After racing through the week with grades 4 through 6, I made a few improvements to the Workbook. You can now see how each of the two partners did on each day’s racing.
- Have documented evidence of your timed tests.
- Have your daily WPM and Accuracy recorded in the Workbook.
- Pin your exact position on your Google Earth map.
- Bring your laptop to the Race Marshall for verification. Your scores will be entered on the Official Score Board.
Check the Standings page for your class to see how your team is doing.
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:
- Complete 10 one minute typing tests with at least 95% accuracy. Click here for an example.
- Snip and add their wpm and accuracy scores from their online timed test data to their digital log book. Click here for an example.
- Add their wpm and accuracy scores to their digital workbook. Click here for an example.
- Pin their daily position on their team’s online Google Map
- Add snapshots from the trail to their digital journal and map
- “Drive” their vehicle along the trail for the distance they’ve typed
- Complete journal entries describing events of the day
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.
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.
Absolutely awesome performance by both Grade 4 teams today! They listened well during the pre-race briefing, they found their official shared map in their Google My Maps account, Wheels got daily data and passed it on to Mushers, Mushers entered data in the Excel workbook and passed the info on to the Leads who measured trail miles, Swings edited daily position pins, and Team dogs placed pins with pictures and text.
Great job, students!
The “second-ever in the history of the world” Iditarod typing race took place today at Eagle Academy Charter School. Today’s contestants were two teams of 6th graders.
The similarities between the racers’ positions and a real dog team were amazing.
- The Musher has to keep track of all of the team members, making sure that they are completing their tasks.
- The Wheel dogs are responsible for getting the team going on each new day’s run.
- The Team dogs keep track of all of the sights along the trail.
- The Swing dogs back up and assist the Leader
- The Lead dogs have to figure out where the trail is and how far the team is getting.
- The Race Marshal makes sure all of the rules are being followed and verifying official team positions.
The refinements I discussed yesterday made the process much smoother today. I made a new document for the Team Dogs: every one of them had their own Trail Log to keep track of the pins they created on the shared map.
We still had the issue of one person losing the trail map, and it didn’t reappear even with a different browser. Don’t know what to think about that.
Other changes: have the Swing Dogs be in charge of providing pictures and text to each day’s position pin. Make the text a journal entry of how their team performed.
The 5th and 6th graders have completed their typing tests in preparation for the race next week. After running the team-generating macros, this is how the teams compare:
Some of the students were not able to complete fourteen timed typing tests with a minimum 95% accuracy. This will result in a sharp decline in trail progress toward the end of the race.
After running a macro to populate the test scores on the Data sheets, it became evident that in both grades, one of the teams would arrive in Nome before the other. However, team progress will also be determined by the efficiency and accuracy with which the teams’ official online maps are completed.