John Garrett
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Transcription vs. Free writing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jayashree Iyer Jul 27, 2017. 1 Reply

Typing speed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ifcardwell Jul 18, 2014. 3 Replies

Computer labs

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Garrett May 12, 2012. 3 Replies


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Jayashree Iyer replied to John Garrett's discussion Transcription vs. Free writing
"Would like to know more on this topic. Please share some suggestions."
Jul 27, 2017
Ifcardwell replied to John Garrett's discussion Typing speed
"Nice resource ...thanks for sharing."
Jul 18, 2014
Ifcardwell replied to John Garrett's discussion Typing speed
"When I started teaching middle school students, grades 6-8, I set a goal I thought was obtainable for them, 10 WPM, 20 WPM, 30 WPM. I quickly discovered this was too low. There I reset the goal to include a range 10-20 for 6th graders, 20-30 for 7th…"
Jul 18, 2014
Anna Kuskus replied to John Garrett's discussion Typing speed
"I hope it's can help you Any way it may be an alternative route"
Jul 16, 2014
John Garrett posted a discussion

Transcription vs. Free writing

This is an update to my earlier post ( on typing instruction and CCSS.As I am researching typing instruction I am wondering if any of you may have seen or have any research on the difference in typing speeds when students free type (write an essay from memory) vs. transcribing/copying a passage.  I believe there is a difference in speed but would like some research to back up…See More
Jun 19, 2014
John Garrett posted a discussion

Typing speed

I am being challenge by my principal to increase my 6th and 7th grader's typing speed in an effort to help boost their CCSS SBAC scores as it has some rather writing intensive passages.As part of this he wants me to know what WPM 6th and 7th grade students should be typing at to use as a benchmark. I have focused more on proper typing position rather than speed as I have kids all over the board in speed and learning the keyboard. I am the only place they get instruction as the elementary…See More
May 27, 2014
John Garrett replied to Smita Kolhatkar's discussion ePortfolios using Google Sites in the group Google Apps for Education
"I too have been struggling with doing this as well.  One thing we are exploring the use of google sites as a portfolio. Students create a website that has 6 to 7 pages, one for each class they have and one about them page. The goal is that they…"
Jul 19, 2012
John Garrett replied to Kim Sullivan's discussion Keyboarding
"I teach keyboarding at 6 and 7 grade middle school.  What I found works well is a website It is kind of cheesy but the kids like it for the most part.  Also found that many of the free flash typing…"
Jun 10, 2012

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At 4:16pm on June 20, 2010, Lisa Durff said…
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At 10:55am on February 20, 2009, Cindy Agnew said…
Hi John~
How is NCCE going? Bre is also down there in Portland. Have you seen her? Tell me everything! Talk later. C.
At 7:41pm on December 28, 2008, Jack said…
Hi John!

Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Washington.

You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 2:57am on December 27, 2008, Evan Morikawa said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Evan Morikawa. I am a 20 year old student from Olin College of Engineering (near Boston). I am a part of a group of six Olin students who are taking a year off to pursue interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, which brought us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! I found you in a search for "middle school" on Classroom2.0, and since our project is specific to middle schools and uses new learning technology, I thought you might be interested. Our company is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. We hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, individualized learning, goal setting, reflection, and effective feedback and evaluation. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools and individual teachers will want to use to improve their students' learning in and out of the classroom.

Our team is currently trying to win an idea competition on You can find us at We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs.

Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, check out, or do anything you like!

Evan Morikawa
At 8:18pm on November 8, 2008, James Edward Charles Webber said…
welcome from South Korea


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