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Now I have heard everything.

I just found Key Seeker through Twitter (posted by tsmileygal).  It is an ingeneous program that is aimed at young keyboarders. It has the typical plot where a letter appears in the middle of the jungle followed by an animal or vine or x-ray whose name begins with that letter. What makes this program different is the high-pitched disembodied voice that helps the adventurer through the program. It’s fun!

Upon doing some additional research about Key Seeker, It appears that Ann White created this program as a Senior Project by students at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Congratulations, Students.

I must admit that I am not a fan of teaching keyboarding in kindergarten. I believe that students need to have a reason to keyboard. This means that they have/want to communicate using a written language and they don’t do enough of that in kindergarten to necessitate keyboarding skills. Having said this, Key Seeker is a fun program for neo-keyboarders – no matter the age.

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Comments on: "Key Seeker – Keyboarding for Kindergarten" (8)

  1. Rebecca Phillips said:

    The above statement, “This means that they have/want to communicate using a written language and they don’t do enough of that in kindergarten to necessitate keyboarding skills.” is so wrong! I am an educator of Kindergarden and up. This statement could not be less true. It is obvious that the author has not experienced or witnessed the abilities of a 5 year old. It is amazing what they can do when presented with the proper materials to accomplish a task. K students write. K students compose. K students can keyboard better than they can control a pencil.

  2. I’ve got to agree with Rebecca. I teach kindergarten tech and they are little sponges. They soak up all the good habits before bad ones take root. There’s no better time than kindergarten to start keyboarding. An age-appropriate program is just the right thing. Check out my askatechteacher.wordpress.com. It’ll change your mind.

  3. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually understand what you are speaking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also seek advice from my web site =). We can have a hyperlink change contract among us

  4. Valuable information. Lucky me I found your site by accident, and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

  5. Chatty Cathy said:

    Is anyone else getting a gray advertisement list (instead of site)? I get this on some of my stations–not all. Helpful hints–appreciated

  6. The old hosting site is gone, but you can find Keyseeker at http://keyseeker.parkfieldprimary.com/

    Note that Keyseeker requires Adobe Flash, so won’t work properly in Chrome (darn it).

    Does anyone know if there is a installable download for Keyseeker?

    I used it several years ago with my Kinders. We applauded whenever someone finished and got the “parade.” Then I gave the finisher a tiny sticker (they loved this).

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