Monterey Road Elementary School would like to make you aware of an opportunity that is available for your child: typing.
The school district has purchased a learning-to-type program that is available to all of the students. It's an Internet-based program that the upper grades are using on the iPads in class. The kids think it's fun and the teachers use it as just another productive activity to use along with their educational programs.
So why typing? The School Site Council studied the issue last fall and all agreed that typing is important and will be useful as a 21st Century skill. The new SBAC test (the new achievement test for the Common Core Standards) will require the students to type their answers to many of the questions. Typing is becoming more important as technology is a large part of society these days and will be useful skill to have for future years to come.
The program is called Typing Agent.
You can also find it on the District website under "For Parents and Students". Your child's teacher might have already set-up an account for your child. You may ask your child or teacher for their account information. Or try to access your child's account online by doing the following:
- type the first and middle initials
- type the last name
- followed by the year your child graduates HS
For example: John Richard Smith, who graduated in 1995 would use jrsmith95 as the user name. The password would be the permanent student ID number, which is printed on the report card (or any previous report card).
Since this program is designed to help children learn to type at their individual level of ability (from beginner - expert), your child can access it at any age or grade level and learn as much as he or she wants to. It will be a good program for your family to use and hopefully it will help your child become a highly-skilled typist. :)