In this globally connected world, all students must be technologically literate. They must have the ability to use technology as they access information and use their knowledge to think critically, solve problems, and share ideas with others. It is important for students to acquire keyboarding skills to better communicate and collaborate with others.
Starting the 2012-2013 school year, a keyboarding instructional module will be implemented in third grade as research indicates that students in this grade are developmentally able to beginkeyboarding instruction, and it fulfills one of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards for Writing. “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.” (W.3.6)
Here at Oakleigh,we think it is beneficial to introduce the basic concepts of keyboarding priorto third grade. Here are a few fun free typing games which will help build a foundation for typing skills.
Dance Mat Typing
This website is greatfor students in all grades. It focuses on all the letters using correct hand position for keyboarding. This website has characters which introduce the correct way to type and follows a sequential order.
This website is good for students in the primary grades. Students learn the concept of using both hands to type. Students do not need to know how to use the shift key when typing uppercase letters.
Edutyping Jr.-For 3rd grade students only
All third grade students received a letter with a username and password to access Edutyping Jr.
This website is good forstudents in all grades. It focuses on all the letters on the keyboard. Students need to be aware of using both hands and/or using correct hand position for keyboarding.