Keyboarding and typing and the Victorian (Vic) Curriculum

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

The typing related content descriptors and elaborations of the Victorian (Vic) Curriculum focus mostly on keyboard awareness. Underlying them is the assumption that students can type effectively.  The assumption is that these outcomes are achieved through the teaching of touch typing.

Actual references to keyboarding and touch typing in the Victorian (Vic) Curriculum

VCELY163

Construct texts using software including word processing programs

Elaborations

  • using simple functions of keyboard and mouse including typing letters, scrolling, selecting icons and drop-down menu

VCELY163 | Curriculum content | English | Foundation Level | Writing | Literacy


VCELA037

Recognise and attend to images in texts and on the screen

Elaborations

  • touching a switch, keyboard or touchscreen to cause something to happen

VCELA037 | Curriculum content | English | Level B | Reading and Viewing | Language


VCDTDS007

Initiate some basic functions on common digital systems (hardware and software components) to meet a purpose

Elaborations

  • exploring various digital systems to operate a program, for example using a keyboard to type, a mouse or stylus to draw and using appropriate pressure to activate a key

VCDTDS007 | Technologies | Digital Technologies | Level C | Digital Systems


VCELA142

Understand concepts about print and screen, including how books, film and simple digital texts work, and know some features of print, including directionality

Elaborations

  • learning about simple functions of keyboard and mouse including typing letters, scrolling, selecting icons and drop-down menu

VCELA142 | Curriculum content | English | Foundation Level | Reading and Viewing | Language


VCDTDS019

Explore a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data

Elaborations

  • experimenting with different types of digital system components and peripheral devices to perform input, output and storage functions, for example, a keyboard, stylus, touch screen, switch scan device or joystick to input instructions; a monitor, printer or tablet to display information; or a USB flash drive and external hard drive as storage peripheral devices

VCDTDS019 | Technologies | Digital Technologies | Levels 3 and 4 | Digital Systems


VCDTDS013

Identify and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose

Elaborations

  • exploring and identifying hardware and software components of digital systems when creating ideas and information, for example experimenting with different ways of providing instructions to games software using a mouse, touch pad, touch screen, keyboard, stylus

VCDTDS013 | Technologies | Digital Technologies | Foundation to Level 2 | Digital Systems