Whether you use Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for Schools in the classroom or a lab, make sure that each typing station is properly located, equipped, and supplied. The following checklist helps ensure this:
Set up your typing station(s) away from the main group in an active classroom. Students must be able to work uninterrupted and not disturb others.
Properly install Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for Schools on each computer.
Attach copystands on each monitor for transcription typing exercises.
Provide a central file that contains copies of transcription typing exercises. (Masters of each exercise are provided at the end of this guide.)
Maintain hard copy files of class and student progress reports for your records. You may choose to distribute these printed student progress reports to students and parents.
Additionally, when using more than one computer, post a sign that identifies each typing station (for example, “Station A” and “Station B”). Assign students to work only at one station, and then keep a list of those assignments so that you know which computer to use when reviewing or adjusting a student’s profile. If you’re using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for Schools (Network), then you can access student profiles from any computer on the network.
You may also want to place a paper cup on the desktop beside each computer to help you effectively manage students in a lab setting. When students need assistance, instruct them to place the cup upside down on top of their monitors. Once you have answered their question, they can put the cup back on the desktop.