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2.C Demonstrate touch keyboarding techniques for operating the alphabetic,
numeric, punctuation, and symbol keys as grade-level appropriate.
"What's the use of having a machine capable of working at lightning
speed if the
information it needs trickles in like molasses in January?" (from
"The Most Crucial Computing Skill" by Erik Sandberg-Diment/ Science
Digest/ January/ 1984)
Print a paper copy of a keyboard for each student. Have students
color the keys according to which finger types on them. (Example:
4,5,R,T,F,G,V,B should all be the same color, because the left index
finger types them.) Outline the keys for homerow (ASDFJKL;) in a bright
color or with a marker.
Periodically, have students take out paper keyboards, and practice
the correct fingers to use for words or letters you dictate.
Be sure to "catch" students using correct keyboarding when it is their
turn at the computer!
3D Mazes in Java
Students will use arrow keys to navigate through maze.
Keyboarding Appendices from The Evergreen Curriculum, a project from
Great collection of activities to encourage students to use their
Suggestions for Organizing Keyboarding Classes
InfoWeb - Keyboarding - TOC
Simple keyboarding lessons for grades K-4.
Document (History of Typewriter)
History of typing and machine developments.
Source for unbreakable keyboarding covers.
Well-written rationale for teaching keyboarding.