TapTyping -- typing trainer
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TapTyping -- typing trainer is a touch-screen typing skills program that can help anyone type faster on devices like the iPad. It is also helpful for kids who have a writing disability and need to practice learning the keyboard. It provides tips for cool iPad shortcuts to increase speed and use key-specific tricks. (Did you know that swiping up on the comma key turns it into an apostrophe key?) A heat map indicates red where your finger missed the mark and green where you hit the right key for the lesson. The free version is limited to speed tests and one-time samples. Paid content includes single lessons -- such as a crash course, an intermediate, or advanced course. The entire touch-screen typing curriculum includes lessons, tests, practice documents, detailed results, and leaderboards.
What kids can learn
- working efficiently
- work to achieve goals
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Colorful heat maps show a user's incorrect (red) or correct (green) keystrokes, creating an engaging feedback method. Interesting content, like practice on inspirational quotes and the Declaration of Independence, makes typing practice fun.
Progressive learning approach, starting with just simple primary keys and letter combinations. Lessons steadily increase in difficulty and include iPad-based shortcuts that make touch-screen typing more efficient.
Guidance throughout the lessons, clear visuals for proper keystroke feedback, lots of progress data (words per minute, accuracy, time elapsed, percent of lesson complete), and leaderboards provide ongoing help and encouragement.
What's it about?
Create a username, then play the free speed test or sample. Or, with in-app purchase choose a course: iPad Crash Course, or Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Course. You can also choose extra practice documents. Then tap "Begin" and start the lesson. Read the brief intro to the lesson, tap Start Lesson, and type whatever letters or words appear on the screen as quickly and accurately as possible. View progress data (words per minute, accuracy, and elapsed time). Continue with lessons, view leaderboard, and master touch-screen typing.
Is it any good?
Can you imagine typing 100 words per minute on an iPad? TAP TYPING -- TYPING TRAINER is a great way to help kids practice typing efficiently and quickly in ways similar to typing classes some parents will recall from school. But these tutorials include high-tech heat maps and fun typing noises that bring interesting sight and sound sensorial elements to what could otherwise be rather dry, tech skills lessons.
Because touch screens can be difficult to use when typing a lot of content, the more advanced lessons here aren't always easy or comfortable -- especially for kids or adults who just don't like typing on a touch screen -- but they provide interesting content and lots of progress data to encourage users to keep trying. To get the full use of TapTyping, you'll probably need to buy the full version. If your kid is already a proficient touch-screen typist the free speed tests and one-time sample pages may be enough.
Families can talk about...
Encourage your kid to focus at first on the lessons, not the words per minute or leaderboard, which could lead to frustration.
If possible, let your kid practice on a regular computer keyboard too.
If you have access to an old typewriter (maybe at your local library, or a thrift store), let your kid check it out.