CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2018/2019 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Keyboarding (Middle School) (6150-18/18 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills

  1. Demonstrate positive work ethic.
  2. Demonstrate integrity.
  3. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
  4. Demonstrate self-representation skills.
  5. Demonstrate diversity awareness.
  6. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  7. Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
  6. Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
  7. Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
  8. Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
  9. Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
  10. Demonstrate customer-service skills.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to a specific occupation.
  2. Demonstrate information technology skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues.
  4. Demonstrate telecommunications skills.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Understanding Computer Basics

  1. Identify computer system components.
  2. Describe ergonomic and repetitive strain injury (RSI) guidelines related to safe computer use.
  3. Maintain workstation, equipment, materials, and supplies.
  4. Start and exit software programs following correct procedures.
  5. Input data and commands using peripherals (e.g., keyboard, mouse, scanner, audio/video input, and voice recognition).
  6. Manipulate data/software/operating system using ribbons, launchers, icons, and drop-down menus, and mouse.
  7. Use external storage device (i.e., Universal Serial Bus [USB]), and online storage (e.g., Google Drive, webpages, email) management techniques, such as copy, move, store, rename, open, save, delete, and create/manipulate folders.

Developing Keyboarding Skills

  1. Key alphabetic, numeric, and symbolic information using a touch system and correct techniques.
  2. Improve keyboarding techniques.
  3. Increase keyboarding speed and/or accuracy.
  4. Proofread copy.
  5. Compose business documents.
  6. Key and format business documents.
  7. Edit copy.
  8. Create addresses on labels and envelopes.
  9. Produce documents incorporating simple graphic elements, such as tables and graphs.
  10. Obtain assistance for preparing documents from electronic and hard-copy references and documentation.

Investigating Careers

  1. Correlate keyboarding skills with the appropriate career pathways.
  2. Develop a résumé.
  3. Complete an online or written job application form.
  4. Create an electronic and/or hard-copy portfolio containing representative samples of student work.