Computer literacy has become a core element of K-12 education, with students now expected to master keyboarding skills before graduating high school and going on to college. Many of the Common Core Standards require keyboarding, yet many homeschoolers don’t have access to a structured keyboarding curriculum that helps prepare them to meet those standards.  OfficeSkills.org offers online keyboarding classes designed especially for kids and teens.  We license our keyboarding software from Edutyping,  a revolutionary web-based keyboarding software designed exclusively for the educational market that is currently used in over 3,500 schools and districts across the country!  The software is completely green and requires no installation,  no textbooks or paper.

The kids class is a junior level keyboarding self-paced course that is appropriate for elementary (K3-5) school students and is perfect for the home schooler.  The curriculum introduces new keys by rows where students first learn the middle row, then the top row, and the bottom row of the keyboard.    EduTyping, Jr. also includes a Tech Readiness unit that teaches the basics of technology, including the parts of a computer, how to use a mouse, cyber citizenship, and proper typing techniques.  Students who progress far along enough in the course to take the typing tests love the ability to access and print out a certificate of accomplishment after each typing test.

The EduTyping software is mapped to the Common Core standards as well the National Business Education Association and the International Society for Technology Education, who just released a new set of standards for elementary students.

The teens keyboarding self-paced course is appropriate for students at the middle school and high school level (grades 6 – 12). The curriculum follows a standard keyboarding instructional format where students are introduced to new keys based on frequency of use in the English language.  Teens will learn the proper techniques and finger strokes for maximum typing speed and accuracy which will help prepare them for college or careers.

The content of both courses  is designed with a strong focus on sight and high frequency words. The course lessons  consists of a comprehensive curriculum complete with lessons and timed writings that align with national keyboarding standards.

Students can check their progress with real-time results displaying what lessons have been completed, their WPM, and accuracy percentage for each lesson. Students will be motivated as they earn stars and badges as their typing progress and skills increase. Typing progress is always visible from the dashboard, typing screen, and the My Progress page.  In addition, students can display real-time results of which keys are causing them the most problem(s).

Students love picking their own themes and lesson skins to match their personality — According to edutyping.com, it’s even been proven to stop them from looking down at their fingers as they type!

For practice, students get to enjoy typing interesting articles that are fun to read, type, and are relevant to their age/grade level including news articles that are making headlines relevant to teens and tweens.  Students can also take a break from their lessons and play some of the engaging games while still reinforcing their keyboarding skills.  Typing games are a great way for students to warm up their hands and fingers, learn eye-hand coordination, and increase their speed and accuracy.

Certificates – Students can have access to printable certificates of accomplishment after taking each typing test as well as a certificate of completion if they complete all the requirements of the course.

The Kids and Teens keyboarding online courses are offered in addition to the regular beginning keyboarding online course currently offered on officeskills.org.  All keyboarding classes are $49.00 and students can take up to 6 months to complete their keyboarding training.

Home School Keyboarding Curriculum

Sign up for the Kids Keyboarding Course at http://officeskills.org/elementary-level-keyboarding.html

Sign up for the Teen Keyboarding Course at http://officeskills.org/teen-keyboarding.html

Sign up for Beginning Keyboarding (Adults) at http://officeskills.org/keyboarding_training.html

Students will receive a certificate of completion if they complete all the requirements of the course.

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