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2018 Iron Type Rider

The Iron Type Rider race is a keyboarding speed and accuracy race based on the Iron Dog snowmachine race.

Student typist teams of two complete words-per-minute typing tests that are converted into distance travelled along a trail.

The Iron Dog race starts at Big Lake, Alaska and goes northwest to Nome, then back eastward to Fairbanks.

The Iron Type Rider race follows the same trail.

After all lessons and preparations are made, the racing portion of The Iron Type Rider race occurs over four class days. On each class day, each team will have 60 minutes to:

  1. Complete 10 one minute typing tests with at least 95% accuracy. Click here for an example.
  2. Snip and add their wpm and accuracy scores from their online timed test data to their digital log book.  Click here for an example.
  3. Add their wpm and accuracy scores to their digital workbook. Click here for an example.
  4. Pin their daily position on their team’s online Google Map
  5. Add snapshots from the trail to their digital journal and map
  6. “Drive” their vehicle along the trail for the distance they’ve typed
  7. Complete journal entries describing events of the day
Racing toward Rainy Pass, reaching speeds over 150mph.

Using “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” as a template

Grades 4 through 6 have been learning how to use Microsoft Word and Google Docs by studying Robert Frost’s famous poem in a table format, one stanza per cell with observations and comments in the right-hand column.

Most students have to finish the project for homework, but some do not have access to Microsoft Word at home. The solution for those students is simply to copy and paste their content into ASD Google Docs.

Once the students have finished the analytical steps, they have to write their own version. Here’s a line-by-line example and a finished example below.

IditaType™ Folders: Organizing and Using Hard-Copy Documents

The Documents Folders

Musher’s Folder

  1. Team Member Positions & Dog Names
  2. Photos of Team Member Masks & Names
  3. Checkpoints Table
  4. Checkpoint Research Assignments
  5. Checkpoint Research
  6. Musher’s Daily Numbers

Trail Log Folder

  1. Checkpoint Table
  2. Daily Trail Log

Daily Numbers Folder

  1. Checkpoint Table
  2. Daily Trail Numbers

How & Why

  1. Catalyzing Teamwork
  2. Organizing Chaos
  3. Minimizing Copy-Paste
  4. Reinforcing Accountability