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Touch System Data Entry (Keyboarding)
September 2, 2019 5:45am

Welcome to Touch System Data Entry a.k.a. Keyboarding!!!!!

Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students will be provided instruction on how to create, format, and edit personal and business documents, including letters, reports, memos, and outlines. The course includes skill development in proofreading, spelling, and punctuation. Students will learn skills using software for word processing, visual presentation, and spreadsheet application while learning file management skills. By the end of the semester, all students are expected to key a minimum of 20 wpm with 80% accuracy. Students who do not want to earn 0.5 high school credit may complete the course for no credit.


This course will focus on the Microsoft Office programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students will start by covering computer basics, touch typing, and Austin’s Acceptable Use Policy. After that, students will work on assignments that create, edit, and enhance reports and other documents using the Microsoft Office programs listed above.


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33% Daily Assignments

34% Typing Races (Tests) Students will work through the curriculum to learn and practice touch typing. Students are expected to get 3 stars on each lesson before moving to the next lesson. Emphasis will be on correct posture, finger placement, speed, and accuracy. Students are expected to focus on the screen while typing and not on their fingers. Students may redo lessons as many times as needed. Students are encouraged to work ahead when possible. Students can access this and work on this program from home.

Daily Assignments: There are usually 2 daily assignments per class period. Each assignment will be demonstrated with an emphasis on new skills. Students will be provided with raw text, basic directions, a powerpoint presentation with step by step instructions and pictures to guide students. Students will also be provided an example of what the completed product should look like. During class, I check in with each student and grade their daily assignments with them. This allows me to demonstrate to individual students as needed and students are given time to make corrections as needed.

Typing Races: These are typing test administered during class time. Keys that have not been assigned will not be included in the test. Student grades will be based on a grading chart, available under the handouts tab, and on the test they complete during the classroom administration. Students will not be allowed to redo tests at a later date for a better grade. If students are absent during the text administration it is the students’ responsibility to come during PRIDE or after school to make up the test within 48 hours of returning to school. Students will be allowed to correct any Acceptable Use Policy quizzes.


• Students will be responsible for using the computer assigned to them and will be using the internet only for class projects for this class unless otherwise instructed. Students who misuse another student’s computer or are on websites that do not pertain to class assignments could result in a referral. ***Discipline for behavior will be followed according to the school discipline procedures and student handbook.           

• If a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the student to complete and turn in work. All assignments are posted on BLEND with class notes and necessary resources.

• Students will not be allowed to work on past projects or uncompleted classwork during class unless time permits. All missed or incomplete work/projects will need to be made up outside of our regular class time or done for homework.

• Because of the nature of the class, computers, machines, etc. all food, candy, or drinks will not be allowed in the classroom or lab. Students may bring a water bottle into the classroom and place it on the shelf near the door.

• Once students enter the classroom, they will not be allowed to go back to their backpacks for forgotten items.

• Cell phones and blue tooth devices are not allowed in the classroom without specific teacher permission. The school Cell Phone Policy will be followed should a cell phone disrupt the class in any fashion. Students may bring their own keyboard if needed.

• Writing passes interferes with classroom instruction and assisting groups or individual students. Students are expected to go to the bathroom or take care of needs before entering the classroom. Passes will be written for emergencies or medical necessities only. Pass will not be written during direct classroom instruction.

Homework and Tutoring Availability:

I’m not a fan of assigning homework. However, for most students, it is imperative to practice outside of class. Most often students will have homework if absent or not using class time wisely. All student assignments will be posted to BLEND. Students can access their BLEND from any computer, but students will need access to MicroSoft Word to complete assignments. Assignments cannot be completed on Google Docs.

My regular tutoring day is Thursday, 3:40-4:20 or longer if necessary. I’m usually available after school and don’t mind if students drop by to practice their typing or complete assignments. Students will need to check in with me first to ensure that I will be available. Students may also come and work during PRIDE.

Typing Frustration:

I hated typing in High School. We had the old typewriters that were loud, no delete key, and we had to type what was on the paper next to our desk. I didn’t understand the necessity at that time since it wasn’t something I often saw. My family didn’t own a typewriter and this was before home/school computers were so readily available. My first experience with a computer was my last year at UT. There was a row of Apple II GS computers in a hallway and you had to check out a boot-up disk.

All through my school career I was teased (and often told I wasn’t working hard enough) because you couldn’t read my handwriting. I remember in 1st grade reading the primers over and over so I could get into the top reading group with my friends. While in college, I practiced my handwriting at least one hour every evening using markers and large charts. I did this for 2 years because I wanted my future students to be able to read my handwriting. Needless to say, I was in my late 30s when I learned I was dyslexic and dysgraphic and not everyone saw things the way I did.

The point is that I understand that some students struggle with this more than others. I can make accommodations, but I’m not allowed to modify the time/accuracy requirement designated by TEA. If/when your student gets frustrated, he/she needs to stop practicing. We don’t learn when frustration takes over. Students should stop and try again later. I ask that you monitor your student, if possible, and encourage correct posture, correct hand placement, not looking at the keys, frustration, etc. At this point, students need to focus on accuracy. Once students have the muscle memory for touch typing, the speed will come with practice.

By the way, typing turned out to be the most useful class I ever took.

Melissa Dunaway
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