Tech A3: Keyboarding, Text, Clicking
A3 Tutorial Tools & Resouces
- Why are keyboarding skills so Important? Tutorial
- The S.E.C.R.E.T. to Successful Keyboarding Skills Tutorial (Poster next to Whiteboard)
- 5 Points of Emphasis (POE) to Effective Keyboarding Info
- Keyboarding Speed Calculation Formula Info
- Brainpop: Computer Mouse
- Keyboarding Shortcuts & Special Symbol Reference Sheets
WPM (Words Per Minute)
The amount of words that a keyboarder can type in 1 minute’s time. This can be calculated a number of ways, including the average WPM over a longer length of time.
This is the measurement of your typing speed after factoring in how many mistakes you make. In a real situation where you are typing something, you would have to back and fix any mistakes, which would slow down your speed. This is different gross speed, which is your typing speed without factoring in your mistakes.
This is a measurement of how carefully a keyboarder types. It is usually measured as a percentage of error-free typing.
The homerow is the group of keys in the center of a standard keyboard where your fingers alignfor proper keyboarding form. Fingers should reach from alignment with the homerow keys to type the other keys they are responsible for.
This is the Primary button on a common two button mouse. It is the button that is clicked to select and activate items on your computer screen. Usually, you need to double click an app to activate it, and click once to select anything on your screen. There are other uses for the left click, including holding down your left button and dragging your mouse to select multiple items on your screen.
This is the secondary button on a common two button mouse. It has a variety of uses, but by default is used to activate the operating system on screen menu. For a one button mouse, holding down the control key while clicking the one button will get you the same features as a right button.
This is usually a plastic disc on a common mouse used today, located in between the left and right mouse button. The scroll wheel can serve a variety of controls, including moving up and down, or scrolling through a window on your computer screen.
The many ways you can change the appearance of and control the position of text on a page. These ways include font, text size, text coloring, and text styling.
The special artistic style that the text is printed in as you type it on your screen. There thousands of different fonts in existence.
How big or small the text appears on the document or text box. Text size call also be affected by the font you chose.
These settings can change the way a font appears in the text. Text styling includes bold, italics, and underline, with some other options available as well.
The color in which the text appears on the document or text box.
The way text appears across a document, which is sometimes called its horiztonal alignment. The typical options for text alignment are left, center, and right.
The amount of space that appears vertically, or up and down, between text in a document a document. There are many ways to set this depending on what kind of document it is.
A3 Focus Skills & Questions
- Be able to identify where the home row keys are, what keys they are, and which fingers should be aligned with each homerow key.
- Understand how your keyboarding speed is calculated.
- Identify which keys should be hit by which fingers in effective touch keyboarding technique, including the thumb is the ONLY finger that should be hitting the spacebar.
- Incorporate all the POEs to Effective Keyboarding into your everyday keyboarding.
- Identify and use the basic controls of a computer mouse.
- Where are the text formatting controls located in Google Apps? Identify the specific text formatting controls.
- Name the three main controls of text styling.
A3 Visual Content Development
Home Row & Key Assignment - Copy the keyboard image below to FSQs 1 and 3. On FSQ 1, identify the home row keys with a shape so you know where your fingers should always work from.
Text Formatting - Include the images below on your FSQ 6 slide. Label each button with the formatting control it is responsible for from the list on the right.
Text Formatting Controls: Lingos Matching - Match the images below to the text formatting control Lingo in A3. Think about what aspect of text formatting that each image is an example of, and match it to a Lingo definition.
Features of a Mouse: Label the three basic controls of the mouse listed below. Use the image as your example on the FSQ 5 slide. For each part, include a brief description of what the control does. You may want to rotate the mouse image so that it matches your point of view.
Please take the A3 Quiz in Edmodo. Remember, you should score a 70% or better before you move on to Level 3 learning.
Tech A3 Scoring Rubric