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.
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.
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.