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2 Keyboarding—A Basic Literacy Skill Presented by Nadine Bunnell, Keyboarding Specialist Utah State Office of Education

3 Basic Literacy Skills? Reading Writing Thinking Speaking Listening Keyboarding “Communicating Efficiently”

4 “Research continually demonstrates (e.g., Odell & Goswami, 1983) that the average job requires workers to spend 70 percent of their time productively reading, writing, speaking, and listening.” Language Arts Core Literacy Skills

5 “If thinking is added to the list, the figure will approach 100% in some occupations.” Language Arts Core Literacy Skills

6 “ Obviously, the most important career preparation we can give students is to develop these [literacy] skills. ” Language Arts Core Literacy Skills

7 Phase 1:Students learn the nature of the task. Phase 2:Students improve through repetition. Learning Phases of Literacy Phase 3:Students increase in response stability, accuracy, and spontaneity of responses.

8 ‘Automatic’ (see then do). Based on: Instant Letter Recognition Instant Word Recognition Developed through appropriate and purposeful practice. Taught best through direct instruction. Literacy Skills are:

9 Keyboarding: Basic Literacy Skill

10 Keyboarding: Life-Long Skill 96% What percentage of jobs require effective keyboarding skills?

11 People who used to find “hunt and peck” keyboarding sufficient realize that it doesn’t make much sense to have a computer with lightning speed if the information inputted into the machine trickles in like molasses in January. Sandberg-Diment, 1984 Keyboarding: Life-Long Skill

12 Keyboarding is a cumulative skill – what can be effectively learned at one level depends heavily upon what has been learned earlier. If hunt ‘n peck habits become ingrained, it becomes much more difficult to develop a competent keyboarding skill. You need that basic foundation early on. Deseret News, April 5, 1999 Keyboarding: Life-Long Skill

13 Educational Technology Core 3 rd – 5 th Grade Band “It is recommended that in addition to the standards and performance indicators, keyboarding first be taught as a concentrated unit in 3rd Grade and reviewed in each succeeding grade to allow students to achieve a high degree of proficiency …”

14 “…Students will be assessed during the spring of their 5 th Grade year. The assess- ment will include a keyboarding skill test, a technology literacy self-assessment, and the inclusion of at least two pieces of student work in an electronic portfolio.” Educational Technology Core 5 th Grade Assessment

15 Keyboarding enhances all other communication skills! Keyboarding is not only a life- long literacy skill…

16 “Not only can elementary students learn to type, but those who do type improve their language arts skills.” Wood & Freeman, 1931 Erickson, 1959 Keyboarding Enhances Literacy

17 “Keyboarding facilitates skill development in writing, spelling and grammar… Keyboarding Enhances Literacy “Students who can keyboard are not only faster but also more imaginative. They are free to think about composing text or copying material rather than constantly trying to find their place.” Erickson, 1959

18 “Students who key correctly: Demonstrate improved language arts skills. Can compose faster, Produce documents with a neater appearance, and Have higher self esteem.” Keyboarding Enhances Literacy

19 “In just three short months of keyboarding twice a week a teacher in the Salt Lake City elementary schools noticed benefits. She reported that ‘the kids are more careful about the beginnings and endings of their sentences.’” Salt Lake Tribune December 1983 Keyboarding Enhances Literacy

20 “They recognize structure better and pay more attention to details.” In addition, she found that the keyboarding program instilled her students with confidence in using a micro- computer.” Salt Lake Tribune December 1983 Keyboarding Enhances Literacy

21 Language Arts & Keyboarding compliment each other and…can be taught simultaneously!

22 You would not sit a child down at a piano and use a software program to teach piano playing. Teacher Responsibilities

23 Similarly, children are taught to play sports with a coach and much guided practice. The coach provides motivation, reinforcement, and corrective action. Teacher Responsibilities

24 In learning any psychomotor skill, an essential component of the learning process is an active teacher who observes and evaluates the process of learning and provides feedback in the form of correctives (comments and demonstrations) to help the learner improve. Typewriting: Learning & Instruction Teacher Responsibilities

25 Progression of Learning Complete Teacher Guidance Teacher/Student Guidance Student Self- Guidance

26 The teacher is of paramount importance in guiding that practice! Teacher Responsibilities

27 It is the responsibility of all teachers to show that keyboarding skill is relevant in the lives of all students. KEYBOARDING — A Basic Literacy Skill

28 THE END For additional information on Utah’s Elementary Keyboarding Program, visit

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