Monday, July 21, 2014

Two Good Resources for Helping Students Learn Proper Typing Technique

From time to time I like to highlight the offerings of the financial supporters of Free Technology for Teachers. Typing Club and ABCya are two of the longest running backers of this blog. 

Typing Club is a popular website offering free online touch typing lessons for students of all ages. Whether you use the Typing Club website or the free Chrome Web App the lessons work the same way. Typing Club provides 100 free activities that begin with the basics and progress in difficulty until you can touch type on your entire keyboard including the use of lesser-used keys like "<" and "{." As you type during each lesson you are given instant real-time feedback about your accuracy and speed. Unlike other typing lessons that make you wait until an activity is completed to determine your accuracy or speed, Typing Club recalculates that information with each keystroke.

Type Rocket is a free typing game from ABCya. There are two versions of the game; Type Rocket and Type Rocket, Jr. Type Rocket is a sixty second game in which students make fireworks explode by typing the letters that appear on the rockets in the games. In the sixty second span of the game students try to correctly type as many letters as they possibly can. The rockets speed up as the game progresses. Type Rocket, Jr. has a three minute time limit and moves a bit slower.