I get more questions on teaching keyboarding than any other topic. I’ve posted many columns on it…
- 20 Best Keyboarding Websites
- Keyboarding Starts Here
- Ten Best Keyboarding Hints You’ll Ever See
- #102: 23 Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts
- 5 Best Online Keyboarding Programs
- 4 FREE Online Keyboarding Programs for K, 1
- Yes, You Should Assign Keyboarding Homework
…but I thought I’d summarize for you how I do it and then get your routine.
My keyboarding curriculum is all home work. Students type ten minutes a week, forty minutes a month as homework using either TTL4, Dance Mat Typing or Typing Web. Occasionally in class, we go to Test Your Typing and check on speed and accuracy. I use a blank keyboard as an ungraded quiz so students can gauge their own progress in remembering where keys are (students work in groups of three, sitting away from the keyboards, and fill in as many keys as they can remember. My best score so far is 66/72 and that from an eighth grade geek).
I also have wall charts of student progress based on TTL4’s teacher access and a wall chart of class ‘speedsters’—those students who have met or exceeded grade level standards for keyboarding. Once a trimester, we take a speed/accuracy quiz to check progress. Those who meet the grade level standard get a Free Dress pass (we wear uniforms at school).
My grade level requirements are:
K-2 introduce, learn which hand to use and start to understand which finger
3rd 15 wpm
4th 25 wpm
5th 30 wpm
6th 35 wpm
7th 40 wpm
8th 45 wpm
What do you do to get students comfortable in the use of the keyboard? What works best? What standards do you work toward?