6 Steps to Organizing a Keyboarding Competition

Christine Mueller, an Instructional Technology Trainer for Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS), recently wrote an article for edCircuit to share how she spearheaded the first-ever “Key Bee,” a district-wide keyboarding competition. Throughout the school year, students use Typing.com to learn proper finger placements and techniques, and with practice they work to increase speed and accuracy. The Key Bee competition culminated in a knockout-style championship where the students tested their skills against each other using our one-minute typing test.    

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“Key Bee” Challenge Leverages Typing.com in a District-Wide Competition

Move over Spelling Bee, there’s a new bee in town and this one’s got students mastering an essential and foundational 21st century communication skill: typing. Introducing the first-ever Oklahoma City Public Schools “Key Bee,” which is a multi-phase, district-wide keyboarding competition designed for grades 3-8.

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15 Minutes of Typing.com Per Day Translates to Lifelong Skills

As an educator, it is my job to equip students with the skills and competencies they will need to succeed in the future workforce. In today’s technology-driven society, I can think of few careers that do not involve a basic understanding of how to use a computer or internet-enabled device. And because typing is the foundation of online communication, equipping students with the proper keyboarding techniques is critical for success in the classroom and beyond.

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How Typing.com Supports One School’s Digital Citizenship Initiatives

Beth Budinich, a librarian from Foothills Elementary School in Washington, recently wrote an article for EdTech Digest that highlights how she is using Typing.com to equip students with proper keyboarding techniques. Teaching keyboarding skills is one of Beth’s three key digital citizenship initiatives as part of a curriculum designed to teach students in grades 3-5 not only the foundations for communicating online, but also how to appropriately use technology, evaluate online content, and navigate more complex issues, such as internet safety and cyberbullying.

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Typing.com Helps the Jessieville Lions Achieve High Test Scores

Typing is the Foundation for 21st Century Communication  

As more teaching and learning happens online, students must be skilled and efficient typists in order to complete their coursework and advance to the next grade level. Today, in addition to physically writing answers, typing is another form for students to communicate their understanding of specific concepts across any discipline. And similar to writing, the earlier a student is exposed to the proper techniques, which includes keystrokes, finger placement, and speed, the better equipped they are to succeed in a variety of learning settings, both in their studies and beyond. Continue reading “Typing.com Helps the Jessieville Lions Achieve High Test Scores”

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21+ Fun Creative Writing Starters for Summer

As teachers, how can we foster creative thinking in our classrooms? One of the easiest ways is through creative writing. And coincidentally, there is a direct connection that can be made between creative writing and mastering typing.

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At What Age Are Kids Developmentally Ready for Typing?

Up to a certain age, children’s brains are like sponges.

Studies show that children have a much easier time learning a second language if they start before their third birthday.

This early start will help them reach better levels of fluency and retention than if they start later in life.

Additionally, some studies even indicate that learning multiple languages at a young age can lead to cognitive benefits in critical thinking and creativity.

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