Keyboarding and Intro to Computer Applications

Once upon a time (not so very long ago), many students took a course called typing. They were taught the best method to type quickly, accurately, and with correct technique. Times have changed. Now students at very early ages are exposed to computers and smart phones and generally use the hunt-and-peck method of typing. One of the necessary skills needed to prepare students for the workplace of the future  is keyboarding.

Unfortunately, we concentrated on teaching students how to use computers to obtain and produce information, but we pay little attention to teaching them how to type on the keyboard quickly, accurately, and with correct technique. The ability to be proficient in using a keyboard has never been more important. Communicating via e-mail, live chats and forums has become one of the most efficient methods of sharing ideas and collaborating. For students that touch type, more time can be spent on the writing process instead of the mechanics of typing. They will be able to complete assignments, research and communicate  more quickly and effectively. With observations and guidance provided by me, students will learn proper posture and hand position, which will reduce possible painful injuries, while increasing speed and accuracy. Bad habits are hard to break and if your student currently “hunts and pecks”, learning to touch type may slow them down a little at the beginning; however, in a short period they will be typing 40 – 50 wpm or more. At best a “hunt and peck” typist will only be able to reach speeds of 25 wpm.

So, when do we teach it keyboarding? My research has shown that the best time to teach keyboarding is Middle School because it is at this age that our hands reach a size where we can successfully reach all keys while in the correct position. Why take a class with a tutor instead of independent study? I will be actively walking around in class coaching students in position and insuring they are learning to type by touch and not by sight.

We will also cover computer and internet safety and an introduction to basic computer applications.

Students will need to bring a computer to class. Each week we will focus on learning correct keyboarding and increasing speed and accuracy. The goal will be to increase each student’s speed. Students will compete with themselves through drills and games as they work to improve. This course will use an online computer program.

Class Homework requirements: 1-2 hours per week

Wednesday
Time: 9:00-10:30
Grades: 6
th-8th
Class Fee: $325
Supply fee: $40
Tutor: Kathy Ethridge

Thursday
Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 6
th-8th
Class Fee: $325
Supply fee: $40
Tutor: Kathy Ethridge

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, we will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet for abbreviated classes at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Half of tuition will be reimbursed for classes that do not meet in person, due to the shortened class period. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.