Now that you have completed these lessons, do this Post Test Activity. Compare these scores (lines of numbers and lines of names) to the PreTest scores to see how much you (or your students) have improved!


Doc Frog's Post Test Activity


Are you ready for the speed Post Test? This is how it goes:
Set a timer for 30 seconds and start typing rows of numbers. Type 1 through 9 and then press Enter or Return with your right pinky. Keep going for 30 seconds and then stop.

Count the number of lines that you have typed within 30 seconds. There are ten keystrokes per line, so if you have a partial line when the time runs out, you can write it as a decimal. For example, 5 lines plus 3 characters would be a score of 5.3. Is that simple enough?

You'll learn how to graph your scores later, but for now, just type it on your screen. Next, you can type your first and last names, with a space between them, then press Enter or Return to start a new line. Count the number of lines and compare them to your number line score. Which score is greater? Are you faster at typing names or numbers? How much have you improved since the Pretest?


Doc Frog's Reflections

Are you faster typing the numbers or the names on the QWERTY keyboard? Do you type without looking at your hands? It's okay to glance down to find the initial position, but the goal is to look down once, to find your starting position, and then look up to see how your words and ideas look on the screen. Trust your peripheral vision, just as you do when you walk, drive or play the piano.

Have you ever measured your handwriting speed? Set a timer and write your name repetitively (and legibly) for 30 seconds. Compare that number to the number of times you typed your name in 30 seconds. Which is faster?

Traditional methods have us copying text that has already been written on paper or on the screen. We are told to look at the copy rather than at our hands or the letters on the keyboard (teachers have been known to use cardboard boxes to cover the hands of their students). However, when brainstorming, or writing a first draft at the computer, we should be reading what we have written so that we can revise and edit as we go. This is the time to read while we write, so that we can decide if what we wrote is really what we meant and edit to clarify our meaning.

When we edit our writing using pencil, we are wearing out erasers! Scratching out what we have written in ink looks messy and requires an entire rewrite (wasting time and paper). But, editing our writing on the word processor before printing or sending an email is much more satisfying!


When you have completed taking/teaching these keyboarding lessons, Doc Frog has a special request. Will you please email your scores, along with suggestions for revisions to docfrog@comcast.net?

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