4 Skills that K–5 Students Need for the Careers of the Future

By Kelsey Irizarry

According to a report from Institute for the Future, 85% of the jobs our current students will have in 2030 don’t exist yet. How are we, as teachers, supposed to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet? I address this question as a K–5 Media Specialist by focusing on four skills that prepare my students not just for middle school, but for their future careers.

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TypeTastic School Edition Spring Update Is Packed With 280+ New Activities

The latest TypeTastic School Edition update is now out with a significant change in the study material. Based on your feedback we have made it easier to understand which units you should assign for each grade level. We added more than 280 new activities for middle & high schools and students will now be taken to a specific theme based on the grade level.

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Why Keyboarding Is One of 4 Skills Every Middle-Schooler Needs

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

For Special Education Students, TypeTastic Leads to Keyboarding Success!

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!

TypeTastic School Edition Brings Joy of Typing to All Grade Levels!

In June 2016, we introduced TypeTastic, a brand-new way for K–3 kids to learn keyboarding by playing games. Since then, more than 2,000,000 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!

Typing is the Key that Unlocks Educational Technology

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

Parents and Children Play TypeTastic Together

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

All Fingers Aboard Gets Those Fingers Moving!

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. For middle and high school students Motor Skills does the same trick.

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