CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2017/2018 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.

Keyboarding (Middle School)

  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. Boot, access, reboot, and shut down an operating system and start and exit software programs.
  5. Input data and commands using peripherals (e.g., keyboard, light pen, mouse, scanner, audio/video input, voice recognition).
  6. Key alphabetic, numeric, and symbol information using a touch system and correct techniques.
  7. Manipulate data/software/operating system using ribbons, launchers, icons, and pull-down menus, mouse, and function keys.
  8. Use file external storage device (i.e., Universal Serial Bus [USB], and online (e.g., Google Docs, Web pages, e-mail) management techniques, such as copy, clear cache, move, store, rename, retrieve, save, delete, and create/manipulate directories.
  9. Improve keyboarding techniques.
  10. Increase keyboarding speed and accuracy.
  11. Proofread copy, using proofreaders' marks.
  12. Write letters, memos, e-mails, reports, blogs, outlines, and tables, using the English writing process steps.
  13. Key and format letters, memos, e-mails, reports, outlines, columns, and tables.
  14. Edit copy.
  15. Key, format, and merge addresses on labels and envelopes.
  16. Produce documents incorporating simple graphic elements, including tables and graphs.
  17. Obtain assistance for preparing documents from electronic and hard-copy references and documentation (e.g., help screen, spell check, user's manual, dictionary, grammar check, thesaurus, Internet search).
  18. Correlate keyboarding skills with the appropriate career pathways.
  19. Develop a résumé.
  20. Complete an online and/or a written job application form.
  21. Create an electronic and/or hard-copy portfolio containing representative samples of student work.
  22. Identify potential employment barriers for nontraditional groups and ways to overcome the barriers.