With the start of the new year, Younger Kids have been introduced to the keyboard. We have a number of games that they enjoy for learning the location of the keys: Key Seeker, Cup Stack, Type Rocket (abcya.com has several other typing activities at various levels, as well as these last two), and Keyboard Climber.
They’ve even used their new keyboard skills to do simple Google searches! They typed in the names of animals or European countries (with some spelling help) and found interesting pictures or videos about their subject.
Older and Middle Kids continue to work on their accounts on typing.com. Then, they learned simple video editing using using Windows Movie Maker. They had to record a short clip of themselves as a news anchor or weather forecaster, and create a video of the news/weather report with titles, pictures and audio. The “newsroom” (aka computer lab) was pretty chaotic, but our intrepid newspeople did a great job.