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Did you know that our grade 2-6 keyboarding program, All the Right Type, is available online, with both school and home access?

Today's post is brought you by Kim Mathey, tech gal extraordinaire!
Did you know that our grade 2-6 keyboarding program, All the Right Type, is available online, with both school and home access?
The target keyboarding levels are:
Use correct finger position to type:
3rd – 9 wpm                    3rd graders will be learning correct finger position.
4th  – 10-12 wpm             4th graders and up will use home row and touch type. At this speed they can type faster than they can compose with paper/pencil.
5th - 13-15 wpm             5th grade and up should touch type
6th  - 16-20 wpm
7th - 25+ wpm

As you start the year, please provide time for your students to practice keyboarding in class and encourage families to help students practice at home.   Any students meeting keyboarding standard can skip keyboarding practice and jump right into the important skill of composing/writing on the computer.

FAQs
Q. All the Right Type is online? How do I begin using it?
A.  There are probably other teachers in your building already using the program. Your LIS may be able to help you.  Log in credentials can be found here, on the District Portal. If you do not have a building resource, contact your Instructional Tech Coordinator.

Q. I don’t have enough computers in my classroom for all students to have one. How can I use this keyboarding program?
A.  Borrow/share computers. Set keyboarding up as a station and revolve students through it. See how many students can practice at home and “test out.”
And between November – January, we will be adding additional computers to elementary schools who submit their laptop plan to their instructional tech coordinator, indicating how many more laptops you need.

Q.  Some of my students can keyboard at their target already. Now what?
A.  Get them composing on the computers!  Use Word or any number of websites available that allow them to write. Composing is a different “brain skill” that they really need. If you need ideas, talk to your LIS or your Instructional Tech Coordinator.

Q.  What is the keyboarding target for my grade level?
A.  For the full picture, starting at Kindergarten, please see the Student Tech Skills document
The quick view is:
Use correct finger position to touch type:
3rd – 9 wpm                    3rd graders will be learning correct finger position.
4th  – 10-12 wpm             4th graders and up will use home row and touch type. A this speed they can type faster than they can compose with paper/pencil.
5th - 13-15 wpm             5th grade and up should touch type
6th + - 16-20 wpm 

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