Where to Find Keyboarding Lesson Plans and Tutorials
Finding online lesson plans and tutorials for keyboarding is a great way for teachers to save time and engage students in the classroom. Here are a few resources that can be used to teach beginner and advanced keyboarders finger placement, speed, and accuracy:
Teachers.net – The Teachers.net site provides 36 keyboarding lesson plans for students of all ages. The lesson plans range from beginner to advanced.
Learn Keyboard Typing – Learn Keyboard Typing offers step-by-step instruction to help students increase keyboarding skills. This four-lesson tutorial provides demos, tips on finger placement, and a practice area.
Keyboarding & Applications– This instructional site from Tayna Skinner’s Business Education Lesson Plans features lesson plans and activities, keyboarding educational links, and typing tutors for students of all ages.
TestMyTyping.com – TestMyTyping.com offers a fun and easy typing tutorial for improving typing speed. The tutorial features 10 lessons which can be used by beginner and advanced typists.
MrKent’s Typing Tutor – MrKent’s Typing Tutor is an interactive tutorial for learning the placement of keys without having to actually look at the keys. The tutorial features 14 learning lessons in all.
Education World– This open source lesson plan site features a Primary Keyboarding Skills section for grades K-2. The lessons in this section introduce younger students to the home row of keys by using phrases that correlate to the letters on the keys.
Utah Education Network – The Utah Education Network offers keyboarding lesson plans designed for grades 6-9. The lesson plans can be used to improve accuracy, speed, and finger placement.
Glencoe’s Online Keyboarding– This online interactive keyboarding tutorial features 16 keyboarding lessons as well as tips for improving finger placement.
Nail It Now – Nail It Now provides a fun, four-lesson tutorial for elementary school children. The objective is for children to learn and understand key positions as well as finger placement.
Typing Games and Lessons – This keyboarding site provides free online tutorials and lessons for improving typing skills and speed.
Typing Tutor – Typing Tutor is a Java typing tutor/game that can be used to practice keyboarding skills.
MoneyInstructor.com – MoneyInstuctor.com provides lessons, typing worksheets, exercises, and finger charts for keyboarding students and teachers.
TeAchnology – This online teaching resource provides several lesson plans designed to improve keyboarding skills. Teachers can also find rubrics and worksheets for beginner to advanced keyboarders.
Lesson Plans– This keyboarding lesson plan from Lesson Plans improves speed and accuracy through group drills. This is a fun way for 5th through 12th graders to improve typing skills.
Computer Training Tutorials – The Computer Training Tutorials site offers an interactive tutorial for beginning keyboarders. This tutorial gives explanations of the keys and provides a practice area to test skills.
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Keyboarding Practice Materials
Students, parents and teachers need to understand how important practice is to developing keyboarding skill. Just like learning to play an instrument or master any skill, practice is key. You wouldn't expect to develop as a pianist by only taking one lesson a week. Just like playing the piano, to become proficient at keyboarding takes daily practice.
In most elementary settings, students are exposed to keyboarding in the computer lab one or two times per week after the initial keyboarding instruction offered through Keyboard Chatter is completed. Practicing keyboarding at home can greatly improve keyboarding skill and retention. Practice does not have to be for a long period of time, in fact, 10 minutes of keyboarding 4 nights per week will greatly improve a student's keyboarding skill.
Keyboarding practice is most productive when a student uses correct technique. Your student should be comfortable sitting straight, centered in front of the keyboard, striking keys with correct fingers and not looking at hands. For a review of correct technique, click here.
Practice materials can be from a variety of sources. Students can practice their keyboarding while keying their spelling words, composing at the keyboard, completing assignments or doing drills. Below are some drills that students can use to practice at home. Additional keyboarding practice materials can be found on your school lab manager web page.
Finger Families in Review--can be used as students learn Keyboard Chatter finger families as well as after Keyboard Chatter instruction is finished to reinforce skill.
Keyboarding Practice Drills--a variety of drills covering numerous topics. Use these drills after Keyboard Chatter instruction is completed and students know the alphabetic keys by touch. Drills use a fillable form format. Key the word in the blank, then tab to the next word. Drills can be used over and over again for practice. Have fun!