Thursday, March 10, 2016

Keyboarding in K-3

Let's be honest ... keyboarding is the kind of thing we all assume someone else will teach our students. :)  It's hard to find the time to do it, and know HOW to do it.  I am a big believer that kids as young as kindergartners can begin learning how to type.  We can do this authentically by giving them time to publish their writing using iPads, Chromebooks, etc, (and Seesaw!  You knew I was going to say "Seesaw", right?!  LOL)  and we can also support them by giving them time to play typing games or use a FREE (I said "FREE!") typing curriculum.  Even 10 minutes a day or 15 minutes every few days in K-1 would be a big step in the right direction.  Here are some resources to start you on this keyboarding journey ...

This article talks about the challenges and importance of teaching keyboarding skills to our students. Great stuff!

I started a collection on Participate Learning featuring resources for keyboarding.  Some are free, some require subscriptions.  This is a resource for you as a teacher.

I created a Symbaloo webmix that you can use to help your students quickly access free typing games and curriculum.  This resource is for your students.  Click below to access, and if you are logged into your own Symbaloo account you can select "Add this webmix" so your students can access it easily.

If you have keyboarding resources to share, please email me or include in the comments!  Happy typing!  Sincerely, Your Friend the Nitrotype Queen :)

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