Canyons School District Keyboarding Program
What does keyboarding look like in the Canyons School District?
Teachers will introduce basic concepts of keyboarding to their students. Basic concepts include the location of letters on the keyboard, proper posture when sitting at the computer, and proper home row hand position. Students are not expected to be fluent at keyboarding at this age, but they should understand that there is a proper way to type. Teachers should help students avoid developing bad habits. Students should be able to use the keyboard to enter simple words like their name.
Every class will use the Keyboard Chatter program for 20 consecutive days, 30 minutes per day, at the beginning of the school year to establish good keyboarding technique. After the initial 20 days of instruction, teachers will provide follow-up keyboarding instruction at least 10 minutes once a week for the remainder of the school year.
Every student will be enrolled in keyboarding all year. Sixth-grade keyboarding teachers will use the Keyboard Craze program for instruction and the Keyboard Mastery program for online drills and testing. All 6th grade keyboarding teachers should earn their USOE Elementary or Secondary Keyboarding Endorsement. The Keyboard Connection curriculum is also available for 6th grade teachers if they feel their students are ready for it.
Middle school principals may choose between one of two 6th grade keyboarding models:
Middle school principals will decide which, if any, keyboarding courses will be available for students in grades 7-8. All 7th and 8th grade keyboarding teachers should earn their Secondary Keyboarding Endorsement by completing an approved USOE Keyboarding Endorsement plan.
Under the direction of their principal, and with help from their Educational Technology Specialist, each teacher in grades 3-5 should use the Elementary Keyboarding Instruction course on Canvas to train on how to teach keyboarding in the classroom. Talk to your school's Ed Tech specialist if you need to be added to the course or if you need additional training. This course does not replace the USBE Keyboarding Endorsement class required for all 6th grade keyboarding instructors. A Canvas course for 6th grade keyboarding teachers is coming soon.
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