Strategies to develop students' attitudes towards the problem, motivation, and overall mindfulness:
The students can use the \\\"think sheets\\\" to reason for themselves how this is actually going to make their lives easier--now and in the future in respect to proper keyboarding techniques that will increase their speed and accuracy.
Activities While Using the Computer
Students will work at the computer indiv
Students will type individually at their own \\\"pace\\\" for 45 minutes of the hour. For 10 minutes, the students will type with a partner on the same computer. One person will be the left hand on the computer, and one person will be the right hand on the computer. This is a fun exercise that really makes them think which hand \\\"does what\\\".
Activities After Using the Computer
After using the computer students can post their printed keyboarding sheet they completed, helping them remember actually what they have accomplished in their keyboarding skills thus far.
This is not applicable, as each student will be on a computer. But, I feel a good \\\"follow up\\\" activity to this lesson in a future lesson could involve doing library research and/or interviewing someone who uses keyboarding in his/her job. This could be done in \\\"pairs\\\" of students, so they could collaborate on the tasks at hand and present their findings in a word processing document or power point presentation.
Students will be assessed by means of:
Included in the assessment:
Students will see themselves what level and stage in the program \\\"Dance Mat\\\" that they have progressed to, as well as students taking a \\\"timed test\\\" in the next class to determine their keyboarding skills in the fall, and another to be taken in the spring to compare the progress.