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A practicum used the Keyboard Familiarization approach (introducing students to the location of keys on the computer keyboard) to integrate the computer into a traditionally taught first-grade spelling program, using laminated copies of the computer keyboard. After completing basic drill and practice sessions on the laminated keyboard, the 23 first-grade students began to practice spelling words on the computer in a computer lab setting. Results indicated that at the end of the 12-week implementation period, students: (1) became familiar with the location of the keys on the computer keyboard with 90% accuracy; (2) achieved 80% or higher in spelling based on the average of the weekly spelling tests; and (3) expressed a positive attitude toward the spelling program as measured by an informal attitude survey. (Eighteen references and seven appendixes--including teacher and student surveys and results, laminated keyboard, and the informal attitude survey and results--are attached.) (Author/SR)

Descriptors: Class Activities, Computer Assisted Instruction, Grade 1, Keyboarding (Data Entry), Learning Activities, Primary Education, Spelling Instruction, Student Attitudes, Word Processing











Author: Heath-Legg, April Joy

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8302&id=ED348663



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