Summer Google Basics Series- Part 4 Typing.com’s Data Scoreboard and Games
Data Scoreboard in Typing.com
After each Typing.com session, students will see their accuracy and speed results like this:
Students can also track their own keyboarding scores and their peers’ data using the “Scoreboard” tab from the home screen in Typing.com. This scoreboard gathers data in real time for the weekly practices, however, the scores are reset once a week to encourage kids to practice weekly. Students will have to be on lessons for at least 5-10 minutes before it begins to register any data. (*Bonus Hint: Depending upon your district’s internet speed, you may need to refresh the browser if the screen freezes, which does happen at times.)
I only encourage the kids to use this Scoreboard tool to keep track of their own accuracy and speed and take a peek at their peers’ scores if they are curious. Competition is a fact of life. Many kids revel in it and are highly motivated by it. Others are happy to only see their data. Either way, I love how Typing.com allows the kids to see and assess their own progress after each session and in a culminating view as well.
Most kids, if given the choice would totally skip the valuable lessons in Typing.com and go straight for the Games Tab. As mentioned in my previous post – “Fighting the Tech as a Toy MIndset“, we are not surprised by this trend. I purposely maintain a structured agenda with games scheduled during the last 10 minutes of class so students stay in lessons long enough to benefit from the scaffolded practice.
Daily Schedule Using Typing.com:
10 Minutes For Teacher’s Oral Lesson– Review Past Skills
20 Minutes in “Lessons Tab” on Typing.com (Bookmarked)
10 Minutes on Games in Typing.com if time allows and privilege is earned.
I tell my students that the lessons are the most important place to improve keyboarding skills. This is where they learn to practice techniques in order to build accuracy and speed. It is very interesting that once the kids get into games, they need to be reminded of this. I have to walk around and remind them to keep their hands in Home Row position. Nonetheless, games do serve as a motivation and practical purpose to our keyboarding experiences.
After about a month of playing in Typing.com’s site games, I usually assign this Keyboarding Hyperdoc (Click & Make your own copy) that has 12 additional game links and score collection opportunities for each game.
This awesome Hyperdoc was created by Tonya Nugent and is a nice change of pace for keeping the kids motivated to continue practicing. Thank you, Tonya! My kids love it!!
New Typing.com Updates Coming Soon!
As I follow Typing.com’s Blog, the site recently notified us about some awesome new features in the works for Fall of 2018 like new lesson formats, Avatars that “Level-Up”, Choose Your Own Adventure, and achievements to unlock. You can read about it here on their blog.
Next Post- Day 4 of Keyboarding Lessons- The four “MUST KNOW” keyboard shortcuts every new keyboarder should be able to perform!
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