Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Typing

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Typing is an important skill these days.  So much so that some schools are doing away with cursive writing and concentrating their efforts on teaching keyboarding.  Regardless of how you feel about that decision, computers are here to stay and keyboarding skills are now expected in our children.


There are a number of effective typing programs out there such as Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and Typing Instructor Deluxe just to name a couple.  But, there are some great online typing instructions sites too.

One such site is Learn 2 Type for kids.  Here you can sign up for a free kids account and get started on lessons.  If your child is K-2nd grade, you don't need to sign up for an account.  Instead, you can go straight to the Tots typing page.

Free Typing Game.net offers free lessons, games, and tests.  I like this site because it teaches touch typing using an image with the keyboard and fingers.  That way, your student can figure out what keys should be typed by which finger.  Also, the games on the site are great for kids like mine who have a short attention span for instruction but a never ending one for games.  Make sure you point out which links are ads and which are for instruction to your student.  A few looked very much alike.

Learning games for kids has tons of educational games.  There is a whole page full of typing games including a typing test and a couple of introductory lessons.  After all, sometimes the best learning happens when you're having fun!

Goodtyping.com is another basic lesson typing site that teaches touch typing.  You can register and track your progress or not register and start at the beginning each time you go.  This is a good site for the no-frills crowd.

So, if you're looking for some typing lessons these can at least get you started.

-A

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