Website Review
TypingWeb

Clear typing instruction with detailed statistics and encouragement

Quick Take
Pros: Users get effective typing instruction with detailed performance data and can work at their own pace.
Cons: There's no clear way for students and teachers to share knowledge; its structure doesn't really inspire a sense of teamwork among classmates.
Bottom Line: TypingWeb provides clear, helpful instruction and practice; adding a way for teachers and students to interact would facilitate greater learning.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Students can personalize their dashboard with nine designs and take lesson breaks to play fun, typing-based games with themes like zombies or carnivals. A Class Scoreboard ranks students, which may also motivate them to finish exercises.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Beginner- to advanced-level lessons, divided into digestible sections, offer speed drills, tips, and practice keying in numbers, punctuation, and other typing challenges. User progress is tracked and displayed.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

An infrequently updated blog offers additional ideas for using the site. The site is available in seven languages, and users can access additional exercises with a paid subscription.

Our Review
What's It Like?

TypingWeb provides more than 30 free, informative typing lessons. Teachers can easily set up a classroom and create student accounts. Lessons extend from beginner to intermediate, advanced, and specialty levels; users start learning the home and top-row keys and eventually test their skills with more challenging practice exercises. 

The system lets teachers easily track student progress. They can run reports based on lesson or test performance or use a real-time monitoring option to see how many lessons kids have completed. Students can also view their stats and get gross and net word-per-minute calculations (based on the overall words they've typed and the amount without errors), identify their problem keys, and see an accuracy score. 

Is It Good For Learning?

The site's lessons reinforce a number of valuable typing skills, including adding punctuation, numbers, and capital letters. Students will also get practice typing the 300 most-used English words. TypingWeb also personalizes each student's experience by creating custom lessons based on the student's top five most troublesome letters. Sections include a wrap-up lesson at the end, and many introductions provide fingering and other tips. 

TypingWeb also includes a fair amount of encouragement, which is a nice touch. Section introductions contain positive notes like, "You are making amazing progress!" For additional motivation, users also receive a trophy icon for completing lessons, stored in their virtual trophy case. There doesn't seem to be a way for teachers to directly send assignments to students through the site, which would be a nice addition. However, even without it, TypingWeb provides an ideal way for individual users to get comfortable using a keyboard. 

How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers create a class account, and students can log in through their own portal. Kids can systematically work their way through the typing lessons and practice exercises, and teachers can make sure they're staying active by monitoring their real-time and overall progress. 

The site seems to have been designed to encourage individual use; students will need to take some initiative to complete assignments and go back and repeat any they need more help on. And they may have to do it without much direct instruction from their teacher: The one thing the teacher dashboard is missing is a way to directly assign lessons to students. Teachers can review them to ensure the content fits into their lesson plan, but there's no one-click method to send the assignment out.

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