Keyboarding is a technology literacy skill necessary for students to become productive citizens in an increasingly global and digital world. In addition, keyboarding is one of the technology competencies our students will need to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Standards in English-Language Arts and effectively manage the on-line requirements of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Beyond Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced assessment demands, keyboarding is a component of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) as recommended by ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education.
Keyboarding Without Tears
Keyboarding and handwriting are essential, lifelong skills students need to master to effectively produce written work. Keyboarding Without Tears is a multi-sensory curriculum for grades K-5 that teaches pre-keyboarding, keyboarding, digital citizenship, and general computer readiness skills. Since Keyboarding Without Tears is web-based, it can be accessed anywhere.
Keyboarding Without Tears is:
developmentally appropriate by grade level
easy to teach and easy to learn, with fun, game-based activities
based on Handwriting Without Tears child-friendly teaching strategies
Why Students Succeed:
developmental progression of skills
grade-level appropriate lessons
unique focus on pre-keyboarding skills
engaging, game-based activities
simplified approach to correct finger placement
Access the Keyboarding Without Tears program at home by following these simple steps:
- In your web browser (Chrome preferred), type in whps.org/keyboarding
- Select your school
- Select: Student’s Grade, Class Name, Student’s Name
- Enter the student’s pre-assigned secret code