At a Glance
Keyseeker is an interactive activity to help younger students recognize the letters on the keyboard and use the correct hand to strike the key.
Grade Level: K - 2
Time Required: 20 minutes
Curriculum Connection: Language Arts (learning the alphabet) and identifying your left and right hands.
Blue and green hair elastic hairbands - these will be used to help the students identify which hand to strike the keyboard. Alternatively you can use markers, stickers, gloves, etc.
Test the Keyseeker application to make sure you have all the required plug-ins and there are no fire-wall issues.
- Have the students put a "purple" elastic hairband on their left wrist and a green one on their right wrist.
- For the Kindergarten class, I have the computers logged in already. I tell them Keyseeker is a web based application. They know to start Internet Explorer. The home page is the class blog and I instruct them to click on the Keyseeker photo which brings up the application.
- Demonstrate to the students how to get help by clicking on the image of the monkey's face.
- Show them how to start the activity by clicking on "GO"
- Demonstrate how you press the key with your left hand if the letter is on the left hand side of the keyboard. And you press the key with your right hand if the letter is on the right hand side.
- Explain that there are a few warm up letters for practice. And then you begin to collect bananas. The activity is over once you collect all the bananas and you'll be rewarded with a parade of animals.
- Observe to make sure students are striking the keys with the proper hand.