Explore keyboard basics as you start learning how to type.
Being familiar with the keyboard will help a user when they start typing. In this activity, members will learn about the QWERTY keyboard, the use of the HOME ROW and other tips to help them type more efficiently. Be prepared to run this activity frequently to help members develop their skills. Having trouble getting started for QWERTY?
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Learn how to use the QWERTY keyboard, which will prepare you to learn to type.
Look at your keyboard and try to make up words using letters across a row. What words do you come up with? Open a Google document and type these words into it.
You may come up with words like: QWERTY, UIOP, ASDF, ZXCV or any other combination of letters.
Try to remember these words. Remembering these words will help you type more quickly.
Which of your words do you think are the best?
Try to read these words aloud to your neighbor. It won't be easy, but it'll be fun, and it will help you remember where the letters are on keyboard.
Tell your members to look at their keyboards and make combinations of words using the keys in a row.
Make sure that your members are focused on their computers. If they’re sharing or paired up in groups, make sure that everyone can see the keyboard or that members have a system for taking turns.
Tip: You could also project an image of a keyboard onto a screen so that your members are all looking at the same keyboard together.
The Home Row
Typing for Real
Other Typing Tips
There are other important things to learn about your keyboard.
Find the SHIFT, ENTER and SPACE BAR on your keyboard. Do you know what the function of each of these is?
You use the SHIFT key when you want to capitalize a letter you are typing. For example, if you press and hold the shift key as you hit the letter “a” you would type a capital “A.” Try typing some capital and some lowercase letters.
You use the ENTER key when you want to move the cursor to the next line.
Finally, you use the SPACE BAR key anytime you want to make a space between the words you are typing.
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