Summer Google Basics Series – Part 2, Why I LOVE Typing.com and Setting Up Your Teacher Account
My last post- Summer Google Basics Series Part 1, Building Keyboarding Awareness For Our Students, we talked about why kids need to be competent keyboarders and basically what they need to do on Day 1 of instruction. The first day includes introducing Keyboard keys, body posture and then finally logging in to their Typing.com account. In this post, we will go over why I LOVE Typing.com so much and how to set up your classes.
Typing.com Lessons ~ Master One Key at a Time
I use Typing.com for our Keyboarding Lessons. Typing.com features the “Touch Typing Theory” and their lessons have a sequential process from:
From Letters to Words ~ Words to Sentences ~ Sentences to Paragraphs
8 Reasons Why I Love Typing.com
1. 100% free- Just ignore the ads
2. Complete Course, from beginner to professional K-12, using “Virtual Keyboard” and Hand Diagram
3. Statistics & Real-Time Tracking – Tells You Words Per Minute and Accuracy After Each Lesson.
4. Interactive Typing Games
5. Fun Skins
6. Use on any Browser
7. Take a Timed Test (Of all keys)
8. See Real-Time Data & Classmates Stats from Scoreboard
Here are two Vimeo videos that Typing.com has on their site to help you set up your account:
Above is a 3-minute “Teacher Features” Video that includes:
*Dashboard- Real-time monitor Student Activity
*Maintain settings and login information
*Options to Add student, including existing accounts and Single-Sign-On Options.
This “Creating Classes & Adding Students Video” -6 Minute set up directions:
*Managing classes- Adding Students, Delete Students and changing the name of a class.
My Keyboarding Daily Schedule
This is the break-down of how I structure classtime for keyboarding. Many kids do not like spending too much time in lessons, especially knowing that there are games on the home page. They would skip them if I let them, however, I feel that the lessons really push students to practice true muscle memory for finger movement from Home Row. Often times, I need to walk around and remind the kids to keep their hands in “Home Row” position during Game Time since they get so excited when playing the games.
Purchase The Complete Set of Slides ~ Coming Soon!
At the end of this mini-series, I will offer you my complete set of Basic Keyboarding Slides for $9.95 (Still in Progress) from this series to teach your kids how to begin keyboarding basics. My Slides break procedures down lessons into bite-sized pieces, offering you kid-friendly language and all the videos, links and images you see throughout this series so that you may easily use the slides in your classroom. My next post will dig a little deeper into not only the structures skill lessons from inside the Typing.com site but also a few tips and tricks that I feel are crucial skills will need to keep up with digital assignments and to keep the kids motivated to keep practicing.
My New Fall Series will include– Google Search Basics for Kids, Chromebook Webcam Creations, and Creating Comics with Toys!
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