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Typing Olympics - 3rd Grade Keyboarding Bootcamp

How do you teach keyboarding skills? While I have kindergarten and first graders use the keyboard and start to learn where the letters are, I do not start officially teaching typing until 2nd grade. At the beginning of 2nd grade I have my students spend 6 weeks (once a week classes) going through the levels of Dance Mat Typing. This gives them a good foundation and they can successfully type paragraphs for class efficiently. The classroom teachers really appreciate it.

3rd Grade Keyboarding Bootcamp

In 3rd grade we spend a few weeks doing some intensive keyboarding again. This time, though, it is competitive (with themselves) and they have choice about which program(s) to use. Check out this screencast I made to show you (teachers) how I implement this activity.

If you want the template, let me know in the comments and I will come back and add it. Hopefully this gives you some ideas for another way to get your students typing. Thanks for reading/watching.
Edited: Here is the template so go ahead and download it from my google drive.

3rd Grade Technology Curriculum

This keyboarding unit is included in my full year tech curriculum for 3rd grade (as well as the 6 week unit in 2nd grade) which you can find at https://www.k5technologycurriculum.com/.

Interested in BONUS content? Check out my free email course for technology teachers, where I walk you through everything I do to map out, plan, and assess my students. And because I want to help as much as possible, just for signing up you will receive a free printable template of my daily lesson and reflection planner (and of course some free tips). 

Brittany Washburn
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  1. I would love the template! Thank you!

    1. I updated the post with the link, and you can get to it from here, too: https://goo.gl/Ti5WsY

  2. Brittany what do you use when you record your screencasts?

    1. Screencast-o-matic. Maybe I will make a video about it and put it in my next blog post... :-)

  3. Any advice on how to get your Principal on board with a technology teacher actually being able to teach technology? At our school the Principal is more concerned about us teaching Math and Reading to get higher test scores than doing what we were hired to do and teach technology.

    1. Hmmm this is a great question and problem. How long do you have with each class? I always have my students come in and get right to keyboarding for the first 10 minutes of class. This sets the routine and gives time for any students coming late. Then we move on to the content of the day. I often incorporate math, reading, and science in with technology skills. For example, my 4th graders do a PowerPoint on idioms every spring. They master PPT skills while working on an ELA standard. If they finish their lessons early they can do MobyMax or any of the test prep activities I have for them. It isn't going to change your principal's point of view, but it may help you feel better about getting those tech skills in. Good luck!


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