Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cursive and Keyboarding

Teaching cursive is not a Common Core Standard, but our school district chose to keep it as a part of our curriculum. 
Cursive is not one of my favorite things to teach so I needed some new materials and supplies to boost my enthusiasm! 
Here are 3 new items that have energized me for another year!

1. Cursive Animation 
  Students loved watching our 1st letter on the Smart Board as an animation! The animation repeats over and over and over! 


2. Found new practice worksheets

Love using the ZanerBloser sampler to make name tags!

3. I have blogged about this app before, but there are NEW updates and features this year! There are MANY cursive apps, but this is my favorite by far!

What's New in Version 3.0

Now allows writing WHOLE words with connected, cursive letters! Still easy to add individualized lists with children's names, spellings lists, or favorite words. Write in Single Letter Mode for more support, then switch to Whole Word Mode to practice connecting letters when less support is needed. NOTE: Whole Word Mode is only available on the iPad. ALSO, in response to your input, we have now allowed you to change the length of reward time in the "Prize Room" or to eliminate this reward altogether. Thanks for your input - you can see we listen to our customers!

If a student does NOT make the letter correctly- it quits and makes them start over! I love that this app does not allow them to practice letters incorrectly!

I love writing with chocolate pudding and chalk! 
Of course I love the animal print background! :)
It was hard to calm my students down after introducing this fun app on our Apple TV! They are so excited to use this app on our iPad minis. 

Students received their cursive permits today!








Official Upper Ram Cursive Licenses will be awarded when all objectives are met! 
To be Continued.........
Permits are hung on lockers in hallway!


Common Core Writing 
(Keyboarding and Digital Tools) 
Standards Grades 1-8. 

Common Core Standards for Writing (Grades 1-8)

W.1.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
W.2.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
W.3.6. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
W.4.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
W.5.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
W.7.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
W.8.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

The students of the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools use Qwerty Town to practice keyboarding skills to meet Common Core Standards!
http://qwertytown.com/

What is QwertyTown?

Keyboarding is an essential component of literacy for today’s students. QwertyTown is a modern keyboarding web app. It provides a safe, teacher-controlled environment where students can communicate with their classmates, teachers, and friends. While becoming fluent with a keyboard, students are learning how to interact in a digital environment. This environment prepares them with a fundamental skill set essential for academic and professional success in the 21st century.

QwertyTown teaches keyboarding, an essential component of literacy for today's students.
  • Addresses Common Core Literacy Standards/ PARCC
  • Promotes digital literacy 
  • Customizable for learners with different abilities
  • Entirely web based 

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1 comment:

  1. These sites are too cool! Thanks for sharing! :) We've just been talking about computer use because our district when 1:1 with technology in grades 3-12. Many kids still "finger type" and need to be taught how to type!

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