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Keyboard Mastery

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Keyboard Mastery (50-60 hours) is an intensive course that will teach beginners how to keyboard correctly and teach more experienced students to keyboard faster. Covered are: alphabetic keys, punctuation, numbers and symbols; with over 560 timed drills.

In approximately 50-60 hours (a good quarter or semester course), beginners can reach speeds of 25-35+ WPM and also attain accepted accuracy standards of one (1) error per minute of timed writing. Timing drills range from 15-second to 5-minute and allow more reinforcement to maintain the skills learned.

There are over 560 timed drills that are automatically scored and recorded when the student meets the standards set by the instructor (the instructor sets his/her own grading and accuracy standards. Every lesson contains timed drills and students are encouraged to meet the standards applied by the instructor beginning right with Lesson 1.

The course is divided into four sections. Each section can be applied separately or all encompassing.

Standards can be individualized to each type of student so that each student is challenged: the special needs, beginning students, and experienced students can all be graded differently by applying different profiles appropriate for each student type. In additional to individualizing goals, accuracy standards, minimum speeds, etc., the number of lessons can also be individualized. For example, special needs students might be assigned only lesson 1-11; beginners might be assigned lessons 1-24, while experienced students might begin at lesson 12 (skipping the learning key reaches section). Instructors may also choose to omit lessons 25-33 which cover numbers and symbols.

For experienced typists, use the 3-minute Course Entry timing. If a student already can type 40 WPM, apply a higher grading scale of 50 WPM as the goal for each timed drill in each lesson. When the course is finished, the Course Exit timing should be taken. The Course Entry score, Course Exit score, and Improvement score will show on the Final Grade Report. There is much to be gained by going over the basics again at a high rate of speed (goal) each time.

Is there any document processing or formatting included (letters, memos, tables, reports, etc.)? Yes, and it is free! Nuts 'n' Bolts Formatting is an eBook that is available to all Ellsworth Publishing and Keyboarding online customers. Most keyboarding textbooks are expensive, thick, quickly outdated textbooks with more formatting than can be used, and the instructions change everytime the office software changes (usually every 3 years). This leaves instructors with expensive keyboarding books with outdated instructions. Ellsworth Publishing releases this eBook in PDF format and keeps up with the version changes at no charge. It makes perfect sense. Instructors can download the sections they wish to cover, use a copy center to run off a classroom set--free! Ellsworth Publishing also provides its eBooks at a minimal charge if you desire to purchase a bound, pre-printed copy.

Does your keyboarding course require an "exposure" to the Ten Key pad? You can have the "exposure" free by requesting that we add the Ten Key Mastery course to your other courses on your online account. The Ten Key Mastery course will run in a 'demo' mode with only limited lessons available, but usually enough to satisfy an "exposure" requirement.

Keyboard Mastery is a basic beginning keyboarding course that will teach beginners how to type, and teach semi-experienced typists to type faster. This course covers: alphabetic keys, numeric keys, and symbols. Timing lengths are 15 seconds to 5 minutes. The course length is 50-60 hours.

Keyboard Mastery
All lessons have 18 lines.
Click the sections to see lesson content.
Learning the Keyboard (Lessons 1-11)
Lesson Title Timings
  Course Entry - All Keys 3 minute timing
1 Home Row and Spacebar 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
2 T, E, and H Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
3 O, R, and N Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
4 M, C, and Left Shift Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
5 I, Period, and Right Shift Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
6 Comma, U, and Caps Lock Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
7 B, P, and W Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
8 G, Colon, and Q Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
9 V, Forward Slash, and Question Mark Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
10 X, Y, and Z Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
11 Hyphen, Dash, Apostrophe, and Quote Keys 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
Achieving Mastery (Lessons 12-24)
Lesson Title Timings
12 Alphabet Mastery A and B 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
13 Alphabet Mastery C and D 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
14 Alphabet Mastery E and F 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
15 Alphabet Mastery G and H 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
16 Alphabet Mastery I and J 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
17 Alphabet Mastery K and L 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
18 Alphabet Mastery M and N 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
19 Alphabet Mastery O and P 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
20 Alphabet Mastery Q and R 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
21 Alphabet Mastery S and T 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
22 Alphabet Mastery U and V 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
23 Alphabet Mastery W and X 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
24 Alphabet Mastery Y and Z 18 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min.
Numbers and Symbols (Lessons 25-33)
Lesson Title Timings
25 Learning Numbers 1, 2, and 3 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
26 Learning Numbers 4, 5, and 6 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
27 Learning Numbers 7, 8, and 9 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
28 Learning Number 0 and Symbols ! and @ 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
29 Learning Symbols #, $, and % 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
30 Learning Symbols ^, &, and * 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
31 Learning Symbols (, ), and _ 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
32 Learning Symbols =, +, [, and ] 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
33 Learning Symbols {, }, <, and > 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
  Course Exit 3 Minutes
Optional Timings (10 Timings)
Timing Title Length
1 What is a Clairvoyant? 3 Minutes
2 Life in the Outback, Australia 3 Minutes
3 The Little Mermaid: Hans Christian Andersen 4 Minutes
4 What makes holes in bread? 4 Minutes
5 How do animals communicate? 5 Minutes
6 What is intelligence? 5 Minutes
7 Who was Benedict Arnold? 5 Minutes
8 How to drink and never become an alcoholic. 5 Minutes
9 Writing on clay tablets. 5 Minutes
10 The discovery of penicillin. 5 Minutes
Created Lessons
Create an unlimited number of personal lessons with up to 18 lines per lesson. You can assign up to 10 at a time for the students to work on. Thats 180 lines of additional typing. Possible lengths are 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute, 4 minute, and 5 minute timings. Assign vocabulary, science or history homework, or some of the latest news interesting to the students. The possibilities are endless.

Watch and learn best practices to using Keyboarding Online software to get the absolute best results from students. Information for both instructors and their students (Links, Videos, PDF, DOC).

General Info
General Course Syllabus
Below is a sample course syllabus that can be utilized for your course. Also included is a sample quiz that can be handed out to ensure that the syllabus was read thoroughly and reduce the amount of time you spend during class repeating what is included in the syllabus. Both PDF and DOC formats are included.
Keyboard Mastery Course Syllabus PPT Syllabus (DOC)
Syllabus (PDF)
Keyboard Mastery Course Syllabus Quiz Questions Quiz Questions (DOCX)
Quiz Questions (PDF)

 

Teacher Information
Teacher Tools
Below are some helpful tools in learning why you should use the program, how to use the program, and videos describing the different features the program has to offer.
Why Keyboarding is Important PPT Presentation (PDF) /  Article Source (PDF)
Why, When, How to Teach Keyboarding Video YouTube On YouTube
Teacher Manager User Manual Link / PDF File Download
Video Tutorials Videos can be viewed on our site or on YouTube

 

Student Information
Student Tour
The tutorial for students will show students how to enter their course and navigate/use Keyboard Mastery appropriately.
Student Tutorials  Video Presentation

 

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