July 30, 2003
I have a great, active tip for teaching keyboarding skills. It came from a workshop with Dr. Jean Feldman. Use an overhead projector to project a transparency of a keyboard onto a shower curtain liner, then trace each key with a permanent marker onto the liner. This liner becomes your 'game board'; put it on the floor and let each student spell his name by stepping on the keys or by swatting keys with a flyswatter. Teach about special keys like enter and backspace. 'Type' vocabulary words. The students love the activity and are amazed how much they know when they get to a real keyboard.