With so few school days left, we are scrambling to get every bit of learning value from our time in the lab.The Short Story:
3rd and 4th grader
s are taking a 1 minute typing test so that I can gather data about their progress in Keyboarding for Kids.Kindergarteners
are choosing between drawing a picture in Drawing for Children or completing an activity at Kerpoof.1st graders
are choosing from that same set of options with the addition of the Creative Games portion of uptoten.com's Boowa and Kwala premium website.2nd graders
are visiting AuntLee.com for games that help them become more fluent with a computer keyboard.
The Short Story:
3rd and 4th graders are taking a 1 minute typing test so that I can gather data about their progress in Keyboarding for Kids. We do that at a website appropriately named TypingTest.com. Each child repeats the "Tigers in the Wild" 1 minute timed test as many times as we have time for, then I manually take down WordsPerMinute, Number of Errors, and AdjustedScore for entry into a MS Excel spreadsheet that will inform teachers so that they can include each child's progress in the discussions they will hold with parents at the end of the year. The accounts at Keyboarding for Kids will be available to students all summer long, and I HIGHLY suggest parents encourage practice. As I tell the kids, this skill is one that will make their entry into middle school immeasurably easier.
I'm so proud of the 4th grade team for all the support and encouragement they've given their classes this year. Our 4th graders' performance this year by far exceeds that of previous years and we feel like we're making progress in the program. More to come.
Kindergarteners are choosing between drawing a picture in Drawing for Children or completing an activity at Kerpoof. I save them all and I'll create a slideshow for each classroom's webpage as well as printing them for your refrigerators.
Here's one example of each platform's output. First, from Kerpoof.com's "Make a Picture" activity:
and then from Drawing for Children:
are choosing from that same set of options with the addition of the Creative Games portion of uptoten.com's Boowa and Kwala premium website.
2nd graders (who are not producing PowerPoint "About Me" slideshows in a quick intro to PowerPoint) are visiting the BBC Typing website for computer games they can revisit during the summer to help them begin to easily locate keys on the computer keyboard.
Keyboarding is an essential skill, and these students will begin their formal touch-typing program at the very beginning of the next school year as 3rd graders.
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