Grade 6 Team 1 taking a break on the side of the trail,
The IditaType photographers are going to refine their composition skills, editing, and green screen techniques.
The winner of the real Iditarod Sled Dog Race is the first team to Nome. Since each team leaves the starting line at different times, the staggered start is equalized by corrections elsewhere on the trail.
The IditaType™ Race teams likewise do not start at the same time; they don’t even start on the same day. Additionally, due to holidays and other schedule disruptions, grade levels may not have the same number of class meeting each week.
To equalize the differences, the Race Marshall will log actual time spent working by each team with the Racing Time Google sheet shown above. In this way, the shortest elapsed time working among all the grade levels will determine the first team to Nome.
Your most efficient implementation of this project is for me to provide all the daily trail positions for your typing test data.
The project is scalable, so teachers can start with the basics; the 14 one-minute typing tests through typing.com. Teachers create an account (free), then add their students to the class.
Teachers establish minimum accuracy standards. Students have to have 14 tests at or above the standard. I use 90% accuracy for my 3rd through 6th grade classes.
Students do all the tests in one class session. Teachers export the results from the Reports page and email the file to me. I’ll run the data through my macros and build two evenly matched teams, then turn their tests into 14 days of Iditarod trail progress. I’ll return the results as PDF’s and they can take it from there, as much as they are comfortable with. I’ll charge a nominal fee, say a buck per student.
I allowed two teams to swap one wheel dog after being approached by a student with the request due to a personality conflict with the musher. It was OK’d by both mushers, but objected to by the other wheel dog.
After crunching the numbers, it turned out that the deal would make the two teams more evenly matched, so by a meeting with all parties involved, I informed the reluctant fellow that he’d been traded. In the end, he was impressed that his numbers made such a big difference to the new team.