IDLA Courses 6th and 8th Grade
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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WMS is now using IDLA to help improve ISAT scores and keyboarding skills.
Preparing for the ISAT:
The ISAT is a 3 hour Computer Based Test. Last year, our students seemed to struggle when it came to the Essay section because it required a lot of typing. They felt as if they didn't have enough time to type their response let alone go back and review for spelling and grammar errors. IDLA will help them become speedy and efficient typers. IDLA is an online course, so they will naturally become more confident with navigating through the computer as well.

 

8th Grade (they have an 8 unit course so it goes a little more in depth)

This course is designed to help you learn the touch-typing method of keyboarding. By the end of the course, you should build your skill and be able to touch type with minimal errors. Since keyboarding is a skill developed through repetition, you will need to practice with the TypingMaster software provided for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. Online typing tests, course assignments and participation in the course discussion board are also mandatory as they will help you build your keyboarding skills. No textbook is used in this class. Students will use TypingMaster - a keyboarding program provided within the course - and Typing.com - an online keyboarding program - for assignments and practice. (provided online) No additional materials are required outside of a computer with a keyboard and a word processing program of some sort.

 
6th Grade (4 unit Intro course)
This course is designed to help you learn the touch-typing method of keyboarding. You should build your skill and be able to touch type with minimal errors. Since keyboarding is a skill developed through repetition, you will need to practice with the keyboarding software provided daily. Online typing tests and participation in the course discussion boards are also mandatory as they will help you build your keyboarding skills.
 

Keyboarding accurately and quickly only comes with practice, practice, practice! As you practice, your muscles are being trained to respond in a very specific way. Continued practice of identical responses improves them until they (your muscles) eventually reach the automatic stage. That is what we are striving for. You are building muscle memory and you need to keep reinforcing the correct key reaches over and over again.

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Using the Home Keys gives a constant point of reference for successful keyboarding. The body and mind learn to key from a certain position – change position very much and techniques (along with speed and accuracy) begin to disintegrate. If you have developed keyboarding skill without using the Home Keys, you should try to unlearn the bad habits you've developed and work to develop proper technique. It may be a bit slower to begin with but it will pay off in the long run.

 

 

Unit

Topics

Objectives

Dates

1

Internet Safety

In Unit 1 you will learn:   

Introduction to the Course

Etiquette and Your Digital Footprint

Safety and Cyberbullying

 

2

Touch Typing Fundamentals

In Unit 2 you will learn: 

Introduction to Touch Typing

Proper Keyboarding Technique and Posture

Capitals and Punctuation

 

3

Building Touch Typing Skills

In Unit 3 you will learn: 

Skill Building with TypingMaster

Increase Your Reach

Wrapping Up the Alphabet

 

4

Touch Typing and Word Processing

In Unit 4 you will learn:

Introduction to Word Processing

Tools for Productivity

Using Templates

 

5

Letters and Numbers

In Unit 5 you will learn:

Email Communication

Personal Letters

Typing the Number Keys

 

6

Symbols

In Unit 6 you will learn: 

Typing Symbols

More Symbols

Fun with Symbols

 

7

Building Your Touch Typing Speed

In Unit 7 you will learn: 

Speed Building

Writing Reports

More Speed Building

 

8

Putting It All Together

In Unit 8 you will learn:

Adding Images

Even More Speed Building

Wrapping It All Up

 
 

Final Exam Week

Remember to schedule a time with your Site Coordinator to take the final exam.

 
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