"Keyboarding will change significantly, but the new methods of inputing information (ie: Snapkeys, voice recognition) will be new to everyone and easily learned (hopefully). But for those students who DON'T know QWERTY keyboarding, it…"
"It is difficult to break bad habits but I do correct technique issues in the lab when doing any kind of typing. I also demonstrate how I can type without looking at the keyboard and will at times do a competition on how fast you can type the…"
"Yes, I agree. There's no point in looking *too* far into the future. Keyboards are currently still a part of our world. (Although my school is heading in the iPad direction, we still have computers, of course.) I, too, have spent less time on…"
"Right now, I have to prepare my students for their futures. The future after they leave our K-8 school still involves a lot of use of a traditional keyboard. Many of the high schools in the area are 1:1 netbooks (not iPads) and even those that…"
An interesting article: Typing in the Age of iPads. To be honest, I'm not 100% sure I should be teaching keyboarding. In my lab, I do make sure my kids have the basics down: letter location, two hands, thumb for your spacebar. What do you think? Is keyboarding past its prime?For the practice that we do get, my older kids (grades 4-6) absolutely love…See More
Hi Stacy, welcome to the Ning! I just wanted to let you know when I clicked on your link I did not get to you web page. I was going to see if I could find out where you are in MN. When I was first married we lived way up north in Bemidji. Except for the mosquitoes I loved MN!
Thanks for the photos, the computers look great. I also like your keyboard on the wall. That's my summer project-to come up with some type of keyboard display on the wall. The thing I miss the most about teaching in MN is the 3 month summers! We don't get out until June 26th. Your site looks like it's off to a great start. Have fun working on it this summer.
I just spent some time browsing your school web site. You are doing some awesome things. I hope you don't mind if I copy some of them:)
For it being your first year last year, you accomplished so much! This year will be my second too and I'm excited.
I think you see your students more than I do. I only have K-5 for 30 minutes once a week (I'm half time). I teach 7th grade required elective computer applications each quarter (I get each 7th grader for one quarter). It sure doesn't give me much time.
Good luck on your summer planning.
Your keyboard Bboard is great! did you make it? I am trying to find one to purchase or the supplies to make one if you have any tips to share I would appreciate it.
This will be my first year as k-5 tech teacher and the lab needs decorations which are hard to find that relate to computers..
Hi Stacy, Just wanted to get back with you concerning my type to learn poster. Regarding your question on technique, I keep a close eye on the kid’s technique and constantly remind the kids that they can only get faster with proper hand placement. However, my current top typist is missing 4 fingers on their right hand; this child really enjoys seeing their name on the poster.
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