Looking for a way to add a little spice to your keyboarding
Friendly competition and team spirit worked together
during a 3 week unit that we just completed to raise the average words per minute(wpm)
in keyboarding classes at our elementary school.
Our school uses Type to Learn by Sunburst for
keyboarding instruction. To begin the unit, I collected data about the current
lesson students were working on. This program allows you to set goals for student
achievement. Ours are 10 wpm, with an accuracy of 80%. If you use a different
program or methods, this idea might require more or less work, but should be
Supplies I used
Stickers of Olympic medals
Sentence strips with class names such as Fifth Grade
Multicultural cutouts of Japanese Children(large)
Next summer's olympics will be held in Athens, so the
cutouts, would be different.
Decorative border strips with Olympic
Spreadsheet to calculate averages
Teacher prepared certificates
- When I was teaching at my old
school, the computer lab is part of the "special classes" rotation. This means
that each class comes to the lab one time per week.
- Each day, after all keyboarding classes for that
day were completed, I gathered data about each student's progress. In this
program, the student's lesson, wpm, and accuracy for that day's lesson are
available. Although time consuming, this allowed students feedback on the
following day and raised the level of friendly competition.
- After gathering the data, I entered wpm into a spreadsheet
so that I could have the average wpm for that class, then ranked classes on
that grade level at Gold, Silver, Bronze and no medal levels.
- The final determination of grade level winners was
determined by getting the classes average wpm for the three week unit.
- All students will receive a certificate of participation
for their work during the unit. Students who exceeded the class average 2
weeks out of 3 will receive a gold medal sticker on their certificate. Students
who matched the class average or were slightly below will receive a
silver sticker. Finally students who were below silver medal criteria will
receive a bronze medal on theirs. These stickers will be awarded on individual
effort against the effort of the group as a whole. I feel this is fair, as
it will award recognition to those students with the most skill, but not exclude
any student from receiving a sticker.
- Finally, I'm on the watch for items related to Sydney,
for the next Olympics, but plan to repeat the unit next year calling it Olympic
Training Camp. ;-)
Links to the REAL Olympics
This page was developed through GirlTECH
'97a 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 theRGK Foundation
for its generous support.
© Updated February 28, 2004 Jo Leland
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