Round and Round We Go

Happy Valentines Day!  For our last day of keyboarding we’re going to do a slightly crazy activity. You’ll each begin a comment to this post, and then every minute, I’ll say “switch” and you’ll get up and move to the next chair, add to THAT comment, and so on.  I’m leaving the topic WIDE open, but a good suggestion is to start a list of some kind – that leaves a lot of room for new material from your classmates.  When you get back to your seat at the end, you’ll be responsible for proofreading the comment before submitting it.  Remember, hands on the home row!

Welcome to Round 2!

Hey 6th graders!  Welcome back to keyboarding!  We have some exciting projects to work on in addition to practicing our keyboarding skills.  Before we get started, though, I have a few questions for you:

1)  Do you have an email account (of your own)?  If so, what do you use it for?  If not, have you used email before?

2) Have you ever made a video using a camcorder?  If so, have you ever put anything on YouTube?

3) Have you ever used Powerpoint?  Do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or expert?

4) What’s something that you’d really like to learn how to do in this class?

5) What are your favorite sites on the internet?

6)  How much time do you typically spend on the internet each day at home?

After you get your answers written (and please number them!), just click submit and you’re done!

Welcome to Keyboarding!

Welcome to keyboarding, 6th graders!  Your first blog assignment is to tell me what your computer/technology background is.  Have you ever been taught keyboarding by a teacher?  Have you used a keyboarding program?  What do you do on your computer at home?  (examples: school work, IM, email, etc)  Do you think you have good keyboarding skills?

 I’m really excited to get to work with you!

Reflection

6th graders –

Here’s your chance to let everyone know what you liked or didn’t like about keyboarding class.  Remember, you’re reflecting, so you’re going to share WHY you did or didn’t like things.  Feel free to write as much as you’d like!

When you’re done with this comment, you may go to any of the links on the Keyboarding Links page or to your class blog and comment or post.  I loved working with you and will see you again in May!

Alphabet Assignment

I’m fairly sure no one outside of keyboarding is going to want to comment on this 🙂  Here’s your assignment for keyboarding practice today: Comment on this post and in your comment, you’ll:

  • Key the following (you’ll see the pattern really quickly!):

a

ab

abc

abcd

and so on all the way to z

  • Then, submit your comment and I’ll get it and be able to give you a grade!  Simple as that and NO PAPER NEEDED!  How cool, huh?  We’re saving the environment and learning keyboarding all at the same time 🙂

Writing about Reading

If you know me at all, you know that my favorite activity is reading…….not just any reading, though.  I want to read something REALLY good – something that draws me in and makes me want ignore ringing phones and any waiting household chore 🙂  Tell me what you’re reading – would you recommend it?  Anything you’ve read lately that I should read?  Anything horrible that I SHOULDN’T read?

 I’m currently reading something VERY light and not noteworthy.  Of course, I can’t remember the title anyway (I read at least 3 books/week, it’s hard to remember all the titles)!  The last book I read (actually listened to on CD on my commute) that I really liked was “Sammy’s House” by Kristin Gore (Al Gore’s daughter).  A nonfiction book that I LOVED was “Kindergarten Wars” by Alan Eisenstock.

 Anyway, chime in and share!