A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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