Kinesthetic Lesson Plans for Computer Applications Students Blog Feature
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By: Sarah Layton on February 23rd, 2012

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Kinesthetic Lesson Plans for Computer Applications Students

Kinesthetic learners achieve the greatest success by learning through doing.

"Kinesthetic" specifically refers to physical activity, which could include everything from typing with proper posture to proper weightlifting technique. 

So how can you fit kinesthetic learning into your classroom? 

It's not easy, especially in a traditional classroom setting that's based on lectures, worksheets, and classroom discussions. 

Fortunately, computer applications classrooms have more tools at their disposal than the old-fashioned chalk-and-chalkboard style. 

These computer applications lessons will engage your students — even kinesthetic learners — to keep them focused as they learn.

1. Keyboarding from the Internet (Especially Games)

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Because computer applications lessons are inherently interactive, it's easy to find kinesthetic lessons that your students will love. 

The best place to start is keyboarding lessons. 

These lessons engage students with information on the screen, and they have to respond to the information by typing. 

This combination of reading and action is a great way to engage every student in your classroom — especially kinesthetic learners! 

It also helps that keyboarding is a skill based largely on muscle memory. So if a student in your class doesn't do well with information retention for tests and quizzes, they can still do well on keyboarding. 

Regardless of a student's age, that's a great feeling for them to discover. 

Overall, your kinesthetic learners can refine their typing skills for an entire class period without losing interest. The key is finding the most engaging medium possible. 

Most of the time, that means a game of some kind. 

Free typing games are all over the Internet, and you can probably find one that fits your classroom, grade level, and skill level with a little looking. 

Once you find it, get your students on board and start engaging those kinesthetic learners!

As your students earn their keyboarding skills, you can graduate to tougher topics — like computer application education. 

2. Google Applications from Business&ITCenter21

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Google Applications are quickly becoming some of the most computer lessons in the United States. 

They provide an alternative to Microsoft Office, and they don't cost a thing up front. 

All your students need to do is sign up for a Gmail account and they're ready to go! 

Once they're prepared to dig into Google Applications lessons, Business&ITCenter21 will walk them through instructions and requirements to show that they're proficient with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. 

This may sound similar to a textbook — but the lessons are designed to engage students with interactivity. 

That requires them to focus and react to prompts on-screen, much like a kinesthetic learner needs to do to remember a skill. 

The lessons include instructions like menu navigation, application input, and even presentation skills to round out your students' education. 

By the time they finish with Google Applications, they'll be able to use the world's cutting-edge word processor, spreadsheet organizer, and presentation software. 

That especially includes your kinesthetic learners who have had to read and react as they go through every lesson! 

3. Coding / Programming from the Internet

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When it comes to computer applications, there's nothing more engaging than coding

Still, it's important to note that this may not be action-oriented enough for kinesthetic learners to stay engaged long-term. 

That's because coding requires a lot of troubleshooting and editing to get right. 

But the beginning parts — learning how to write and build a computer application — are naturally engaging in the same way that learning to work with your hands is engaging. 

You learn by doing. 

That's the heart of kinesthetic learning, after all. Whether it's "doing" with a hammer or a keyboard, students still build skills by practicing them. 

This principle is also what makes coding education so perfect for students in general — not just kinesthetic learners. 

Unless someone personally doesn't feel a connection with the lesson material, there's almost a guarantee that they'll take to coding no matter how they learn best. 

(Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot you can do to make someone interested in material if it just doesn't work for them. But you have that in any classroom.)

With keyboarding, Google applications, and coding all in place, you have a strong curriculum that'll help kinesthetic learners understand your computer course. 

But there's still one big question -- where should you start your curriculum in the first place? 

Teach Your Kinesthetic Students with Business&ITCenter21

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Kinesthetic students learn by doing. 

If you want to reach them, a typical curriculum just won't cut it. 

The best place to start is a digital curriculum

Business&ITCenter21 is the ideal foundation for any computer applications course, especially when a classroom includes kinesthetic learners. 

Want to learn more? 

Check out a free video demo of Business&ITCenter21 for yourself!

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About Sarah Layton

Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care.