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Students learn a basic lesson in elementary computer keyboarding.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO KEYBOARDING

 

An introductory keyboarding teaching lesson with practice drills.

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn the basic typing position, and practice key stroking, spacing and return.

  • Students will learn to operate the home row letter keys and the basic service keys by touch.

Appropriate Grade Levels:

5th - 12th Grade

 

KEYBOARDING INTRODUCTION LESSON PLAN

 

Material:

  • 1. Computer keyboards 1 per student.

  • 2. Wall chart showing keys and fingerings of the keyboard (see below)

  • 3. Paper to tape on the keyboards over the hands of each student.

 

Procedure:

Teachers: discuss with the students the useful skill of keyboarding. How well they learn depends on their interest, their effort and their ability to follow directions.

 

Improvement should be their goal of each practice session.

 

 

The Typing Position - Technique and Posture:

  • Eyes on copy

  • Fingers curved and upright

  • Wrists low

  • Forearms slanted with keyboard

  • Sit back in chair, back straight

  • Feet on floor

 

The Home Row

Have students place their fingers in the home row position.

 

Position fingers of the left hand on asdf and the right fingers on jkl;. Remember: fingers should be curved, relaxed, and upright. Thumbs should be placed on the space bar.

 

Show students where the <return> or <enter> key is located practice reaching this key with right pinky finger.

 

Go to Printable Finger Chart

 

 

 

 

Lesson Printable Materials - Worksheets

Print out the lessons and keyboarding worksheets for use with this keyboarding lesson plan:

 

Teachers: let students follow your voice to the following drills and punch a key for each letter you say (or, print the worksheet and let them follow themselves). Make sure the class is together in rhythm - striking keys with quick, sharp strokes.

 

Repeat as necessary, speeding up each time. Accuracy, not speed, is the main goal for beginners. After a few practice sessions, tape paper over student's hands so they can't look at the keyboard.

 

KEYBOARDING INTRO PRACTICE DRILL

 

Keyboarding Introduction Drill Worksheet

Keyboarding practice drill worksheet.

KEYBOARDING FINGER CHART

Keyboarding Finger Chart

A printable keyboarding finger chart.

   
 

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