Building Technology Knowledge and Skills
If your student (or you!) needs to improve their skill in using digital technology, try one of these skill-building websites. Most are fun and all are fantastic!
Just so you know, Berlin-Boylston Regional School District is a Google school, meaning we mainly use Google apps for education in the classroom. The sites below can help your student (or you) better understand how to get the most out of the Google apps we use.
Keyboarding & Mouse Practice
TypingTest.com is an especially good resource for practing homerow keying.
Learninggamesforkids.com offers several good homerow keying games.
Freetypinggame.net has games that appeal to older kids and offers great homerow keying practice.
Typing Club is a FREE learn-to-type program that does a great job moving students from beginners to experts. What it lacks in pizzaz it makes up for in effectiveness. No sign up required, but the program will track your progress if you do create an account.
Mniimouse.us is a great site for younger kids or anyone who needs to practice mousing skills.
ABCYA.com offers many keying and mousing games. Simply select the appropriate grade level. Keyboarding and mouse games are in the purple Skills section.
Google Apps for Education
Although it's geared toward teachers, this free online training is also great for parents.
This video is a little long (28 minutes) but provides a great start for Google app beginners.
Another site geared toward teachers but useful for anyone, Teachers.Tech has loads of how-to videos that cover almost every Google app. Explore!
Other Great Resources
Kodable teaches kids as young as kindergarten the basics of computer programming. To play online, contact your student's tech teacher for the class code or download the iPad app for free and play as a guest.
Scratch Jr. is another great game that teaches kids the fundamentals of coding. Download the game from Google Chrome or Amazon for PC (laptop or desktop computer), Google Playstore for Android phones and tablets, the Apple store for iPads
We don't always use Google products at school. If your student (or you) is looking for help with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or another Office product, try the Microsoft Training Center.