At Second Nature Learning, we believe that keyboarding and online communication skills are fundamental components of literacy in the 21st Century. Clearly, the array of educators, state education officials, teachers’ organizations, and others who helped create the Common Core State Standards agree. Take a look at the Common Core State Standards that QwertyTown addresses.

*To learn more about the ELA Common Core State Standards, head to www.corestandards.org.

 

Common Core Standards for Writing (Grades 1-8)


W.1.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

W.2.6.With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

W.3.6. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

W.4.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.

W.5.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.

W.7.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

W.8.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

 

Kindergarten-Grade 5: College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards for Writing


6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Using the Internet to publish writing or collaborate with peers at a high level is only possible after developing keyboarding fluency. In fact, smart teachers will recognize that our Chatterbox can be used as a collaboration tool in the classroom.

 

10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Mastering keyboarding fluency extends students’ writing stamina. When learning to write for a variety of audiences and purposes, one would be remiss to overlook the unique subtleties of writing to communicate via static messages, one-to-one chat, and group chat. As stated on the Common Core State Standards site’s description of the CCR Anchor Standards for Writing,

“To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to... ...adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose.”

 

Kindergarten-Grade 5: College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening


1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Once again, teachers can make great use of QwertyTown’s Chatterbox to facilitate collaborative work within their classrooms. As stated on the Common Core State Standards site’s description of the CCR Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening,

“To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must have ample opportunities to take part in a variety of rich, structured conversations—as part of a whole class, in small groups, and with a partner... ...New technologies have broadened and expanded the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and sharing knowledge and have tightened their link to other forms of communication. Digital texts confront students with the potential for continually updated content and dynamically changing combinations of words, graphics, images, hyperlinks, and embedded video and audio.”

 

Kindergarten-Grade 5: College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards for Language


2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

During lessons in QwertyTown, students are introduced to conventions of typed text, including capitalization, punctuation, indentation, and proper spacing.

 

3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Conventions of writing in static messages and online chats sometimes differ from writing in other formats. QwertyTown’s Chatterbox can be a valuable tool for teachers who wish to teach how language use varies depending on the context. As stated on the Common Core State Standards site’s description of the CCR Anchor Standards for Language,

“To build a foundation for college and career readiness in language, students must gain control over many conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics as well as learn other ways to use language to convey meaning effectively.”

 

*To learn more about the ELA Common Core State Standards, head to www.corestandards.org.