TypingClub

Website review by
Jeff Knutson, Common Sense Media
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Engaging lessons and games help kids learn to type.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 21 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn keyboarding skills by watching brief tutorials and playing the typing speed and accuracy games. TypingClub's curriculum starts at a very basic level, progressing up through more advanced lessons. Activities cover lowercase letters, capitals using the Shift key, numbers, and even symbols. Keys for each letter and symbol are covered two at a time (one for each hand); assessments build in skills from earlier lessons for reinforcement. While kids could benefit from tips on how to apply skills in the real world, TypingClub does a good job of teaching touch-typing in a kid-friendly way.

Positive Messages

TypingClub helps kids learn how to type efficiently and effectively using a QWERTY keyboard. Beyond building eye-hand coordination, developing the ability to touch-type (using a keyboard without looking at the keys) is empowering to kids who are eager and excited to communicate on a computer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TypingClub is a highly engaging site where kids can learn how to touch-type (using all of one's fingers to type on a keyboard, without looking at the keys). From basic lessons on lowercase letters to using capitals, numbers, and even symbols, almost every aspect of standard keyboarding is covered. The site is safe for younger kids, as there aren't any social features. Directions are relatively simple, and startup is very easy. However, some younger kids might need help understanding terminology like "touch-typing" and "words-per-minute."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFernanda_Guisado March 25, 2021
Adult Written bysheba maflahi March 10, 2021
Kid, 12 years old March 7, 2019

It's good, but kids will get discouraged quickly.

It's great, and the games can be fun, but there are a few flaws that can really detract from the experience.

1. There is a concept of a 'perfect scor... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 28, 2020

Not very good in general, but I'll adress some smaller bugs

1: if there are two forward slashes in a row like this, // the second will overlap the first.

2: sometimes the text type box (and thus error sprites) will be o... Continue reading

What's it about?

The homepage is simple and clean, and kids can get started simply by clicking a large button. Kids login using the tab at the top of the page. It's possible to play without logging in; however, you can't save progress in that case. The site encourages users to create a login to save progress at regular intervals throughout. Kids progress through 100 different touch-typing lessons and games of increasing difficulty, from the alphabet through numbers and symbols.

Is it any good?

TYPINGCLUB is a fun way to learn how to type as well as to improve typing skills. The site's best aspect is the learning potential it provides for kids. With a simple interface, beginning to advanced keyboarders can become better at touch-typing (using all of one's fingers, without looking at the keys). On the surface, lessons may seem simplistic and rote. However, the game structure, feedback, and rewards make TypingClub more engaging than many similar sites.

Gameplay is geared toward learning new skills one at a time, and then building on that knowledge. This aspect is what makes games like this so engaging and even addicting. Kids can replay the exercises and attempt to earn three stars for each level. However, kids can skip ahead to other levels, which somewhat diminishes the challenge. Players get immediate, ongoing feedback, allowing for fast, easy, and natural learning. It would be nice if players could see a little more data on their performance; for example, a summary page showing the levels passed, words-per-minute for each, and skills mastered would help learners better monitor their progress.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can learn and play along with kids. Parents can also discuss how and when they learned to type, and talk about times when typing skills have helped them.

  • Why is it important to know how to type well? What are the benefits of knowing how to type quickly and accurately?

  • What's the history of the QWERTY keyboard? Why are the letters arranged in this pattern? With the advent of new technologies, is the QWERTY keyboard becoming obsolete?

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: spelling, vocabulary
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
    Communication: conveying messages effectively
    Self-Direction: effort, goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, personal growth, self-assessment, working efficiently
    Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
  • Genre: Educational
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (There is a free version that allows for many basic lessons. There is a 3-day free trial for the Individual Premium Edition, which allows for no ads, story typing, replay attempts, two additional games, more themes, and more advanced reports. The Individual Premium Edition costs $78/year or $8.50/month.)
  • Last updated: March 25, 2021

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