• Correct Keyboarding Technique
    In order to develop optimal keyboarding speed and accuracy, students need to use proper technique.  Not only does proper keyboarding technique help develop skill, but it also helps prevent the development of RSI (repetitive stress injury, more commonly known as carpal tunnel). 
     
    What constitutes correct keyboarding technique?
    Correct keyboarding technique requires proper hand positioning at the computer keyboard and learning to key by touch, thus enabling eyes to remain on the copy rather than watching fingers. 
     
    Correct Technique Criteria: 
    1. Position feet on floor for balance (don't cross).
    2. Center body to the "H" key with elbows at sides.
    3. Sit up straight.
    4. Adjust chair so you are a "hand span" away from edge of keyboard.
    5. Curve fingers over the home keys.
    6. Keep wrists off the keyboard.
    7. Keep eyes on printed copy.
    8. Key by touch.
    9. Key with a smooth rhythm.
    Technique Evaluation
     
    Keyboarding technique in the elementary school is to be evaluated using the following criteria:
        
    3 Mastery The student knows the keys and keys by touch.
    2 Near Mastery The student will key by touch with more practice.
    1 Limited Mastery The student depends on looking at the keys.
     
    Tips for teaching technique and resources to be used in the classroom can be found at the USOE Keyboarding Website
    Click here for the Technique Poster and Technique Star Chart
    Click here for Techcnique Checklist