Student Typing Skills


Knowing how to type is an essential skill. Here are some ideas to get your students typing:

  • Every day we have a 30 minute silent reading period. During that segment, student take out their wireless AlphaSmart computer and work on the typing tutorial for 5-10 minutes.


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  • Stickers are given as each tutorial is completed.

  • Reward ~ once students pass the lessons in the tutorial, they are allowed to type their grammar homework.

  • Reward ~ once students pass the lessons in the tutorial, they are allowed to type their writing during our Writers' Workshop lessons.

  • I wrote a grant and purchased these AlphaSmart computers six years ago. They were around $250 each. Now you can buy a mini-laptop computer for nearly the same price. Consider writing a grant and purchasing computers for your classroom. Then the students can use an online typing tutorial daily.

  • If you only have one or two computers in your classroom, set up a rotation schedule so that students can get on an online tutorial a few times a week. Here is a link to several good online typing tutorials and games.