• Keyboarding

    Keyboarding is a five week course with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The primary purpose of this course is to facilitate the development of speed and accuracy through mastery of the touch operations of alphanumeric keyboard characters. Students are also introduced to basic word processing skills.

    My name is JB Rykal, the K-12 Business Education teacher here at Almond-Bancroft schools. During the 2013-14 year, the district decided to move formal keyboarding instruction from the middle school down into the elementary school. I will be teaching 3rd-5th grade each for five weeks every school year. I am so excited for this opportunity as building proper technique and foundational skills is essential for student success as they are each "digital citizens" in the world they live in both in and outside of school.

    There were two driving forces to move keyboarding down to the elementary level: one is the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Business & Information Technology Standards that states:IT1.a.1.e: Demonstrate the correct finger placement and reaches. (Recommended minimum: 5 wpm x grade level); as well as the evolution of the standardized test. The Smarter Balanced Assessment the students take is completed 100% on the computer and students will need to key in their responses to many of the questions.

  • Parent Letter

    Explaination of course, benefits of keyboarding, classroom procedures, computer lab expectations, sample homework, etc.