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Summer keyboarding–Online–-a self-managed online keyboarding class you complete in your own time, at your own pace. Join us for three weeks, fifteen classes, one hour a day–or spread it out as it works for your summer plans. Vacation? Do your keyboarding with a laptop or Chromebook anytime you have downtime–or wait till you get back. Sports camp? Get keyboarding done in the morning or after you’ve recovered from the game.
The goal: Prepare for next year’s academic demands, improve typing skills, and gain facility with technology.
What You Get
- 15 hours of video training on keyboarding–perfect for an immersive summer experience to prepare for next year’s increased typing demands (see sample video below)
- an overarching K-8 keyboard curriculum (good for involved adults)
- membership in the Keyboarding Wiki for one year
- access to videos for one year after completion
- a certificate attesting to completion of this comprehensive keyboarding preparation class when you notify us you’ve completed the required activities (listed in the videos)
- access to teacher any time. Drop a note in the Discussion Board. She answers within 24 hours. You may also get responses from other class members!
- start with a benchmark speed quiz to see where you are at the beginning.
- start each class with keyboarding–Typing Web or DanceMat Typing. You can even use whatever keyboarding program you use in your school (Typing Club, Type to Learn, All the Right Type–as long as you can log into it from your summer computer). By the end of Video Two, you must cover hands with a light cloth to test key knowledge.
- a couple of times a week, exercise fingers to remind yourself they are all there–not just pointers or thumbs.
- every five sessions, take a blank keyboard quiz to promote confidence in letter key placement. You need to believe in yourself–that you know where keys are without looking. Of course, taking the quiz will be on the honor system. If you look at the keyboard during the test, you are the only one who will know. And see the consequences of that at the end of the 15 sessions.
- in each session, enjoy a variety of keyboarding games to test speed and accuracy
- once a week, we do something fun (that reinforces technology skills). After four sessions of keyboarding, I want you to see how it is used in environs different from straight typing (like creating a Tagxedo)
- increase speed. For most students who follow all the exercises as presented, that’s about 20%. Why? Students get a better understanding of where keys are and employment of proper keyboarding habits. Students who attend a school that requires online classwork keep this increase because they use their new skills daily.
- provide resources students can draw on to carry them through the school year when the taped lessons run out. This means, when they realize they need better keyboarding skills to accomplish class requirements, they will be able to take responsibility for their own learning.
- show how much fun keyboarding can be–a victory considering the amount of memorization
- access to the internet
- a full-size keyboard (not an iPad)
- a sense of adventure and a risk-taker’s attitude
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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 dozens of technology training books that integrate technology into 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, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out next summer.