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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."
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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?
- 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–$2.66 per student per year
- Pricing structure: Free to Try, Paid, Free
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