By Rebecca Steck and Jennifer Vespucci
Last year, Saint Patrick’s School received a grant to revamp our computer lab. Before we spent a cent, though, we made certain to connect every purchase with two important goals of our pre-K–8 Catholic school: improving each individual child’s academic and career prospects, and improving our students’ scores on state assessments, which are critical to whether we’re succeeding or failing as a school. To that end, here are four essential skills that we strive to teach all of our students by the time they finish middle school. Continue reading Why Keyboarding Is One of 4 Skills Every Middle-Schooler Needs
By Jan Smith
As a tech integrator, I teach 320 students in grades K–5. In addition to pushing into each home room for Tech class, I see the special-ed population as a separate and supplemental class of nine. This class includes students with autism as well as those in Life Skills in grades 3–5.
Typing can be a challenge with these students. As a function of their disability, some of my special-ed kids have difficulty remembering where the letters are on the keyboard, even from moment to moment. Continue reading For Special Education Students, TypeTastic Leads to Keyboarding Success!
A year ago, we introduced TypeTastic, a brand-new way for K–3 kids to learn keyboarding by playing games. Since then, more than 1,000,000 of you have played our games. And now, based on your fantastic feedback and requests, we’re expanding TypeTastic to include games for all grade levels! Continue reading TypeTastic School Edition Brings Joy of Typing to All Grade Levels!
By Michelle Eckstein
To help my K-5 students take advantage of the latest educational technology and to set them up for success in their lives after school, one of the fundamental skills I teach is typing. Earlier this year, I was looking for activities that would help my youngest students practice mouse skills and develop familiarity with the keyboard. That’s when I discovered TypeTastic, which has a scope and sequence that aligned well with what I wanted to teach my K–2 students. Continue reading Typing is the Key that Unlocks Educational Technology
TypeTastic is a fun (and free!) tool that is revolutionizing the way children learn to type. Parents enjoy interacting with their child at home with TypeTastic as much as the child has fun doing it. As a matter of fact, parents may even want to play the games themselves! Want to learn more about playing while keyboarding and hear from real-live parents who use this fun tool? Well, read on. Continue reading Parents and Children Play TypeTastic Together
We’ve all heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Well, students can’t be expected to become typing masters in a day, either! We all need time, practice, and a little guidance in order to learn how to do new things.
When we turn the keyboard into an exciting world of fruit, islands, or even the cosmos, it’s easy for students to have a blast while learning! With TypeTastic’s All Fingers Aboard, kids can get to know the basics while expanding on the essential fine motor skills they need for touch typing.
Continue reading All Fingers Aboard Gets Those Fingers Moving!
By Bethany Nill
Get this: keyboarding helps students learn the alphabet! As a technology teacher, I see roughly 500 K-5 students for 40 minutes a week. While kids may be a wiz on a tablet or a touchscreen device, I’ve discovered many of them have never used a keyboard or managed a mouse. So that’s where I start. Continue reading Want a Keyboarding Curriculum that Works? Here You Go!
It’s holiday time again!
This holiday season, what we’re most thankful for is all of you, the hard work you do with your students every day, and your enthusiasm for TypeTastic!
Continue reading Happy Holidays from the TypeTastic Team! A gift for you!
By Kelly Rotzinger
Gone are the days when you could graduate without knowing how to type! Today’s students are constantly being asked to type reports and essays in school. The question then becomes, when should students learn to type?
As a kindergarten teacher, my answer to this question is “as early as possible!” While some people may think keyboarding is too advanced for children of this age, my students have proven again and again that they are more than up to the task. Continue reading TypeTastic: The Amazing Tool that Teaches Kindergartners to Type!
Educators around the world are excited about TypeTastic, and are finding creative ways to include it into all sorts of lessons with lots of different students—and they are sharing their experiences on their blogs! So, if you’re an educator wondering whether TypeTastic will work in your classroom, then check out these amazing recommendations from a trio of teacher bloggers who absolutely love TypeTastic! Continue reading Teachers Share Why They Love TypeTastic!