Typing Practice at Home
By Miss Sue Lynn Shinsato, Computer Teacher
With all of the hype about using technology at school, parents might be wondering, “What kind of programs or computer skills should my child be practicing at home in order to excel in class?” The simple answer is this—typing.
Typing is such a basic skill, but every year your child gets older, it will require more time using the computer to complete projects and assignments. Learning how to type correctly can make completing assignments more time effective by not having to look at multiple places—from their fingers, to the screen, to the book they’re using for research. No one really pays attention to how many words per minute someone can type now days. Instead, it is expected that if you are at a certain age, you can type proficiently. That’s why at St. Ann Model School, we are pushing our students to start typing correctly at an early age. Of course, we are also using programs to help your child improve their tech skills, but the ones who complete their work the fastest and most accurately are the ones who have been practicing their typing skills.
Since the students only have computer class a few times a week, here are some sites they can use to get extra practice at home to improve their keyboard skills:
ELC – Keyboard Zoo:
Gr.1 & 2 – Keyboard limber:
Gr. 1 & 2 Keyboard Climber 2:
Gr. 3 & 4 – Dancemat Typing:
http://www.dancemattypingguide.com/list-of-dance-mat-typing-stages/ (or http://bit.ly/1Ph4lcc)
Gr. 5 – 7 – Typing.com:
Resources: photo credits to Learningworksforkids