Gamification is a great way to encourage your students to continue learning outside the classroom. When you gamify the task you want to teach, it becomes easier to engage students. Learning becomes fun! So what are the pieces that make a great typing game?
Students used to learn typing in high school. Now, it’s a requirement for learning much earlier. So, how do you make typing fun enough to keep your students motivated?
One question we hear from teachers regularly, is “Do my students really need to learn how to type?”. With new technology like speech-to-text, how important is it to learn proper keyboarding skills?
Typing is a foundational skill. Think of it like learning to tie your shoes. Of course there are slip on shoes and velcro shoes, but at some point, you will probably need to learn how to tie a shoe.
The foundational skill of typing is one that students will use in all aspects of their lives. Many students now take standardized tests online, which must be typed. The student who knows the keyboard will inevitably do better than the one who has to hunt and peck her answers out. Older students will be required to write papers, and knowing how to type will be instrumental in speeding up this process. Eventually, our students will be attempting to build a career – and it will not be easy for them to create their CV with speech-to-text technology.
The semester (and the year) is coming to an end and it’s likely that your class has successfully worked their way through the Typing.com curriculum. Now that they are done with their typing lessons, how can you continue to reinforce their new skill on a weekly basis?
Wouldn’t it be great to have a typing game that is fun, builds their speed and accuracy, reinforces what they learned, and keeps them coming back for more?
Hello and a resounding “welcome back” to all you wonderful returning teachers!
Going back to school after summer break is exciting AND stressful, both for students and teachers. In a recent survey asking teachers how they feel about the first day of school, they responded:
“Anxious about all of the unknowns the upcoming school year will bring, but excited to get to know the students and implement new ideas that the previous year birthed.”
Typing on a keyboard is one of the most essential skills for students and professionals in today’s world. Not only that, but technology is also at the heart of our personal connections―we often talk to our loved ones through text messages. Continue reading “5 Reasons Games Are a Great Way to Learn Typing”