Tools

Create a Guided Practice

Teachers can create their own curriculum items. Use a custom Guided Practice when you want students to practice keyboarding skills using your own material. The Guided Practice will automatically calculate an accuracy score and words per minute (WPM). When the student is done, he or she will get an accuracy and WPM update and the teacher will see the accuracy score in the gradebook.

Step 1: Getting Started

  • Select ‘My Resources’ on the left side of your teacher home screen
  • Select ‘Items’
  • Select ‘Create Item’
  • Select ‘Guided Keyboard Practice’ and then click ‘Next’

Step 2: Details Page, Categories, and Standards

  • To navigate through the different sections, click the section headers
    • Navigate the section headers freely as saving is not necessary to move between sections. Clicking Save & Quit will create and close the item.
  • Enter a name and a description
    • These two items are marked by an asterisk to indicate they are required before moving between sections
  • Select an Estimated Time and Grade Range
    • Enter an estimated time it should take to complete the Guided Practice (this is not how long students have to complete the assignment)
    • Set the grade level associated with the Guided Practice
  • Enter Keywords and Objectives
    • Adding keywords helps your Guided Practice be found when searching the Library. Please note, this is not the prompt for the Guided Practice.
    • What are the objectives students will get out of this Guided Practice?
  • Select category alignments from the three-column taxonomy browser
    • Category will indicate the academic area covered in this Guided Practice
  • Select standards alignments from the three-column standards browser
    • What standards are covered in this Guided Practice?

Step 3: Prompt

  • Add a prompt of your choosing
    • The prompt will be what your students are typing during the Guided Practice. This is where you enter what students will type.
  • Click Save & Quit

 

Technical Tips for Success

  • It’s recommended to avoid text that has complex formatting, such as tables, charts, outlines, or bullets
  • Watch out for symbols and special characters that can’t be reproduced on a standard keyboard; students won’t be able to correctly input and move past these characters
  • If your text has quotation marks or other characters that can be read as symbols, paste the entire text as “plain text” when possible
    • You can make your text “plain text” by first pasting it into a Notepad, copying the text from that Notepad, and pasting it into the Guided Practice text field