Long Writing Task

If all the access considerations seem to work during the simple writing task, a longer writing task needs to be evaluated. Duration of the task can determine when fatigue occurs. Literacy and typing skills also need to be considered during this task.

Keyboarding skills are also factored in when observing a student performing a long writing task. If skills in keyboarding are limited then computer writing tasks may be challenging for the student. There might have to be some attention paid to teaching keyboarding if appropriate.


Keyboarding Knowledge Base

To put it in perspective, here is a list of objectives a regular education student must obtain according to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) on keyboarding skill development.

Kindergarten-Grade 5:

Use proper keyboarding techniques such as correct hand and body positions and smooth and rhythmic keystroke patterns as grade-level appropriate.

Demonstrate touch-keyboarding techniques for operating the alphabetic, numeric, punctuation, and symbol keys as grade-level appropriate.

Grades 6-8:

Demonstrate keyboarding proficiency in technique and posture while building speed.

Use digital keyboarding standards for data input such as one space after punctuation, the use of em/en dashes, and smart quotation marks.

Grades 9-12

Use digital keyboarding standards in word processing such as one space after punctuation, the use of em/en dashes, and smart quotation marks.


Observational Questions

When observing an individual during a long writing task, look for answers to the following questions. Review the questions first before observing the individual.

  1. Is the student capable of doing this task?
  2. How is the student interacting with the keyboard?
  3. Is output on a computer productive, if not why?

Video Description

After reviewing the questions, read over the video description below.

The keyboard is on a slant reading board at about a 45-degree angle. The keys contain large print keycap stick-on. ZoomText had only word echo voice output. The teacher called out the letters as the student typed. The student's head was slightly bent down so she can see the keyboard. Viewing distance to keyboard was about 20-24 inches. She found all the letters on the keyboard. It took about one minute and 35 seconds to type: "how are you." The student stated that she was not tired.


Observing the Video

After observing the video, answer the five questions in the "Observation Questions" section.

Long Writing Task Video Link

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