Computer Lab Keyboarding
Created by Mary Cockrill

ID #: 12315

Subject Area: Business and Technology
Grade Level: 5

Lesson Summary
This lesson will focus on enhancing the basic keyboarding skills that students were introduced to in 4th grade. These elements include: proper keyboarding sitting posture; locating correct finger position on homerow; space bar utilization; trying to \\\"not look\\\" at fingers when typing; and striving for increased accuracy and speed while typing.

Learning Objectives and Computer Functions
This lesson plan uses 5 objectives.

Objective 1: Students will practice proper keyboarding position.
Uses Non-Computer Tool to check their keyboard position

Objective 2: Students will be able to locate homerow.
Uses The Internet to position their fingers on homerow

Objective 3: Students will practice returning fingers to homerow.
Uses The Internet to do practice assignments in returning to homerow

Objective 4: Students will try to \\
Uses The Internet to look at keyboard on online program

Objective 5: Students will type quickly and accurately.
Uses The Internet to work on speed and accuracy

Problem Nature
Students will realize the advantages of learning to keyboard correctly, quickly, and accurately. If they don\\\'t learn this skill when they are young, they will have problems with assignments, work tasks, and leisure activities (such as email) as they get older.

Problem Data

Notes on Using Data
Students can choose their \\\"data level\\\"--that is, which level and stage they feel comfortable using on the online keyboarding program, \\\"Dance Mat\\\"--corresponding with their current level of keyboarding skills.

Problem Statement
Every student needs to to learn the proper keyboarding position, and increase their speed and accuracy, so they will be able to save much time and energy in their computer tasks in school now and later in high school, college and jobs. If the student does not learn the above, he/she will not have as much \\\"free time\\\" for extracurricular activities later in school and in life.

Data Manipulation
The learner used computers at beginner level

Integration Strategies
Students can think: How will I use keyboarding skills when I am in high school or college? How will I use these skills when I get a job?

Organization Strategies
Students can think: Which level should I start on the online program \\\"Dance Mat? Do I know how to put my fingers on homerow? Do I look at my fingers while typing?

Elaboration Strategies
Students can think: What will I gain if I work hard at proper keyboarding techniques?

Results Presentation

Students will print the last complete exercise they type when the lesson is drawing to a close and display them in \\\"collage form\\\" on a bulletin board.

Activities Before Using the Computer
Before using the computer, students will sit next to the \\\"partner\\\" they will type with for 10 minutes described earlier in the lesson.

Strategies to develop students' attitudes towards the problem, motivation, and overall mindfulness:
The students can use the \\\"think sheets\\\" to reason for themselves how this is actually going to make their lives easier--now and in the future in respect to proper keyboarding techniques that will increase their speed and accuracy.


Activities While Using the Computer
Students will work at the computer indiv

Group Information:
Students will type individually at their own \\\"pace\\\" for 45 minutes of the hour. For 10 minutes, the students will type with a partner on the same computer. One person will be the left hand on the computer, and one person will be the right hand on the computer. This is a fun exercise that really makes them think which hand \\\"does what\\\".


Activities After Using the Computer
After using the computer students can post their printed keyboarding sheet they completed, helping them remember actually what they have accomplished in their keyboarding skills thus far.

Supporting Activities
This is not applicable, as each student will be on a computer. But, I feel a good \\\"follow up\\\" activity to this lesson in a future lesson could involve doing library research and/or interviewing someone who uses keyboarding in his/her job. This could be done in \\\"pairs\\\" of students, so they could collaborate on the tasks at hand and present their findings in a word processing document or power point presentation.

Students will be assessed by means of:

Included in the assessment:
Students will see themselves what level and stage in the program \\\"Dance Mat\\\" that they have progressed to, as well as students taking a \\\"timed test\\\" in the next class to determine their keyboarding skills in the fall, and another to be taken in the spring to compare the progress.

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