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Adaptive Keyboarding Instruction is as Easy as 1…2…3…

by | Jul 20, 2017 | News

As a former teacher, I have taught all types of students. From my training and my experience came the recognition that every student needs to be provided personalized opportunities for successful learning to occur. Until recently, the ability to customize curriculum and exercises specific to each student’s unique needs was a challenge requiring resources often beyond the capabilities and time constraints of an individual teacher. While this challenge presents itself across all subject matters, it’s a particularly difficult challenge with teaching keyboarding.

I’m no longer in the classroom, but as the Senior Instructional Design Manager at Learning.com, personalized learning remains top of mind when helping to develop our curriculum.

Our new Adaptive Keyboarding solution offers an excellent example of how technology can help teachers provide personalized instruction. Learning.com provides a highly researched, personalized, pedagogically appropriate, gamified independent practice environment delivering the most effective approach to teaching keyboarding. Knowing that each student has unique needs, the adaptive component of Adaptive Keyboarding applies the concept of personalization by first assessing the individual student challenge keys and zones as they move through the exercises. Custom curriculum is then generated for each student based on their individual needs, adjusting to focus on areas where more practice is required.

Learning.com’s new Adaptive Keyboarding solution also lets students take learning into their own hands by allowing them to customize the learning experience; teachers can also apply settings at the student or class level. In addition, both teachers and students see real-time performance metrics to help indicate when modifications may be required.

With that said, it’s critical we don’t throw students into the (keyboarding) wild without the right preparation. In Ben Johnson’s post on Edutopia, he reminds us that the Rule of Three in learning means the learner should be given the opportunity to learn a concept at least three times prior to being expected to know and apply what they have learned. In The New Art and Science of Teaching, Marzano references strategies that teachers use to help students learn information and skills which include three distinct types of lessons: direct instruction, practicing and deepening, and knowledge application. Regardless of the theory, the goal is to give multiple opportunities for the learning to occur and to find a way to make the learning endure the test of time.

Direct Instruction

Direct instruction provides your brain with a chance to make connections to new materials and build on current knowledge which sets the course for lasting learning. For the Learning.com keyboarding solution, each student’s learning path begins with direct instruction lessons which set a solid foundation for learning proper technique in keyboarding.

Experiences to Deepen Learning

It is important to provide students with experiences for them to deepen their learning of new topics and an opportunity to retrieve the knowledge and skills from memory in a personalized manner. Our Adaptive Keyboarding solution provides experiences to deepen the learning of keyboarding technique and accuracy through our guided practice items and personalized muscle memory assignments, all while reinforcing finger placement and proper ergonomics.

Application Opportunities

Application opportunities allow students to experience sensing, thinking and feeling as they learn and demonstrate their knowledge, which ultimately helps build better connections in their brains. In our Keyboarding solution, students apply their skills in keyboarding games, literature challenges, word bank challenges and application exercises, all age-appropriate and relevant to what that student is learning both in and outside the classroom. Throughout each student’s learning journey, they are provided formative assessments that help to measure growth and identify areas of need. All tasks, whether developmental or personalized, provide students with focused areas for improving their keyboarding skills.

At Learning.com, we strive to ensure that teachers have what they need to prepare students to be successful learners in and beyond the classroom, so student needs remain our focus. To design quality learning opportunities, we have turned to the theories of teaching and learning as a foundation for building the best instructional opportunities for students.

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