Type Racer - a game about typing fast
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Type Racer - a game about typing fast is more a game about advertising other apps and less a game about typing fast. Objectionable content within the quotes make it inappropriate for younger kids, and typing without the shift key (no uppercase/lowercase or colon/semicolon differentiation) may not transfer well to real-world touchscreen typing. The app is not compatible with external keyboards.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- multiple forms of expression
- using and applying technology
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
No boring passages to practice typing here. Movie quotes, jokes from comedians, and interesting data keep kids interested and wanting to continue typing. The quotes do get a bit risque, though, as part of the humor.
With no instruction in the keyboard layout, kids are left to figure that out on their own or elsewhere. Kids learn by practicing and tracking their improvement through their WPM scores.
No instructions or help available. Scores are shown throughout play as WPM average and bests. Kids can compare their scores to others on the leaderboard.
What's it about?
TYPE RACER - A GAME ABOUT TYPING FAST gives kids short, witty (but often inappropriate) quotes to practice touchscreen typing to build speed. Errors aren't accepted, so kids will have to use the delete key to fix mistakes before finishing a quote. They'll then see their WPM (words per minute) average and best WPM. To see the leaderboard, kids have to link to their Facebook accounts.
Is it any good?
The more kids practice typing, the faster they'll get, and Type Racer - a game about typing fast can help with that. Kids need to know the QWERTY layout of a touchscreen keyboard already as there is no instruction offered in-app. Kids won't get to practice with the shift key, as it's not included. The quotes are sometimes funny and make practicing fun, but the content is not appropriate for young kids. Frequent ads interrupt the game, and there doesn't appear to be a way to remove them (via in-app purchase, for example). For tips to improve touchscreen typing as well as practicing it, TapTyping - typing trainer may be a better choice.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the quotes teens encounter in the app. Some of them present women in a negative light. Is that OK to do in the name of humor, or does the app go too far?
Touchscreen typing is different from what most parents grew up doing. Understand that keyboarding skills are still important, but encourage kids to practice the increasingly important touchscreen typing, too.
Encourage kids to learn the QWERTY layout using other apps or typing websites.