TapTyping -- typing trainer

 
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Learning(i)

Master touch-screen typing, and learn cool shortcuts, too.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use. Lessons walk users through each page. Typing tips are sometimes reinforced within the lessons as kids type the exact instructions that they just read. The app lists lessons in order of difficulty: Intro, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Extra Credit. You can start at any lesson and choose lessons as you see fit. Through red spots and green spots representing heat maps, kids get clear visual signs where they're hitting the keys properly and when they're missing.

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You can buy the $3.99 full version, or upgrade from the free version with a $3.99 in-app purchase. If you have the free version, you can also buy lessons individually for $.99 to $1.99. The speed test is free, and you can use all samples once for free, too.

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Privacy & safety

You need to insert a username to play, and that name is listed on the leaderboard -- remind kids to not use their full name as their username. The developer doesn't provide the app's privacy policy in the app, or on the website for the app.

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

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • effort
  • work to achieve goals

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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. 

Support

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 kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • effort
  • work to achieve goals

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to type quickly on a touch screen -- an important tech skill. They can also learn how to work efficiently by using the tips for iPad shortcuts. As they identify their typing strengths and weaknesses, kids can practice the areas that need the most work. If they practice on the extra credit documents, they can also learn a bit about literature, U.S. history, and inspirational quotes. TapTyping -- typing trainer provides a way for kids and adults to transition from pecking on touch screens to typing systematically, quickly, and accurately.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free ($3.99 full version)
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try, Paid
Release date:November 14, 2012
Category:Education
Size:3.10 MB
Publisher:Flairify LLC
Version:3.4.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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