Lesson Plan

Big Idea:
The QWERTY layout for the keyboard/ keypad is currently the standard used for computers and other devices for entering text.

Need to Know:
Why do we learn correct fingering for computer keyboards?
How does knowing the key layout help with computer and text messaging?
What are some reasons that keyboarding is an important skill?
How is keyboarding different from touch typing?

The Mission:
Using the correct fingering for standard QWERTY keyboards allows one to compose or copy written text without looking at one's fingers. Knowing the QWERTY layout for a keypad allows for quicker text messaging.

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