COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 22
February 13, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO:
 
Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
 
 
Jo Lynne Demary, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
 
Lan W. Neugent, Assistant Superintendent for Technology
 
SUBJECT: Elementary Keyboarding Staff Development Materials 

 
  A video series  Methods of Teaching Elementary Keyboarding"
  will be available from the Department of Education after
  February 10.  This four program video series is designed to
  assist with staff development for elementary and middle school
  faculty who are involved in teaching touch typing
  (keyboarding) to students.  The series is based on guidelines
  found in the Department's  K-12 Keyboarding, A Position Paper"
  which has been widely distributed since its development in
  1990.

  The series, a joint production of the Offices of Vocational
  and Adult Education and Instructional Media and Training,
  should be used to update your division instructional
  technology plans for in-service initiatives that address the
  Virginia Standards of Learning, Computer/Technology Standards
  for grade five (specifically C/T 5.2  Develop Basic
  Keyboarding Skills").

  The series will be featured each Thursday (2:00 to 3:00 pm) as
  a part of the March, 1998, DOE Staff Development Hour
  Broadcast Calendar.  It can also be obtained from the
  Department's Production Services using normal tape duplication
  procedures (school personnel should order through their media
  specialists).

  Enclosed is a form to use when ordering a  participant packet"
  of materials (one per school).  These materials are to be
  duplicated and used with the video series when conducing staff
  development sessions.  A complimentary copy of the grade
  appropriate keyboarding textbook used in the video series is
  also available upon request (one per school division).  The
  textbook is an example of the type of instructional material
  that will greatly facilitate a recommended teacher guided
  instructional unit in elementary and middle school
  keyboarding.    

  If additional information is needed, please contact Anne Rowe
  at (804) 225-2838, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
  Services or Gordon Creasy, Office of Instructional Media and
  Training at (804) 225-4430.

  JLD/LN:ar

  Enclosure:   A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure
               will be sent to the superintendent's office