Keyboarding Practice

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    KEYBOARDING PRACTICE FOR PARCC

     

    The ability to keyboard well is a big plus for our students especially with PARCC. Our elementary computer teachers provide our students with keyboarding instruction utilizing Type to Learn in our computer labs. On the middle school level, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is available to help our students hone their keyboarding skills.

    How much are our students expected to be able to type? You would be very surprised to see “how much”! According to PARCC:

    • GRADE 4 students should be able to type a minimum of 1 page in a testing period.
    • GRADE 5 students should be able to type a minimum of 2 pages in a testing period.
    • GRADE 6 students should be able to type a minimum of 3 pages in a testing period.

    We have a lot of “thumb” typists who are very good at getting their thoughts across on their smart phones, but need much more practice in actual keyboarding—especially for the “long haul.”

    Please encourage your students to practice their keyboarding and mouse skills to prepare for the ELA sections of PARCC. You can work together with your technology teachers to make use of computer lab time for practice. Please SHARE these websites with your students and their parents to foster practice at home: 

     

    GAME

    WEBSITE

    DESCRIPTION

    Dance Mat Typing

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing

    Twelve lessons provide guided practice on all keys

    Keyboard Challenge

    http://www.abcya.com

    Geared for Grades 2-5, reinforces clicking and dragging keys to their correct location

    Typing Rocket

    http://www.abcya.com

    Geared for Grades 2-5, a one minute challenge provides practice in typing letters quickly

    Learning Games for Kids.com

    http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/featured-games/typing-challenge.html 

    Typing challenges—practice and assessment

    Mousing Around

    http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/intro.htm

    Mouse skills practice

    Mousercize

    http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm

     

    Short activities to practice mouse skills, including mouse placement, clicking the mouse, click and drag, using scroll bars, and drop-down menus.

    Bees and Honey

    https://tvokids.com/preschool/games/bees-and-honey

    Three beginner activities to practice mouse skills, including moving the mouse, clicking the mouse, and click and drag.

    This is Sand

     https://thisissand.com/

    Interactive art using the mouse, for Grades 2-5. Allows students to practice drawing “sandscapes” by layering different colors of sand using the mouse.

    Weave Silk

    http://www.weavesilk.com

    Interactive art using the mouse, for Grades 2-5. Allows students to practice drawing images using symmetry.

    **Much thanks to Judy Canose for sharing these sites!**