We kicked off keyboarding this week with our third graders. Keyboarding will be king until the way we input information into computers shifts. And while speech recognition is getting pretty awesome - it still doesn’t work in a crowded room. The skill is really important - especially as I watch my 5th grade students peck inefficiently on their new Chromebooks. We can do better.
So this is our plan: Every third grade student cycles through the lab every day for twenty minutes during a two week immersion period. We’ve purchased a school subscription to Typing Club, a web based typing app. It is free for individuals, but we needed the centralized management of the school edition. I’m happy to report that the pay version is a more robust than the free beta was last year. Typing Club can use Google Apps as a passkey which is also really convenient for us. We’ve pushed the Typing Club Chrome App to our students’ Chrome browsers. They have to configure the Chrome App (command+click on the App, go to “options,” and then point to our Typing Club domain) but that is easy enough.