Adventures In Keyboarding

Learning where the letters are on the keyboard starts in Kindergarten. At this age level, there may still be confusion with upper and lower case letters. And, have you ever noticed that the letter "I" on the keyboard looks like a lower-case "L"? This can be very confusing to a Kindergarten student. To help my Kindergarten students become familiar with where the letter keys are on the keyboard, they complete a 27 slide PowerPoint presentation with one slide for each letter of the alphabet. This was created based on Collins Trott's Trott's Typists program.

Each day in computer class, the students complete one letter of the alphabet by filling in the correct words on the PowerPoint slide. I start up the PowerPoint before they come to class and have an index card copy of the slide with the words filled in available for them to use so they know how to spell the words. If you were going to use this with older students, you could have them try to spell the words themselves reminding them that all of the words start with the same letter. The students fill in the words and then save the PowerPoint and then exit the program. This not only helps the students to learn where the letters are on the keyboard but it teaches them how to navigate a PowerPoint Presentation, how to correct errors they make with the backspace key, how to look for the red line under a word to make sure they have spelled it correctly (this comes in handy for b and d errors and letter I and letter L confusion) and how to save in a Microsoft Office program.

If you wish to use this, you can download AdventuresInKeyboarding.ppt which each student will fill in during their Adventures in Keyboarding and AdventuresInKeyboarding-complete.ppt which you can use to print cards for each student to use to help them fill in their slides. The easiest way I found to do this is to export the PowerPoint as JPEGs and then create index cards with the images and have a set for each computer. I would recommend turning off the Auto Correct feature that capitalizes the initial letter of a word. Students will often press the space bar and end up with a capital letter and one of the slides has a two-word entry that will end up capitalized if you don't turn this off. There are a few slides that require the entry of capital letters and you want the students to do this themselves and not rely on the Auto Correct feature.