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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.

Making 2016-2017 the Best Ever…!

Okay, so, I’ve had to ask myself, “Why do you not have assigned seats in the computer lab?”

After 6 years of open seating, I’ve finally realized that I was losing the first part of every class while the students had to work out which computer workstation they were going to use and who they were going to sit by. It was stressful for them, and stressful for me, and of course for any sub I’d have in the room.

So I turned assigned seating into cooperative squads of four students each.  Each position has a job in the group as follows:

  • Supervisor: Makes sure the other students on the squad are staying on track and completing the assignments
  • Supplier: Retrieves and stores squad flash drives and headphones from the class storage bins.
  • Recorder: Makes sure everyone is filling out the Daily Technology Performance Report. Records daily totals on a team-editable Google Sheet.
  • Paperwork: Hands out Daily Technology Performance Reports, collects them at the end of class, staples them in numeric order, and turns them in the the teacher when their squad has finished Closure procedures.

My objective is to provide a more structured environment and basis for developing better cooperative learning skills.

Idita-Type™: WPM, Team Strength, and Winners

The strength of the student teams is based on the average wpm of each member of the team (see Team Profiles).  If this were the only factor in the race, then the outcome would be settled before the race even started. The table and chart below show data from the 2016 keyboarding tests and how that affects trail position relative to the other teams.

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How Team WPM Affects Race Rankings

The cooperative teams must complete all of their required tasks before trail advancement is awarded. This enables all teams to have a chance to win based on the efficiency that they complete those tasks.