Saturday, May 5, 2012

Typing Center

Need a fun computer center for the enter of the year?  Here’s one that focuses on typing skills.  I don’t know about you, but I get sick of watching their students hunt and peck for the letters when they are trying to type in a website, or worse yet type up a project.  I am a firm believer in typing (keyboarding) skills for children, but I’m also a firm believer in kids learning through fun, engaging activities.  So, when I found Dance Mat Typing a few years ago, I just fell in love!  This website guides students through proper typing, while providing talking goats and singing bears that Dance Mat Typing - Teaching Typing Skills to Kidskeep them so entertained, they don’t even realize they are learning until they’re done.  It contains levels and stages to start from simply learning the home row, to typing up complete sentences. 
When I taught in the computer lab, I used this website with my students starting at the end of 1st grade.  By 4th and 5th grade, I had many students who could type without looking for the keys at all!  When I taught 3rd grade, I would pull this out during this end of the year time, when I still wanted focused, learning students, but when the majority of our standards had been covered.  It’s also a great, easy site to use with early finishers, and it’s a fabulous computer center to keep kids engaged at the end of the year!

For more websites to use in your computer centers, check out Raki’s Rad Resources’ Wednesday Website Suggestions by clicking HERE.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources     Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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