Friday, March 5, 2010

Power Typing - Games for Developing Typing Skills

Power Typing hosts a small collection of five typing games that students can use to develop their typing skills. Power Typing also offers typing lessons for Qwerty and Dvorak keyboards. The two games that I found easiest to access are Alphabetic Rain and See Don't.

In Alphabetic Rain letters, numbers, and symbols drop from the top of the screen. Players have to type the letters before the letter hits the bottom. As you progress through the game the letters, numbers, and symbols drop at increasingly faster rate.

In See Don't words appear from a dark background. As the words appear you need to type them in order to make them disappear. The faster you type, the faster the next set of words appears.

Applications for Education
Power Typing's games are easily accessible to most students, even younger elementary school students. These games provide a fun way for students to develop their typing skills. If you are going to use the games in your classroom I recommend directing students to the direct url for each game rather than sending them to the Power Typing homepage. I make that recommendation not because there's anything bad on the homepage but because the format of the homepage could be confusing for younger students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Listen and Write - Practice Typing and Hear the News
Touch Typing Practice
Typing Web - Free Typing Lessons