Keyboarding/Typing Badge:

Discover Technology

by Arabella Fuhrman and Shamaya B. Remmark-Fuhrman


Preschool: Do three requirements including the two starred*

__1.*  Learn what a computer keyboard or typewriter is and how it is used.

__2*  With the help of a parent, either open a new page on a computer program such as “Notepad” or “Word Perfect” (if you are learning computer keyboarding) or load a sheet of paper into a typewriter (if you are learning about a typewriter). Start getting used to the keys, press each key and watch what happens on either the open page in the computer program or on the blank sheet of paper.



Level 1: Do four requirements including the three starred *

__1.* Do Preschool requirements 1 and 2.

__2.*  Either print out or buy a diagram of either a computer keyboard or typewriter keyboard (depending on which one you are learning) and tape it either on the top of the computer monitor or on the wall behind the typewriter. Use it to practice learning where all of the keys are while you are typing instead of looking down at the keys while you are typing.


Level 2: Do five requirements including the two starred *

__1.*  Do Level 1 requirements 1 and 2.

__2.*  Either (with the permission of your parents) go online to find a website with free online typing classes for kids ( like or kids/amp) or find a book with typing lessons for kids. Use one of these methods to learn the basics of typing.


Level 3: Do six requirements including the two starred *

—1.*  Do Level 2 requirements 1 and 2.

__2.*  Learn about proper positioning of hands and fingers during typing. Which fingers start on which keys? What 3 keys do each finger use when typing? Practice using proper positioning by typing a letter, report or using a typing program.


Level 4: Do seven requirements including the two starred *

__1.* Do Level 3 requirements 1 through 3.

__2.* Learn how to properly clean and maintain a keyboard or typewriter.


Level 5: Do nine requirements including the two starred *

__1.*  Do Level 4 requirements 1 and 2.

__2.* Teach someone else how to do a skill from this badge or help someone else earn this badge at their level.  If this isn’t possible, you may choose 2 additional requirements.


Optional Requirements:

__1.  Learn why the letters and symbols are placed the way they are on a keyboard.

__2.  Learn how keyboards or typewriters are made.

__3.  Learn the history of typing.  When did this become a popular way of writing? How did it change the world of writing?

__4. Make a timeline of at least 10 events in the history of typing.

__5. Learn about different careers that use typing. What additional educational requirements are needed to work in these fields?  What type of pay can you expect to receive?

__6.  Learn the history of the different kinds of machines used to type. How have these machines changed typing through the years?

__7. With the permission of a parent, go online and find 3 different typing games to play.

__8.  Set a new typing goal like increasing how many letters you can type per minute and meet that goal.

__9.  Find a place where you can go see different kinds of old typewriters, either in person or online. Pick 3 or more kinds and be able to tell the differences between them.

__10.   Type out 2 or 3 of your reports for school using a typewriter or a computer program. Did typing become easier or harder with each report typed?  Did you make more or less mistakes?

__11.  Learn who Frank Gilbreth was and how his motion studies influenced typing.

__12.  Learn what ASCII art is and create a piece of artwork using this technique.