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Oct 12

While attending the Knowledge Bank 2006 Online Conference I listened to a presentation on a teacher developed website in a Year 1/Prep class at
Clevy Keyboard
Wheelers Hill Primary School. The website is centred on developing the metacognitive abilities of the Year 1/Prep students through the use of thinking and goal setting tasks, student self and peer assessments and rubrics. Additionally, it contains samples of student work and also planning documents. One thing raised was the difficulty students had in using traditional keyboards, specifically the ability to recognise capital letters. This is a problem I have experienced too. Adding stickers to the keys can help, but they tend not to last very long! Another solution may be a keyboard designed for these young learners. I have heard there are plastic covers available but can’t find a link. A couple of keyboards I have come across are Big Keys and Clevy Keyboard which has Australian distribution. BNC Distribution claims the Clevy Keyboard:

…. essential in the education of writing and computer skills in primary schools. It anticipates on the growing interest for the development of the motor system connected to the education of handwriting. Moreover, this attractively designed keyboard stimulates young children to get acquainted with computers in an educational way.

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One Response to “Keyboards for young digital natives”

  1. Yvonne Harrison Says:

    It is wonderful to have littlies working with ICT across the curriculum! I have been fortunate to have had this experience. My view on keyboarding is that the students are still learning the alphabet to some extent in Early Childhood years. I used to incorporate the use of concept keyboards with the old Acorn computers and found these a great way of teaching concepts of print - one press for one word, one press for a space. Those of you who are familiar with how students develop their concepts of print in writing would recognise the importance of this concept. Later, I also used to develop word processing templates to use with the concept keyboard so students would be able to use the lower case letters to complete words for sentences etc. because these keyboards weren’t widely available at the time. Having the right kind of keyboard would certainly make life easier when trying to have littlies retain the visual image of lower case letters they want to use in their writing!

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