Keyboarding

Overview

Mission

The mission of K-12 Keyboarding is for all Utah students to possess keyboarding proficiency by 5th grade and improve their speed throughout their secondary education. Proper keyboarding instruction begins before 3rd grade and is reviewed in each succeeding grade to allow students to achieve a high degree of proficiency. Students are assessed for keyboarding competence in elementary and secondary keyboarding programs. 

Critical Literacy Skill

To graduate, students must complete a Digital Literacy class in high school. In order to successfully pass this class, a student must know how to keyboard proficiently and accurately.

Today, efficient keyboard and computer operation is a necessary and critical skill for the majority of occupations. Keyboarding is an expected tool for communication throughout one's life.

With the widespread use of computers in schools and homes, keyboarding instruction has moved to the elementary grades. Younger children are becoming fluent computer users. It is important for them to learn proper keyboarding techniques early so they do not develop bad habits that are very hard to break.

Career Preparation

Ninety-six percent of all jobs require effective keyboarding skills.

Calendar 

Keyboarding Methods Workshop

This is a 2-day workshop intended for teachers who need an "Elementary/Secondary Keyboarding" or "Business and Marketing Education 6-8" endorsement:

  • The cost is $60 + processing fee.
  • Lunch is not provided.

Fall Keyboarding Methods, 2 Days
October 5-6, 2018
Utah Valley University, North Valley Campus, Lehi, Utah
Register Online

Spring Keyboarding Methods, 2 Days
Date and Location to Be Announced

If you have any questions, please contact:

Susan Loamanu
Support Staff 
Keyboarding and Digital Literacy 
Phone: (801) 538-7662 | E-mail

Courses

Keyboarding Standards for Students

It is recommended that in addition to the standards and performance indicators, keyboarding first be taught as a concentrated unit in third grade and reviewed in each succeeding grade to allow students to achieve a high degree of proficiency. Students will be assessed during the spring of their 5th grade year. The assessment will be a timed typing test of high frequency words and results will be submitted to the state Keyboarding specialist.

Grades K-2

  • Students will be introduced to touch keyboarding techniques and correct fingering. 
  • Mouse-driven software is recommended for K-2 students. 

Grades 3-5

  • Students will learn touch keyboarding techniques, with emphasis on correct fingering.
  • Students will achieve a minimum of 25 words per minute by the end of 5th grade.

3rd Grade Standards and Objectives
The student will demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques, use correct fingering while keying the introduced keys, key accurately from dictation and printed copy, and demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques with minimum speed and accuracy on 30-second timed writings.

4th Grade Standards and Objectives
The student will demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques while increasing speed and maintaining accuracy. The student will achieve minimum keyboarding competency on 30-second timed-writings: key at a minimum speed of 20 words per minute (WPM) on at least three 30-second timings, key at 3 or fewer errors on 30-second timings, and key without using the backspace/delete key on timings.

5th Grade Standards and Objectives
The student will demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques while increasing speed and maintaining accuracy. The student will achieve minimum keyboarding competency on one-minute timed-writings: key at a minimum speed of 25 words per minute (WPM) on at least three one-minute timings, key at 2 or fewer errors on one-minute timings, and key without using the backspace/delete key on timings.

Grades 6-8: 

  • Students will use proper touch keyboarding techniques. 
  • Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of basic word processing functions and
    proofreading. 
  • Students will develop composing skills at the keyboard. 
  • Students will achieve a minimum of 35 words per minute by the end of 8th grade. 

6th Grade Standards and Objectives
The student will demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques while increasing speed and maintaining accuracy, use the computer 10-key pad, and be able to identify and use proofreader's marks. 

Keyboarding 1 Strands and Standards, (7-9) - 32.02.00.00.300
In the beginning semester keyboarding course, the student will master touch operation on a computer keyboard. Correct fingering by touch and good techniques will receive primary emphasis; speed and accuracy will be given secondary emphasis. The fourth row numbers and symbols and 10-key pad will also be taught. The student will use basic word processing functions on a variety of document types. 

Keyboarding Applications Strands and Standards, (7-12) - 32.02.00.00.310
This 7-12 grade course is designed to increase student keyboarding skill through drill practice and reinforcement of correct techniques. Students will use word processing software to create, format, and edit personal and business documents.

Grades 9-12: 

  • Students will exhibit keyboarding competency in other curriculum areas. 
  • Students will successfully complete the Digital Studies graduation requirement. 

Educator Licensing

Elementary Keyboarding 

Endorsement/SAEP Application

Note: Please complete interactive PDF form electronically. Once completed, print and send in form as outlined in application instructions. 

General Information: 

  • The Elementary Keyboarding Endorsement attaches to Elementary and Secondary Licenses. 
  • The Elementary Keyboarding Endorsement authorizes the instructor to teach 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade keyboarding. 

Minimum Endorsement Requirements:

  • Existing Elementary or Secondary Education License, and 
  • Transcripts showing the following two (2) credits completed:
    1. Keyboarding Methodology Course
    2. Word Processing Course or Industry Certification

Secondary Keyboarding 

Endorsement/SAEP Application

Note: Please complete interactive PDF form electronically. Once completed, print and send in form as outlined in application instructions. 

General Information: 

  • The Secondary Keyboarding Endorsement attaches to a Secondary License only. 
  • The Secondary Keyboarding Endorsement authorizes the instructor to teach Keyboarding I and Word Processing. 

Minimum Endorsement Requirements: 

  • Existing Secondary Education License, and 
  • Transcripts showing seven (7) semester computer credits completed. At least two (2) credits completed must be the following:
    1. Keyboarding Methodology Course
    2. Word Processing Course or Industry Certification

Keyboarding Competency Assessment

Overview

In Grade 5, students will have the opportunity to take a one-minute pretest and posttest to show keyboarding competency. Students should be graded on technique mastery:

Mastery (M):  The student knows the keys and keys correctly by touch.
Partial Mastery (P):  The student looks at the keys some of the time.
Minimal Mastery (L):  The student depends on looking at the key all the time.

Testing

Students will type from a document that is age appropriate, at the student’s reading level (Lexile score), and typing with 85%, 90%, or 95% high-frequency words (HFW). A student with a high Lexile score (higher than grade level) should use a time writing with 85% HFW. A student at grade level Lexile score should use a timed writing with 90% HFW. A student with a low Lexile score (below grade level) should use a timed writing with 95% HFW. You may use any of the timed writing assessments found below or you may use a timed writing of your choice if it meets the requirements mentioned above. The timed writings should only be used for the pretest and posttest. The timed writing should not be a document a student uses throughout the school year to learn keyboarding.

Scoring

Students may use a typing program (i.e. MicroType, MicroPace Pro, Keyboarding Online, EduTyping, UltraKey6, etc.) or you can manually figure scores for each timed writing with the ones provided.

Calculate Net Words Per Minute with Errors Manually

Count all typed entries and divide by five to get the Gross Words Per Minute (WPM).

Example:  If you typed 200 words in 1 minute, your gross wpm typing speed would be 40 GWPM.

Gross WPM = (All Words Typed/5)/(Time (min))
40 Gross WPM = (200/5)/1

Once you find Gross WPM (GWPM) you can find Net WPM (NWPM).

Example:  If the students typed 40 GWPM and had 3 errors, the students final score would be 37 NWPM.

Net WPM = Gross WPM - (# of Errors)/(Time (min))
37 Net WPM = 40 GWPM - 3/1

 

Keyboarding Timed Writings

Links                    

To graduate, students must complete a computer technology class in high school. In order to successfully pass this class, a student must know how to keyboard correctly. 

Resources 

Education World
View archived keyboarding related articles. 

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and higher education.

Software and Textbooks 

State-Approved Instructional Materials 

It is the purpose of Utah State Instructional Materials Commission to determine, which instructional materials may be adopted for use in Utah schools. This helps to ensure that materials used are the best available and to eliminate inferior or undesirable material. 

Instructional materials mean textbooks or materials used as, or in place of, textbooks and which may be used within the state curriculum framework for courses of study by students in public schools to include: textbooks, workbooks, computer software, online or Internet courses, DVDs and multiple forms of communication media. These materials shall be designed for student use, may be accompanied by or contain teaching guides and study helps, and shall appear on Utah's online Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS) searchable database of recommended instructional materials. 

Recommended Instructional Materials System Database

All elementary and secondary Keyboarding instructional materials can be searched for by clicking on RIMS Database link. Follow the instructions as outlined below: 

Step 1: Search by Subject 
CTE/Business Education 

Step 2: Search by Category 
Business Management and Admin Services 

Step 3: Search by Course 
Elementary Keyboarding or Keyboarding I or Keyboarding Applications 

A list of state-approved materials for the course you selected will appear by publisher. Specific information may be viewed by clicking on a specific title.

Technique 

Keyboarding Technique Rating Levels 

Mastery: The student knows the keys and keys by touch. 

Near Mastery: With more practice, the student will key by touch.

Partial Mastery: The student looks at the keys most of the time. 

Minimal Mastery: The student is dependent on looking at the keys. 

Correct Technique Criteria: 

  1. Eyes on copy or screen, not on keys.
  2. Fingers curved and oriented to home row.
  3. Correct fingers used for keystrokes.
  4. Key with smooth rhythm and quiet hands.
  5. Forearms parallel to slant of keyboard with wrists low, but not resting on any surface.
  6. Proper sitting posture, body centered with feet providing balance and elbows naturally at sides.