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My K/1s love Brown Bear. It focuses only on key placement. I mention hands on the keyboard, elbows at their sides, but want them to focus on one thing (as Kindergartners like doing)–key placement. I set a goal of ’22 in 30 seconds’ (Brown Bear has a clock that ticks down) and then let them move on to something else like Starfall. Every few minutes I drop the goal–’Now I’m looking for 15!’ They love this game approach. I also have Type to Learn Jr, but they prefer Brown Bear (it’s free, btw).
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, featured blogger for Technology in Education, IMS tech expert, and a monthly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.