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TypingClub

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Engaging lessons and games help kids learn to type.

What parents need to know

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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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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."

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-assessment
  • working efficiently
  • effort
  • goal-setting
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Interactive lessons and games make learning to type fun. The pacing keeps kids interested and guessing about the next lesson. Both beginning and advanced learners can improve their skills.

Learning Approach

Instant feedback guides kids as they type their way through logical and well-paced lessons. More comprehensive data would help kids identify strengths and weaknesses and monitor progress.

Support

Users get lots of statistics about their typing skills after each activity, but advice on how to improve is scarce. There's also no mention of how to extend learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-assessment
  • working efficiently
  • effort
  • goal-setting
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Jeff Knutson

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

Genre:Educational
Price:Free–$2.66 per student per year
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid, Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old January 2, 2014

Typing Club from my school has really improved my typing skills for sure :3

After learning how to type at a speed of over sixty of my WPM score(WPM is Words Per Minute). I only knew about Typing Club when my computer elective started, and we do it for about fifteen minutes per day before we do our projects for the period.(Yes, I'm in middle school). This website is probably the most accurate working website since it can tell when you have been looking at your keyboard at times and will give you no points if that happens. However, I think this website could be more fun if they give users a reward for being able to complete a lesson every time so people do not get bored of improving their typing skills. So, Typing Club is a great website for people willing to improve their typing skills by being accurate and quick in typing.
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