Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of Keyboarding!

Last week you continued to practice your touch typing, using proper hand and body position at the keyboard. You also took your first assessment of your keyboarding technique...well done!

This week you will:
Ms. Kline's Week 5 Key Vocabulary:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Fall Equinox!

Goodbye summer, hello fall!

Today is the fall or autumnal equinox. Near the fall or spring equinoxes, the day and night are approximately of equal length, or 12 hours of daytime, and 12 hours of nighttime.

After the autumnal equinox, the days will begin to get shorter and the nights will begin to get longer.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Checking Your Keyboarding Online Progress Report

You have been typing for two weeks now. How do you know how well you are doing?

That's can check your Keyboarding Online progress report!
  • From the main screen, click "Progress Report"
  • Looking at your progress report, you can see a variety of "data" about your keyboarding.
  • Your lessons are listed horizontally, and are blue.
  • Each lesson has 15-18 lines, listed vertically, and are red.
  • After you complete each lesson, the average is listed below the lesson number and is green.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of Keyboarding!

Last week you began your Keyboarding Online lessons, in earnest.

This week you will:
  • Learn how to monitor your successes by looking at your keyboarding progress report.
  • Review proper keyboarding technique.
  • Continue your Keyboarding Online lessons.
  • Take an assessment of your keyboarding technique.
You will also continue to work on your computer-related vocabulary.

Ms. Kline's Week 4 Key Vocabulary:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of Keyboarding!

Last week you learned how to make a web bookmark and you are now able to easily visit a website that you have visited before. You also learned how to configure your Firefox web browser to meet your needs and protect your privacy. You also began your "touch typing" introductory lesson.

This week you will:
You will also continue to work on your computer-related vocabulary.

Ms. Kline's Week 3 Key Vocabulary:

Keyboarding Online Program - Continued

Today we will conclude Friday's lesson about the Keyboarding Online Program.

Follow the instructions to login to the program and finish the introduction where we left off.

You are now ready to begin your lessons!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Touch Typing - Part 1

Why did you take a Keyboarding class at Spurgeon?

That's learn to type quickly and accurately.

You are going to learn "touch typing."

What does it mean to type by touch?

That's type without looking at your hands.

We will use the "Intro to Keyboarding" lesson located under the "Resources" section. When you click on this hyperlink, you will download this file to your computer.

Let's get started!

Ready, set, type!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of Keyboarding!

Last week you learned many things related to Spurgeon Intermediate School, Ms. Kline's class procedures, logging into a server account, an
d how to use a web browser to surf the Internet.

This week you will learn:
  • how to make a bookmark of a website you wish to visit again
  • how to type using proper "touch typing" technique
  • how to use the Keyboarding Online touch typing instruction program
You will also continue to work on your computer-related vocabulary.

Ms. Kline's Week 2 Key Vocabulary:

Using the Firefox Web Browser - Part 3

Today we will finish the lesson we began last week, Using the Firefox Web Browser - Part 2. We will learn how to effectively and efficiently use a web browser to surf the Internet!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Using the Firefox Web Browser - Part 2

Finding Your Way Around the Firefox Web Browser

Menu Bar Items:
The "menu bar" is always located at the top of your computer's desktop. It will look different for each different computer application you use. It has nine important "drop-down" menus that you may use. I will list a few of the drop-down items I would like you to learn to use.

* Preferences - Where you modify the browser's settings
* Quit - Use to quit the browser

* New Window - Opens a new window so you can visit another web page
* New Tab - Opens a new tab so you can visit another web page and still see the tab to the other web pages you have open
* Open Location - This highlights the address bar, then you can type the address to a different web page
* Close Window - Close a web page in a window
* Close Tab - Close a web page in a tab
* Save Page As... - Save a web page to your computer
* Print - Print a web page
* Work Offline - If this is checked, your are not connected to the Internet

Edit - Use these features if you need to edit, copy items, paste items, find items, etc.
* Undo
* Redo
* Cut
* Copy
* Paste
* Delete
* Select All
* Find

* Toolbar - You may show or hide your toolbars as you wish
* Status Bar - Shows if a web page is loading
* Side Bars - Shows your history or bookmarks
* Reload - Reloads your current web page

* Use this menu bar item to see the websites you have already visited

* Use this tab to make or edit your website bookmarks

* These are advanced features you may learn to use later

* Use this menu bar item to switch between different windows or to zoom in on the page

* Use this menu bar item to access the help menu or update Firefox

Firefox has two toolbars that you may also modify for your use:

Navigation Toolbar - This toolbar has various items to help you "navigate" (find your way around) a web page. Use the buttons:

* Back Arrow - To visit a page before the current page
* Forward Arrow - To visit a page you visited after the current page
* Reload Arrow - To reload the current page
* Stop - To stop loading the current page
* Home - To go to your browser's set "home page"
* History - To view your browsing history (the pages you have already visited)
* Print - To print the current web page (be could be long!)
* Address Bar - For the URL of the web page you wish to visit
* Search Bar - To search a topic with a variety of web "search engines"

Bookmarks Toolbar - This toolbar shows the bookmarks you have selected to be constantly displayed on the toolbar.

When you visit a web page, don't forget to click on the "hyperlinks." These are usually underlined and colored blue. Hyperlinks take you to another web page for more information about a topic.