One crucial skill for digital natives is keyboarding. Techie homeschoolers need to know who to type efficiently, not only to create words but also to navigate around their documents and online. That's where all those extra keys on a keyboard come in. F-keys, Tab, CTRL, ALT. Have you or your kids ever wondered what all those extra keys are for they are all for? [RELATED POST: What Homeschoolers Don't Know (& what they need)]
CTRL (stands for “Control key”) is a common key I use, and one that I make sure my kids are familiar with. It can be used in conjunction with other keys to perform special operations.
COMMON CTRL KEY FUNCTIONS
CTRL+A: select all
CTRL+arrow: move through words
CTRL+G: find next search result
CTRl+L (or E): go to search box / Omnibox
CTRL+T: new browser tab
CTRL+N: new window
CTRL + number: open that numbered tab
CTRL+R: refresh webpage
In this video, I show you how to put these shortcuts into action.
There are lots more things you can do with the CTRL key, but this list will get you and your homeschoolers started towards a more tech savvy life.
How about you? What keyboard tricks do you use?