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Old 12-07-2005, 03:40 PM
 
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We're facing a time/resources dilemma in regards to teaching typing. We have computers 2x/week in a nice computer lab, where the students can use typing programs under supervision from the computer teacher. But we're finding that that isn't enough for them to learn how to type. So the school wants us to have them practice 15-20 minutes a day on Alpha Smarts, which don't have responsive software. I'm not so sure that that will do any good, esp. since the kids won't be getting consistent feedback about whether they're even typing the right letters, let alone how fast they're going. And if we do even 10 minutes a day, that's almost an hour - an hour our schedule doesn't even permit. We'd have to dump something else.

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Incentive?
Old 12-08-2005, 02:18 AM
 
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Possibly use the alpha smarts as an incentive to get work done? Or use as a center during ELA time. It won't be instant feedback, but you can download what they have typed for a grade. That will help them take it seriously. Do you have a classroom computer? We have 2 in each room and use the computers as a center with the type to learn on it. Hope this helps.
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