Why Keyboarding in Elementary School

Keyboarding is an essential computer literacy skill. We cannot create an educational environment that requires keyboarding skills and not TEACH keyboarding to students. Davis School District supports and encourages keyboarding as a key computer technology core subject with formal keyboarding instruction beginning in the 3rd grade.  Our goal is for all Davis School District students to key by touch using correct technique and meet end of level benchmarks when they leave elementary school. 

At the elementary level, keyboarding components are taught as early as kindergarten. These include left/right hand identification, letter and number recognition, home row keys, proper posture and finger movement. In 3rd grade, students receive instruction in the EduTyping curriculum learning to key by touch. In the upper grades, keying by touch is reinforced as students practice their skills. Skill is assessed and progress tracked toward achieving benchmark scores. Keyboarding Standards and Objectives are followed in each grade level. 

Just as learning to play an instrument takes daily practice, learning to keyboard also requires students to practice. EduTyping is a web-based program that students can log into and practice from anywhere they have an Internet connection. Other resources for practice are available on the internet as well.