It may be a longtime or long-forgotten skill for some of us, but even in the age of tablets, our kids need to learn to type. Our Librarian/Technology teacher uses the online program called Typing.com designed to teach students starting in the the 3rd grade.
“It’s a good web-based program because it tracks the student’s progress,” says longtime Librarian/Technology Teacher Suzanne (Frachetti) Ramsey. “Teachers can log on to the Teacher Account to check individual student progress, amount of time spent practicing and that consistent accuracy is being achieved.”
To maximize progress, students are asked to practice at home, too. While students do practice during library time, in most cases that is only once a week. We would love students to be practicing 15 minutes for 4 or more days a week to become proficient.
“I tell my kids that learning to type is like learning to ride a bike. When you first learn, you don’t know where to put your arms & legs or what to do. After some practice, your muscles know just what to do in order to make a bike go. The same is true with typing. Your muscle memory is better than your brain, so training your hands to type without looking will get you farthest the fastest.”
To help your student log on:
You can either log them on through the student’s DPS Google account and access through Mrs. Ramsey’s Google Classroom (grades 3 & up) or go directly to the database webpage.
To login through Google Classroom:
- Go to www.Google.com
- Hit Sign In (if you already have accounts, hit Use Another Account at the bottom)
- Email or Phone: your student’s 6 digit ID (aka lunch #)@dpsk12.net (eg- email@example.com)
- You should now be at the Denver Public Schools login page. Here you enter User Name: Your students 6 digit ID (aka lunch #) & Password: Your student’s birthdate (mmddyyyy)
- Go up to the 3×3 dots and select Google Classroom, click on their library classroom, click on the About section at the top and click on typing.com box.
Or, go directly to:
Account: first and last lowercase initials followed by six-digit student ID (aka lunch #) (eg: pl676767)
Password: your student’s birthdate (mmddyyyy)
Let your kids practice at home:
1) Elbows rest at your side, sit up straight with feet on the floor.
2) Pull keyboard or device to the edge of desk, adjust seat so that it covers the distance from your fingers to the keyboard.
3) Wrists are not bent; elbows to fingers make a straight line to keyboard (teach them to avoid that “carpel tunnel” that comes from crooked wrists); fingers are slightly curved with tips resting on home row keys.
4) Practice, memorize, focus on learning the Home Row keys.
5) Students should practice lessons each 3 times to get comfortable with the letter keystrokes.
“I’m their technology teacher and typing teacher, too” she says. “I tell kids and teachers is that these tests are not a race! They need to go for 100 percent accuracy before they move on to another level.”
Anyone can log in anytime and poke around, the more home practice, the better.