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Mr. B's Newsletters

Print media is still important.  I use newsletter layouts to share information with students.  Younger students love to take these home and share with their families.  Older students often are not reading many print publications these days, so I model page layouts and styles of presentation (all newsletter links are downloadable, printable .pdf files)

Many of my websites and videos began as newsletter.  Once I organize content into a short "news" style presentation, it is easy to make a similar multimedia, PowerPoint, or podcast/video script based on it.  If you want to see an example of how I do this, please look at my Math Minutes web (www.mathminutes.org).  It all began as algebra "newsletters" that supported my first-generation college freshman at the University of Wisconsin.

September 2014.  My "top priority", getting started, is to prepare students for the computer skills embedded in Common Core.  Fourth-graders need to be able to sit at a computer and key a one-page paper.  Fifth-Grade students are expected to key a 2-page paper.  Middle school students, by the 7th grade, are expected to comfortably and productivly key any and all school assignments.

  • Touch Typing:  Home Row.  At the heart of touch typing is learning to comfortably rest your fingers on "Home Row" (a-s-d-f left hand, j-k-l-; right hand).  Once you get this down, every other key is a tiny reach away -- just let your fingertips comfortably do their thing. 
  • Five Reasons to "Touch Type".  It isn't hard to learn how to key.  It is easy.  It just takes practice.  Today, there are many of free online interactive sites.  If I can show you how to get more work done with less effort, are you wise enough to give it a try?  Its fun to learn to key with online tutorials and keying games.
  • The QWERTY Keyboard.  Why is the alphabet all mixed up on the keyboard?  When you learn why, you will understand the reasons it is so important to learn to key by touch.  With practice, you can teach you fingers to find each key without any hunting-and-pecking to find letters & punctuation.
  • Got Skills?  Top 5 Jobs for Touch Typists.  Keyboarding is a valuable skill.  While getting comfortable, confident, and competent on a computer keyboard helps students in school, it is even more valuable on-the-job. 
  • Schools Learn a Lesson in Importance of Bandwidth.  May student's do not know that Internet service is purchased with limits on the amount of data that can be uploaded or downloaded -- bandwidth.  At home, many have essentially all the bandwidth one may want.  On computer networks in business and schools, all computers share the available bandwidth.  This is why we cannot have students streaming youtubes or music services during computer classes -- this slows down every other computer in our lab and across the entire school.
Mr. B's Home / Kindergarten Links / First Grade
Second Grade / Third Grade / Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade / Middle School Links


Keyboarding Tune-Up / Keyboarding Games / Mousing Skills
Number Pad  Chatbots / Business Games / Keying Kids TV


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