Thursday, May 30, 2013

Keep up your Skills over the Summer: Keyboarding

One of the skills we work on in Elementary School is Keyboarding, or Touch Typing. Below are several websites for students to practice over the summer.

The first is Dance Mat Typing from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).
This great explanation of  Why learn to touch type? comes from their website's About Page:

"When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many people can soon learn to touch type faster than they can write with a pen. The important things to remember are:
  • Use the correct fingers
  • There's no need to rush!
  • Always rest your wrists on the desk
  • You should take a rest, and shake your hands and arms to relax your muscles if you get tired
  • It's important not to look at your hands when you are learning to type. The best way to ensure that you don't look at your hands is to cover them up - you can make a simple box out of cardboard or wood to cover both the keys and your hands
You will need headphones or speakers to enjoy the song and dance in each game. The games use the Flash plug-in - if your computer doesn't have Flash, you can find information on how to download it here, or you can play the alternative interactive versions available at each stage.

Worksheets are available for each stage that can be printed out and used offline with a typewriter or computer.

Health and Safety
Sit comfortably with your back up straight and your feet on the ground!"

For an entire typing course, check out Peter Hudson's Online Typing Course

Learning Games for Kids has 21 different Keyboarding activities to try; like Typing Factory pictured below.

Type the home row keys to earn points. The green ones are done, the black 'f' is the next one to find.

Once students have mastered the home row, upper and lower rows, go ahead and try some of the activities at  ABCya 4th grade keyboarding.  

Type Rocket -- Level 1

The most colorful is one is Type Rocket, but be warned, it gets harder as you go along! Other ones to try are: Typing Race, Sky Chase, Keyboard Challenge, Keyboard Invasion, Ghost Typing or Cup Stacking. 

It gets harder as you go along!

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