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Now Available: K-8 Keyboard Curriculum

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A keyboard curriculum for K-8

K-8 Keyboard Curriculum:

The Essential Guide to Teaching Keyboarding in 45 Minutes a Week

You may think it impossible to find an effective keyboarding curriculum for the skimpy forty-five minutes a week you can devote to keyboarding. You teach what you can, but it always seems to be the same lessons—hands on home row, good posture, eyes on the copy. You wonder if it’s making a difference, or if it matters.

Yes, it does and there is a way. It requires a plan, faithfully executed, with your eye relentlessly on the goal, but if you commit, it works. In this book, The Essential Guide to Teaching Keyboarding in 45 Minutes a Week: a K-8 Curriculum, I’ll share a unique keyboarding curriculum for K-8 that I’ve seen work on thousands of students. The book includes:

  • A summary of the literature
  • Answers to the most-asked questions like ‘Can youngers learn to keyboard—and should they?’
  • The importance of the teacher to early keyboarders

The K-8 curriculum includes a lot more variety than keyboard exercises on installed software.  Here’s a rundown of the pieces used:

  • Keyboarding software (yes, you do need repetition)
  • Online keyboarding websites
  • Age-appropriate use of hand covers
  • Quarterly speed/accuracy quizzes
  • Quarterly blank keyboarding quizzes
  • Monthly homework
  • Wall charts to support learning and display evidence of success
  • Grading based on student improvement, not conformity to class norms

You’ll learn practical strategies on how to blend these pieces, each added at the right time, to teach the keyboarding skills required for today’s classroom.

Each lesson includes:

  • Overview
  • Objectives and steps
  • Best Practices
  • Extensions
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Where to get lesson help

When will it be shipped?

Digital:  within 24 hours
Print:     7-9 days


Digital:  $20.95
Print:     $29.95
Print/Digital combo:   $45.81

Need more information? Click here.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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6 thoughts on “Now Available: K-8 Keyboard Curriculum

    • Hi Karen. This curriculum is different from any other curriculum you’ve used because it isn’t just one website or software. It uses a mixture of online/installed software/games/homework and more to provide an authentic experience that keeps students interested and motivated. You can use any software your school has (like TTL or Mavis Beacon) for that part of the curriculum. Then, integrate the keyboard websites and different activities for the rest of the time.

      • Absolutely. That’s the beauty of this curriculum. You can use purchased software such as TTL, but just as easily use online programs like Typing Web. It mixes up drills with games, exercises, quizzes, and more so students never get bored, always challenged.

  1. You say that digital version is only $20.95 but I haven’t found it to purchase at that price. Can you please direct me to where to purchase it? Thanks.

    • Hi Kimberly–this article is two years old. The PDF is still available at slightly more here. If you have the print version, you can get a discounted PDF for $18.95 here (requires proof of purchase).

      One more thought: If you subscribe to the newsletter (click here and scroll down to the bottom left), you get 10% off your next purchase, which would also save you money.

      BTW, I’ve moved this website to You’ll find lots more up-to-date information there.

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