7th Grade just completed a 12-class Keyboarding Boot Camp. The goal of these classes was to improve keyboarding technique which will in turn improve keyboarding speed. The average increase in speed during the 12 class session was 17.52%. Some 7th Graders have learned extremely bad keyboarding habits and it is a struggle to correct these. Grading for these classes was based on correct technique and not on speed so it was a challenge for those in the class who have bad habits ingrained. I would encourage you to encourage your child to practice keyboarding at home even though these series of lessons are complete. As with anything, the more you practice, the better you get. Your child will only have to type more as they continue with their education and the better they are at touch-typing, the easier this will be. Here are some keyboarding lesson sites they could use at home if you do not have specific keyboarding software on your computer:
- TypingWeb.com – Lessons, Graphs to track progress, typing games. This site requires registration and can be ad free for a $5 one-time donation. You can customize the look of your background and some other features.
- GoodTyping.com – 27 lessons. This site requires registration.
- FreeTypingGame.net – This site has lessons, games & speed tests. We often use this site in class to test speed.
- PowerTyping – Simple typing lessons where you can type to music to encourage rhythmic typing. Records your WPM on each lesson and assigns a grade.
- Sense-Lang – A simple site with lessons starting with the home row. This site also allows you to paste text from anywhere and practice typing using that text. This is a nice feature since it practices real typing rather than just random words or letter combinations.
- NimbleFingers – This site has online typing tests and a typing program you can download called Word Wacker. This is a free to try program.
- E-Learning For Kids – May be a little young for most middle schoolers but it is a fun animated course.
- Dance Mat Typing – Fun Characters and songs to introduce Touch Typing for children 7-11 years old from the BBC. This might be a little young for most middle schoolers but it has fun characters. No speed feedback until all lessons are completed.
As part of these lessons, 7th Grade played various keyboarding games at the end of each class. They enjoyed some of these and may like to play these at home to practice their keyboarding skills:
- Axis of Evil
- Cup Stacking
- Type Me
- Typing of Ghosts
- Martian City Defender
- Typing Monster
- Typing Terror
7th Grade also participated in World Math Day in the Computer Lab on March 3rd. World Math Day is an International event with students from around the world competing against one another in mental math games to try to set a world record for the most correct math answers in a 2 day period – 2 days because the event ran during the time that it was March 4, 2009 anywhere in the world. 7th Grade answered 3,841 questions correctly during World Math Day and each 7th Grader received a participation certificate from this event. Here are just a few statistics from World Math Day:
- 204 Countries represented
- 12,647 Cities/Towns participating
- 38,058 Schools participating
- 1,952,879 Students participating
- 452,682,682 Questions correctly answered
Last but not least, the 7th Grade Altered Snowflakes and Poetry presentations are now shared on the Travel Scrapbook on our wiki. Check these out when you get a chance.