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Re: Keyboarding software

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Joanne Finnegan <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 18 Oct 2006 08:09:28 -0400

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Two of the elementary schools that I work in  use Type to Learn 3  for
grades 2 and up (some of the first graders use it).  Some of the others
use Type Faster but I haven't seen it in action.

We, too, were disappointed with Type to Learn Jr.  We ordered a few
licenses for grades K and 1 and don't use them at all.  I'd suggest
doing a preview first before ordering it.

Joanne Finnegan
Technology Integration Specialist
Chittenden East Supervisory Union
(voice) (802) 899-4690 x 502
(fax) (802) 899-2904
 


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>>> Linda Thurber <[log in to unmask]> 10/18/2006 7:03 am >>>
I would suggest that before you order Type to Learn Junior, you look  
at Read, Write and Type for the younger student. We purchased both  
and I was very disappointed in Type to Learn Jr. Read, Write and Type 

is phonics based and has a storyline that encourages the students to  
keyboard correctly.
Thanks for the discussion.

On Oct 18, 2006, at 12:07 AM, Lucie deLaBruere wrote:

> I'm so pleased to see a discussion on keyboarding revived.
>
> First let me briefly answer the question.  We use Type to Learn  
> with grades 3 -4 and up.  The networkability was one of the reasons 

> for adopting it.  It's great to be able to differentiate  
> instruction (and also customize some of the features).  I'm getting 

> ready to order Type to Learn Junior (10 pack only)  for we do have  
> a handful of skills for which Type to Learn is not appropriate  
> for.  ( i.e. reading level,  attention span, special needs).   I   
> would definitely recommend turning off "dictation station"  for all 

> students grades 3-4.  It did more harm than good.   I've had  
> difficulty finding appropriate resources for one handed typist (who 

> would have thought, but its come up several times already in the  
> past few months).
> (Ultra Key was a close contender in my decision)
>
> I steared away from Mavis Beacon.  Cortez Peters is a top notch  
> method of keyboarding instruction for older students (high school  
> and adults).  I've been trained by Cortez himself and he boast  
> methods that can bring students to perfect copy at speeds between  
> 100 and 200 words per minute- but there is a time investment and  
> committment to his method required.  There is another great piece  
> of software that is sold with Southwestern textbooks called  
> Keyboarding Pro (good for high school and college)
>
> The best investment you can make are keyguides ($10 each for  
> lifetime warranty)... NOT the type that cover the keys,  the type  
> that hide the whole hand.    Also,  save old keyboards for students 

> who don't have computers at home to practice with. I made the offer 

> expecting 1 or 2 takers,  I've send home over 20 this year with  
> special instructions and worksheets that correspond.
>
> Beware of games and gimmicks that do not follow the sequence of  
> letters introduced in your lessons.  I made that error last year  
> and it did more harm than good, because students tried to beat the  
> games when they had not learned the letters and reverted back to  
> peeking!  I now save the games until after the letters have been  
> all introduced.
>
> Okay... enough for now,  but I think this is an excellent  
> discussion topic, so I've set up a structure for those who could  
> benefit by sharing more about this topic.  (even those of your  
> teachers that are NOT on this listserve and are now trying to teach 

> keyboarding without any training in how to teach keyboarding)
>
> As a 25 year veteran keyboarding teacher,  I probably have strong  
> opinions about this, but I certainly don't have all the answers.   
> Until recently my experience had been with high school students.   
> I'm having so much fun learning new strategies to teach our 3rd and 

> 4th graders to keyboard. I got some good tips at Dynamic Landscape  
> last year and ran a pilot with 20 fourth graders for 3 weeks to  
> help prepare me to do a school wide implementation of  teching  
> keyboarding to students in grades 3 and 4 this year.   It's taking  
> a lot of my time this year, but I'm learning a lot of good stuff  
> and documenting it for teachers at those grade levels in my  
> building. . My goal is to model for those classroom teachers how to 

> teach keyboarding.  I'd like to point out one one of the biggest  
> misconception I run across.... "why are you spending so much time  
> on this,  doesn't our school have software that will do that".   
> Software DOES not a solution make!  It is part of a solution.  When 

> used effectively it can be a great asset.  So this discussion is  
> 'good"  but its only part of the discussion.  In order for all you  
> wonderful people who have brought the discussion to the table to be 

> able to bring in some of your staff who have "elected"  OR  been  
> 'assigned"  to meet this requirement in your school without having  
> to have them joing SCHOOL-IT,  I've created a place for us to  
> continue the discussion (and bring others to it) at
>
> http://learntotype.wikispaces.com/ 
>
> I've started a few pages as containers
> Keyboarding Software
> Keyboarding Sites for Students
> Keyboarding Sites for Teachers (Resources)
> Keyboarding for Students with Special Needs
> Strategies that work!
>
> There is a place for us to collaborate on documents/pages or add  
> more. We can also elect to start some discussions.    Let's learn  
> from each other.  I know I could have used some help on more than  
> one occasion in finding solutions for students with little or no  
> motor skills in ONE hand due to accident or disability.  This has  
> come up 2 x already in one year.
> I am also creating a teachers guide to Type to Learn that will  
> follow the first 14 lessons from what I learned worked or didn't  
> work.  (i.e. when to use keyguide covers, when NOT to?  what  
> features of type to learn to "leave on"  or "turn off" in the  
> customize options section for grade 4 students.
> ETC  ETC  ETC.  I'll try to post some of my work there during the  
> next few weeks.
> Hope you will too!
>
> Lucie deLaBruere
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On 10/17/06, Jeffrey jarrad <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Keyboarding:
>
> We use UltraKey 4 at Montpelier Elementary at grades 4 and 5, with
> additional word processing-based drills, and in grades 6+ at the
> Middle School. It works well, does what it's supposed to do, has
> great reports. It's advertised as no-frills without "distracting
> games", but I'd rather there were a few games and diversions. From
> what I see of "games" they all reinforce the skills. Different
> generation, these young' uns. It has had a few network bumps but in
> general has worked pretty well. They are pushing ver 5 with their
own
> server app but we finally figured out it wasn't a real upgrade, so
> ver 4 (on OSX network) has been fine. If I had to buy a new program
> now, I'd look for one that was 1) network savvy, 2) did I say
network
> savvy? 3)well-thought out in terms of key progression, quick tests,
> reinforcement, and 4) a bit more fun.
>
> Jeffrey Jarrad
> Union Elementary
> Montpelier, VT 05602
> 802-225-8265
> [log in to unmask] 
>
>
>
> >
> >
>
>
>
>


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