Typing TipsTeaching can be a productive and enjoyable experience. However, do your homework first to assure yourself that all computers work as intended and that the students know what to do. A checklist is presented for guidance. (See typing_checklist)
Before conducting a class for a group of students who will be using the computer, sit in front of each computer and actually use (boot up) the program so that you obtain first-hand experience in identifying potential problems. Replace keyboards that don't have a "feel" when you press a key. Skill development is facilitated by using keys that provide a feedback (a click) when struck.
Others may tell you this "try everything before you use it approach" is not necessary. Nonsense! Computer labs are often run by technical people who are focused on technical problems, not teaching problems. (See administrators)
These lab techs are very apt to leave extension cords where others can trip over them. Often broken computers have not been repaired for months. Sure, these are mundane teaching problems. Yet this is what determines the success or failure of typing class.
Teaching Typing Checklist
Take a close look at the work area.
Practice, Practice, Practice! Students cannot develop typing - keyboarding skills unless they are willing to practice, starting with the basic keystroke patterns. Students develop motor reflex patterns that enable their fingers to strike the correct keys automatically.
Poor Posture. Most students and advanced keyboarders remember the importance of using the correct key reaches, but there is a tendency to forget the importance of posture. Teachers need to stress taht if posture at the keyboard changes, sound skills will not develop. Remind students to sit up straight and keep their feet flat on the floor. If the angle of their arms change, it changes the keystroke reach. This then effects their speed and accuracy. Plus, poor posture is fatiguing. You will have to constantly remind students of this "lazy" tendency.
Time Out! After students complete several exercises, have them take a break. Ask if they are satisfied with their progress? It takes time to correctly develop correct skills. Learning should be limited to an hour or less per session. If they "try extra hard" for longer than this, they will become tense and tired.
Each Day. Begin with a warm up and speed building drill.
Try these exercise. Spend a couple of minutes and try some of the exercises shown in the www.nimblefinger.com web site. They will help reduce tension and stress. And of course, remember to smile. Smiling releases tensions. You, as well as the people around you, will feel better.
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Which exercise would you select?
With Nimble Fingers You select the drill of interest to you.
NOTE: Busy Fingers has short exercises, appropriate for younger students.
The samples shown below are not part of the 500 plus exercises
available with the Word Wacker and the Typing and Data Entry programs.
These are challenging, five minute exercises.
How about an exercise on our hero, "Timex?"
In 197 A.D., Timex, a Roman slave, was supposed to devise a foolproof
way of quickly waking his general up or else howling tribesmen would
cut his head off on a dawn attack. His solution was to place a candle
on the top of a beehive adjacent to his general's bed. When the flame
burned down to the hive, the bees became agitated and zapped the
sleeping general. Unfortunately, the general got mad. Until this day,
the military stubbornly avoids using Timex despite the proven accuracy
of the timing device.
Amazingly, Timex, whose bee clock didn't work, quickly came up with
another invention. He glued lit candles on the heads of goats. The
candles were supposed to burn down, jolt the goats from their slumber,
and butt burnt heads so to speak. This would awaken those nearby.
Animal rights advocates complained to the emperor in Rome, who came un-
wound. The goats were saved, Timex took a licking, and didn't keep
clicking. Even today, Timex is a well-known, economical method by
which many people keep time. However, the early image still lingers.
Or an exercise on airline humor?
Airline attendants occasionally make their in-flight safety lecture and
other announcements entertaining and jovial. Some of the examples of
quirky humor that zing are as follows: "There may be 50 ways to leave
your lover, but there are only four ways out of this airplane." "Your
seat cushions can be used for floatation; and in the event of an emergency
water landing, please take them with our compliments." "We have a smoking
section. If you must smoke, just contact a member of the flight crew and
we will escort you to the airplane's wing." "Smoking in the lavatories is
prohibited. Any person smoking in there will be asked to exit the plane
immediately." From the pilot during his welcome message: "We are quite
pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Un-
fortunately, I now realize none of them are on this flight."
The airline's policy required the pilot to stand at the door and smile
while the passengers exited. After his agonizing bad landing, he had a
hard time looking everyone in the eye, thinking that someone would have a
smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old
lady who asked, "Mind if I ask a question?" "Why no ma'am," said the
pilot. The little old lady said, "Did we land or were we just shot down?"
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