Learning How to Keyboard!
In today's digital age, it is so important to teach students to touch type. For that reason, in 4th and 5th grade we introduce "Typing Club" for weekly keyboarding lessons and practice. As students work through their activities, we continually focus on: • staying on home row • maintaining good posture • keeping our eyes on the screen • working on accuracy before speed. With 5th grader we discuss and work on building "muscle memory" with our keyboarding skill so students don't have to use mental energy while their keyboarding. Instead students will focus more on WHAT they are typing rather than thinking and looking for the next key to press. To help with this we introduce the keyboard covers! The keyboard covers will help us to:
1) Improved Speed and Accuracy - because they focus on how to type by touch - not sight!
2) Improved Key Recognition - because students have to remember where the keys are (muscle memory) instead of visually looking for the keys!
3) Promotes Good Posture - because it forces them to keep their hands, wrist, and fingers in the proper position!
I encourage students to practice their keyboarding skills at home as well. Students can log into their typing accounts with their school Google accounts. If they'd like to make a keyboard cover at home, the image below shows how they can do so from a card board box! Our goal is to practice 1 hour a week! Students can add 10 minutes a night (M - F) to their nightly homework if they'd like to develop strong keyboarding skills!
Keyboarding Practice for Lower Grades:
Our Class Beginning & Ending Routines!
Click HERE to learn how to log in using Classlink.
Computer Lab Expectations
There are 4 classroom expectations to which all students must abide while visiting the computer lab. If any of these expectations are not followed the student's teacher will be notified.
1. Be Responsible To act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence.
2. Be Honest To be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others
3. Be Respectful To treat others the way you would like to be treated
4. Be Safe Follow all digital citizenship rules (see digital citizen tab above)
Google Apps for Education!
Our computer lab consist of computers called Chromeboxes. A Chromebox is a personal computer running Google's Chrome OS operating system. This device is a desktop version of the Chromebook laptop. Your student will have access to Chromebooks in their classrooms and Chromeboxes in the computer lab! Click the Google Apps button below to learn more and to find out how to log your student into their school Google Drive at home!
Spring Break is here!