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Tips for Teaching Typing

Tips for Teaching Typing


With an ever-increasing focus on technology in our world, typing is a crucial skill.  Technology teachers are often asked to take the lead in typing instruction, or at least guide classroom teachers in their own efforts to teach typing.  Here are some of the most critically acclaimed programs to help get your students where they need to be!
With an ever-increasing focus on technology in our world, typing is a crucial skill.  Technology teachers are often asked to take the lead in typing instruction, or at least guide classroom teachers in their own efforts to teach typing.  Here are some of the most critically acclaimed programs to help get your students where they need to be!  


To get you started, check out these two resources:

Printable Keyboarding Expectations Poster (FREEBIE) 

Using a Keyboard Booklet 


Online Typing Tutors

Typing.com

Younger students will develop their fine motor skills and familiarity with the keyboard, while older students can improve their typing speed.


Typing Club

Typing Club is web based and highly effective. It is free for both individuals and schools, with an optional paid school edition.


TypeTastic!

TypeTastic School Edition allows you to track students' progress, customize study material and set up timed tests, and complete K-12 Keyboarding Curriculum with over 700 engaging activities.


Side Note:

If you are having issues with ads on a free typing website, consider using a Chrome extension called uBlock Origin. It blocks everything (including YouTube ads). Every once and a while you may have issues with websites displaying properly because the extension sees an image on the site as an ad in which case you simply disable it for those specific sites.


Have Tablets? These are iPad-friendly Typing Apps and Sites:

Practice with Typing Games

Nitro Type 

Compete in fast-paced races with up to 5 typists from around the world. Compete against your friends, earn new cars, track your scores, and more.


Typing Games Zone

Play 131 free keyboard games online.


FreeTypingGame.net 

Free games, lessons and typing tests.


Arcademics  

Three solid typing games you can use for extra practice.  This website is also a hub for educational games covering a wide variety of math skills as well as grammar and spelling practice, and every single game here is truly educational.

With an ever-increasing focus on technology in our world, typing is a crucial skill.  Technology teachers are often asked to take the lead in typing instruction, or at least guide classroom teachers in their own efforts to teach typing.  Here are some of the most critically acclaimed programs to help get your students where they need to be!


School-Wide Typing “Olympics”

During the last couple of months of the year, run a Typing Olympics (or something like it). Each grade could have a WPM and accuracy target (such as K = 5 WPM up to 6th = 35 WPM). Publicly post awards gold, silver, and bronze medals, and perhaps also include special medals for those "most improved" during the “Olympics” period. 

Check out this blog post I have on how I run a Typing Olympics.


Check out these Digital Typing Activities

As a technology teacher I'm always looking for ways to differentiate and reach my students where they are. The typing programs in this post are great, but many times students will need additional practice materials to master keyboarding. These are some resources I've created for that purpose:


Check out these Unplugged Typing Activities

File Folder Keyboard Activities 

Alphabet Keyboard Practice 

Typing Practice 

Fill in the Keyboard Letters

Keyboard Puzzles

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With an ever-increasing focus on technology in our world, typing is a crucial skill.  Technology teachers are often asked to take the lead in typing instruction, or at least guide classroom teachers in their own efforts to teach typing.  Here are some of the most critically acclaimed programs to help get your students where they need to be!


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Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom

Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom


Text Formatting Activities

Learning keyboarding can be super boring and tedious for students. This set of formatting activities aims to bring engagement and a sense of purpose to the practice of typing. This blog post shares the rationale behind doing mystery text formatting activities plus has a bonus freebie you don't want to miss. Keep reading! 
Click on this image to buy the Months set on TpT.
By the time students finish all 12 months they will have practiced each of the keyboard rows four times.
GET ALL OF THE TEXT FORMATTING ACTIVITIES
Advanced Text Formatting (special keys and characters)
Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom

Students will also (hopefully) have a sense of pride over the final outcome and an understanding of the learning objective.
Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom
Each month has 2 sets of directions pages. The first one is lowercase letters and the second one is uppercase letters. This is to give you choice to match your student keyboards. When the students actually type the text, it should all be in lowercase to match the finished examples provided.
Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom

Ways to add challenge:

Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom
  • Have students Highlight the text with the color instead of changing the font color.
  • Have students add a line at the end that says what the shape is.
  • Have students add a clip art image that represents the design.
  • Have students type a reflection about how the activity went and what they might do differently next time.

Ways to provide supports (make it easier):


Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom
  • Provide students with a second sheet of paper or a flat edge like a ruler so that they can be looking at one line at a time.
  • Dictate the directions one line at a time to students.
  • Demonstrate each line as you go using a projector or screensharing software.

Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom


STANDARDS ADDRESSED

Strand: Innovative Designer
Standard: 4.b. select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
I Can Statements:
I can stick with a problem until it is solved
I can use the materials around me to help me solve a problem
I can create an original work using a digital tool
Strand: Empowered Learner
Standard: 1.d. understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
I Can Statements:
I can learn a new technology tool by exploring it.
I can find any letter or number on a keyboard.

Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom

Designs in the Months Set:

January: Snowman


February: Mitten

March: Kite
April: Umbrella
May: Flower
June: Tent
July: Beach Ball
August: Sun
September: Apple
October: Leaf
November: Acorn
December: Evergreen Tree

Free Bulletin Board Letters

In my Free Resource Library in the INSPIRE section, there is a PDF with bulletin board header letters that spell out MYSTERY TEXT FORMATTING that you can use in your classroom. Click on the image above to go there.










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5 Fun Resources to Teach Kids Typing

5 Fun Resources to Teach Kids Typing


5 Fun Resources to Teach Kids Typing

5 Fun Resources to Teach Kids Typing


Teaching typing is incredibly important in the technology classroom. Unfortunately, many students begin their typing careers with their thumbs on a mobile device, but the sooner a student can be introduced to the keyboard and begin practicing typing, the more prepared they will be for the future. Here are 5 resources to support your students in learning to type as well as ways to keep track and assess their progress.

Typing.com


Typing.com is designed for teachers and students at every typing level. There are gamified lessons and engaging curriculum. With this program you can add your entire class log their progress. Additionally, the teacher portal allows for effortless class management and reporting. There are accessibility features for differently abled students. Best of all--it is free!


5 Fun Resources to Teach Kids Typing

Typingclub.com


TypingClub.com has a lot of similar features as Typing.com. One major difference between the two is that TypingClub has a partnership with Google for Education. So, if your school is connected through Google, this may be a better choice for your students. It also has lessons for all grade and ability levels, is interactive, and free!

 
5 Fun Resources to Teach Kids Typing

Nitrotype.com


Nitrotype is extremely popular at my school. What really sets this typing resource a part from the rest is that students can go head to head in a typing competition with one another. Students can also race against others all over the world. The downside of Nitrotype is that it doesn’t have any lessons. It is simply a competition game. That being said, it might a make a fun reward for the class if they can finish their practice typing, or at the end of a period.


FreeTypingGame.Net


FreeTypingGame.net offers 40 different lessons to use. This is another great resource for students to assess, test, and play as they learn to type. FreeTypingGames has a ton of flash games that students can choose and then practice typing. There is a keyboard guide on the screen to help students keep from looking down. Of course, you can always have a sleeve on the keys as they learn.

5 Fun Resources to Teach Kids Typing

ABCya.com


ABCya.com has more than just typing games, but it continues to be a great resource to helping younger grade get a handle on their keyboarding skills. Just search for Type, and then you will be shown a variety of games arranged by grade level. It makes it easy for kids to see what games are good for their grade. Unfortunately, ABCya doesn’t have assessment or progress tracking.
5 Fun Resources to Teach Kids Typing


With those typing resources that don’t allow the teacher to track progress, you can incorporate other ways of tracking through Google Sheets or some other way self-monitor.

Happy typing!

Looking for typing resources to use as lessons?
  • Printable keyboard pages:
  • Vocab + Typing: 




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