The following information has been lifted and adapted from Ed Alive’s
Typing Tournament – Guide to best classroom practice © 2018 Page 13.
For many students learning to type is a challenging exercise. As with all poor habits It takes a lot of discipline for a student with bad typing habits to break them, it is a matter of completely rewiring their kinesthetic memory in relation to the keyboard and it is no easy task. The physical coordination required to accurately strike the right keys to represent the 26 letters of the alphabet with capitals, numbers and punctuation is a marvel but one that for many is not easily achieved.
To make the challenge of learning to type more achievable we have built a host of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators into Typing Tournament:
• Intrinsic motivators include: instant feedback on words typed, speed tests, lessons, drills and games.
• Extrinsic motivators include: Printed certificates, games, reward movies, collection of tokens and badges and more.
Many teachers use a mix of the following to further enhance student motivation:
• Inbuilt Certificates and reports
o Typing Tournament generates a wide range of reports and certificates that reward students for effort and affirm their achievements
o Print and present them in class, for school assembly, send home to parents, for archiving in students’ folios
• Inbuilt Leaderboard
o The powerful Class Leaderboard tracks every word typed and resets at the start of each week
o View for your school only, thus allowing competition between classes
o Filter by state and age group and see the ranking of your class overall
• The quarterly Typing Challenge
o Typing Challenges are held quarterly where classes go head-to-head around Australia. Students become highly engaged in the competition.
o Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd fastest classes by age group in the state
o Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd most words typed by age group in the state
o Printable Achievement Certificates are generated
• Printable certificates
o There are printable certificates for both speed tests and Level tests
o Certificates may be printed either by the student or the teacher
o Certificates can be presented in class, at assembly or on any other occasion that builds the profile of Typing in the school and rewards the student
o Teachers have indicated that the printing and awarding of these certificates is highly motivational
• Speed tests
o The Typing Tournament Speed Test can be taken at any time with the results instantly displayed on-screen upon conclusion and logged in the Reports section. Many teachers use the Speed Test to gain a quick feel for how the students are progressing and give them feedback relative to their own personal best.
o Start each lesson with a Speed Test to give the students instant feedback on their overall progress and to give a dynamic feel to the lesson
o Conduct a weekly Speed Test to build an individual class leaderboard
o Conduct a school or grade-wide competition to find the fastest typist
o Invite members of staff or the parent body to complete speed tests to find the fastest typist in the school community
• Build wall charts
o Students love to see their progress plotted on wall charts and Typing Tournament provides a wealth of information that can be used to generate such charts.
Charts could include:
o Results from a weekly Speed Test
o The % Accuracy achieved on a weekly Speed Test
o Levels passed 1 – 16 on the map
o Badges achieved
• Typing Tips Posters, See: previous entry in Challenge 3