Correct Finger Reach for Letters, Numbers, Symbols, and Other Characters
This document contains a list of all the keys on the keyboard and what finger strikes each key. It is broken up into sections: letters, numbers, symbols, and other characters. You can have students go through the list and practice the finger reach for each key before they begin learning the keys on the keyboard- kind of like a preview. Students can also use this as a reference. Great resource!
Keyboarding- History of the Keyboard and Typing Internet Hunt with Answer Key
This is a fun activity students in a keyboarding course can do at the beginning of the course. This is a short, fun Internet research assignment. For homework or in class, students research questions on the history of the keyboard and typing. Questions include: Who invented the first practical typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard still in use today, approximately what year was this typewriter invented, what was the reasoning/need behind the creation of the QWERTY keyboard, etc.
You can count this as a graded assignment or do what I do. For each correct answer I give the students one extra credit point that they can use toward a test. I use raffle tickets! The kids love it! This is a great activity for students to learn why the keys are arranged the way they are. You can also research articles online and have the students read them.
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