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Online Typing Instruction

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

When having students complete writing activities using the iPad or computer, I have found that weak typing skills hinder their progress. Dance Mat Typing is a free, fun, leveled game that helps students develop typing skills. The website provides lessons at several levels so that students can learn the keyboard, develop typing skills, and gain speed. For the iPad, Monster Typer Free is an excellent typing game that helps students learn to type faster using the iPad.

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Ed Tech Moment: 5-Minute Video Tutorials

October 9, 2012 Leave a comment

EdTech Moment is s website that provides 5-minute video tutorials. The tutorials are designed to be used for quick and easy professional learning for teachers using technology in the classroom. Teachers can watch videos on a computer or a video device. The site offers a mailing list and an RSS feed so that users can be notified when new tutorials are available.

When browsing the website, I discovered Episode 25, which provides instruction for using Google Docs to create presentations. Google Docs is a free, web-based software suite that allows users to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and graphics. Google Docs is fully compatible with Microsoft Office, allowing users to share documents with Office users. Google Docs is an excellent educational resource because it enables students to create documents at home or in the classroom without the need to purchase or install expensive software. If you are new to Google Docs, check out Episode 25 for a quick how-to!

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