Getting Started with your KeyMaster Keyboard
Welcome to the KeyMaster team of educators who recognize keyboarding education as an important building block in acquiring advanced digital skills. We hope that you and your students will find great success in your pursuit toward keyboarding mastery.
You may have a few questions about our KeyMaster keyboards and how to best utilize them in the classroom. Please review the following information as you integrate the Learning Lights keyboard into your classroom.
The Learning Lights keyboard lends itself well to keyboarding instruction, motivational games, and classroom fun as students discover their own potential as a typist. We invite you to visit our KeyMaster Blog and social media @keymasterboard for tips and ideas on utilizing the Learning Lights keyboard in your classroom.
Classroom Integration Basics
- Emphasize New Keys - As new keys are being introduced to the class, consider turning on or off specific keys to emphasize what keys are being taught. For example, when giving instruction on the home row keys, invite students to press CTRL+ ALT+ KEY to turn on/off each key on the home row.
- Keyboarding Practice - As individual keys are practiced and students grow more confident in their key-by-touch abilities, invite them to press CTRL+ALT+KEY to black out practiced keys.
- Reinforcement Exercises - Help your students to identify “problem” keys that they are struggling to memorize. Encourage them to black out these keys to eliminate their tendency to look for their locations while typing.
- Test Keyboarding Proficiency - When completing timed writings or other summative assessments, use the “Lights” key to turn off all visibility to key lettering. Teachers can easily identify students who are struggling with key memorization during this time and assign reinforcement exercises as needed to promote student success.
- Compliment Keyboarding Software - As students complete lessons in their keyboarding software, ask them to follow the learning platform by blacking out new keys as they are being taught. Over time, the entire keyboard will become blacked out as all keys have been taught, practiced, and mastered.
- Added Fun and Games - Be creative with how you can use the Learning Lights Keyboard to make keyboarding practices fun and engaging. Check out our KeyMaster Blog for fun ideas and activities you can use to promote key mastery in your own classroom.
- Everyday Keyboard Use - Take advantage of the keyboard’s versatility by leaving lights on and keys visible during every day computer tasks and lights off during keyboard instruction.
For best "lights on" visibility, the Learning Lights Keyboard should be placed at elbow height, one hand span in front of the body, with keyboard kickstand extended. This is the optimal height and distance for key visibility and proper keyboarding technique.
Avoid placing keyboards in areas with direct sunlight. This may slightly reduce the black out appearance of the keyboard in "lights off" mode.
Keyboards should be cleaned regularly to avoid oily buildup on the keys that may slightly alter the appearance of the black out feature on the keyboards. A rubbing alcohol solution for cleaning keys is effective at removing buildup and keeping keys in optimal condition for "lights off" practice.
Lights On/Off Feature
All alpha and numeric keys may be turned on or blacked out as appropriate during keyboarding instruction by pressing CTRL + ALT + KEY. For example, to turn on or off the lighting under the R key, hold down CTRL + ALT + R. Press the key combination again to toggle on and off between lights on and lights off. Note: Non-alpha and numeric keys including Shift and Enter will not turn on and off individually.
Removal of Keys
Keeping young typists in mind in the design of this keyboard, the following keys often seen on a computer keyboard have been removed to avoid keyboarding malfunctions.
The Insert key is a toggle key that, when pressed, turns on or off the typeover feature on a keyboard. Typists are often unaware of when this key is turned on and mistakenly think that their keyboard is malfunctioning. Trust us, you are better off without this key when dealing with young learners!
Num Lock Key
The Num Lock key, when turned on, allows the 10-Key keypad to be used for inputting numbers. When turned off, the numeric keypad serves for other functions (Page Up/Down, Arrows, Home/End). This toggle key has been removed so that young learners do not get confused when keys don't work the way they expect them to. The 10-Key keypad is now only used to input numbers.
Scroll Lock Key
The Scroll Lock key is meant to lock all scrolling, although it is not used in most modern-day software. This key was removed to allow for a cleaner, more simplified keyboard design.
In modern usage, this key no longer has a well-defined purpose. It was removed to simplify the keyboard.