Using computers in the classroom is a great way to increase engagement, help students learn to use technology, and make your life easier as a teacher. In order to maximize the benefits of using technology in the classroom, it is important to have clear rules and expectations for appropriate computer use. Instill these habits in students from day one, and you’ll not only make your life easier, but you’ll help your students become responsible users of technology.
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Errors are part of the learning process! Unfortunately, though, for some students a few errors can entirely derail a typing lesson.
Bad habits happen. When it comes to typing, it almost feels like bad habits are inevitable.
By the time students get proper typing instruction in middle school, they’ve already spent their formative years pecking out messages to friends on an array of devices.
While each of these tools has its merits, the criteria for the best tool is that it should sufficiently cover the letters on the keys, that it’s removable, and that it feels natural while typing.
Speed will come with practice and repetition, but if students internalize bad habits by sacrificing accuracy for speed early on, these habits can be difficult to unlearn.
We often tell students that it’s important to improve their typing skills or learn to touch type, but we don’t always tell them why.
And we should, because understanding why touch typing is important will help boost motivation and get kids on board when it comes time to practice.
At the end of the day, typing is a pretty straightforward task that doesn’t tend to involve audio or movement. That said, there are plenty of ways that you can mix up typing time to help students keep their focus.
Every day we get tons of questions from teachers asking for help with their typing classes. So now, I’ve decided to set aside some time to answer the most important questions that come in each week on video and share them with everyone.