Course Description

This sixth and seventh grade course introduces students to essential keyboarding and computer skills, providing a foundation for effective digital communication and computer literacy. Students will learn proper keyboarding techniques, focusing on accuracy, speed, and ergonomics. The course includes exercises to improve typing proficiency through practice and interactive activities.

In addition to keyboarding, students will explore basic computer skills, such as file management, word processing, and internet safety. They will learn to use common software applications and navigate the digital environment with confidence. The course also covers responsible online behavior and digital citizenship, teaching students how to interact safely and respectfully in virtual spaces.

Course Details

Keyboarding & Computer Skills

Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade

Course Objectives

  • Develop proper keyboarding techniques with a focus on accuracy, speed, and ergonomics.
  • Improve typing proficiency through regular practice and interactive exercises.
  • Learn basic computer skills, including file management and word processing.
  • Understand internet safety and responsible online behavior.
  • Gain confidence in navigating common software applications and digital environments.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction to Keyboarding

  • Keyboard Layout and Ergonomics
    • Introduction to the QWERTY keyboard layout.
    • Learning proper posture and hand placement for ergonomic typing.
  • Basic Typing Skills
    • Practicing the home row keys and common letter combinations.
    • Building speed and accuracy with simple typing exercises.

Unit 2: Building Typing Proficiency

  • Speed and Accuracy Drills
    • Engaging in speed and accuracy drills to improve typing proficiency.
    • Learning to type simple sentences and short paragraphs.
  • Advanced Typing Techniques
    • Introducing upper row and lower row keys.
    • Typing complex sentences and longer passages for practice.

Unit 3: Introduction to Computer Skills

  • File Management
    • Understanding file systems and organizing digital files.
    • Learning to create, save, and retrieve files on a computer.
  • Word Processing Basics
    • Exploring basic word processing software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Google Docs).
    • Learning to format text, create documents, and use simple editing tools.

Unit 4: Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship

  • Internet Safety
    • Understanding internet safety and recognizing online risks.
    • Learning how to protect personal information and avoid online threats.
  • Digital Citizenship
    • Exploring the principles of responsible online behavior.
    • Discussing the importance of digital etiquette and respect in virtual spaces.

Unit 5: Practical Computer Applications

  • Common Software Applications
    • Exploring common software applications for education and communication.
    • Learning to use basic functions in spreadsheet and presentation software.
  • Navigating the Digital Environment
    • Gaining confidence in navigating computer interfaces and digital environments.
    • Understanding the basic use of search engines and online resources.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have developed proper keyboarding techniques, improved typing speed and accuracy, and gained basic computer skills. They will understand internet safety and responsible digital behavior. This course aims to prepare students for future computer use and equip them with the skills needed for effective digital communication and literacy.

Syllabus for upcoming year coming soon. 

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