Albany purchased the Keyboarding First program when elementary teachers were going to begin teaching keyboarding to students 1st -4th grade seven years ago. The program is ok, it is just that the keys are not introduced in the traditional manner, ex. h e, i r, etc. I was already using PAWS at the 5th grade level, so now we use a combination of traditional methods and Keyboarding First.
At elementary level, I really like just verbally introducing the keys and having students do drills. I think working with a keyboarding software program and a book creates more confusion and wastes time when you only have elementary students for a few minutes periodically.
I like doing simple drills for elementary students using the traditional method of introducing keys and showing them with the projector either on my screen or the Smartboard.
From: Beth M. Taylor [Tayl...@swsd.k12.wi.us]
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 11:25 AM
To: Wisconsin list serv for business and information technology teachers
Subject: [businessed] 2nd/3rd Grade Typing Programs
If you have a moment, could you please share with me what typing program/book/app you might be using with 2nd or 3rd graders? Our district has not had formal instruction at these levels and is considering it.
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Business Education Instructor
Southwestern High School
Hazel Green, WI 53811
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