6th Grade Keyboarding






There are always lots of questions when you begin a new class—especially when you are a sixth grader!  There are a lot of things you need to know, and this syllabus is meant to help you remember the most important of those.  (Hopefully, you will also share this information with your parents so that they will know what life is like in keyboarding class.)



Computers are as much a part of your lives and your futures as pencil and paper.  You learned to print and you learned to write in cursive, and now you need to learn to efficiently use a computer keyboard.   The Kentucky Department of Education recommends that touch keyboarding be taught to sixth graders, and this 9-week keyboarding class will give you the computer operations and keyboarding competencies you need to:  use your computer time wisely, make effective use of technology, and improve your language arts skills.

This class will allow you to produce a better quality product in terms of content and presentation, and you will be able to input, revise, and edit information faster using a computer keyboard than you can handwrite.  This is going to be especially important when you reach 7th grade and begin work on your writing portfolio.

Upon completion of this class you will be able to demonstrate:

1)        Correct keyboarding techniques.

2)       Proper use of computer hardware and software.

3)       Keyboarding of the alphabetic text, numeric text, and punctuation marks by touch, using correct fingers.

4)       Use of special keys such as:  shift, enter, spacebar, arrow keys, caps lock, backspace, and tab.

5)       Ability to compose at the keyboard.

6)       Utilize proper spacing.

7)       Use word processing features such as:

·          Spell check

·          Formatting (center, align left, double spacing, fonts)

·          Save and print.

Keyboarding is most specifically addressed by Kentucky’s Program of Studies

through:  AE 1.16, 2.3, 2.37, 2.38, 3.3, 6.1, 6.3; PL-07-4.3.2, T-MS-ICP-U-1, T-MS-ICP-U-2, T-MS-ICP-S-13, T-MS-ICP-S-C2, T-MS-ICP-U-3, T-MS-ICP-S-C1, T-MS0-ICP-U-4, TE-SK-MS-ICP-04, and T-MS-ICP-S-P2.


WHAT PROGRAMS WILL WE BE USING?  You won’t be using a textbook to learn to keyboard, you will primarily be using a software package entitled “Typing Time.”  Other computer-assisted instruction programs you may explore include UltraKey and Mavis Beacon.  In addition, you will learn some basic word processing concepts using Microsoft Word.  You will also have the opportunity to utilize a variety of websites that help you learn keyboarding.


WHAT MATERIALS WILL I NEED FOR THIS CLASS?  I’ve already told you that there will be no textbook for this class.  You will be using a variety of computer supplies (paper, disks, ink, etc.), and a $1 lab fee will cover all of those. 





HOW DO I MAKE UP MY WORK IF I AM ABSENT?  Since all of your work is to be “hands-on,” there will be no homework (hold the applause, please!).  You will be given ample time to complete all assignments in class.  However, if you do get behind (because of absences, because you put a lot of extra work into your assignment, or because you had a hard time getting into it), there are options.  First, I will be giving you a couple of “lab” days during the grading period.  On those days you may do one of two things:  finish incomplete assignments or explore additional programs/web sites.    Second, you may come into the lab most mornings between 7:30 a.m. and homeroom or during basic skills time to work on assignments.  In addition, Mrs. Elswick will gladly come early or stay after school with you if more time is needed.  Because of the importance I place of hands-on experience, I must be flexible in my acceptance of assignments.  If you are making an honest attempt to complete your work, I will not deduct points for work turned in late.


WHAT TYPES OF ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE AND WHAT IS AN ASSIGNMENT SHEET?  Your work for this class will be hands-on, with the most emphasis placed on the use of proper techniques.  As a result of this hands-on approach, there will be no homework.  Upon learning the letter and number keys, you will then demonstrate those techniques in the production of common documents such as:  letters reports, title pages, etc.  Evaluation will focus primarily on demonstrated techniques and application, with no tests.  Everyone is required to keep an assignment sheet for my class.  Every time you are given an assignment, you will record information about that assignment on the sheet.   Although it is your responsibility to keep the assignment sheet current, I will update it with you at least once a week.  In addition, there will be a copy of the sheet posted in the room.  The most important reason for keeping this assignment sheet is to keep you organized and on top of what you’re doing in my class.  (The fact that I am giving you a grade for keeping it doesn’t hurt either!)


DO YOU GIVE EXTRA CREDIT?  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  You will be given lots of opportunities to earn extra credit points in my class.  With almost every assignment you will be allowed to do “more” and get more points.   In addition, if you see a magazine or newspaper article about technology, you may cut it out and bring it in for extra credit.


HOW CAN MY MOM AND DAD (OR I) CONTACT YOU?  I can be reached at school at 928-9805 (7:15-8:45 a.m. and 10:40 – 11:45 a.m.).  I can also be e-mailed at Vickie.Elswick@Boyd.kyschools.us.  Should you or your parents want to call the Homework Hotline to find out general information about my class, the numbers are:

            Homework Hotline Number        928-0935

            Elswick Information Extension  1141