“Game-based learning (GBL) is a type of game play that has defined learning outcomes. Generally, game-based learning is designed to balance subject matter with gameplay and the ability of the player to retain, and apply said subject matter to the real world. (wikipedia)” Game Based Learning has stood the test of time and been going on since schools have been around. Lately, it’s been getting more and more attention in the media and easier to integrate into the classroom through technology. Not only is GBL making learning fun, through innovative technology and websites like TypeTastic, kids are easily learning vital real-world skills such as Typing/Keyboarding.
TypeTastic is an excellent K-12 site for students learning how to Type/Keyboard. TypeTastic’s School Edition has an educational portal that allows educators to track, monitor, and assess student progress. This is a fun and great way to integrate technology into a classroom’s curriculum. TypeTastic uses over 400 innovative games, activities and drills to help teach and reinforce keyboarding/typing skills.
- Explore the Keyboard: Unique keyboard visualization splits the letters into nine color-coded groups so students see the keyboard like a map and can quickly find the correct letters.
- All Fingers Aboard: These games are designed to challenge kids to learn the fundamentals of typing. All sections are centered on finger movement, often first separated into either right- or left-hand activities, followed by more challenging games that use both hands.
- Ready, Set, Type!: Keyboarding activities take kids on an adventure through underwater coral reefs, thick jungle vegetation, and serene beach vistas to collect words and letters, with the goal of typing simple words and sentences.
- Master Those Keys: In the final step, students dig into the secrets of fluent typing, challenging themselves with more complex words, building up their typing speed, and discovering numbers and symbols.
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Mr Rogers – “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children playis serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”