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:
Position feet on floor for balance (don't cross).
Center body to the "H" key with elbows at sides.
Sit up straight.
Adjust chair so you are a "hand span" away from edge of keyboard.
- Curve fingers over the home keys.
- Keep wrists off the keyboard.
- Keep eyes on printed copy.
- Key by touch.
Key with a smooth rhythm.
Keyboarding technique in the elementary school is to be evaluated using the following criteria:
||The student knows the keys and keys by touch.|
||The student will key by touch with more practice.|
||The student depends on looking at the keys.|