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Typing Skills?

Mar 9, 2013 7:54am

In two years, PARCC testing (at least here in Florida) will require that 4th grade students type their writing tests responses. 10 year olds typing a five paragraph essay in a limited time-span has many of our school administrators in a panic. We are looking into some typing software but not sure that is the answer. I'm wondering what other schools are doing.

  • English Language Arts / Technology
  • Pre K-5
  • Assessment

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    • Mar 9, 2013 1:34pm

      There was a previous post on typing software, here are some resources I found:

      This website that compares and reviews typing software for kids?:
      http://typing-for-kids-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

      Also, this website has a bunch of typing games you could try: http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

      • Mar 13, 2013 10:59am

        I teach elementary technology classes in Phoenix. I was able to get a license to Learning.com to utilize their EasyTech program with my students. Earlier this year, Learning.com created a PARCC/SmarterBalanced strand.

        From the website: "The six EasyTech units below provide comprehensive coverage of the required computer skills students need to complete these assessments. Each contains interactive lessons and activities that progressively increase in complexity. Upon successful completion of the six units students will have the computer skills they need to feel comfortable completing the Common Core computer-based assessments."

        It not only has keyboarding, it has other fundamental computer skills, such as lessons in windows and controls, and program menus and tool-bars.

        It's easy to use and the students like it.

        • Mar 27, 2014 8:04am

          Some schools do regular typing lessons online via http://www.ratatype.com/ or http://www.typingpal.com/ where students can practice touch typing and see the performance.

          • Mar 11, 2013 5:04am

            Thank you Katie and Lauren. I will check these out.

            • Mar 12, 2013 8:35am

              In addition to typing software programs, the most authentic practice you can have students do is to actually start typing using programs such as Word or Google Docs.

              Take students to the lab to type stories...if a lab is not available, have it be a new "center" where students can visit the classroom computer and type one of their stories. Have them practice typing their favorite passage from a book or something they have written. This will really allow for an authentic experience and you can see where the technical issues will be & teach students to trouble shoot!

              • Mar 14, 2013 5:51pm

                I really like typingagent.com. Check it out!