As requested, here is a set of keyboarding activities that help students practice the shift key. This set of 6 Designs require students to use the whole keyboard including the shift key characters. The goal of text formatting activities is to bring engagement and a sense of purpose to the practice of typing. Students will also (hopefully) have a sense of pride over the final outcome and an understanding of the learning objective.
Each design has a case sensitive directions page. This activity is designed to be an advanced set including the whole keyboard, upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special keys. Students will learn the purpose of the shift key to produce the special characters. Plan to demonstrate the shift keys skill if students don’t have prior experience.
Ways to add challenge:
•Have students highlight the text with the color instead of changing the font color.
•Have students add a line at the end that says what the shape is.
•Have students add a clip art image that represents the design.
•Have students type a reflection about how the activity went and what they might do differently next time.
Ways to provide supports (make it easier):
•Provide students with a second sheet of paper or a flat edge like a ruler so that they can be looking at one line at a time.
•Dictate the directions one line at a time to students.
•Demonstrate each line as you go using a projector or screensharing software.
- Ice Cream Cone
- Trophy and Medal
ISTE STANDARDS ADDRESSED
Strand: Innovative Designer
Standard: 4.b. select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
I Can Statements:
I can stick with a problem until it is solved
I can use the materials around me to help me solve a problem
I can create an original work using a digital tool
Strand: Empowered Learner
Standard: 1.d. understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
I Can Statements:
I can learn a new technology tool by exploring it
I can find any letter or number on a keyboard
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