Text formatting is a great way to help students master word processing. Featuring two technology themed designs, this freebie is how to put some fun into your keyboarding practice.
Learning keyboarding can be super boring and tedious for students. This set of 2 Technology Themed text formatting activities aims to bring engagement and a sense of purpose to the practice of typing. Students will also (hopefully) have a sense of pride over the final outcome and an understanding of the learning objective.
Why Do My Students Need Text Formatting Activities?
Keyboarding skills have become increasingly vital in today’s technology-driven world. As technology continues to evolve, being proficient in touch typing and efficient keyboard use is crucial for success in academics, careers, and daily life. Whether it’s writing essays, sending emails, or coding, the ability to type quickly and accurately saves time and enhances productivity. Practicing helps instill a strong foundation that students can build upon. However, learning keyboarding can be monotonous for students. These sets of formatting activities aim to bring engagement and purpose to typing exercises.
Keyboarding Tips for Teachers
a) Proper hand placement and ergonomics: Remind students of the correct hand placement on the keyboard and the importance of maintaining good posture to prevent discomfort or strain during long typing sessions.
b) Home row mastery: Emphasize the significance of mastering the home row, where students’ fingers should rest between typing sessions. Reinforce the importance of returning to the home row after each keystroke to improve typing speed and accuracy.
c) Technique and rhythm: Encourage students to focus on developing proper typing technique and rhythm, highlighting the benefits of consistent practice and mindful typing.
d) Speed and accuracy goals: Set realistic goals for students to improve their typing speed and accuracy over time. Promote healthy competition or self-monitoring as students strive to achieve their individual targets.
Free Resource Library
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Text Formatting Activity Bundles
By the time students finish all 12 months they will have practiced each of the keyboard rows four times. Students will also (hopefully) have a sense of pride over the final outcome and an understanding of the learning objective.
This set of Seasons Themed text formatting activities aims to bring engagement and a sense of purpose to the practice of typing. Students will also (hopefully) have a sense of pride over the final outcome and an understanding of the learning objective.
By the time students finish all 11 U.S. Holidays they will have practiced each of the keyboard rows four times. Students will also (hopefully) have a sense of pride over the final outcome and an understanding of the learning objective.
This is a bundle of all of my text formatting sets. Each design has 2 sets of directions pages. The first one is lowercase letters and the second one is uppercase letters. This is to give you choice to match your student keyboards. When the students actually type the text, it should all be in lowercase to match the finished examples provided. There is also one Advanced set that uses numbers and special keys as an extra challenge.
These free tech themed text formatting activities are a great way to dip your toe into the text formatting genre.
You can also check out more Text Formatting Activities for the Computer Lab or Classroom here! If your youngest students aren’t quite ready for text formatting yet, you can start with these 4 Tips for Teaching Primary Students How to Use a Mouse and Keyboard. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered.
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