• Keyboarding

    What "type" of learning should occur in our classroom to prepare our students for Common Core testing? 

     
    Consider the Facts:
    • Tests linked to the Common Core require students to use a mouse and type answers on a keyboard.
    • This means that typing skills once reserved for middle school and later are being taught as early as kindergarten.
    • The typing skills will come in handy for third-graders: Their test will require them to write a short story online.

    Insight:

    It’s true that young students may be “digital natives,” but there’s one problem: Their digital experience may have skipped right over the keyboard. With touch screens so prevalent, many students are accustomed to swiping and tapping. To them, touch typing might seem positively passé. 

    taken from: Common Core Tests Put Typing Skills Center Stage, By . Oct. 14, 2013. http://www.educationdive.com/news/common-core-tests-put-typing-skills-center-stage/181394/
     
     
     
     
    The typing skills of our students will be put the test, literally..... 

Elementary Students Learn Keyboarding Skills for CCSS

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  • Ready, get set, start your keyboards!
    Consider the following questions when planning ways to implement keyboarding in your classroom:
     
    • When should we begin instruction about keyboarding?
    • What is developmentally appropriate for us to expect of young children?
    • What are the things that students need to be taught about keyboarding and what do they pick up with practice?
    • How much practice should we be giving students?
    • What should we continue to do in paper-format and what should we ideally move online?
    • How can we use technology to support the use of pre-writing strategies (i.e. the use of graphic organizers, brainstorming, outlining thoughts)?
     
    These are all important questions that we must begin to resolve NOW.
  • Common Core Standards for Writing (Grades 1-8)

    W.1.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

    W.2.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

    W.3.6. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact andcollaborate with others.

    W.4.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.

    W.5.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

    W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.

    W.7.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

    W.8.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

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