When demonstrating Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for Schools in a classroom or lab environment, your preparation varies slightly:

  • Classrooms with limited computers: Form groups of three to six students in front of each machine. Position their chairs so that each views the screen clearly. To save time, consider training several students, or have each new group help instruct the next.

  • Lab with multiple students: Supply a separate computer for each student’s tutorial and have him or her explore the program with you. If you are using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for Schools (Standalone), students’ work is saved on only the computer they are using. They must use the same station each time.

For student reference, duplicate and distribute the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for Schools program instructions for the Student’s Area.

When explaining the scope of the program, be sure to outline the following:

  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for Schools shows new students how to type quickly and effectively if they do their best to follow all of Mavis’ directions each day. Those with prior experience learn to become better typists.

  • The program organizes and monitors each lesson and adjusts the program to each student’s personal learning needs.

  • Your students must learn the sign-in procedure for their first time using the program and for subsequent logins.

  • Instruct them whether you’d like them to start at the Beginning level with the first lesson or selecting the Test Typing Level option to determine your students’ proficiency.

  • The Student’s Area main menu screen is where they can access the Student program areas.

  • The Reports area displays your students’ typing statistics; explain how to read each report.

  • Provide instruction on how to use the various elements in the Lesson, Practice, and Games areas.

  • Explain how lessons, practice sessions, quizzes, tests and games work.

After your introduction, provide time for students to explore the program and encourage experimentation during orientation. Then discuss with the class their preferences, questions, and suggestions. Before students begin on their own with the program, review correct typing posture and arm position, the methods you plan to use to evaluate student progress, and how to log on to their student profile.

Now, let the typing begin! The program is very intuitive—your students should be able to navigate through it smoothly and independently. Be sure to explain how they can obtain help during the program: First from Mavis Beacon on screen; next, from the Finger Positioning dialog box; and, finally, from you or other teaching assistants in class.