Keyboarding Without Tears Helps Students Learn Digital Skills

Jamestown Public Schools is beginning to use the web-based curriculum, Keyboarding with Tears, with students this year, taught by Library Media Specialists. The district will implement the program into classrooms next year. Keyboarding without Tears, used with iPads in JPS, helps students in earlier grades learn basic keyboarding skills such as: scrolling, dragging & dropping and proper finger alignment. As students progress, they will perform traditional keyboarding skills and learn more about words per minute and accuracy.

“We decided to use Keyboarding without Tears because students are using these devices and may not have developed the skills needed to use them effectively,” said JPS Instructional Coach Jayme Genco. “We wanted ensure that there is a clear and continual process for them to get better so when we give them devices, such as an iPad, they know how to use them.”

Keyboarding Without Tears is a web-based curriculum for grades K–5 that teaches typing, general computer readiness, digital citizenship and online test prep. All of the programs are developmentally appropriate, multisensory instruction to help students succeed. Keyboarding Without Tears integrates typing exercises with various subject themes that are specifically paced for each student to effectively prepare them for mindful digital communication in just five or 10 minute a day lessons.

posted on 03/16/2018 - filed under: Academics, Elementary School, Middle School, Spotlight, Students, Technology