How? Keyboard shortcuts. Make a list of them. Put them by the computer. It won’t take your child long to remember them, and I’ve found over the years that kids love them–a lot more than using the mouse to find the button that does…. To be able to push Ctrl+Z and have their entire document reappear (after they’ve accidentally deleted it) is a WOW. From that point, I’ve got them, as long as I keep dribbling out the keyboard shortcuts.
Here are some of the favorites:
- Alt+F4–to exit a program. I start this in kindergarten because they can’t read the words for ‘stop’, ‘close’, ‘exit’
- Shift+Alt+D–add the date. this is a favorite because they don’t even have to know the date to add it.
- Ctrl+Z–saves a myriad of problems. Parents tell me they love it, too
- Windows key–brings up the Start button when it (accidentally) gets deleted
- : + ) 🙂 –the smiley face. Word turns it into an image. There are a bunch like this and kids love every one of them
Yes, some feel like the Vulcan nerve pinch, but you get used to them.
Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.