Keyboarding is specifically referenced (often) in the CC standards. Here are a few standards where it's called out:
W.3.6. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting. W.4.6. W.5.6. are similar - one page (4th) , and two pages (5th) in a single sitting.
I pulled the above from Qwertytown.com (yes, I double checked the standards directly). Other forums have referenced it and positive comments have been made, but my school has not used it. There's a free trial available.
Here's a good list of keyboarding resources that supports the CC requirements.
Typing Web - Programs to learn typing (free registration to save progress) - this is my school's favorite. Good practice, and the progress tracking is really nice.
Key Hero Typing Test - No log on required but you CAN do so to save work.
Dance Mat typing -Good for all ages! This is one of the most 'fun' for students.
Typing tests - can be customized from simple to hard.
E-learning for kids - Fun games! Requires Flash.
Fix the Keyboard - Good game for learning key location. In general, ABCya.com has several keyboard practice games for grades K-5 that look fun and engaging; need to hunt around a bit but they are there.
What do YOU use or recommend for either web-based or tablet keyboarding/typing apps? Please comment!
CC Connection: As noted above, keyboarding skills are a big part of CC, so that's the connection!