proper typing technique.  These skills will be required for all students taking the Common Core Assessments beginning in school year 2014-2015.  Whereas most of today's elementary students are digital natives, keyboarding is different from operating a cell phone or tablet.  Becoming fluent with touch typing is a necessary skill for 21st century students.  Frequent practice with either skill and drill activities or games will prepare young elementary students to type longer pieces of writing not only for the CCSS assessments but also classwork. 

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Teaching Keyboarding Skills in Third Grade Is Indeed a Need, eReflect ... - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)

Teaching Keyboarding Skills in Third Grade Is Indeed a Need, eReflect ... - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release) | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
Teaching Keyboarding Skills in Third Grade Is Indeed a Need, eReflect ...
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Keyboarding skills are a necessity for the 21st century.  Familiarizing students before third great prepares them for actually learning how to keyboard at this point.  Employers assume perspective employees know how to keyboard and students need to learn and perfect these skills as soon as possible. 

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Keyboarding and the Common Core | APPSOLUTELY APRIL

Keyboarding and the Common Core | APPSOLUTELY APRIL | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
I've always thought that technology wasn't "going anywhere", so kids better learn how to be as productive as possible with technology tools, keyboarding being one of them. I believe students as early as kindergarten should ...
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Starting students off using the proper typing technique is step one in learning how to efficiently keyboard.  This technique includes sitting up straight with feet flat on the floor and hands on home row with ones focus being more on the computer screen than on the keyboard.  Instilling this technique early and reinforcing it every time a students uses a keyboard will dramatically help the children with other important keyboarding skills.  While it is important to have the students use the keyboard for authentic means, skill and drill practice also has its place.  Listed in the article is a vast list of websites offering valuable keyboarding practice activities to help children learn how to keyboard with confidence.  These skills are a necessary component to taking the CCSS assessments beginning in the fall.

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Schools Can Now Teach Keyboarding Using the Latest Cloud Technology ... - DigitalJournal.com

Schools Can Now Teach Keyboarding Using the Latest Cloud Technology ...
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Teachers can now teach keyboarding skills by using eReflect's Ultimate Typing™ EDU available through the cloud.
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In the past, schools on very tight budgets have had to spend money on expensive typing tutors to teach students keyboarding skills.  With the introduction of cloud computing, teaching students how to keyboard has become much more accessible and affordable.  Ultimate Typing EDU is one example of a cloud based typing tutor where students can log on to practice keyboarding skills at any location as long as the Internet is available.  I understand that this article is somewhat of an advertisement however it may provide administrators and teachers with guidance in making decisions regarding teaching students how to keyboard.

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Teaching Keyboarding: More Than Just Typing

While schools have worked hard to integrate computers into the classrMany schools do not even consider teaching the art/science of using a keyboard.
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Another perspective on teaching keyboarding which points out that students younger than sixth grade do not possess the fine motor skills necessary to learn touch typing.  Younger students should be introduced to the keyboard early in order to familiarize themselves with it but teaching actual finger positioning should wait until the children are slightly older.  Although keyboarding is a drill type of activity, students should be putting the skills to use by completing authentic products such as writing stories, reports, slide presentations, and spreadsheets.  This will provide them with keyboarding practice along with producing an authentic product. 

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The Writer Learning Systems - Keyboard Instruction Research

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With the increased emphasis on technology skills necessary in the classroom and more accessibility in the home, students are exposed to keyboards at much younger ages that in previous years.  Students who are taught how to use the keyboard using the touch methods have been shown to have increased reading comprehension, vocabulary, word study and spelling skills.  Another interesting correlation to is the connection between keyboarding and writing.  Students who are tasked with writing are more likely to enjoy it when using a keyboard than completing the project using longhand.  Other benefits include improved writing ability, increased hand-eye coordination, better organization skills, and more likely to self-correct 

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An Easy-To-Use & Comprehensive Keyboarding Program for Schools and ... - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)

An Easy-To-Use & Comprehensive Keyboarding Program for Schools and ... - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release) | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
An Easy-To-Use & Comprehensive Keyboarding Program for Schools and ...
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Ultimate Typing™ EDU is merely one example of a student friendly typing tutor that may be used in the younger elementary grades.  By providing a basic introduction to young students, they will familiarize themselves with the keyboard and develop the necessary skills needed to not only complete the CCSS assessments but be prepared for the 21st century workforce when the times comes for them. 

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When to Teach Keyboarding | Keyboarding Research & Resources

When to Teach Keyboarding | Keyboarding Research & Resources | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
What age is the best for introducing learners to keyboarding?
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Teaching students as early as Kindergarten how to properly use the keyboard including touch typing and ergonomics, helps them to concentrate on the content being taught and not worrying about how to transcribe their thoughts to a document. Keyboarding is a fundamental 21st century skill necessary for all students to master.  Gone are the days of introducing keyboarding in high school business classes.  Now students as young as Kindergarten are being taught basic keyboarding skills preparing them for all aspects of their education.  Computer based communication is a way of life and we must prepare our students to be as successful as possible.  Teaching keyboarding must begin in the early elementary years and continue throughout ones education. 

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Why is Keyboarding Important?

Why is Keyboarding Important? | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
  Keyboarding is an important skill for all students. It involves using correct finger placement and building speed for optimal typing accuracy. When students develop keyboarding proficiency, ...
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Although this is a very short article, it reinforces the argument for teaching keyboarding in school.  Learning proper finger placement early will help the student to more efficiently complete classwork and eventually be productive in the workforce. 

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Helping Youth Build Work Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families | NCWD/Youth

Helping Youth Build Work Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families | NCWD/Youth | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
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One of our jobs as educators is to prepare students for life in the 21st century.  Technology skills are at the top of that list.  While more traditional skills such as cursive should not be neglected, keyboarding is a necessary skill that must be practiced.  Most jobs in the workforce require some level of proficiency with keyboarding.  Teaching students early and continuously from K-12 will ensure they possess the keyboarding skills many employers are looking for. 

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Keyboarding Skills Will Be Essential in CCSS-Aligned Classrooms

Keyboarding Skills Will Be Essential in CCSS-Aligned Classrooms | Keyboarding | Scoop.it

“Many of the 46 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards are nearing their individual implementation deadlines.”

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The CCSS were put in place to prepare students for life in the 21st century and keyboarding is one of the necessary skills.  Perfecting these mechanical skills will assist students with the CCSS and are essential to completing the new assessments.  Unfortunately cursive writing has been placed on the back burner due to this new emphasis. 

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What's the Best Way for Kids to Learn Keyboarding?

What's the Best Way for Kids to Learn Keyboarding? | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
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Not only does this article address how to physically teach students to keyboard but possible more importantly, when to teach them. If students have not been taught how to key board by the time they reach high school, they have learned many bad habits. Teaching students early, beginning in elementary school, will help them to be successful in school and the workforce.
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Elementary students learn keyboard typing ahead of new Common Core tests - The Boston Globe

Elementary students learn keyboard typing ahead of new Common Core tests - The Boston Globe | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — The 7-year-olds in Natalie May’s second-grade class have to stretch their fingers across the keyboards to reach ‘‘A S D F’’ and ‘‘J K L ;’’ 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.
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Keyboarding Skills and the Common Core | Teaching the Core

Keyboarding Skills and the Common Core | Teaching the Core | Keyboarding | Scoop.it
Did you know that anchor standard W.CCR.6 contains keyboarding expectations for grades 3-6? Here, I discuss what those expectations might mean for you.
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Keyboarding is a Common Core anchor standard leaving many people wondering what exactly is expected of the students.  Grades 3-6 have standards addressing the use of technology, with adult support gradually decreasing.  The question arises, what exactly is meant by the wording of the standards.  Some teachers are expecting students to be fluent at touch typing in the third grade where others accept the hunt and peck method.  This greater question is, what level of keyboarding skills will be necessary for our students to be successful on the upcoming Common Core assessments. 

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Engaging Your Keyboarding Students

Susie H. VanHuss, University of South Carolina, & Vicki Robertson of University of Memphis, co-authors of Keyboarding and Word Processing, 19th edition, shar...
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Although this video does not specifically address teaching keyboarding skills to elementary students, it does reinforce the importance of engaging students.  Keyboarding is a necessary skill for the 21st century workforce and teaching these skills early will help to prepare them for their adult lives. 

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Keyboarding Practice

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The Digital Literacy & 21st Century Educational Systems Initiative in America (http://t.co/T5U3pExWem Web 2.0 resource how to teach students keyboarding than just typing (meaningful learning and ...
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Introducing and teaching elementary students to keyboarding involves much more than just teaching them to type.  Practice is the key to success for these young students.  By providing young students daily keyboarding practice, they will develop skills that in the past were taught to high school students.  Although very young children have not yet developed the fine motor skills needed to master keyboarding, early introduction is still recommended to help alleviate the development of bad habits. 

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