Fast keyboarding skills unlock students’ potential to capture and organize their thoughts, and communicate and collaborate with others on the computer. Keyboarding has also become part of the national writing standards.
Common Core Keyboarding Standards:
- Grade 2: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
- Grade 3: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.6 With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
- Grade 4: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
- Grade 5: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
(For more unpacking of these standards, see Keyboarding and the Common Core Standards)
Keyboarding plan at PS 130
Students in grades 3 and up are introduced (or re-introduced) to typing fundamentals early in the year in Ms. Valentino’s Media Literacy cluster. She has used free online programs like TypingClub.com, Dance Mat Typing, and even building in some fun assessment tools like NitroType. Students in grades 3 and up also activate those skills through the use of Google Docs in their @ps130brooklyn.com Google Apps accounts for word processing projects.
This Spring, students in grades 2-5 are logging in to Typing.com (students log in here) for the first time during Media Literacy class. Students build skills through games, activities and quizzes, and Ms. Valentino can track their progress from the Teacher Portal.
Of course, we want the Media Literacy Cluster to be more than a typing class, so students are encouraged to practice at home (maybe for 15 minutes before they play a computer game, etc.) to reach or exceed the standards for their grade level.
All of the typing resources mentioned in this post are available for free through the Internet!