Adaptive Keyboarding FAQs
What grade range is appropriate to use Adaptive Keyboarding?
The Great Keyboarding Adventure is ideal for grades 3-5 and The Urban Keyboarding Explorer best suits grades 6-8 and older. Teachers should choose one or the other and not assign both versions of Adaptive Keyboard to the same class.
What should teachers do when first assigning Adaptive Keyboarding?
We recommend explaining the importance of distributed practice in learning a skill like keyboarding. It’s important for students to know that if they consistently practice and be patient, they will make progress. Providing a short demonstration of the program is also helpful, along with discussing the student dashboard, their routine, and setting WPM and accuracy goals for the end of the year. Our recommendations can be found later in this FAQ and in the Resources page in the educator dashboard. Teachers should also reinforce keyboarding ergonomics, such as correct posture and hand placement.
It’s also important to remember to assign Guided Practice assignments to ensure that students are applying what they learn immediately after their lessons.
What are Guided Practices?
Guided Practices (GP) follow the EasyTech Keyboarding Lessons and need to be assigned individually by the educator. For example, if a student completes the ‘Keyboarding: Home Row’ lesson, the student can then be assigned the Guided Practice ‘Home Row F and J.’ When students click to launch a GP, they will be taken into a Keyboarding module and will be completing this one assignment. Teachers can assign scaffolded Guided Practice curriculum, focusing on a specific keyboarding skill set (such as home row, upper row, lower row, etc.), to ensure students are proficient with one skill area before progressing to the next.
What can students expect from the Formative Assessment?
Students will be asked to type a passage that covers the entire keyboard and is 110 words in length. The time spent on the Formative Assessment may vary depending on the student’s typing proficiency. The program uses Formative Assessment results as a starting point to diagnose which areas the student needs the most practice; Adaptive Keyboarding will assign typing exercises catered to individual student’s needs.
The default setting for the Great Keyboarding Adventure gives students three minutes to type as much as they can of the assessment passage. Students using Urban Keyboarding Explorer default to five minutes. Teachers can adjust these time limits in their Teacher Dashboard under ‘Settings.’ If a teacher sets the assessment time limit to zero, then students will have an unlimited amount of time on the assessment and must type the entire passage without exiting before they can move on to other Adaptive Keyboarding exercises. Regardless of the time limit, if a student stops or closes the program without finishing the Formative Assessment, their score will not record and they will have to restart the assessment the next time they use the program.
Students can expect to complete the Formative Assessment at the beginning of each level; students advance to a new level after logging 60 minutes of active typing practice.
How can educators help their students succeed in the Formative Assessment?
The Formative Assessment requires that students type a passage that covers the entire keyboard and is 110 words long. The default setting in Adaptive Keyboarding is three minutes for the Great Keyboarding Adventure and five minutes for Urban Keyboarding Explorer.
Teachers may prefer to set their own time limit on the Formative Assessment and can do so in their Teacher Dashboard under ‘Settings.’ This means that a student will actively type for that set amount of time, the Formative Assessment will end, and the program will assign typing challenges based on what the student completed. If the student does not type the entire passage in that time frame, the student will not be penalized nor will the experience be affected. Teachers can set the time limit to zero in order to give students unlimited time to finish the entire assessment. This means that students will need to keep typing in the assessment until they’ve typed the entire passage in one session.
Students must type the entire passage or complete the specified amount of time set by the teacher in the Adaptive Keyboarding class settings before they can move on to another Adaptive Keyboarding exercise. If a student stops or closes the program without finishing, then their score will not log and they will have to restart the assessment the next time they use the program.
Formative Assessment Time Limit Recommendations by Grade Level:
- Grades 3-5: It is recommended that students spend 1-3 minutes on the Great Keyboarding Adventure Formative Assessments. The Great Keyboarding Adventure assessment contains 110 words.
- Grades 6-8: It is recommended that students spend 3-5 minutes on the Urban Keyboarding Explorer Formative Assessments. The Urban Keyboarding Explorer assessment contains 110 words.
It is recommended that students type as long as they can without frustration. If students are struggling, please consider reducing the time limit on the assessment. The more students practice, the more they will improve.
If your students are struggling to complete the assessment, assign the EasyTech Finger Placement Lessons and Guided Practices to ensure confidence in their typing ability.
What types of exercises does Adaptive Keyboarding prescribe?
There are three types of exercises students will be completed in the program:
- Muscle Memory: These exercises are based on the repetition of different iterations of the prescribed target keys.
- Word Challenge: The program searches a database of word banks for words containing a high density of target letters including sight words, digital literacy vocabulary, commonly misspelled words, and vocabulary commonly used in standardized assessments as well as other word libraries. The libraries are grade specific to reinforce learning in other areas.
- Zone Challenge: These exercises target the finger that needs strengthening.
What are Story Challenges?
In addition to exercises, students will be prescribed Story Challenges to choose from. Unlike the exercises which students need to continue until they reach the end, Story Challenges are timed so that students type as much as then can before the clock runs out. The stories themselves are pulled from classic literature and grade-level curriculum, but their difficulty is based on the past performance of the student. For example, students with high WPM and accuracy will receive Story Challenges with more capital letters and punctuation marks. Even students who type very fast will not reach the end of a Story Challenge. Students using the Great Keyboarding Adventure will be stopped after 3 minutes of typing and those using Urban Keyboarding Explorer will be stopped after 5 minutes.
Is there a list of how many lessons there are in Adaptive Keyboarding?
Since there is an unlimited number of typing exercises available in Adaptive Keyboarding, we don’t have a comprehensive list that will capture them all. Your students will have plenty of material to practice with to strengthen their typing accuracy and speed!
How long does each level take students to complete?
Each level takes 60 minutes to complete and is based on practice time on the keyboard exercises. This will typically take students two weeks if they practice for the recommended 10-15 minutes 2-3 times each week.
Is there a way to change which level students are on in the practice?
Since the levels are based on practice time, teachers and students are not able to change which level they are on. Once the user completes 60 minutes of active practice, s/he will progress to the next level.
Can a student pause an exercise in Adaptive Keyboarding?
If a user stops typing for 30 seconds, the exercise will automatically pause. A modal will then appear on the screen that will instruct the user to hit the ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’ key or to click the button on the screen to continue the exercise.
How do students complete Adaptive Keyboarding?
Adaptive Keyboarding is different from other lessons and exercises in that it’s not meant to be “completed” in a conventional sense. Students are meant to continually practice in the program, even after students have reached their goals.
I want my students to go into Adaptive Keyboarding for weekly practice, how will students find it?
There are two things educators can do. We recommend that teachers duplicate the enrollment of their main class to create a separate class just for Adaptive Keyboarding. This helps students know where to go every day without having to potentially sift through their assignment list.
The second option is to make Adaptive Keyboarding the first assignment students work on in the class. As students complete other curriculum items, Adaptive Keyboarding will remain at the very top of their assignment list, helping them find it easily.
How do students progress if my class is set to the ‘Forced’ assignment sequence?
If a class is set to ‘forced,’ that typically means a student is required to complete one assignment at a time and can only move on once that lesson is complete. Since Adaptive Keyboarding is meant for continual practice and cannot be “completed,” this is an exception to the rule. Once students log their first score in Adaptive Keyboarding that meets or exceeds the class’s minimum passing score, they will be able to move on to the next lesson and Adaptive Keyboarding will remain active in their list of assignments.
I want to set realistic goals for my students; what are recommended typing goals?
The Goals by Grade (below) should serve as a suggested guide to assess your students’ keyboarding performance. These are based on education standards for keyboarding curriculum as evaluated through a variety of districts and state expectations.
Accuracy and Word-Per-Minute goals can be adjusted depending on the unique needs of your student or class.
How do I change Adaptive Keyboarding settings for my class?
To change class settings, teachers should open their Teacher Dashboard and click on the ‘Settings’ tab in the top right corner of the screen. Here teachers will be able to change the class’s Target Goals, how much Game Time students earn based on how much typing practice they’ve completed, the Grade Level for the typing exercises, and the Assessment Time Limit.
Teachers can also change these settings for individual students by clicking on the ‘Student’ tab. Any changes made under this tab will only be applied to the selected student. Unless a student has been given individualized settings, the settings applied to the class will auto-populate in the student tab.
How can I view the student experience in Adaptive Keyboarding?
Educators can click on ‘Student Mode’ when in the Dashboard to experience Adaptive Keyboarding as a student. Doing this will give teachers a firsthand look at the Formative Assessment, Challenges, DinoTyper, and the Student Dashboard. Educators can click on the ‘Return to Teacher Mode’ button at the bottom of their screen to exit the student view.
How often are new scores recorded in my gradebook?
Scores will appear in educator gradebooks as percentages that consider the accuracy of the last 5 practices the student completed (please note that the “last 5 exercises” is weighted, as some practices are longer than others).
Scores update automatically in the teacher’s and student’s dashboard.
Where do I access Adaptive Keyboarding reports and what information is pulled?
There are two places you can access Adaptive Keyboarding reports at the student and class level: through the ‘Adaptive Keyboarding Report’ link in your class reports tab and from the ‘View’ button on the ‘Curriculum Item Details’ page. Your Adaptive Keyboarding Educator Interface will launch and you can select the ‘Report’ tab to pull individualized student or class reports that document the student’s recent words per minute (WPM), recent accuracy rate, time spent using Adaptive Keyboarding, current prescriptions and more. These reports can be exported and used outside of the app. The individual student report is a PDF of the student’s keyboarding data for the time period selected and the class report is a spreadsheet and includes all the data about students in the class.
Coordinators can pull Adaptive Keyboarding Raw Data reports from their coordinator homepage by selecting the Adaptive Keyboarding link under the ‘Keyboarding Tools’ header. This will launch the Adaptive Keyboarding Administrator Interface. Administrators can view a snapshot of their district’s keyboarding metrics and, from the ‘Report’ tab, pull a spreadsheet which contains each student’s recent and initial words per minute (WPM), recent and initial accuracy rate, best streak, total minutes, and total exercises launched.
More information about the Adaptive Keyboarding reports available to coordinators can be found here.
More information about the Adaptive Keyboarding Reports available to teachers can be found here.
Why am I seeing ‘Anonymous School’ on graphs and reports?
If your students access Adaptive Keyboarding outside of the Learning.com platform using a third-party learning management system such as Google Classroom, Schoology, or Canvas, you will see ‘Anonymous School’ on graphs and reports instead of your school’s name. These outside systems do not designate students by school; therefore, the school is conveyed as ‘Anonymous’ and all student scores are grouped together regardless of campus.
Will students’ scores stick with their accounts?
Yes! Students’ statistics will be retained year after year and from class to class. This means that if two teachers have both assigned Adaptive Keyboarding to the same student, then that student’s progress will be reflected in both classes. He or she will not start over at the beginning. Likewise, students who used Adaptive Keyboarding last school year will begin where they left off when they start the next school year.
Reports will be available based on the date range that the teacher sets. Since the Formative Assessment will occur at the beginning of each level and resets the prescription (and problem keys are reassessed throughout the level, adapting to the student’s needs), reports will pull the most recent data from the student’s account.
Will Adaptive Keyboarding work on mobile devices?
Adaptive Keyboarding is compatible with mobile devices that are connected to an external keyboard. Please note that Learning.com does not recommend using Adaptive Keyboarding on a mobile device without an external keyboard. If using a mobile device, Learning.com should be launched through a mobile browser on that device (specifically in mobile Safari and mobile Chrome on an iPad and a Nexus10) and the user should turn the tablet to be in ‘landscape’ position; the Learning.com App does not support Adaptive Keyboarding.
Does this require Flash Player to run?
No. Learning.com no longer uses Flash Player to develop curriculum. Adaptive Keyboarding is written in HTML5.
Why are students getting an error message when they start Adaptive Keyboarding?
An error message in Adaptive Keyboarding can be caused by your device’s clock not being accurate. This can affect how our servers pass information. Verifying that your computer’s clock is accurate against international time can often resolve this issue.