- conveying messages effectively
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- personal growth
- working efficiently
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Key Standards Supported
|W.3: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|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.4: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.4.6||With some guidance and support from adults, 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 one page in a single sitting.|
|W.5: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.5.6||With some guidance and support from adults, 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 two pages in a single sitting.|
|W.6: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|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.7: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.7.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.|
|W.8: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.8.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.|
|W.9-10: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.9-10.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.|
|W.11-12: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.11-12.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.|
Educators also have a free account option, which allows for three classes, an unlimited number of students, and two instructors. With a free account, teachers also have access to all typing games and the ability to create or customize lessons. Paid teacher accounts start at $2.66 per student per year for five students; the price goes down, the more students you have. The paid account offers a range of extended features including typing tests, a parent portal, and an unlimited number of classes.
Teachers can monitor student progress (for individual students and whole classes), customize lessons, and manage multiple classes. Student lists can be imported from a spreadsheet -- the site offers a downloadable template (MS Excel) for convenience.
ProsDigestible lessons, addictive gameplay, and an intuitive progression of skills help kids learn keyboarding in a fun way.
ConsWithout supervision, kids could easily cheat on basic lessons by using two fingers or looking at the keyboard.
Bottom LineThis highly effective tool helps students of all skill levels improve their keyboarding skills through guided lessons and engaging assessments.
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Common Sense Graphite Reviewer
Interactive lessons and games make learning to type fun. The pacing keeps kids interested and guessing about the next lesson. Both beginning and advanced learners can improve their skills.
Instant feedback guides kids as they type their way through logical and well-paced lessons. More comprehensive data would help kids identify strengths and weaknesses and monitor progress.
Users get lots of statistics about their typing skills after each activity, but advice on how to improve is scarce. There's also no mention of how to extend learning.
TypingClub is a website with lessons and games that help kids learn to touch-type (typing using all fingers, without looking at the keyboard). Kids progress through 100 different levels of increasing difficulty, from the alphabet through numbers and symbols. Sure, your students may be able to thumb-text on their phones at lightning speed, but how many words per minute are they typing, really? Moreover, how accurate are they? It's a safe bet that the traditional QWERTY keyboard isn't going away anytime soon. TypingClub can help students learn how to keyboard efficiently and accurately.Read More Read Less
TypingClub guides students through brief, easily digestible keyboarding lessons with a set of corresponding speed and accuracy assessments for each. Feedback is instant as students play, as well as summarized at the end of each assessment. Younger students will like general feedback in the form of a gold-star rating (on a three-star scale). More advanced users will appreciate Typing Club's specific feedback; statistics include words per minute and accuracy, both by finger and for each key on the keyboard. The student interface is clean and simple; everyone from beginning to advanced keyboarders can use the site to become better at touch-typing.
On the surface, lessons may seem simplistic and rote. However, the game structure, feedback, and rewards make TypingClub more engaging than many similar sites. Similar to the way Angry Birds might entice players to keep going (but without slingshotting animated birds through the air), the gameplay is geared toward learning new skills one at a time and then building on that knowledge. This aspect is what makes games like this so engaging and even addicting. However, kids can skip ahead to other levels, which somewhat diminishes the challenge. It would be nice if players could see a little more data on their performance; for example, a summary page showing the levels passed, words per minute for each, and skills mastered would help learners better monitor their progress.Read More Read Less
Quite simply, you can use TypingClub to help students learn to type more quickly and accurately. In turn, this should help kids in a multitude of other academic areas. TypingClub's Teacher Portal allows for well-managed, whole-class typing instruction and practice. Alternately, you may want to assign specific lessons to individual students who need more typing practice.
Students can easily log in and play anywhere they have access, so homework might also be a good option. Most likely, students will find TypingClub to be most engaging when they have the freedom to play, experiment, and let the site do what it does best: meet them at their personal learning level with rich, detailed, ongoing feedback. Ultimately, students' success will depend on their ability to resist any urges to look at the keyboard or type using two fingers. Teachers may want to monitor students as they start, with periodic check-ins.Read More Read Less
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- Typing class back in the 20th century is nothing like this product which is easy to use and motivating.TARA W.
Golden Valley High School
Merced, CA4December 4, 2014
- Great site for students to practice keyboarding and monitor progress.Julie S.
Clear Creek Middle School
Buffalo, WY3November 7, 2013