Goal of typing camp is Touch Typing:
Touch typing is typing without using the sense of sight to find the keys. Specifically, a touch typist will know their location on the keyboard through muscle memory. Touch typing typically involves placing the eight fingers in a horizontal row along the middle of the keyboard (the home row) and having them reach for other keys. A person who spends most of their day touch typing is usually a copy typist or an audio typist.
Students will learn tricks on where to lcate all of their keys.
Anticipatory Set (Lead-in):
Make typing camp t-shirt
Dhow typing video
Lesson Plan Procedure:
Day one of Typing Camp!
Today students kicked off typing camp by decorating their camp shirt. Students learned the "Home Row" on the keyboard and practiced typing these keys. Also students learned a chant that helps them memorize where all the keys are on the keyboard. Lastly students color coordinated their keyboard by sections that they will be referring to. Tomorrow we will be ready to get down to business!!!
Day two of typing camp!
Today students practiced using the home row keys to help them position their hands correctly. Students then used "Alpha Smart" computers that take them trough a pre-set program. To end the day we sang our typing camp chant.
Day three of typing camp
Students started day three by filling out a blank keyboard to get use to where all the keys are by memory. Students worked on a couple games online to work on their speed when typing. We also used our Alpha Smart computers. Looking forward to typing again tomorrow.
Day Four of Typing Camp
Today students marched down to the lab to practice their typing on the MacBook Pros. There are many online typing sites that help students become more efficient. One that students love is called "Dance Mat Typing." This game helps students place their hands on the home row to type the the correct way. Yesterday I asked the students, "who feels they were becoming better at typing?" Almost all students relied that they have improved, but one student said no. The reason for this is that he has become fast at "pecking," using one to two fingers to type. Hopefully after this week students will have a better understanding at how to touch type.
Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):
Typing Camp Graduation!
Students ended their typing camp experience by typing a letter to their "Digi Pal" with their sixth grade Tech Buddy. After typing their letter students were ready to graduate!