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Keyboarding: A Critical Literacy Skill

How often do you use a computer during the day to communicate a thought or a message? It is probably more often than you realize. From personal computers, to laptops, to tablets, computers are everywhere. Today’s productivity requires excellent keyboarding skills. While most children and adults can learn to hunt and peck on their own, real typing speed depends on proper technique. Speed is important because a young person should learn how to think and compose at the keyboard.

Efficient keyboarding and computer operation is a necessary and critical skill for the majority of occupations. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, ninety-six percent of ALL jobs require effective keyboarding skills. Keyboarding is an expected tool for communication throughout one’s life. It is a skill that is considered as important as being able to print and write well. Now is the time to perfect your keyboarding skills.

 Keyboarding is a critical literacy skill!
It ranks with reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking.

In Utah schools, keyboarding is taught beginning in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. Students learn touch keyboarding techniques, correct fingering, speed and accuracy, and composing at the keyboarding.

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.

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 45 words per minute by the end of 8th grade.

Grades 9-12

  • Students will exhibit keyboarding competency in other curriculum areas.
  • Students will successfully complete the Computer Technology graduation requirement. (In order to successfully pass this class a student must know how to keyboard correctly.)

Learning proper keyboarding techniques early will prevent you from developing bad habits that are very hard to break. Students who key correctly demonstrate improved language arts skills, can compose faster, produce documents with a neater appearance, and have higher self-esteem.

Students, talk to your school counselor to register for a keyboarding class and plan now to prepare yourself for skills needed now and in the future.

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