The administration and faculty at Ridgeview recognize the importance of technology instruction in making our children more effective participants in our global learning environment.
Students are taught to be responsible, confident users of technology by spending time in the computer lab under the supervision of our Media Specialist or their classroom teachers. Following are the rules for Ridgeview Media Center:
1. Enter and Exit Quietly.
2. No Food or Drink.
3. Do Not Print Without Permission.
4. Respect Each Other and Equipment.
5. Only Visit Appropriate Websites.
6. No E-mailing, Chatting or Sharing Private Information.
Teachers may schedule time time in the Computer Lab by contacting the Media Center via phone, email or by visiting the circulation desk of the Media Center where the master schedule is located.
3rd-8th grade students visit the Media Center Computer Lab regularly to practice keyboarding skills.
4th-8th grade students are be assigned usernames and passwords for a free online typing program called Typing Web. Below is a link to the program. Please encourage your student(s) to practice as much as possible at home as keyboarding is becoming an increasingly important skill. The site is full of fun games, exercises and skill builders that make learning to keyboard fun!
K-3 students are encouraged to practice keyboarding skills at home using a variety of free online programs. Links are provided below for keyboarding programs that are more appropriate for younger students:
Dance Mat Typing-K-3
All students will enjoy playing online keyboarding games. Click on the link below to find online keyboarding games.
Touch Typing Technique
Touch typing improves typing speed and accuracy. A touch typist disciplines themselves to avoid looking at the keyboard. The fingers hit the right keys by force of habit. The typist is entirely focused on the text being typed, reading the words and phrases as the fingers type the text reflexively. Touch typing can be learned by performing special exercises.
Stage one of the process begins with learning the home row of the keyboard (the row beginning with the Caps Lock key). This is followed by learning the lower and upper rows, the numbers row, upper-case letters and special symbols.
Stage two involves memorizing frequently used syllables and typing words containing these syllables.
Stage three involves typing actual text to perfect the skills acquired.
QWERTY KEYBOARD LAYOUT
Advice for successful touch typing practice
1. Do not rush at the early stages of learning. High speed makes sense only when the fingers can hit the right keys by force of habit. Take your time when typing to avoid mistakes. The speed will pick up as you progress.
2. You should establish and maintain a rhythm while typing. This means that keystrokes should come at equal intervals.
3. Hit keys only with the fingers for which they have been reserved.
4. Limit your hand and finger movement only to what is necessary to press a specific key. Keep your hands and fingers close to the base position. This improves typing speed and reduces stress on the hands.
5. Don't look at the keys when you type. Just slide your fingers around until they find the home row marking.
6. Don't hammer on the keys. Try using the minimum force possible.
7. To switch between upper/lower case always use the opposite hand.
Correct Position of the Hands and Body
1. While at the computer, sit straight (see the picture above). Always remember to keep your back straight.
2. Keep your elbows bent at the right angle.
3. Face the screen with your head slightly tilted forward.4. There should be a reasonable distance between your eyes and the screen. In other words, your outstretched arm should barely touch the screen.5. The elbows should be level with the tabletop or desk.6. The wrists should be in a neutral (straight) position and should not touch the tabletop in front of the keyboard.Be patient and practice as often as possible. Despite the simple touch typing rules, it takes some time to gain high speed. By following the rules, you will see your speed and accuracy improve over time.