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Keyboarding Skills. Objective 1.02: Execute the touch method in operating the alphabetic keys. Essential Questions. What is touch typing? What is GWAM and how is it calculated?. Touch Typing.

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keyboarding skills

Keyboarding Skills

Objective 1.02: Execute the touch method in operating the alphabetic keys

essential questions
Essential Questions
  • What is touch typing?
  • What is GWAM and how is it calculated?
touch typing
Touch Typing
  • Touch typing – also known as the touch method of keyboarding, is the ability to type without looking at the keys on the keyboard
the keyboard
The Keyboard
  • QWERTY – a standard keyboard, named for the first 6 letters on the keyboard
finger position
Finger Position
  • Home Row keys – the row of keys on the keyboard on which your fingers begin and rest when not typing

A S D F J K L ;

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Finger Position













Home Row Keys: A S D F

Home Row Keys: J K L ;

most frequently used keys

Space Bar

Most Frequently Used Keys
  • Enter key – used to move the cursor to the next line
  • Space Bar – used to insert spaces between characters


gross words a minute
Gross Words A Minute
  • Gross Words A Minute (GWAM) – the number of words a typist keys in a timed period
  • Character – any typed letter, number, or symbol
  • 1 typed word = 5 characters and spaces

Example: It’s cold outside today! = 4 words

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Gross Words A Minute

Gross Words A Minute (GWAM) = # of words keyed

# of minutes timed

Example = 105 words keyed = a GWAM of 35 wpm

3 minutes

touch typing1
Touch Typing

To build speed:

  • Use proper posture and technique to avoid fatigue and injury
  • Use the raised dots on the F and J keys to help you locate Home Row without looking at the keyboard
  • Practice typing regularly to build muscle memory
  • Keep your eyes on the copy that you are typing from