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Sense-Lang: Typing Tutorials

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/

Website Example: http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers/headphones (optional)

Activity Description

In this activity, students view an animated typing tutorial in which they learn the basic positions and "finger territories" for a select group of letters. Students then practice what they've learned to help them improve their typing skills.

Preparation

  1. Practice the tutorial yourself to become familiar with it and to be sure it works in your classroom on your student computers.
  2. Prepare to familiarize students with the basic keyboard layout as well as the functions of the shift key and space bar.

How-To

  1. Show the Animated Typing Tutorial  for Lesson 1 using the digital projector. Students should have keyboards in front of them. With their hands in the proper position, have them practice pressing "f" and "j".
  2. Direct students to the practice activity for Lesson 1 .
  3. Have students repeat this activity until they have achieved at least a 70% success rate.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 with Lessons 2-15.
  5. Once a week, have your students test their touch-typing level  to see how they are doing in terms of typing speed and accuracy. Have students log their typing test results to monitor their progress.
  6. Have students play the site's free typing games  after each week's typing test.

Teacher Tips

  • Remind your students that regular keyboarding practice is the key to improving their typing skills. Students should practice for 30 minutes a day in order to see dramatic improvement.

More Ways

  • If you have students with varying typing skills, you may choose to have students go through the animated typing tutorials and practice exercises at their own pace.

Levels

  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (7.7) Demonstrate the ability to use information and communication technology
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.