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.
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 will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The program uses students’ results as a starting point to diagnose in which areas the student needs the most practice; Adaptive Keyboarding will assign exercises catered to individual student’s needs.
Students must finish the assessment completely before they can move on to another 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.
Students can expect to complete this formative passage again at the beginning of each level.
What types of exercises does Adaptive Keyboarding prescribe?
There are three types of exercises students will be completing 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.
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 and how much Game Time students earn based on how much typing practice they’ve completed.
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 formative assessments, exercises, games, 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.
What happens to the students’ scores at the end of the school year?
Students’ statistics will be retained year after 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.
Can I access reports from old classes that previously used Adaptive Keyboarding?
Historical data that was tied to your students’ Prescriptive Keyboarding accounts will not carry over into Adaptive Keyboarding. Customer Support can pull and provide historical records for you upon request.
What happens to my class list if I already assigned Prescriptive Keyboarding to my classes?
If you’ve already assigned Prescriptive Keyboarding, it will automatically become Adaptive Keyboarding on your class roster. Once Adaptive Keyboarding is live, Prescriptive Keyboarding will no longer be available.
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 keyboarding. 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 being inaccurate. This can affect how our servers pass information. Verifying that your computer’s clock is accurate against international time can often resolve this issue. If it doesn’t, contact Learning.com support.