In this recent article for Ed Tech magazine, I share our district’s process for bringing keyboarding back into the K-5 setting.
Yes, this was prompted by the upcoming computerized tests next year. But what about the benefits we can gain from these mandates? For example, our fifth graders and their classroom teachers were introduced to Google Drive. The keyboarding teacher infused many tips and tricks for using Google Apps in the classroom while teaching this skill. By the end of the year, our students had greatly improved their keying skills. It most definitely helped that they learned this skill within the context of authentic literacy work, such as collaborative writing.
If you are at the K-5 level, how have you addressed keyboarding in preparation for these tests? Please share in the comments.