Summer Google Basics Series – Part 3 Keyboarding “I Can” Statements For Beginners
“I Can” Statements For Beginning Keyboarders
*Keep my body in the “L Shape” position so I do not injure my wrists, neck or back.
*Train my fingers to return to “Home Row” Keys after each keystroke.
*Trust my fingers and TRY not to look at my hands for each keystroke.
*Practice consistently in the Typing.com Lessons at my own pace until I feel ready for the next level.
On Day 2, we read over our “I Can Statements” and continue to focus on proper hand placement on Home Row Position Keys. The next concept is stretching fingers the best we can, knowing that elementary kids have smaller hands and will struggle to really stretch too far. The goal is to get the kids thinking about keyboarding habits and practical use to best facilitate typing speed for them down the road. The video below is longer than most but worth watching up to about the 7: 45-minute mark.
Keep The Focus on Accuracy
Once the kids get logged in to Typing.com, (See last post- “Why I Love Typing.com and Setting Up Your Teacher Account”) some students get very frustrated when they try to “Level-Up” too quickly. Those avid gamers are used to “Leveling-Up” quickly. I strongly encourage the kids to keep the focus on accuracy to progress at their own pace and only move to the next lesson when they are ready, which goes back to Day 1 of class, accuracy is the focus, not speed.
What Are The Keyboarding Standards & Keeping Students Motivated
According to ISTE Standards, ~ International Society For Technology in Education
Standard #6 CREATIVE COMMUNICATOR-
“Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.”
Words Per Minute & Accuracy goals are not even mentioned in the Common Core State Writing Standards (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.6) until 4th grade and then it only mentions that 4th graders should “4th Grade –Demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting, 5th grade- two pages in a single sitting…etc.”. Using this somewhat ambiguous language, most States have attempted to translate this wording for standardization purposes, into a more measurable range between 15-20 WPM and 80%-95% typing accuracy.
Students can evaluate their own progress using this information as a benchmark and the data collected from the site. I have found that through using the scoreboard and games help kids stay motivated to improve, especially when they see their peers scores located on the class scoreboard. My next post will go into data collection, scoreboard and GAMES!
Next Post- Day 3 of Keyboarding Lessons
Day 3- Keeping Accuracy as the Focus, the four “MUST KNOW” keyboard shortcuts every new keyboarder should be able to perform, Data Collection and 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 the best basic-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.
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