Kid Pix Keyboarding Activity
Kid Pix Digital Puppets
  After kids are familiar with the QWERTY keyboard, they are able to do this activity. It adds a little sparkle to keyboarding practice.

In the digital puppets section, students will be first select a puppet and then all type the same simple sentence. This is best done from a print example, so that you can be sure misspelling is not a factor. The puppet's movements are controlled by keyboard strokes. Before class, the teacher has typed, recorded, and saved a number of simple sentences. Students can select a puppet and record their version of the sentence. On the presenter, the teacher plays back the model file. Students can switch their puppet to match the model, and then play their file. Certain kinds of patterns like double letters act like landmarks.

Another way of watching the file replay with knowledge of where you are in the sentence is to type a particular word several times to see the sequence of motions and then watch for them. Students will enjoy this activity and are quick to spot differences in the model file and their own (or a neighbor's).While this activity may not be the best way to develop accuracy, it is a fun way to check how generally accurate their typing is. Sometimes the teacher may have a typo in the model and that is observable too, because the majority of student files vary in the same way from the model. ;-)

After students get the knack of this activity it is a natural progression to script a little story for the puppets.

To assist students in learning how the puppets move, you may want to give them a sheet that includes the letters of the alphabet and numerals, with space to write the puppets actions. After investigating the movements available, students find a sequence that makes a story. For example, one of the puppets, Sal, is holding a plant that dies. She replants the pot, it blooms and she smiles. Students may also record sound files and coordinate mouth movements of the puppets to make it appear that the puppet is speaking or singing.

This page was developed through GirlTECH '97 a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation(CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center Thanks also to the RGK Foundation for its generous support.

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