Your student completed Keyboarding Foundation within a few months, but you're running a keyboarding class all year round. What do you do now?
The following suggested use presumes the following statements to be true:
- The goal of using a keyboarding tutor is to teach a student to type.
- Once they can type, the goal is to improve their typing ability.
- Once metrics set by the school/district are met, a typing tutor is no longer necessary for a students typing development.
The two keyboarding foundation curriculums are the primers students will use to learn how to type. These are not designed to be year-long curriculums. This is analogous to learning to play the piano - it's necessary to practice more than scales to improve.
After Keyboarding Foundations
If you are satisfied with your students typing ability after they've completed keyboarding foundation, they are ready to move on to new activities.
- Targeted Practice will give them real-time practice with keys they have trouble with.
- Type Your Own Adventure will give them practice typing full sentences.
- Games will challenge their hand-eye coordination and efficacy of typing.
- Notepad (which must be assigned to the student for them to use it) will give them the opportunity to practice typing their own thoughts. This is often an overlooked skill. Copying text in a tutor is like learning to ride a bike with training wheels - a logical step in the progression. Eventually the wheels need to come off and, in this case, the student must learn to type their own thoughts.
A combination of all of these activities can keep a student improving their typing skill year round.
Note, once a student has achieved proficiency in typing (as determined by you, your district, or school) it may no longer be beneficial for them to use a typing tutor. For these students, we recommend having them free type during time set aside for students to work on typing.