Now, let me add another dimension to this conversation. The Smarter Balanced assessment will require students starting in Grade 4 to type Constructed Responses and Performance Tasks. It is the expectation that the students have a good handle on their technology skills so that doesn’t impeded their work. Are we ready?
DPI recommends that students type 5 words per minute (wpm) x grade level… so you do the math at your grade level….
So, what does this mean in regards to keyboarding and writing? First of all, we need to understand the importance of strong keyboarding skills at an early grade. If students are to be expected to keyboard responses to test questions in a single sitting, then we need to empower them with that ability. Keyboarding skills just became more critical, but it is even bigger than that. How do we build up their ability to type well and also their stamina at this young age? It is becoming the pressing question….