For years it was called Typing 101.

Nowadays it’s referred to as Keyboarding, and another significant difference is that instead of waiting until high school, the newly named course is offered in middle school along with digital literacy, computer applications and document formatting.

Dr. Carol Parker, a keyboarding instructor at Rockvale Middle School, is advocating the idea that full keyboard instruction and digital literacy should begin as early as third grade.

Parker is traveling to Chicago, where she will speak at the Business Education Research Conference on Wednesday. The conference is held in conjunction with the National Business Education Association Convention being held April 11–15.

Parker will also be honored during a luncheon for an article on the subject that has been selected for publication in The Journal of Research in Business Education.

The title of her article is “The Implementation of Keyboarding Instruction at the Elementary and Middle School Levels.” CONTINUE READING