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Typing Class: Middle School Computer Lessons

Typing Class: Middle School Computer Lessons

Do you teach a keyboarding class? Today, typing on a keyboard is still a vital skill for students. With more high stakes tests (PARCC) being taken on computers, keyboarding is more important than ever. However, teaching just keyboarding is boring! You need to spice up your typing instruction with some interesting lessons that can relate to students lives and draw their interests. If you are just teaching a class that covers typing only, good luck. you are probably dealing with student behavior issues and kids looking at their fingers on the keys just to get through your class. I recommend that your class only types for 5-7 (10 at the most) minutes of typing each time you meet. Short and sweet at the end of the class. Brain research dictates that the beginning of a class is the most vital time for learning. More than likely you use this time for your keyboarding, really the last few minutes may be the best time for keyboarding.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; Motivating Students for Keyboarding

Middle School Computer Lessons; Motivating Students for Keyboarding (www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com)

Keyboarding and typing is a part of most middle school computer classes. In some cases a middle school may have an entire class dedicated to typing. In others it may not be addressed at all. I feel typing and keyboarding is an important part of any technology class for kids.

This is how I do typing in my class, and we do use keyboard covers : 6 grade classes type using Word then we move to Tux typing (open source); 7th Grade classes use “Type to Learn 4” which was purchased as a site license network copy; 8th graders have a choice between continuing their progress in TTL4 or starting from scratch in Mavis Beacon Teaches typing (version 15).

Then, every 2 weeks we have a typing quiz. Each student must come to my pc with the projector and type one sentence that I provide in front of all their peers. I use a program called “gabes type ometer” and it gives WPM score after the sentence is typed. Next, the student types their name and score in a spreadsheet for all to see. My goal is to use peer pressure as a motivation tool when they are doing their keyboarding practice.

Next, I take the top 10 scores for each grade level and add them to my “Typing Leaderboard”

Here, all of my students can see who is the best typist in each grade. I type out each name and score to hang up.

Another motivator is the Type to Learn progress board:

Here are all 7 levels in the program. As students progress through the program, they move their name to the next level. This allows everyone to see the progress of all of the students in the class.

My last motivation tool I call the “Qwerty King Typing Crown“. Students get to wear the crown if they are the fastest typist in the class during the day of the quiz. This is pretty popular! I find this gives students attention from their peers, which is like gold for MS students.

Qwerty King Student motivational tool

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Middle School Computer Lessons, importance of keyboarding skills

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Yesterday I got into a heated debate with a student about keyboarding. In my Technology class we type for the first 10 minutes of class everyday. This serves two purposes, first it calms the class down after they come in from the hallway dripping from swimming in a sea of preteen anxt. Second, it is the prefect time to practice proper typing skills. I must admit that as I’m typing this I feel like a bit of a hypocrite because I am typing this on an iPad, testing style, with two thumbs. However, my keyboarding skills are solid and my students have a broad range of skill levels.

Typing today is more important than ever. Don’t kid yourself and believe that texting. Has taken the place of keyboarding. No, kids needn’t know the home row more than ever. Funny thing  that every cell phone that I have ever seen that has a keyboard has bumps on the f and j keys just like every pc keyboard. Touch screens obviously do not. This is one reason touch screen typing is so difficult, you have to look at the keys.

Anyway, I was discussing keyboarding with a student he was new to my class, he had just moved in a and missed my first day spiel about the keyboard vs. A PS3 controller. Where I make the point that if you can play videongamesnwithout looking down at your fingers, then you could learn to type without looking down at the keyboard. he wasn’t buying it. I told him that there are less buttons on a keyboard(I say there are 30commonly used buttons) than on a pS3 controller(41). He looked at me like I was crazy, but I didn’t give up and continued to explain. When I was, he did agree to give his typing skills another shot and start a new typing program from scratch. I am calling. This one a victory.

In my class I use 4 different programs for typing. Tux typing(open source), Mavis beacon(my fav), type to learn 4 is good too then Word lastly.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; importance of keyboarding skills

middle School Computer Lessons
Is the best resource for Middle school computer lessons and ideas!

Yesterday I got into a heated debate with a student about keyboarding. In my Technology class we type for the first 10 minutes of class everyday. This serves two purposes, first it calms the class down after they come in from the hallway dripping from swimming in a sea of preteen anxt. Second, it is the prefect time to practice proper typing skills. I must admit that as I’m typing this I feel like a bit of a hypocrite because I am typing this on an iPad, testing style, with two thumbs. However, my keyboarding skills are solid and my students have a broad range of skill levels.

Typing today is more important than ever. Don’t kid yourself and believe that texting. Has taken the place of keyboarding. No, kids needn’t know the homerow more than ever. Funnynthing that every cell phone that I have ever seen that has a keyboard has bumps on the f and j keys just like every pc keyboard. Touch screens obviously do not. This is one reason touch screen typing is so difficult, you have to look at the keys.

Anyway, I was discussing keyboarding with a student he was new to my class, he had just moved in a and missed my first day speel about the keyboard vs. A PS3 controller. Where I make the point that if you can play videongamesnwithout looking down at your fingers, then you could learn to type without looking down at the keyboard. he wasn’t buying it. I told him that there are less buttons on a keyboard(I say there are 30commonly used buttons) than on a pS3 controller(41). He looked at me like I was crazy, but I didn’t give up and continued to explain. When I was, he did agree to give his typing skills another shot and start a new typing program from scratch. I am calling. This one a victory.

In my class I use 4 different programs for typing. Tux typing(open source), Mavis beacon(my fav), type to learn 4 and word. Each has it’s pros and cons. I want to try different things in class to give mys student the opportunity to find what works best for them.
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