An Overview of Keyboarding at Winnona Park
In kindergarten, we begin with keyboarding programs/websites that introduce students to the alphabet on the keyboard. The prevelance of touchscreen computers has made this a more important focus over the past few years. Students also learn to identify utility keys such as the spacebar, return and backspace keys.
In first grade, students begin to practice two-handed keyboarding techniques while also
learning more about the other workings of the keyboard - upper/lower case, basic
punctuation, space bar, and delete. They practice using the left and right side of the keyboard, as well as
starting to use the home row keys.
In second grade, students are introduced to a formal keyboarding program called
"Typing Club." Students have their own login and proceed through a series of steps to
learn the location of the keys on the keyboard. They are encouraged to practice at home if a family
member is able to supervise. The most important part of this type of program is for the
student to develop the proper technique which includes: keeping hands in the correct
position - curved and on the home row, sitting straight in the chair with both feet on, or towards, the floor, keeping the
eyes on the screen. No pecking like chickens !!! Keyboarding is still considered a developing skill in second grade, and is not developmentally appropriate for all students.
If you have any questions, I can be found in the media center or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sit up straight, face the computer
- Eyes should be on the screen
- Correct fingering with both hands; thumbs on space bar; hands should be straight. No pecking !!!!
Please check the grade level link to the left to see what your student has been introduced in the media center.
1. Typing Club - Students in second grade have their own logins to this
website - https://csdecatur.typingclub.com/. They can also access the link from the
Winnona Park Website by clicking on their grade level.
Username: lunch number
2. Keyboard Climber- Students used this website in the media center and are welcome to continue practicing at home.
Learning Targets for Keyboarding
I can find the letters of the alphabet on the keyboard.
I can use the "return/enter" key
I can find all the letters of the alphabet on the keyboard.
I can type using both hands.
I can use the delete and return/enter keys
I can identify the homerow keys.
I can type using the homerow.
I can sit straight and keep my eyes on the screen.
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