Friday, November 21, 2014
Keyboarding & Online Testing
In our district, anxiety over CMAS and PARCC online testing has been steadily rising as the testing window approaches. Concerns over student tech skills hampering performance have continued to grow as teachers have increased the use of technology in their classrooms and realized that students' tech prowess may not be up to par.
Back in March, I blogged about our department's work around determining the tech skills students will need to be successful on the CMAS & PARCC. Since then, an increasing number of teachers and principals have taken an especially hard look at their students' keyboarding abilities and realized that typing speed (or lack there of) may sabotage their kids' ability to show what they know on the state tests.
As a result, our department has created keyboarding guidelines for students in our district. In the past, we suggested tools teachers could use to help kids improve their typing skills, but we did not provide goals. After much research on the topic, we created the presentation below to help our students, teachers, and principals set appropriate keyboarding expectations. (We are especially grateful to Leigh Zeitz, whose expertise in the area of keyboarding instruction and research helped us immensely.)