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Technology Literacy and Elementary Keyboarding


The School District of Wausaukee will promote an environment which develops life‐long

learners by incorporating Information and Technology Literacy skills into all aspects of

education. These skills will enable learners to effectively interact in an information‐

driven society and compete in the global community of the 21st century.


Goals of the Program

All students will:

  • • Become familiar with the computer and be able to use it as a tool

  • • Acquire a working familiarity with keyboarding skills

  • • Be provided with opportunities to interact with specific software and Internet applications

  • • Learn how to keep safe when using technology

  • • Learn how to be responsible when using technology

  • • Continue and build on the skills learned in the previous grades

  • • Participate in research activities and projects-based learning opportunities

  • • Use technology to facilitate their learning within specific class/subject areas

  • • Use technology to collaborate with others

  • • Use technology to facilitate higher level thinking, critical thinking and creativity

  • • Develop and effectively use information skills

  • • Become technologically proficient by 8th grade


Why Keyboarding?

  • Prepare our students for 21st century learning

  • Prepare for the Badger Exam

  • Prerequisite for Google accounts through the District

  • Part of the CCSS


Common Core State Standards
English/Language Arts

Production & Distribution of Writing

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.

Grade 5 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 two pages in a single sitting.


Keyboarding Instruction

  • Daily instruction for 5-6 weeks for 15-30 minutes/day between December 1 and March 1.

  • Use Keywords and NEOs for basic instruction: Donna will set up and introduce to each classroom (sign up when you would like to start)

  • Parent letter, charts and position diagrams will be provided for your students

  • Updated Scope and Sequence

  • Students will be given certificates for achievement

  • Additional programs for typing can be used on the computer for reinforcement

  • Once instruction has begun, reinforce skills when working on the computer in any subject area


Grade Level Expectations

Grade 3 - 15 WPM

Grade 4 - 20 WPM

Grade 5 - 25 WPM

Grade 6 - 30 WPM


Technology Practice Skills

For Badger Exam




Internet Links/Activity

Mouse Skills

Students can practice multiple mouse skills, including scrolling, using drop down menus, radio buttons, and accessing links to build their navigation skills.

Highlight/Select Text

Students will wear headphones to listen to content and follow instructions to highlight/select text. Students will highlight/select text to make corrections, add text, and delete text.


Students will learn to navigate a webpage by reading instructions, clicking items, dragging items, viewing videos, and entering text into fields.

Drag and Drop

Students will practice following instructions by dragging and dropping items thus reinforcing the skills of dragging and dropping within a field.

Working from a dual screen

Students will read from a split screen while working on the other half

  • open up 2 browsers


Elementary Keyboarding using Keywords program

  1. Plug the Renaissance receiver into your laptop and activate NEO manager.  Click on the Keywords tab.
  2. All of the users should be cleared out of the NEOs from last year.  Assign a NEO to each student.  Have them “Add” themselves to the Keywords program on the NEOs.
  3. Discuss posture and home keys with your students.  Hand out the home keys document to students.  To find these, login to the Renaissance Place and under Keywords, click on Resources.  The pdf files for posture and home keys can then be displayed on your Smartboard during lessons.
  4. Display practices and text to key on the Smartboard so students can look up at the board while keying on the NEO in one of the files.  Check students' work as they are doing this.
  5. Students need to be coached and monitored with the keyboarding.  During lessons (and when using a keyboard): hand out fingering charts, cover display area, check posture, etc.
  6. Resources are available in Renaissance place for fingering charts, etc.

From Dr. Tony Evers

Keyboarding more Essential than Ever
With students’ keyboarding skills referenced in new academic standards—and relied upon for upcoming state assessments—it is more important than ever for conversation to occur at the district level regarding keyboarding instruction and assessment.

Beginning in 2014-15, students will use computers to take Smarter Balanced assessments (which will replace the WKCE). Therefore, it is essential to prepare students with a level of keyboarding skill that allows them to enter text efficiently.

Also, the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts outline a need for keyboarding proficiency.

The DPI’s keyboarding  webpage excerpts the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment language relating to keyboarding. The page also outlines strategies and resources that may be of assistance to classroom teachers in planning for the development and delivery of keyboarding skills.

Keyboarding Links


Dance Mat Typing  Great introduction and beginning practice, especially for younger students.

Free Typing Game - has typing games, and students can be given a timed typing session to print out with wpm and error.  Best for older students.

Doorway Typing Lessons - from a collection of free learning activities originally developed with funding from the Scottish Borders Council

Ready Set TypeKeyboard Climber

E-Learning Keyboarding - by a global non-profit

Typing Web - displays speed and accuracy.  Some annoying ads on the free version.

Sky Chase - game-type


Purchase required

Typing Club (30 day free trial)

Free trial for 90 days: Edutyping

PacMan Practice-Homerow Practice
Typing Jets-All Letters
Cup Stacking Practice-All Letters
Alpha Munchies-All Letters 


Scope and Sequence

K-3 Scope and Sequence  with CyberSmart activities

Gr4-6 Scope and Sequence  with CyberSmart activities 

Thomson/South-Western Suggested Scope and Sequence