Using Internet Resources to Develop Keyboarding Skills

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Diana Dell

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Research shows that millennials (born between 1980-2000) spend more time on the Internet and engaged in computer activities than they do watching television. Keyboarding is an essential skill in this environment. Many school districts have yet to adopt a keyboarding program. This resource will assistance teachers in using Internet resources to develop keyboarding skills in the their students.

Take time to explore the sites that provide a rationale for keyboarding. Begin with a course rather than a game. It is important to note that while keyboarding games can improve keyboarding speed, they won't teach students how to type correctly. Sequenced lessons are needed prior to engaging in games.

Complete Online Keyboarding Programs
    •Touch Typing
This site includes 15 online, interactive lessons that develop keyboarding skills. As students become more advanced, an option to copy and paste any text for practice is available.
    •Peter's Online Typing Course
This site is a complete course that provides an introduction and overview, principles for effective keyboarding, typing ergonomics, and finger placement. 18 interactive lessons and 8 exercises are available. A minimalist approach is used in the design of this course.
    •Dance Mat Typing
This colorful, interactive site from the BBC offers 4 levels and 12 stages of keyboarding practice. It is appropriate for grades 2-4.
    •Gamequarium Keyboarding Courses and Lessons
This webpage serves as a portal to many online, interactive keyboarding course. I update it regularly as I discover new online courses.
Interactive Games
    •Falling Words
Type the words before they hit the ground.
    •Barracuda Typing
From the site: "Help barracuda keep its river clean. Type words into the box as they appear floating down the river. Barracuda will knock them out. It is a loosing battle and river will grow darker as barracuda slowly looses. When barracuda starts gaining, the river will get bluer."
    •Cup Stack Typing
Type the letters to stack then unstack the cups.
    •Gamequarium Keyboarding Games
This webpage serves as a portal to many online, interactive keyboarding games. I update it regularly as I discover new games.
Rationale for Keyboarding
    •Keyboarding Rationale
    •Principles of Effective Keyboarding
    •Teaching Keyboarding at the Elementary Level

Last updated: October 01 2006, 9:38 am
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