Touch Typing

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"Given the ubiquity of keyboards and the growing expectation that secondary school pupils and university students will type their essays and coursework, I think it (touch typing) is one the most useful skills a child can learn - at any age from seven upwards." John Clare, The Daily Telegraph.

Touch typing is typing without using the sense of sight to find the keys, with fingers assigned to specific keys.

Touch typing is an essential 21st century skill, used extensively at work, school and home.  Touch typing training can improve any individual's typing speed and accuracy dramatically. The accepted average typing speed is 40 words per minutes.  Professional typists can exceed 100 words per minute repeatedly and continuously.  A touch typist does not need to move eyes from the area that requires attention to their hands or screen. This increases productivity and reduces the number of errors.

Touch typing involves placing all fingers in a horizontal row along the middle of the keyboard (the home row) and having them reach for specific keys.  For example, the left middle finger rests on the home "D" key, and it is the only finger to press the "E", "C", and "3" keys.

Standards & Objectives

  • Wayland Union Schools Technology Standards - Technology Operations and Concepts -- "Use proper keyboarding, posture, finger positions, and touch-typing techniques."
  • Common Core State Standards - Writing - Grades 6-12 - Production and Distribution of Writing - "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 three pages in a single sitting."
  • Exam: Worst Birthday
    • On iPad, click the link above, then Download, then Direct Download
    • Open Microsoft Word,
    • Save in your Computers in your Home Directory, following this pattern:  Smith John 2019 01 31 Worst Birthday 3rd Hour,
    • Set font to Times New Roman, set size to 14 point
    • Cover hands, fingers on the correct keys
    • Type this into Word
    • When the time runs out, upload to Campus Portal and click SAVE!
    • Raise your hand to show your teacher you are done!

Added Benefits

There are many added benefits from excellent touch typing skills, including:

  • faster completion of typed tasks, with fewer errors, especially units that follow in computer class
  • improved reading skills
  • enhanced vocabulary
  • improved writing skills
  • improved fine motor skills

Touch Typing Unit

Everyone learns touch typing at a different pace.  Focused practice in optimum touch typing technique is required to develop good accuracy and excellent speed. 

In computer class, students focus on mastering the following techniques:
  • Eyes on text
    • eyes should be on the letter or word that is to be typed
    • eyes quickly check the typed text for errors
    • eyes never look at hands or fingers
  • Keep straight
    • keyboard straight along the front edge of the desk
    • sitting up straight in the chair, with bottom all the way back in the seat
    • keyboard straight ahead, with letter "B" directly in front of belly button
    • screen straight ahead, eyes on screen
  • Plant feet
    • feet resting flat on floor, shoulder width apart, straight down from knees
    • body nice and still
  • Home curve
    • fingers always touching the keys assigned to that particular finger
    • finger tips lightly resting on the home row keys [ a s d f ] and [ j k l ; ]
    • fingers curved - make hands into fists, then very slowly open and rest fingers on home keys
    • fingers easily able to reach the keys on the row above, and row below, the home row
    • both thumbs resting lightly on the space bar, near the "C" and the "M" 
  • Power wrists
    • the top of the arm, wrist, and hand is flat and level
    • looking down from above, wrists are straight, from elbow to knuckles
    • wrists never touch anything including the keyboard or the desk
  • Perfect elbows
    • elbows are lightly touching the sides of the body
    • arms are hanging straight down from the shoulders to the elbows
    • elbows at a 90 degree angle
    • forearms parallel to the floor
    • chair height and distance adjusted based on curved fingers, straight wrists, elbows at sides

By practicing correct typing technique every day, students improve their accuracy, and then are able to increase their speed.

First Days of Class

  • Orientation - Introduction slide show, set up MicroType Pro account, learn technique (see above),  MicroType Demo on screen, students begin (get a head start) on first lesson (home keys)
  • Day 1 - Demo MicroType Pro, explain how the program works and calculates scores
  • Day 2 - Examine excellent technique in videos on screen: WorkStat, PostureM, PostureF, 15GWAM, 30GWAM
  • Day 3 - Learn critical need for excellent straight wrist technique by watching carpal tunnel syndrome wrist anatomy animation video - Forearms - More Well, Avoid Injury
  • Day 4 - Quick review of technique (see above) & watch video made by student in the same classroom of excellent technique
  • Day 5 - Optimum Technique Review
  • Day 6 - Ultimate Typing Championship Video!
  • Day 9 - Distribute Progress Report to Students, Due Back Signed Tomorrow
  • Day 10 - World Typing Champion Video (at end of class)
  • Day 11 - Guinness Book Champion Typist Ron Mingo (at end of class)

Daily Assignments

Each day during the unit, students touch type on the computer using the MicroType programs.  Students use correct finger position, technique, and keep their eyes on the screen at all times.  Students place covers or "boards" over their hands and keyboard to conceal both from view, and help focus their attention on the text on the screen.

Students advance at their own pace, doing their very best to improve their touch typing skills smoothly with proper technique and following all directions.

One hour or one class period, whichever is shorter, is considered one assignment.  Each daily assignment is scored separately.    The teacher circulates the room continuously, helping and coaching students as needed.  Points are earned throughout the class period, when a student is on task, using proper technique, following directions, and working silently.

Touch typing, normally a nine month course, is currently taught for only a few weeks.  Students are highly encouraged to continue focusing on correct technique after the unit, especially at home and school.  Parents, family members, and friends are encouraged to support correct touch typing technique at home, to help students prepare for the requirements of high school, career, and life.

Make Up Assignments

A student may make up any missed assignment by using a media center computer.

The student first asks for a "Make Up Slip" from the teacher.  The student completes this slip while working on their make up assignment in the media center.  The student asks for a signature from the adult in the media center, and then returns the slip to the teacher.

Students commonly use the media center for make up assignments either (1) right after school, from 2:40 until 3:30; or (2) during TEAM advisory time (with permission of their teacher) from 2:10 until 2:40.  Free bus rides are available at 3:30 pm for any student who stays after school to complete missed assignments.

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