Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lesson ideas for #chromebook Classrooms: Typing for Elementary Studentds

Note: this lesson idea is an excerpt from my book, The Chromebook Classroom. If you find this lesson helpful, you will enjoy the 40+ lessons from the book! Pick up a copy on Amazon or at chrmbook.com!

Much like handwriting, typing is an essential life skill that students must learn as quickly as possible. Chromebooks are compatible with many free resources and programs that can help students improve their typing speed and proficiency. Typing practice is a great enrichment and reward activity once other work has been completed. Regular practice is key.

The following typing tools are good options for elementary classrooms.

Dance Mat Typing:


  • Where to find it: http://chrm.tech/1ZHrFmk
  • Includes good verbal instructions (headphones will be helpful!)
  • No login or configuration required, however, progress is not saved or tracked.

Typing.com:

  • Where to find it: http://www.typing.com/tutor/
  • Teacher must set up a class and enroll students to view progress and collect data.
  • Free version is ad-supported

Typing Club: 

  • Where to find it: https://goo.gl/Sn1mpC
  • Features a Chrome App
  • Saves student progress, but data is not shared with the teacher.

Typing Lessons: 

  • Where to find it: https://goo.gl/4kdgxG
  • Get started fast! No setup or login required for practice.
  • Log in using Google to track progress. 
  • Features a fun multiplayer game

Typing Practice Games

  • Typing Aliens Attack: https://goo.gl/4AbxAQ
  • Typing Games: https://goo.gl/0EmD3F



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