ElementaryKeyboarding

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

What is Touch Typing?

Touch typing is a typing without looking at your fingers to find the keys. Touch typing typically involves placing the eight fingers in a horizontal row along the middle of the keyboard (called the home row) and having them reach for other keys.

Why do I need to learn to touch type?

Touch typing can drastically improve your typing speed making it easier to get your work done.

Smarter Balance & Common Core

As the new Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts outline keyboarding proficiency and the new Smarter Balanced Assessment requires a certain level of skill, it is more important than ever that conversation occurs at the district level regarding keyboarding instruction and assessment.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction indicates that keyboarding speeds should be measured as “5 words per minute (wpm) x grade level”. Therefore, a student in third grade should have a goal of at least 15 words per minute.

Grade 3 students:

With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Grade 4 students:

With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.