Efficient and productive use of technology is a requirement of today's and tomorrow's workforce. The National Business Education Association states “Keyboarding is now one of the fundamental life skills for today’s technological age; thus, it is important for all students. Keyboarding can best be described as (1) a computer literacy tool, (2) a communication tool, and (3) a productivity tool.” Lack of technology skills, or an unproductive use of technology, causes job losses and encourages employers to move jobs overseas, commonly referred to as overseas outsourcing. Great technology skills help U.S. workers compete effectively in an increasingly global marketplace.

Keyboarding is a simple, yet absolutely essential part of good technology skills. Barry P. Bosworth, former presidential advisor, and a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, points out that "...the fastest-growing service fields are the engineering and management of computerized sales and supply systems." "To shine in those careers," he says, "workers have to master at least four skills: computer literacy, typing, an understanding of how complex organizations work, and the ability to deal with people (either in person or electronically). Yet despite the fact that services account for 80 percent of private-sector employment, how many high schools require courses in typing, computer science, operations research, and interpersonal relations?"

Keyboarding skills in the 21st century will present and discuss: 1) Why teach keyboarding?, 2) Will the keyboard become obsolete?, 3) When should keyboarding be taught, 4) Who should teach keyboarding?, and 5) How do I motivate keyboarding students.