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Keyboarding for Modern Typing (Beginning Thru Advanced) FLEX, Ages 11+

Stephanie Newton, BSc
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(83)
In this 8-week flex course, we will move through all levels of typing ability using interactive slides, video instruction, and fun games. We will start with basic 2-letter drills and progress through paragraphs.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Beginner Level
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Intro to Keyboard; Letters ASDFGHJKL
1. Color a typing chart (if you do not have a colored printer) 2. Discuss proper arm, finger placement, and timing (with use of metronome). 3. Learn home row keys (ASDFGHJKL:") through letter- and word- drills and games. 4. Learn how to use the "Space bar".
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Letters ENUTROCI; Letter and Word Drills
1. Learn how to use the "Shift" key. 2. Learn letters (ENUTROCI) using letter- and word- drills and games. 3. Review home row keys. Assignment: upload a video of you typing the home row keys and space bar
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Letters PVWMBYGH; Letter and Word Drills
1. Learn how to use the "Enter/Return" and "Down arrow" keys. 2. Learn how to use the "Caps lock" key. 3. Learn how to use the "Backspace" and "Back arrow" keys. 4. Learn letters (PVWMBYGH) using letter- and word- drills and games. 5. Review home row letters, ASDFGHJKL;, and letters ENUTROCI.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Letters and Characters ZQX ! . , ' "; Letter and Word Drills
1. Learn how to use the "Delete" and "Insert" keys. 2. Learn letters and characters (ZQX ! . , ' ") using letter- and word- drills and games. 3. Play bingo as a class (review of key functions) 4. Speed typing test (3 minute speed test). Assignment: Play typing game two more times
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Numbers: 1234567890; Characters: ; : - _ ( ) +=* & $ % @ # / ? <>; Sentence Dril
1. Tab Key 2. Numbers: 1234567890 3. Characters: ; : - _ ( ) +=* & $ % @ # / ? <> 4. Sentence drills Assignment: upload a video of you typing a sentence (using shift key and space bar properly, plus proper punctuation).
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Sentence Drills; Numbers and Number Keypad
1. Warm-up: type sentences with characters. 2. Sentence drill: more sophisticated sentences. 3. Type sentences about objects I hold up on the video (watch out for a "special guest"!) 4. Number keypad lesson and drills (the numbers to the right of the keyboard, don't worry if you don't have this keypad). Homework: practice number keypad on a separate website
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Sentences From Dictation; Paragraph Drills
1. Type sentences from dictation (I talk, you type!). 2. Personal paragraph (copy a paragraph, filling in the blanks) 3. Paragraph drill. Assignment: practice the carnival typing game again
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Paragraph From Dictation; Business Letter
1. Type a paragraph, practicing all skills and many characters. 2. Type a paragraph from dictation (I talk, you type!) 3. Create your own paragraph (tell me a story). 4. How to type a business letter. 5. Final typing test! Assignment: send me a business letter
Students will develop typing speed and accuracy. Students will learn to type using 3 types of input: written word, dictation, and their own thought-processes (writing a unique paragraph or sending an email). Students will develop memorization of the keyboard so that they can type without looking at the keys or their fingers. Students will develop a level of typing skill needed for today's educational assignments and high tech jobs which require much written communication at a fast pace. 
My one-minute speed test result is 72 words per minute and I have had many jobs/businesses which require a lot of typing. I took a one-semester typing class in high school (I learned on a typewriter!), and avidly used a word processor in college (my friends would often ask me to type their term papers). My mom went to secretarial school in the 60's and she types 90 words per minute! After I developed this course she went through it and gave me some great advice on changes I could make to really embed these skills into learners minds for life! So this course is "expert-approved" and very thorough! 
Homework Offered
I will give homework each week which will consist of either playing a fun typing game online, typing a sentence, typing a paragraph, sending me a short video of their fingers typing (so I can monitor correct finger placement), or sending me an email using their new typing skills!
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
I will be monitoring their letter and word drills which they will type directly onto the interactive slides. We will take typing speed tests at weeks four and eight to monitor words-per-minute (this keeps learners motivated!). I will ask them to produce typed sentences, paragraphs, or even emails to me. At least twice I will ask learners to send me a video of them typing a couple of sentences so I can check for correct finger placement.
Grades Offered
Grade issued upon request. Certificate of completion is issued in week 8.
Drills are broken up with fun Nearpod Interactive Slides. Learners type at their own pace. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
computer or laptop with a keyboard (no tablets or smartphones) pdf keyboard chart (available upon enrollment) pdf number keypad chart (week 6, only if you do not have a number pad on the right side of keyboard)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Please observe your learners during class so they don't revert back to "two-finger typing" or "copy/pasting" the drills! Being in the room or within eyesight of their hands should suffice.
Nearpod.com, Typing.com, Freetypinggames.net (no password or account required)
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(83)
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