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Type to Learn and Common Core Standards

As your district moves into Common Core Standards, your schools will be facing several challenges and adjustments. One of those adjustments is adding keyboarding into your 3rd and 4th grade curriculum. Sunburst has been the proud publisher of the Type to Learn series for over ten years.

The following is a great resource from Common Core State Standards Initiative and defines what the standards are and how they apply to your district.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

The NGA Center and CCSSO received initial feedback on the draft standards from national organizations representing, but not limited to, teachers, postsecondary educators (including community colleges), civil rights groups, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Following the initial round of feedback, the draft standards were opened for public comment, receiving nearly 10,000 responses.

The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based.

Learn more about the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Ready your students for testing and beyond.

Image: Students with a high WPM perform better in online testing.According to Common Core Standards, students must demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting, before the end of 5th grade.  Prepare your students for Common Core aligned testing by using Type to Learn.  TTL is a comprehensive and interactive keyboarding system, designed with the student and their interests in mind. With Type To Learn's research-based, interactive lessons, students will stay engaged and have fun learning essential keyboarding skills needed for the classroom and beyond. 

Students who took the new online assessments struggled with the lengthy free response questions. One student commented that they would rather take the tests with "paper and pencil because not everyone can type fast and knows where the keys are."

Help your students build their keyboarding proficiency for online testing confidence with the engaging and proven curriculum of Type to Learn.

Available as a web-based cloud application, Type to Learn can be used by students at school and home while maintaining centralized scores! Type to Learn addresses an essential, life-long skill for students in today's technology-driven world. Learning how to type is now a necessity.

Type to Learn provides K-12 classrooms with:

  • Over 100 lessons focusing on the development of critical keyboarding skills
  • 5 effective and skills-targeted games for each lesson
  • 7 diagnostic, formative, and summative keyboarding assessments

To understand nationwide school districts are joining the Type to Learn community, call us or request a quote. Sunburst Digital's Knowledge Experts are ready to provide you with a complimentary consultation on Type to Learn as well as a variety of digital curriculum products to facilitate a Common Core and career-ready learning environment for your classroom.

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