Technology Action Research PlanSandy Moore2
AREA OF FOCUS
Students at Fisk Middle School are not taught keyboarding until the 7
grade. I believeteaching keyboarding at the 5
grade level with using keyboarding covers will result in fewer bad keyboarding habits in 7th graders, increased use of technology such as word processingand power points
and increased keyboarding speed.
1.Will teaching keyboarding to 5
graders result in fewer bad keyboarding habits in 7
graders?2.Will teaching keyboarding to 5
graders increase the use of technology such as word processing and power points?3.Will using keyboard covers while typing improve students’ keyboarding speed and/or accuracy?
The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) have set the framework for the 21
century student. According to the NETS, students must be technology literate by theend of the eighth grade. In order to meet these standards, educators must begin in theelementary grades. Furthermore, with computers being an integral part of the world we livein and the primary means for interacting with a computer is the keyboard, keyboarding is themost important single “computer” skill a child can learn (Himowitz, 2003). Keyboardingskills are as basic to learning as penmanship in this technology-driven world. Today, it is nota question of whether to teach keyboarding, but
to teach it! (Education World, 2003)Erickson (1993) addressed the controversy of when keyboarding should be taught andstates that all students, age 8 and up, can learn keyboarding skills, but the ideal age for effective keyboarding instruction and learning is the upper elementary school levels (age 10-