Keyboarding

On August 22, 2013

Research continues to inform us that keyboarding remains an essential skill for students in today’s schools.  The facts that our school district has instituted a 1:1 mobile computing initiative at our middle and high schools and the typing requirements of the new online testing protocols that our state has adopted for the 2014-15 school year, have led us to recognize that good keyboarding skills are more important than ever to the success of our students.

Research again informs us that children learn keyboarding best when given the opportunity to practice three to five times per week for 15-20 minutes.  This school year all students in grades 2-5 will have time set aside during their weekly computer lab related arts to learn and practice keyboarding.  During this computer lab time, students will be trained in the fundamentals of good keyboarding and given some time to practice. However, we realize that this once weekly time needs to be supplemented with practice at home for students to retain and master the skills.  Therefore, we are requesting your help, as parents, to provide your child with opportunities to practice keyboarding at home over the summer and through the course of the school year.

To support your efforts at home we have collected a few resources for you to use.  The resources below are just a few of the vast number of keyboarding resources that are available.  In general, there are two types of programs for teaching keyboarding.  First, there are many online resources for learning and honing keyboarding skills.  The best of these allow the parent to create an account for the student which will track progress and deliver the next lesson as the student progresses. Most of the online resources are free but a few may have a minimal cost…the ones recommended below are free.  The second choice is to purchase or download app/applications for learning keyboarding.  These applications will have to be downloaded and installed on your computer or mobile device.  Most of the time there will be a cost involved with this that should not exceed about $20.  There are a few apps that are freeware and can be downloaded without cost.

Online Keyboarding Resources

K-2
http://www.abcya.com/keyboarding_practice.htm

http://annrymer.com/keyseeker/ – For K with help from parents

2-5

http://typingclub.com/

http://www.teachingkidscomputers.com/homrrowkeys.html –  Good fundamentals!

http://www.typingweb.com/  – Another free online typing program

http://www.abcya.com/keyboard.htm – This site helps students learn the patterns of the keyboard.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

http://www.powertyping.com/

Applications/Apps for Keyboarding

http://www.mavisbeacon.com/  – A longtime favorite used by many schools and individuals

http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/tuxtype/download.php – Download and install this freeware to let your K-2 child practice keyboarding

Keyboarding Games – Once your child has begun to learn the basics, you can use online keyboarding game to maintain interest and present a challenge to your child.  Here are just a few of the hundreds available online.

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html
http://www.funtotype.com/typinggames/
http://www.freetypinggame.net/