California Educator

February 2016

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Dance Mat Typing Dance Mat is an interactive game from the BBC, with different levels that focus on specific keys. Cartoon animals are the "teachers." Aer each successful level, students are rewarded with a song and dance. Keybr Keybr uses your students' test results to automatically generate typing lessons matching their skills. Instead of repeating random letters, students type readable and pronounceable words for bet- ter learning. Nitro Type Nitro Type is an addictive, multiplayer car racing game where typing speed and accu- racy are the keys to victory. Once students have mastered the "home row" keyboard basics, Nitro Type can provide incentives to continue to prac- tice and build their words per minute. TypingClub Teach students to touch-type using the correct fingers. Beginners' typing speed will reach 10 to 12 words per minute rather quickly, but even more advanced typists will learn and improve. Typ- ingClub's School Edition also provides a way to keep track of your students' progress and create new lesson plans. No More Hunt-and-Peck Go online to teach students to type By TERRY NG T E A C H I N G S T U D E N T S to learn to touch-type on a keyboard has never been easier. There's a plethora of online websites that feature exercises to gradually build up their skills from tapping a few keys to total keyboard mastery. We've picked out a few that can help get your students' fingers flying across the keyboard in no time — for free. (See related story on page 43.) Students in LaShon Tilmon's keyboarding class at Carter High School race against one another using Nitro Type. 12

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